Program Specialist

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Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:00pm


Great Bend, KS
United States

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The Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s (KWEC) Program Specialist is a permanent, full-time, non-tenure track environmental educator position located near Great Bend, KS.  Primary responsibilities include developing, promoting, scheduling, coordinating, and presenting environmental education programs at both on and off-site locations.  The primary target audiences for these programs are 7th grade through college students, Boy and Girl Scout groups, and general adult groups; however, KWEC educators will occasionally present programs to a wider age range of visitors, including young children, so having an ability to interact with a wide-age audience is required.  Being creative in program development and delivery is essential.  Programs may include a wide variety of subjects relating to wetlands, wildlife, ecology, conservation, and natural history, and will include both indoor and outdoor presentations. All school programs will reinforce Kansas curriculum standards.  The Program Specialist works closely and cooperatively with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism’s Education Specialist, who is based out of the KWEC, and primarily directs pre-school through 6th grade school programs and various other groups for the KWEC.  Other duties of the Program Specialist include assisting with care and maintenance of the collection of program and exhibit live animals housed at the KWEC.  The Program Specialist will also be required to build, implement, and recruit a volunteer base for the KWEC. The Program Specialist will occasionally lead tours of the wetlands and assist with visitor services and interpreting KWEC exhibits for drop-in visitors. Work schedule flexibility is required, as some programs and events are scheduled during evenings, weekends, and around holidays.


Earned bachelor’s degree in a biological sciences discipline and/or an education discipline
2 years of related, professional experience
Evidence of successfully presenting public programs
Experience with handling and/or caring for live animals
Valid driver’s license


Earned Master’s degree in biological sciences, related science, and/or education discipline
Teaching experience in formal and informal settings
Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following: bird identification, wetland ecology, herpetology, entomology, or mammalogy
Certification in National Association of Interpreters, Project Wild, Project Wet, Project Learning Tree, Flying Wild, and/or other environmental education or interpretation organizations
Experience in STEM educational programming

APPOINTMENT DATE:  April 1, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority deadline is February 26, 2018.  Review of applications will occur after priority deadline and will remain open until the position is filled. 

BENEFITS: Competitive benefit package

Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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How to Apply:

APPLICATION PROCESS:  To apply for this position, please visit  Only electronic applications submitted through the webpage will be accepted.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:  Applicants should submit a cover letter identifying how the applicant’s credentials fit the job description, resume, names and contact information for three professional references, and a developed lesson plan for a single environmental education program/experience geared toward a Freshman Biology class. Applicant documents should be submitted in one PDF.