Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and University of Illinois Extension are seeking a new K-12 education specialist to increase Great Lakes literacy among Illinois and Indiana youth through development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programming that supports the missions of the two programs.

Responsibilities for the Great Lakes K-12 education specialist position include:

  • Develop a Great Lakes K-12 research-based education program that addresses local needs and increases literacy about IISG’s Great Lakes priority research and outreach issues (e.g., coastal resilience, invasive species, aquaculture, foodweb ecology). 
  • Support educators in implementing IISG curricula through check-ins, connecting them with partners and other educators who are incorporating Great Lakes literacy into their classrooms, and providing grant-funded financial support, as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with state, regional, and national partners including the University of Illinois and Purdue 4-H, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s Center for Great Lakes Literacy, educational institutions, research scientists, professional societies, and other entities as appropriate.

A master’s degree in education, environmental education, natural sciences, or related field is required.

This full-time position will be located in Chicago, Illinois. To view the complete job description and apply, visit The closing date is February 27, 2024.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is a partnership between NOAA, University of Illinois Extension, and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources, bringing science together with communities for solutions that work. Sea Grant is a network of 34 science, education and outreach programs located in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Lake Champlain, Puerto Rico and Guam.

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