Coastal Aquaculture Extension Specialist – North Carolina

North Carolina Sea Grant
Morehead City, North Carolina
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Contact: Frank Lopez, 919-515-3012, North Carolina Sea Grant is looking for a coastal aquaculture specialist to be stationed in Morehead City at NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, or CMAST. The opening comes as Chuck Weirich moves from North Carolina Sea Grant to join the aquaculture team at the National Sea Grant College Program, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Weirich was a critical part of several statewide efforts including as a founding partner in the N.C. Shellfish Initiative with state and federal agencies, growers and community organizations. The N.C. coastal aquaculture specialist will support the development, expansion and diversification of the state’s aquaculture industries, including shellfish, finfish and algal species. Projects will include education and outreach, technology transfer, and applied research activities. All efforts will include working with marine and freshwater aquaculture stakeholders — and will consider existing, as well as new and emerging species, growing methods and techniques to meet consumer demands. The online application includes a resume, cover letter and contacts for three professional references. Salary is commensurate with experience. North Carolina Sea Grant conducts statewide research, extension, communications and education efforts regarding marine, coastal and watershed topics. Work often is with academic, agency and community/industry colleagues. A federal/state partnership, the program is administered through its headquarters at NC State University, with additional extension specialists at three coastal offices. NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States
Required: -Master’s degree in aquaculture, marine science, biological sciences or related natural resource field. -Three or more years of experience in aquaculture research, education, outreach, and/or technology transfer. -Experience in securing external funding for aquaculture-related applied research and education projects. -Experience in developing productive partnerships and collaborations among aquaculture producers, seafood dealers, processors, and consumers. -Ability to self-motivate, to work independently and as a member of a team, and to develop annual plans of work which have measurable outcomes. -Ability to prioritize administrative tasks and meet deadlines in a team environment. -The ability to communicate both orally and in writing, particularly as it pertains to interpreting/translating research-based technical information for the understanding and use by aquaculturists, coastal managers, and the public. -Proficiency in word processing, data manipulation and analysis, and communications computer skills. -Frequent travel required in order to establish and maintain professional relationships with various stakeholders. -Overnight and weekend travel as necessary. Preferred: -Ph.D. in aquaculture, marine science, biological sciences or related natural resource field. -Experience in all phases of shellfish aquaculture, including hatchery, nursery, and grow out operations. -Demonstrated ability to provide extension programming and services focused on aquaculture, which includes developing science-based solutions to help NC aquaculture industries grow, expand, and diversify, then getting this information to stakeholders. -Prior experience working in a university setting. How to apply: Requirements and other details are available in the online posting:
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