Curriculum and Evaluation Specialist / Post Doctoral Fellowship

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Deadline Apr 08, 2019
Job Type Student / postdoc


This position is a fixed-term academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension. The position is subject to Extension personnel policies.  Reappointment beyond June 30, 2021 is dependent upon performance and availability of funding. This position can be structured as a post-doctoral fellowship.


The Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist provides support for the evaluation of outreach & educational programs in areas of natural resources. The position is part of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center which works to improve and demonstrate the value of environmental programs.  The primary purpose of this position is to design and carry out various evaluations primarily involving survey methodology and data analysis of Upham Woods environmental education programming.  Further, this position will develop curriculum and training materials for staff to implement the improvement of programs based upon evaluation. This position works closely with the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty and the Upham Woods Research Naturalist team.


  • Work collaboratively with other staff of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center to advance the state of environmental education programming in Wisconsin
  • Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services
  • Assists in the development of surveys and other data collection instruments
  • Administers Web-based surveys using Qualtrics, mailed surveys, and in-person surveys
  • Conducts phone and in-person interviews
  • Enters survey data using Excel, SPSS, and other appropriate software
  • Cleans and manages databases
  • Conducts quantitative data analysis using SPSS, R, or other appropriate statistical analysis software
  • Conducts qualitative data analysis
  • Identifies preliminary findings for review by the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty
  • Drafts preliminary documents of results and findings for review by the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty
  • Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform adjusted or additional duties as requested
  • Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Upham Woods program and research operations
  • Create databases for tracking and storing data
  • Proofread surveys and reports
  • Authoring peer-reviewed manuscripts and presenting at national/international conferences
  • Mentoring undergraduate interns and researchers
  • Grant-writing in support of Upham Woods and the statewide environmental education program


  • Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions
  • Assume occasional travel throughout the county and within the state for data collection and/or meetings
  • Work evenings and weekends occasionally, as needed, to meet local needs and grant/partner deadlines
  • This position is based onsite at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center


The Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist is accountable to the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty for all programmatic matters and matters related to vacation, leave of absence, salary and promotion. The position is part of the Naturalist Resources Institute program area of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension. The position cooperates with Extension county educators and state specialists as well as staff in local, state and federal agencies.

The Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist actively participates in the shared governance and policy development of the institution, personally or through representatives, to ensure representation in matters affecting staff.


  • Masters with course work related to the responsibilities of this position such as statistical analysis, regression analysis, survey and/or research methods,
  • Instructional experience in a K-16 educational context
  • Demonstrated success in advanced data analysis using software packages such as SPSS
  • Demonstrated success in data collection
  • Experience with evaluation methods in applied settings
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative evaluation techniques
  • Demonstrated skill using computers and internet applications
  • Ability to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin including indigenous cultures, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity


  • D. with course work related to the responsibilities of this position such statistical analysis, regression analysis, survey and/or research methods, etc.
  • Experience with science education, natural resources and/or field-based instruction
  • Experience in survey design and/or evaluation planning
  • Demonstrated ability to present data and findings effectively, e. verbally, in writing and visually/graphically (i.e. conference presentations and publications)
  • Interest in data visualization and/or skills in graphic design
  • Strong writing skills
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Ability to multi-task and reprioritize as needed
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills in a team setting and on an individual basis
  • Ability to plan collaboratively and execute independently
  • Ability to delegate to Research Naturalist
  • Experience with a broad range of distance education methodologies


This position description is not intended to be comprehensive in nature given the changes in primary duties/essential job functions and position expectations that can occur over time in response to emerging and assessed community, program and organizational needs.  Changes to this position description are subject to the approval of the Human Resource Development Office and those to whom the position is accountable.


State of Wisconsin benefits ( including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances.  Starting salary range at 100% is $36,335 – $41,895 commensurate with qualifications and experience.


As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment; and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW- Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record.  We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance.  Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: UW-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Room 501; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706.



  • APPLICATION DUE DATE: To receive full consideration, application materials must be received by April 8, 2014, and include all of the following (WHEN UPLOADING DOCUMENTS, PDF FORMAT IS PREFERRED):
    • COVER LETTER (up to two pages) that summarizes how you meet the minimum qualifications of this postiion. Please prepare a paragraph for each of the minimum qualifications and include formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research, and any related life experiences in your response. Please note that your response will be evaluated for content and written communication skills.
  • PROFESSIONAL RESUME, including related education, professional work history and volunteer
  • CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THREE (3) PROFESSIONAL WORK REFERENCES, including at least one person who has been your immediate For each reference, please indicate the nature of your professional relationship and include the persons title, e-mail address and telephone number.
  • FINAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS for each of your Unofficial copies of final college transcripts are acceptable when applying for this position. Official final college transcripts are required upon hire.

Please upload only the materials requested above. Any documents, other than those requested, will be deleted from your application. Application materials that do not comply with these instructions are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications received after the application due date will be accepted through the conclusion of the initial application screening process.

A criminal records review will be conducted prior to employment. Completed consent forms will be requested at the time of final interviews. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position.

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