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Job Openings

Sea Grant Proposal and Reporting Coordinator (review starts 10/17)

Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking a Proposal and Reporting Coordinator to join its research and administrative teams. As a service organization dedicated to science on Maryland’s Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, MDSG both issues and administers requests for proposals to the research community as well as develops/submits proposals to external agencies. Broadly, this administrative position will be responsible for coordinating Sea Grant proposal submissions, supporting research and fellowship competitions, and managing project reporting activities for the organization. Attention to detail, curiosity, and problem solving are critical aspects of this job.

This is a unique opportunity for someone interested in supporting scientific advancement on coastal and marine science issues through proposal development, project management, and project evaluation, while providing superior service to our constituents. We welcome applicants from a diverse array of science, finance, project management, or administrative backgrounds. This is an annual, contractual position with the option to renew based on funding, need, and performance. Benefits include paid leave, health insurance and participation in sponsored insurance programs as stipulated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science benefits policy. The position is anticipated to start as soon as possible. 

Find out more and apply: Sea Grant Proposal and Reporting Coordinator position details

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Aquaculture and Coastal Resilience Science Communicator (review starts 10/19)

MDSG is seeking a science communicator to join our communications team. The position will support and develop communications efforts of MDSG in the areas of sustainable aquaculture and coastal resilience projects. This will require producing content across multiple platforms—including written website content and outreach materials, such as fact sheets, social media posts, and videos—as well as stakeholder engagement and some grant reporting requirements.

This position will report to the Assistant Director of Communications with input from Maryland Sea Grant Extension specialists, aquaculture experts across the University System of Maryland, and the National Sea Grant College aquaculture network.  This position is a grant-funded, full-time, exempt, one-year position with the option to renew for a second year. Benefits include paid leave, health insurance and participation in sponsored insurance programs as stipulated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science benefits policy. The position is anticipated to start as soon as possible. 

Find out more and apply: Aquaculture and Coastal Resilience Science Communicator position details 

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Assistant Director for Communications (review starts 11/15)

Maryland Sea Grant’s (MDSG) Assistant Director (AD) for Communications will report to the Director and serve as a member of MDSG’s senior management team that reports to both the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Maryland, College Park.

In collaboration with MDSG leadership, the AD will develop and implement a communication strategy for Maryland Sea Grant. In addition, the AD will oversee communications products and programming, manage the communications team, including contractual workers and student interns, and work closely with MDSG’s IT group.

The AD will be MDSG’s liaison with a wide range of internal and external clients and constituents, including marine-related industry groups, academic and research institutions, and others in the marine science and policy arena. They will develop strategies for earned media (TV, radio, news reporting) and owned media (website, social media, etc.). The AD will seek grant opportunities to help carry out the organization’s communication vision.

We are looking for an individual with proven leadership and organizational skills, strong writing and editorial skills, and an enthusiasm for engaging with external partners. This person should work to make MDSG’s communications inclusive, positive, respectful, welcoming, and diverse.

Find out more and apply: Assistant Director for Communications position details

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Graduate Assistantship: Coastal Resilience and Hispanic Community Engagement

Maryland Sea Grant is seeking a bilingual, bi-literate (i.e. fluency in Spanish-English speaking and writing) graduate assistant (GA) to help expand our capacity in community engagement, environmental literacy, and workshop development. In particular, the GA will assist on a special project to conduct a resiliency needs assessment with selected Hispanic communities in Maryland. The GA will receive guidance and mentorship from Sea Grant staff and the ecoLatinos organization. Ideally, this project would align well with the GA and their advisor’s research interests. This project is particularly suitable for students with interests in areas such as anthropology, environmental policy, geography, psychology, sociology, or other areas focused on society and environment interactions. The GA’s work will focus on:

  • Developing and conducting an assessment on coastal resilience priorities;
  • Identifying community’s information needs and resource requests; and
  • Developing communication strategies with two under-resourced, flood-vulnerable communities in Maryland.

Day-to-day duties will include project design, participant recruitment, project implementation, data management, data entry and analysis, tracking projects, developing community relations relevant to the project and associated professional development activities.

Stipend and benefits: The full-time assistantship (20 hr/wk) will provide a stipend at the current UMCES rates ($31,300), health coverage, and tuition remission.

Start Date and Duration: Spring semester 2023 and continuing through the fall semester

Qualifications: Applicants must be a graduate student in Spring 2023 (preferably continuing in the fall) and must be in an applicable field of study such as anthropology, environmental science, geography, public policy, or coastal science. This project requires bilingual, bi-literate (Spanish-English) language proficiency. Applicants must have a strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Other Requirements: The position will be based out of the Maryland Sea Grant College Park office, and the GA will need to interact with staff and mentors there. The GA must be able to drive a university vehicle. Travel to different parts of Maryland (including the Eastern Shore) may be required for community engagement, possibly during evenings and weekends. Travel support, as needed, is available. If not already certified, we ask the GA to complete Institutional Review Board training (offered free through University of Maryland) in order to responsibly conduct and assist on the community needs assessment, which will likely include surveys, interviews, and/or focus groups (which will likely be conducted in Spanish).

To Apply: Please send an email to mdsg-research@umd.edu with the subject line “Sea Grant GA Application” and attach a single PDF that includes a cover letter outlining your interest in the position; a two-page resume/CV; current transcript; and contact information for two references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage applicants from a diverse array of degree programs and backgrounds to apply.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal-opportunity employer. The Center’s policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Diversity Statement

Maryland Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity. Learn more about our mission here.

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