Extension Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015901 - Coastal Marine Extension Program
Location: Biloxi, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

To lead and support a variety of routine and specialized Extension and research duties focused on a combination of coastal conservation and restoration, environmental monitoring, environmental stewardship, and environmental education.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

This position will be housed in the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS.

Area of Specialization:

Coastal conservation and restoration, environmental monitoring, environmental stewardship, environmental education

Anticipated Appointment Date:

November 2022. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The selected applicant will become part of the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program (CCR) and will be involved with a variety of program activities. Notable subprograms of the CCR include the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup, Living Shorelines, Mississippi Master Naturalist, and Student Naturalist programs. The primary activities for the selected applicant are outlined below but could include any activities associated with the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Program.
The primary responsibilities of the selected applicant will be to lead and/or assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of an applied science program. These duties will include activities such as, but not limited to:
* Organizing meetings;
* Leading and assisting with trainings;
* Leading and assisting with the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports;
* Developing, organizing, and implementing field research;
* Applying for and managing extramural funding;
* Trailering and operating vessels;
* Collecting, interpreting, and reporting data;
* Performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing;
* Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment.

Rank and Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Master's degree with major coursework in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment;
* Two years of relevant experience.
* Grant writing;
* Extension, applied research, outreach, education, and project management experience;
* Familiarity with coastal, marine, and estuarine ecosystems and associated field research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Typing and computer skills (word processing and spreadsheets);
* Highly flexible: ability to adapt to a rapidly changing schedule;
* Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize multiple demands;
* Strong oral and written communication skills;
* Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, Basecamp, etc.);
* Ability to develop and maintain diverse and robust partnerships;
* Ability to collect, process, and interpret research data; ability to author or co-author publications.;
* Ability to apply for, secure, and manage extramural funding.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

* Ability to work in extreme weather conditions;
* Ability to work long hours;
* Requires substantial routine travel, including some overnight trips

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at by submitting a professional staff application along with a cover letter, resume, and academic transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
In addition to the online application, a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be emailed to:

Screening Date:

October 17, 2022 until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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