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Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator

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Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 9, 2017 for priority consideration at in reference to posting number 2017_00361F. Screening will continue until the position is filled. Application packets will include a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae and a list of 3 – 5 professional references. Questions about the position should be directed to Anne Lindsay,, 912-598-2496.

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Public Service Assistant
Posting Number 2017_00361F
Posting Type
Working Title Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Title Code 55500
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Salary Range
Job Summary

This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position to be assigned to the Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Primary responsibility of the position is to lead, instruct, and insure the safety of student participants in marine science and coastal ecology. These education programs include over forty (40) field explorations, laboratory studies, discussion sessions and boat-based classes. The latter are conducted aboard 24-foot open boats (Carolina Skiffs) and the 43-foot trawler R/V Sea Dawg. A secondary responsibility of this position is the development and management of the unit’s volunteer and friends program. Additional responsibilities include program development, collaborative citizen science projects, and grant writing to secure extramural funding.

Responsibilities and Duties:
50% Youth Education and Curriculum Development
 Lead and instruct marine science classes for PK-12 students, teachers, undergraduates and the general public.
 Lead and instruct 5-day summer marine science camp sessions.
 Develop new curriculum, supplemental material, and publish evidence-based articles in professional journals.
 Serve as US Coast Guard boat captain or crew aboard university passenger vessels.
 Insure the safety of student/participant groups while on university led programs and boat trips.

30% Program Coordination:
 Develop, manage, and coordinate Volunteer and Friends Program that includes: volunteer application and training, data management, organization and planning of volunteer socials and recognition, grant writing to support the effort.

20% Additional Duties:
 Develop collaborative funding proposals to support education efforts.
 Conduct applied research or engage in other scholarly activities related to coastal issues.
 Represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at public festivals, school outreach events, professional meetings, collaborative working groups and partnerships with other organizations in the field of marine science/ environmental education.

“The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.”

Minimum Qualifications

 A Master’s degree in marine science, biology, environmental science or related field is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details
 Considerable content knowledge in marine science, biology, coastal ecology and natural history.
 Effective verbal/written communication skills related to public outreach and education with non-scientists.
 Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a small team of educators, researchers, interns, volunteers, and other public stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

 3 years minimum teaching experience and experience teaching student groups aboard boats preferred;
 Volunteer program development and management desired.
 Small boat handling experience and U.S. Coast Guard Captains License preferred.
 Grant writing experience and record of grant submission.

Degree Level Masters
Posting Date 07/10/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Appointment Status Regular
Location of Vacancy Savannah Area

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have volunteer program and management experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. Do you have three years of teaching experience and teaching student groups aboard boats experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have small boat handling experience and US Coast Guard Captains License?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  2. Media Portfolio
  3. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Unofficial Transcripts
  6. Other Document #1
  7. Other Document #2
  8. Sample Publications
  9. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy