Education and Outreach Student Program Assistant

Position Type

Salary: $10-$12 per hour, depending on prior experience

Description: The Education and Outreach Program at WEI and GLBRC engages a broad audience including K-16 students, scientific communities, and the general public. This position provides room for autonomy and creativity; the Student Program Assistant will have the opportunity to help identify and develop an outreach strategy to achieve programmatic objectives and maximize reach among targeted audiences.


  • Must be an undergraduate student at UW-Madison
  • Desire and ability to learn about bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts, in addition to other renewable energy topics
  • Enthusiasm for, and ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to a general audience in engaging and creative ways
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a dynamic team and interact with the public, academic staff and research scientists
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, responsible, and able to handle a flexible schedule and work environment
  • Preferred: Coursework and/or experience in education, especially with a focus on inquiry-based and hands-on learning
  • Preferred: Coursework and/or experience in a variety of scientific and lab areas, especially biology, chemistry, ecology, or engineering
  • Ability to travel around Madison for Outreach Events preferred
  • Position is eligible for work-study, but not a requirement

Job Duties: 

  • Assist in the development of education and outreach materials (especially activities for heavily-attended public events such as Science Expeditions, etc.) broadly focused on bioenergy, bioproducts and biofuels, and corresponding energy and sustainability topics
  • Participate in education and outreach activities for a variety of audiences
  • Help with general Education and Outreach program operations, including data entry
  • Assist with event planning and organization, and track programmatic metrics
  • Facilitate event set up and take down including bimonthly WEI tea times
  • Assist in partner development and collaboration building with organizations on and off campus including coordinating/supporting volunteers
  • Assist with other projects as they arise

Schedule: Anticipated start date is September 23, 2019. Student will work an average of 8-10 hours per week during the academic year with occasional weekend or evening hours, particularly in the spring semester. Flexibility in scheduling will be provided. Potential for summer hours and/or the ability to continue working during the next academic year.

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

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