Extension Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
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 marine debris, trash free waters, coastal ecology, coastal conservation and restoration, environmental stewardship, citizen science, community engagement, and data collection, interpretation, and reporting.

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:

Marine debris, trash free waters, coastal conservation and restoration, environmental stewardship

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 develop, implement, and evaluate trash free and/or marine debris programming throughout Mississippi and Alabama, but with a primary focus on the SE and coastal region of Mississippi. These duties will include activities such as, but not limited to:
• organizing meetings;
• leading trainings;
• preparing and disseminating outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports;
• organizing and implementing community cleanup events;
• collecting, interpreting, and reporting data;
• managing project budgets;
• performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing;
• developing and maintaining community partnerships; and
• other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years of relevant experience.  Extension, outreach, education, and project management experience. Familiarity with estuarine ecology, marine debris, and citizen science.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Two years of relevant experience. 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.); knowledge and skills in webinar software (WebEx, GoToMeeting, Zoom, 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.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
2. Ability to work long hours.
3. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 25 pounds.
4. 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. In addition to the online application, a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be emailed to:

Dr. Eric Sparks
Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

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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