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Extension Specialist (Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program)


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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants must complete an on-line application process at the following link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2631 and attach the following: 1) letter of interest that includes a section describing a successful outreach program implemented by the applicant, 2) curriculum vita, 3) copies of all college transcripts, and 4) names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references when prompted. Only complete application packages will be considered. Review of applications will begin February 9, 2018. Inquiries about the position may be directed to LaDon Swann, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Director, AU Marine Programs at swanndl@auburn.edu.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Extension Specialist (Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program)
Posting Number P1085F

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Auburn University is seeking candidates and applications for an Extension Specialist position that will be located in Mobile, AL through the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. The position is a limited term appointment funded through grants. Continuation of the position is contingent upon availability of funding. The appointment is a 12-month, non-tenure track position that reports to the Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Director, Marine Programs.

The oil spill science outreach program focuses on the two-way transfer of information between (1) the people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf of Mexico or who are involved in the protection and management of Gulf of Mexico coastal and marine resources; and (2) the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative scientists, administrators and board of directors.

Responsibilities require substantial time and effort interacting with scientists and target audiences that use the science; reviewing and translating recent peer reviewed and other publications from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other funding sources; developing outreach programs; writing outreach materials; and organizing and facilitating meetings. The successful candidate must be able to understand and translate technical oil spill science results in a particular focus area for diverse audiences; engage with people with different perspectives; and lead and facilitate public meetings, seminars and workshops. The outreach positions will work regionally and as a team, and therefore significant travel within the Gulf of Mexico and beyond is expected. More details about the Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team are available online at: gulfseagrant.org/oilspilloutreach.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications require a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study that includes at least one of the following: 1) public health including behavioral science, environmental risk assessment, epidemiology, population health or closely aligned field, 2) social science including sociology, economics or closely aligned field, 3) biology including marine biology, biological oceanography, coastal ecology or closely aligned field, 4) chemistry including chemical oceanography, environmental chemistry or closely aligned field, 5) physics including physical oceanography, ocean modeling or closely aligned field. A minimum of two years of post-graduate experience in any of the described areas is also required. Demonstrated evidence and experience of strong science interpretation skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. A valid driver’s license is required. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirement for work in the United States at the time of appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of the appointment. Desired qualifications include an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a field of study as described above and at least two years of practical experience. A successful track record of working with diverse groups and developing and implementing outreach programs is essential. In addition, demonstrated ability to interact with coastal community leaders, resource managers, scientists, coastal industry leaders, policy and decision-makers and other stakeholders is desired. Demonstrated grant writing experience is also desired.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include an earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a field of study as described above and at least two years of practical experience. A successful track record of working with diverse groups and developing and implementing outreach programs is essential. In addition, demonstrated ability to interact with coastal communities, resource managers, scientists, coastal industry leaders, policy and decision-makers and other stakeholders is desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must complete an on-line application process at the following link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2631 and attach the following: 1) letter of interest that includes a section describing a successful outreach program implemented by the applicant, 2) curriculum vita, 3) copies of all college transcripts, and 4) names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references when prompted. Only complete application packages will be considered. Review of applications will begin February 9, 2018. Inquiries about the position may be directed to LaDon Swann, Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Director, AU Marine Programs at swanndl@auburn.edu.

Posting Detail Information

Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
References required for this position? Yes
If yes, minimum number requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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  8. Please indicate which position(s) in which you intend to submit an application (Florida-based position, Louisiana-based position, Alabama-Mississippi- based position and/or Texas-based position).

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Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documentation
  2. Writing Sample