NGRREC MRX Coordinator

Posting Number: 20110434
Job Title: NGRREC MRX Coordinator
Grade: RBN
Classification: Non-Exempt Staff
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Rate of Pay: $36,381/Commensurate with experience
Type of Position: Full-Time
Organizational Unit: NGRREC-Environmental Education
Position Reports To: Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Purpose of Position

The MRX Coordinator works under the direction of the Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science to plan, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate educational programs relating to NGRREC’s Mississippi River Xchange (MRX) program and assist the NGRREC education and outreach team as needed. The goal of the MRX program is to increase youth understanding of important local and regional watershed issues and empower youth to make tangible, positive impacts on how their community interacts with and makes decisions about their watershed. This goal is accomplished through a combination of hands-on educational activities, educator professional development, and community engagement activities designed to increase student understanding of the human connection to and reliance on a healthy, functioning river ecosystem by people living alongside and with the Mississippi River.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Plan and deliver environmental education programs specific to the Mississippi River XChange and Swarovski Waterschool programs to multiple audiences and stakeholders:

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the MRX program in coordination with supervisor
  • Work with supervisor to oversee budgets related to the MRX program
  • Collaborate with various organizations to implement the program 
  • Work with teachers, school administrators, community leaders, and industry professionals to develop and deliver program activities
  • Travel to schools throughout the region and the Mississippi River Watershed to deliver activities, such as classroom lessons, public engagement activities, and educator workshops
  • Facilitate the timely administration of program deliverables 
  • Research additional funding opportunities and contribute to grant proposals for the MRX program
  • Distribute informational and promotional materials 
  • Represent NGRREC at conferences and events related to NGRREC’s educational programs
  • Maintain organized materials and resources, both digital and physical 
  • Assist with maintenance of NGRREC education and outreach website pages
  • Collaborate with environmental education team as needed to identify specific strategies to reach target groups such as underserved communities, at-risk populations, and the general public
  • Work with NGRREC and partner researchers to further develop scientifically-based and relevant education programming

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


  • BA or BS in environmental education, life science, environmental science, or other related field required; Master’s degree in science or education preferred.
  • Familiarity with scientific concepts related to water and watersheds 
  • Experience in education, preferably with diverse communities and a broad range of ages 
  • Experience in community-based stewardship and outreach programs; Programs involving at-risk communities a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with multiple partners to achieve a common goal
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 
  • Familiarity with national and state K-12 educational standards desired
  • Experience securing external funds preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Forms, and Survey Monkey and willingness to learn new computer applications 
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather (e.g. rain or summer heat) and field conditions (e.g. conducing stream surveys)
  • Ability to travel frequently to various greater St. Louis area locations and periodically throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and other regions for content delivery, conferences, and meetings 
  • Ability to work occasional Saturdays and evenings as needed 
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

Work Hours - Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Some Evenings, Some Weekends

Open Date - 10/25/2018

Special Instructions to Applicants


Position Summary

The focus of the MRX Coordinator position is to lead the development and coordination of the Mississippi River XChange (MRX) program, a headwaters to gulf educational and community engagement program. The MRX program, developed by NGRREC, provides the platform for connecting high school students directly to their region of the Mississippi River. This program enables information “XChanges” with students from at least three distinct regions along the river (Alton, IL, St. Paul, MN, and New Orleans, LA) to share what they have learned about their watershed region through facilitated video chats and online platforms (blogs, forums, etc.). Students will learn from each other the similarities and differences along this diverse river system, including information on the health of their watershed and experiences conducting river-focused stewardship projects. These XChanges allow students along the Mississippi River to experience the river through a watershed approach. In addition to leading the efforts of the MRX program, the MRX Coordinator will work with NGRREC’s teams to conduct, develop, and assist in other education and outreach programs as needed.

EEO Statement

Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.