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Jan 30 / Donna Carroll

Coordinator of Freshwater Education Position Available at Cranbrook Institute of Science

The Coordinator of Freshwater Education position is responsible for coordinating, marketing and delivering watershed and Great Lakes education programs to a variety of different constituencies throughout Michigan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Development of a tailored curriculum and associated resources for K-12 learners related to watershed and Great Lakes environmental issues, including leave-behind materials for teachers;
  • Acquisition and upkeep of all program-related materials. Assist development department in regular sponsorship updates and reporting requirements;
  • Upkeep of a detailed budget and travel log;
  • Training of other education staff members and volunteers for program delivery and content knowledge.


  • Documented completion of an undergraduate degree in environmental education or a related life science field;
  • An academic and/or service record reflective of significant scholarly achievement or advocacy for watershed and Great Lakes issues including education, policy and economic sectors;
  • A minimum of three years’ experience presenting science content and integrated research results to diverse public audiences in a museum setting or institution of higher learning (five years preferred);
  • Documented understanding and success relating to and interfacing with citizen advocacy groups, particularly those of a grass roots nature;
  • An understanding of and interest in existing statewide initiatives related to water ecology, watershed studies or Great Lakes advocacy;
  • A detailed understanding of the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations for k-12 student curriculums, for ecology/life science benchmarks particularly as relates to outcomes for the State of Michigan’s annual MEAP testing in school districts and public school academies;
  • Strong organizational skills; Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with ability to create effective, engaging presentation and materials;
  • Must be goal oriented and demonstrate ability to work independently. A valid Michigan driver’s license with satisfactory driving record is required.

This is an 18 month grant funded position. Continuation of the position is contingent upon further grant funding.

If the position piques your interest then please send a cover letter, resume and the employment application (available for download below) via email to or by fax to (248) 645.3014.

Employment offers are contingent on satisfactory completion of background checks and references, and verification of the appropriate identity and employment eligibility documentation as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Background checks include:

  • Criminal History Check
  • MI Sex Offender Query
  • Education Verification
  • Livescan Fingerprint Check
  • Unprofessional Conduct Check (current or most recent employer)
  • Additional Checks may be required depending on the nature of the position

Cranbrook is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and nondiscrimination in all aspects of employment. As an EEO employer, Cranbrook’s policy is that employment-related decisions shall be made without regard to an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law.

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