The Sea Grant Professional I is a member of the Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Team, and will, in cooperation with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Aquaculture Research Institute, and other agencies and organizations, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate outreach programs and demonstration projects. Position will conduct related advisory activities in the interests of sustainable use and development of the region’s marine and coastal resources, with particular emphasis on seaweed aquaculture. Typical hiring range for this position is $40,000 to $42,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The location of this position is to be determined. Options include but are not limited to the University of Maine’s coastal facilities in Franklin, Maine, at either the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR), or the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Duties are likely to be spread state-wide and the location will be determined in consultation with the candidate and stakeholders. Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Work with local, state, federal, and international agencies, academia, organized groups, businesses and individuals on opportunities/concerns related to the development of seaweed aquaculture sector in Maine including “on-farm” technical and husbandry support but with emphasis on post-harvest needs including collection and transport of raw materials, primary and secondary processing. Help develop and implement educational and technology transfer projects and activities that help solve problems or create opportunities for coastal communities, businesses and organizations, with particular focus on seaweed aquaculture, including post-harvest processing and new product development opportunities. Document all findings, and make them easily accessible to general public and establish mechanisms for regular connection to existing and new industry members. Identify scientific data gaps, potential partners and funding opportunities to address these needs by initiating and/or coordinating applied research and demonstration projects and through exploration of other models in other parts of the world including how seaweed aquaculture integrates with other forms of aquaculture. Develop, gather, disseminate, and evaluate information about seaweed-related issues, regulation, and technology to coastal constituents and interested public through mass media, videos, presentations, publications, seminars or workshops. Participate in the facilitation of community-based programs that relate to coastal issues of local concern. Meet on a regular basis with national, regional and local Sea Grant, Cooperative Extension, and Aquaculture Research Institute staff, as well as other federal partners such as NOAA and EPA, researchers, affiliated Cooperative Extension county executive committees, community members and other stakeholders to identify priority extension program needs, foster cooperation and report accomplishments. Serve as liaison to the relevant science community, including the University of Maine campuses and laboratories, and other relevant research institutions to link private sector, regulatory agencies, communities and other entities including the Maine Seaweed Council. Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
B.S. or B.A. in marine aquaculture or related field required. Advanced degree or five years of applied research, outreach or community development experience in these fields is preferred. Significant experience in food processing and food systems, product development, community development, applied aquaculture science, or policy work is preferred, as well as experience as an outreach educator in these or related areas. Computer proficiency and strong skills in written and oral communication are required, as are group and community facilitation skills and the ability to give informal presentations to groups. The ability to travel extensively, normally requires a valid Maine State driver’s license.
Closing: July 14, 2017
Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found.
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