Coastal Restoration/Living Shorelines Employment/Graduate School Position – Mississippi State University – Biloxi, MS

Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center
Biloxi, MS
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
TBD based on applicant qualifications
Last Date to Apply
The Mississippi State University (MSU) Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program ( is seeking a motivated individual to work on a variety of coastal conservation and restoration focused research, extension, and outreach activities under the supervision of Dr. Eric Sparks and in collaboration with a broad group of environmental professionals throughout Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and beyond. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary as a fully benefitted MSU employee and have the option to enroll in a MSU graduate school program as either a M.S. or Ph.D. student with a tuition waiver. Graduate school department could vary depending on the desires of the successful applicant, but will likely be in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture with Dr. Sparks as the major professor. Most graduate students within the MSU Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program are also employees (see people tab on website). The position will be based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, but will travel between coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida for activities. The ideal start date for this position is between January and May 2022, but could possibly be shifted earlier based on the preference of the selected applicant. The primary purpose of this position is to conduct extension and applied research activities related to coastal conservation and restoration with an emphasis on living shorelines. Specific activities will include field research along shorelines, nearshore, and offshore areas (e.g., marshes, seagrass, fish, invertebrates, wave energy, sediment composition, erosion, elevation, etc.) using a wide variety of techniques and technologies, conducting shoreline site assessments to determine living shoreline suitability, developing living shoreline design recommendations, conducting living shoreline focused trainings for contractors and landowners, assisting property owners or contractors with living shoreline permitting, developing guidance documents, writing publications, and assisting with other projects/programs within the MSU Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop some of their own activities/focus areas based on their interest. Travel for the activities described above as well as conferences or meetings will be necessary. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population. Initial application review will begin November 1st. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled, so get in your applications in ASAP. Questions? Contact Eric Sparks at
To apply for this position, please complete the Google Form here - Minimum Requirements: - Eagerness to learn and make real world impacts - At least 18 years of age - B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, or similar - Valid driver’s license - Minimum of a 2 year commitment - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) - Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays - Willingness and capacity to spend long days in the field, potentially in extreme weather conditions - Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 30 pounds - Organized and able to work independently or in team settings Desired/Preferred Experience: - M.S., in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, or similar - Trailering, launching, and driving boats - GIS - Fieldwork - Statistical analyses in R, MATLAB, or similar programs - Comfortable with public speaking
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Eric Sparks
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