Program Assistant

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

ID: 7090678
Posted: December 15, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Summary
The STEM Community Alliance Program for Youth-In-Custody (STEMCAP) aims to inspire youth who are currently in state custody to self-identify with the enterprise of science and encourage them to learn and contribute to science, nature protection, and the STEM workforce. Since 2017, the Utah State Board of Education Youth-In-Custody Program (USBE-YIC) has partnered with the University of Utah’s School of Biological Science to create STEMCAP, which implements educational presentations and hands-on workshops for Utah Youth-In-Custody. The program has partnered with experts in science, the arts, and the humanities to increase awareness of, interest in, and the capacity to respond to STEM topics through various media. STEMCAP is also aimed at enhancing educational self-discovery and providing a constructive, creative outlet for youth participants. We offer long-term conservation and ecological restoration projects that allow YIC to get involved with local conservation efforts. To date, these projects have tasked students with growing milkweed for out-planting throughout Salt Lake Valley and with processing seeds for the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Seed Library. The Conservation Project Coordinator will report to Laura George, STEMCAP Program Manager, with oversight from Nalini Nadkarni, the STEMCAP Program Director.

This position is currently guaranteed funding through June 31st, 2022 with a strong possibility of continued funding through June 31st, 2025.
1. Schedule meetings with local and regional conservationists and conservation groups.
2. Research and contact local organizations to build new conservation partnerships.
3. Oversee on-the-ground progress of long-term conservation projects by checking on plants, ensuring greenhouse is functioning properly, checking in with center staff to monitor youth progress, and care of plants and other project materials.
4. Work with STEMCAP Program Coordinator to order all conservation project supplies.
5. Attend pre-workshop meetings and provide input, guidance, and support for conservation project presenters to create workshops for STEMCAP audiences.
6. With STEMCAP Manager oversight, create educational reading packets related to conservation projects and individual conservation workshops.
7. Assist in organizing and maintaining data, presentations, and other STEMCAP conservation project files and to make those accessible internally and externally, as appropriate.
8. Coordinate with presenters to gather presentation materials and presenter biographies for the STEMCAP website.
9. Facilitate transportation for conservation presenters to STEMCAP workshops in Salt Lake County, Davis County, and Utah County.
10. Attend and document conservation workshops and events.
Assist with distribution of plants when ready for out-planting

• This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required
Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required
Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.
Minimum Qualifications
Associate’s degree in a related field or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education) required. Two years of related experience, ability to use logic and reasoning to prioritize tasks, expertise using MS Office software, and demonstrated human relation and effective communication skills also required. Database experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

1. Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, ecology, science education, science communication, or related field (OR currently majoring in related field), with one year of related experience.
2. Exceptionally well organized and able to keep track of multiple deadlines and competing priorities.
3. Excellent oral and written communication skills and collaborative working skills.
4. Demonstrated experience in file management.
5. Demonstrated experience in science communication or public engagement of science.
6. Experience with hands-on conservation work and/or previous course work in conservation preferred.
7. Experience in educational settings preferred.
Special Instructions Summary
Additional Information
The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.