Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative Coordinator

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Friday, July 29, 2016, 5:00pm


Suttons Bay, MI
United States

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Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative Program Coordinator

The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) was launched in 2007 to develop knowledgeable and active stewards of the Great Lakes through vibrant, hands-on experiences in the community. 

From its inception through the 2014–15 school year, the GLSI has worked with 1,562 teachers in 283 schools across Michigan, and supported rigorous stewardship experiences for more than 80,000 students.

The Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative (GTSI) is one of nine regional hubs of the GLSI. This program supports the development of local youth-led Great Lakes stewardship projects through placed-based education programming with schools and community partners. GTSI fosters stewardship of the Great Lakes and other water resources through sustained professional development for teachers, school-community partnerships, and place-based stewardship. GTSI is in its seventh year of providing leadership and resources to support place-based, community-focused learning experiences for teachers, students, and community partners in the Grand Traverse region. In the past, GTSI has promoted a watershed approach to freshwater stewardship, helping students understand their connection to water in the region and the need to preserve and protect our natural resources. The hub’s work has helped people in the region understand not only the scientific aspects of stewardship, but also the economic, political, and social aspects.

The GTSI Program Coordinator manages the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative in accordance with a grant agreement with the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.

Primary Activities:

  • Support new and existing place-based education/resource stewardship service projects with participating schools.
  • Facilitate and strengthen partnerships between school administrators, teachers and community partners.
  • Regularly communicate with community partners to identify prospective projects.
  • Create and implement a communication plan for the GTSI program.
  • Recruit new schools and teachers for future involvement.
  • Conduct on-site school visits that enhance place-based education efforts.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate quality professional development opportunities for community teachers.
  • Create and maintain a GTSI webpage, blog and other social media outlets as outlined.
  • Create and deliver a monthly newsletter for schools, partners, and the general community.
  • Network with other GLSI hubs to provide additional opportunities for growth and development for community teachers and the GTSI program as a whole.
  • Utilizing best practices, plan for program sustainability and growth.
  • Ensure that grant objectives are managed and reported in a timely manner and within budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree in field of study capable of enhancing the tenants of place based education and the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative.
  • Direct experience working as or with state certified teachers.
  • Experience working with current state and national education standards.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently and cohesively as a team member.
  • Ability to travel within the region and work remotely.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Programs.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license.


The ideal candidate will understand the current capacity of local schools and seek to connect classrooms with meaningful community partners for high quality, stewardship aligned, placed-based education opportunities. This candidate will be committed to developing creative education approaches to better conserve natural resources.  Additionally the ideal candidate will bring a high level of organizational and problem solving abilities, communication and computer skills, and be committed to operating in alignment with the core values, vision and mission of the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative. This position does require some travel and field-based activities. This is a full-time grant funded position with benefits package. Start date dependent on grant dispersal.

How to Apply:

For additional information regarding the Great Lake Stewardship Initiative check the web site:

Questions, letters of interest, resumes and references should be submitted to by 5:00pm July 29, 2016 or until filled.