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Job: Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator - Saginaw/Bay Area

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Extension Educator – Michigan Sea Grant – Saginaw/Bay area


Position Overview


Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan's coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research, and are members of the MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute. Extension educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve and enhance Michigan's coastal and Great Lakes resources and communities.


Michigan Sea Grant Extension seeks to hire an Extension Educator, to be part of a collaborative team and provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region, and sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of Saginaw Bay coastal wetlands and nearshore habitats for water quality and fish and wildlife populations and a vibrant coastal economy. Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Lake Huron and its coastal communities.


Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


         ·            Enhance the stewardship of freshwater coastal wetlands, water quality, fish, wildlife, and nearshore habitats within Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, and the Great Lakes Ecosystem by working with natural resources agencies and other stakeholders to identify informational gaps and work to develop, conduct, and evaluate education and outreach;

         ·            Build and maintain a network of contacts interested in natural resource issues related to land-water interactions and facilitate better communication and interactions between stakeholders, including working with a variety of stakeholder groups that often have competing visions for the region, and pursuing additional resources that supplement Sea Grant/MSU Extension programming support;

         ·            Collaborate with coastal communities and other interested stakeholders on community planning, watershed management, and coastal community resiliency to promote best practices;

         ·            Additional responsibilities outlined in position announcement, please see the Application Process below, for further information regarding the posting.



          ·            Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to freshwater coastal wetlands, fisheries or wildlife ecology,    water quality, land use, planning, natural resources, or related field must be earned by date of hire;

          ·            3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);

          ·            Proven ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;

          ·            Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;

          ·            Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;

          ·            Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;


Application Process


Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter.


Parties interested in this position should go to www.jobs.msu.edu and search for posting number 4076. Application deadline, open until filled.



MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.


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