This position is responsible for providing research based education and technical assistance to onsite professionals, and local units of government regarding subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). This position is in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program (OSTP) located within the Water Resources Center (WRC). The WRC is a unit of the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and University of Minnesota Extension. This position assists in the development and delivery of the nationally recognized OSTP education program for certification of onsite sewage treatment professionals in the State of Minnesota.
Deliver soils-related OSTP educational programming across the state (70%)
Plan and implement research-based educational programs by leading and co-leading certification and training classes.
Work with OSTP staff and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to develop and implement training materials and courses that address emerging needs and concerns.
Develop and update educational materials for each class, including lesson plans, handouts, and audio/visual aids.
Prepare, lead, and co-lead the field components of training, including working with landowners and professionals to find appropriate training sites.
Assess training needs for OSTP professionals and evaluate existing coursework (20%)
Assess training needs for OSTP professional across the state.
Review and update classes on a regular basis to meet the needs of the State of Minnesota to teach new regulations enacted by the legislature.
Assess courses for opportunities to incorporate new technology into the teaching, coursework, evaluation, and testing.
Administer programs and provide technical assistance (10%)
Work with team members and partners to facilitate the state-wide onsite regulatory and licensing program.
Work with staff to comply with University fiscal policies.
Work with team members to develop annual class schedule and provide content for annual training brochure.
BS in soil science or related discipline and 3 or more years of related professional experience OR Master’s degree in soil science or related field and 1 or more years of related professional experience.
Certified by the MPCA subsurface sewage treatment program as a Designer or Inspector.
Position conducts field work in and around wastewater, including potential exposure to disease causing bacteria and viruses. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
Experience designing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs in soil science, engineering, and/or onsite sewage treatment.
Five years of post-degree professional experience in soil science, engineering, and/or onsite sewage treatment.
Ability to incorporate new technology into teaching and learning environments (e.g., online courses and distance learning, multi-media presentations, etc.);
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, and backgrounds;
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Internal Number: 324543
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