Job Description

Title: Educational Designer I

time type

Full time

Location: Remote/Flexible
Application Deadline: This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications is received.
Required Application Materials: Resume in PDF format, as well as a link to an online portfolio sharing instructional design work created by the applicant.
Position Term: 1-year term with the possibility for extension
Type: Full time, exempt
Relocation: No relocation assistance is available for this position.
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position. U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position.
Hiring Range: $65,006 – $81,258
Full Range: $65,006 – $105,635
Benefits: UCAR’s rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave. To learn more about our benefits, click here:
Vaccination Requirement: All employees hired by UCAR must comply with UCAR’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy and safety protocols.

Where You Will Work:

The Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) serves the Earth system science community in three distinct areas of service. We partner with federal agencies and businesses to hire critical scientific staff enabling a more robust workforce. Through our scientific programs we seek to edify new research with our postdoctoral programs, our visiting scientist and internship programs, along with our interagency support programs. We also help build the Earth system science community by convening and managing summer schools and institutes, conferences, and advisory committees.

What You Will Do:

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Mission Area (WMA) Executive Council have developed a comprehensive Workforce Development and Training (WD&T) plan to support the staffing needs of a diverse workforce to more effectively face the water challenges of the nation. Implementing this plan requires key positions dedicated to establishing the governance, processes, and protocols to be used, and establishing new training requirements. A WMA Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is leading these efforts and requires staff to act as thought partners and who are dedicated to critical components of the plan.

This position will be necessary to design and develop virtual and microlearning instructional materials for Water Resources Mission Area staff and to conduct training.

This position will be located remotely.


  • Create and deliver highly interactive virtual and micro training (technical and non-technical) for diverse audiences.
  • Assess and revise existing instructional materials for the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.
  • Collaborate on creation of instructional materials with external vendors, USGS staff, and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
  • Work with the WD&T team to identify needed instructional materials including virtual and microlearning courses.
  • Serve as a resource for SMEs and instructors on best practices for virtual and microlearning.
  • Works with Instructional Design team and assists with coordinating communication between project leaders and with WD&T on project needs, status, and obstacles.
  • Works with Instructional Design team to provide training in virtual learning and microlearning methodologies and best practices.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic discipline (education, instructional design, or STEM field),
  • 3 years of relevant experience,
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of learning and education theories related to virtual and microlearning for students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate to a diverse workforce.
  • Skill in developing performance objectives and assessments to determine the extent to which learners achieve desired performance including diverse students.
  • Knowledge of STEM instructional materials design and development.
  • Ability to adjust communication style and/or format to connect with a particular audience and context.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in STEM.
  • Strong prioritization and organizational skills, and flexibility to accommodate changing demands.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Willingness and ability to travel – up to 2-3 domestic trips per year.

Desired but not required:

  • Training experience in a federal environment.
  • Technical knowledge of water science (hydrology, ground water, meteorology, ecohydrology, etc.).
  • Skill in applying qualitative and quantitative methods for assessment and improvement of program effectiveness.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and technologies for creating and facilitating learning materials.

Applicant Notes:

  • Please provide a link to an online portfolio sharing instructional design work created by the applicant.
  • Please note that while the position description details both minimum requirements as well as desired skills and experience, we want to remind applicants that you do not need to have all the desired skills and experience to be considered for this role. If you have the passion for the work along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest.
  • This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.