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Bay of Green Bay NERR Tribal Engagement Convener

Position Information

WORKING TITLE: Bay of Green Bay NERR Tribal Engagement Convener
UW SYSTEM OFFICIAL TITLE: Outreach Specialist 
POSTING DATE: May 6, 2024

Essential Job Functions

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is the lead state agency for the designation of a new National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) for the bay of Green Bay and will serve as the employer and administrator for the Bay of Green Bay NERR personnel and activities. 

This position will develop and support long-term relationships between First Nations Tribes and communities with connections to the Lake Michigan-Huron region and the Bay of Green Bay NERR. The Tribal Engagement Convener will ensure tribal community interests are represented in the Bay of Green Bay NERR planning, programs, and activities. They will contribute to collaborative programming within the larger Great Lakes NERR sub-region. The position will build connections between Bay of Green Bay NERR and UW-Green Bay's First Nations Studies Program and other campus units and programs. This new position will evolve to address changing tribal priorities and the maturation of the Bay of Green Bay NERR. 

The Tribal Engagement Convener will deliver, assist with planning, and lead the following initiatives, supporting the Education vertical of the NERR system, while also contributing programming and support to the other verticals (i.e., Research, Stewardship, and Training). The primary role of this position is to build relationships in support of the development and implementation of K-12 programming, with a priority focus on working with the Oneida Nation School System.

  • Work with tribal schools to develop, promote, and integrate K-12 educational programming around estuarine waters for tribal learners. 
  • Develop, promote, and integrate educational programming for K-12 students around estuarine waters for learners at non-tribal schools that enhance understanding of tribal cultural perspectives as they pertain to estuarine waters. Expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services related to coastal and estuarine waters. 
  • Contribute to national conversations and initiatives in partnership with reserves across the coastal states. 
  • Develop and actualize integrated research, stewardship, and training programs among Great Lakes tribal partners, the Green Bay NERR staff and partners, and the Lake Superior NERR. Programs will target organizations, professionals, and individuals with an interest in Great Lakes estuaries, wetlands, and coastlines. 
  • Support extramural funding efforts focused on shared NERR and tribal interests around estuarine research, education, stewardship, and training. 

The person in this position will be affiliated with the Center for First Nations Education and the Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The potential exists to develop a unique course or course component in UW-Green Bay's teacher education program. 

This position will strengthen partnerships among tribal nations in Wisconsin and Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay NERR, and help expand collaborative funding targeting estuarine water programming among tribal entities, the Bay of Green Bay NERR, WI education systems, non-governmental organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies.

What You'll Do

  • Education: Research, develop, and facilitate place-based estuarine educational programming with relevant cultural and ecological components, and work with tribal and non-tribal schools to integrate this programming into K-12 programs. In support of educational programming, cultivate and maintain relationships with Great Lakes tribal partners and the Lake Superior NERR staff to support the Green Bay NERR's education programs.
  • Research: Contribute to the development and implementation of the reserve's research programs. Serve as a liaison between Great Lakes tribal partners' estuary, wetland, and coastal research needs and the development of the Green Bay NERR's research agenda.
  • Stewardship: Design and deliver programming on cultural resources and stewardship-related topics, issues, and programs relevant to Great Lakes tribal partners and Great Lakes coastal ecosystems in oral and written form to partners, colleagues, and the public.
  • Training: Design and deliver estuary, wetland, and coastline-relevant training programs among Great Lakes tribal partners, Green Bay NERR designation staff, and the Lake Superior NERR.
  • Contribute to securing extramural funding efforts on shared NERR and tribal interests around coastal and estuarine research, education, stewardship, and training. 
    Assist with monitoring, tracking, and managing the outreach program budget, and evaluating the effectiveness and performance of the outreach program.



  • Bachelor's degree at time of application 
  • Demonstrated experience working with First Nations communities, governments, and/or schools 
  • Evidence of effective intercultural communication skills that demonstrate ability to work with diverse populations and manage cultural differences 
  • Demonstrated leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating multi-partner programs 


  • Masters degree
  • Knowledge about Wisconsin First Nations history, culture, sovereignty and contemporary status with a focus on the Ho Chunk Nation, Menominee Indian Tribe, and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Familiarity with Act 31 and experience developing relevant programs/content
  • Experience working with First Nations knowledge bearers or oral scholars
  • A background in ecology, natural resource management or science education
  • Experience developing programs in the area of natural resources with an emphasis on freshwater, and a focus on K-12 education and/or training programs

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace.  The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions of Appointment

Some travel is required for necessary meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. 

Position is a full-time Academic Staff appointment. Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates will be asked to provide names, email contact information, and/or phone numbers for three (3) references, with at least one being from a manager or supervisor, during the interview process. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

Compensation and Benefits


Salary of $62,500. 

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


The UW System provides an excellent benefits package to meet the diverse needs of its employees. This includes several health insurance options, with annual deductibles as low as $250/individual and $500/family. Our benefits package also includes dental, vision, several life insurance options, AD&D and Accident insurance and Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts. We participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), where employer contributions begin immediately and employees are fully vested after 5 years of service. The UW System also provides supplemental retirement savings programs including a 403(b) and Deferred Compensation.

In addition, employees receive several types of paid leave benefits, which are prorated for employees working less than 100%. This includes 9 legal holidays, 36 hours of personal holiday and between 96-130 hours of sick leave annually. Employees earn 13-27 days of vacation each year, depending on years of service and employment type.

For more details, please review the benefit quick guide linked below.


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Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Emily Tyner
Phone: (920) 465-2586

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, June 23, 2024.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.