2329 Aquatic Education Specialist


TITLE Aquatic Education Specialist




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of the Bull Shoals Field Station

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural and Applied Science


The Aquatic Education Specialist serves as the state coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers, an international environmental education program focused on water) and develops and implements an education program and outreach services for the City of Springfield and Greene County. This position is jointly supervised by personnel at Missouri State University, the City of Springfield, and Greene County.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource or education field is required. A Master’s degree in a natural resource or education field is preferred.

Experience: Three years of experience as a classroom teacher or teaching in a non-formal setting, such as a museum, park, or zoo is required; the required experience must include one year of teaching Project WET activities. Experience conducting workshops for teachers is preferred.

Skills: Effective communication skills are required. Effective organizational skills are required. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.


1. Serves as the state coordinator for Project WET by conducting educator workshops and training facilitators around the state, managing the Project WET database, providing communication to participants, and representing Project WET at state and national conferences.

2. Develops and implements a comprehensive education program on water quality and storm water directed at the general public and school students by working with formal and non-formal educators.

3. Works with the general public, water quality/storm water professionals, government agencies, community groups, teachers, and non-formal educators to provide education and outreach services supporting the City and County’s storm water permit requirements.

4. Works cooperatively with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, the James River Basin Partnership, the Springfield/Greene County Parks Department, Missouri State University, and other groups and organizations toward the goal of improved water quality.

5. Works cooperatively in planning and implementing special education events, such as a water festival, workshops, seminars, tours, and demonstration projects and assists in designing and staffing educational displays and booths.

6. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

7. Supports Project WET and related projects by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Aquatic Education Specialist is supervised by the Director of the Bull Shoals Field Station (Missouri State University), the City of Springfield’s Materials Recovery/Education Coordinator, and Greene County Resource Management.



Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.