Extension Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
Location: South MS Area, Biloxi, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

Minimum:  33,900

Rank and Salary are commensurate with education and/or experience.

Department Profile:

This position will be housed in the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS and also have an affiliation with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Area of Specialization:

Climate science and community resilience

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop, implement, and evaluate climate science programs in close coordination with local, regional, and national partners focused on transfer of knowledge and skills to coastal decision-makers (planners and natural-resource managers). These programs will be transferred to Extension efforts such as trainings, workshops, printed materials, web sites, social media, etc. These programs should integrate applied research projects with Extension programming by working with researchers on priorities and ensuring that the projects are mutually beneficial. These programs could include direct work with researchers on individual research efforts, coordination among researchers/practitioners, communication/training with end-users, or supporting other Extension agents/associates so they may better integrate climate into their ongoing work. The Extension Associate will be responsible for independently seeking additional funding to support establishment of new programs and expansion of current programs; communicating lessons learned, best practices, and relevant products through local, regional, and national Extension networks; and engage in ongoing climate science Extension work related work in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment; three years experience working with coastal end-users to integrate best available data and science into decision-making; ability to successfully obtain and manage extramural funding; Extension, outreach, and project management experience; facilitation training and experience; risk communication training and experience; ability to manage projects and partnerships across large geographies through use of technology

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment. Familiar with northern Gulf coast ecosystems, organizations, and agencies; Experience integrating coastal observing and monitoring, and other data into decision-making; Experience with decision-support tools.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in using ArcGIS or equivalent; knowledge and skills in multiple document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, BaseCamp); knowledge and skills in webinar software (WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc.); Ability to develop and maintain diverse and robust partnerships.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

Ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.

Restricted Clause:

Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Instructions for Applying:

Submit a professional staff application. In addition to the online application, a cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references and unofficial transcript must be emailed to Eric Sparks (

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.

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