Extension Program Associate

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

Position Function:

To support a variety of routine and specialized extension and research duties focused on a combination of coastal conservation and restoration, environmental monitoring, environmental stewardship, marsh ecology, oyster reefs, data collection, interpretation, and reporting.

Salary Grade:  09

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, marsh ecology, oyster reefs

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 assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of a stakeholder driven monitoring program for coastal restoration projects. These duties will include activities such as, but not limited to:
• organizing meetings;
• assisting with trainings;
• assisting with the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports;
• organizing and implementing field research;
• trailering and operating vessels;
• planning and executing collection of aerial imagery;
• collecting, interpreting, and reporting data;
• assisting with project budgets;
• performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing; and
• other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent and two years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment. Extension, outreach, education, and project management experience. Familiarity with estuarine ecology, aerial imagery, and field research.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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.); familiarity with research platforms (i.e., Drone Deploy, Arduino, etc. ); and 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 50 pounds.
4. Requires substantial routine travel, including some overnight trips.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants should submit a support 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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