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.
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.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Supervision: The Marine Extension Associate reports to the Sea Grant Director and Extension Program Leader, who will conduct required performance evaluation with input from peers and clients in accordance with UMPSA agreement. As a member of the Marine Extension Team, this position is partially funded by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and will report accordingly.
Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional work beyond regular business hours (to include nights and weekends) will be necessary in order to meet the requirements of the position. The employee will establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as necessary.
Position Type: Soft money funded position, renewed annually contingent upon continued funding from the National Sea Grant Office and successful performance.
Work Year: 12-month (fiscal year) appointment.
Work Environment/Dynamics: The work place for this position is to be determined but could be the UMaine facilities of the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, Maine. The nature of the work as an extension associate requires independence and initiative since, as a field-based position, daily guidance from a supervisor is not available. As a salaried employee, the normal workweek is 40 hours. The employee is not required to be on call, however, there are occasions when work related activities fall outside regular business hours. Modifications to the plan of work and/or job description are made in collaboration with the supervisor and the employer and advisory committee.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
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.
The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.