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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Greening Michigan 10058942
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Delta
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Extension Program Associate-EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, MSU Extension- EXPA, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture, Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Sea Grant Extn Educator Upper Peninsula

Position Summary

Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research. MSU Extension (MSUE) educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and enhance coastal communities.


Sea Grant Extension educators serve a variety of stakeholder groups, but no single educator can be an expert in all areas of concern to all potential stakeholders. Therefore, educators are part of a collaborative team within Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension, specializing in particular areas of concern in their districts; and sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation.  The person in this position will work collaboratively with the team of Sea Grant and MSUE outreach professionals to provide overall leadership for the Upper Peninsula region. This person will collaborate with other partners to support Extension programming and applied research related to Great Lakes fisheries and coastal habitats, aquaculture, seafood safety (hazard analysis and critical control points programming) and coastal community resiliency.


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is surrounded by three of the Great Lakes, and supports many state commercial and tribal fisheries. Coastal communities and Great Lakes recreational activities contribute to much of the Upper Peninsula community economic development. The individual selected for this position will work with local stakeholders, Sea Grant colleagues, and other Extension team members to identify key issues and develop educational and outreach programming, to address regional needs and enhance applied research.



Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs.
  • Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele. 
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners, Sea Grant, and Extension staff.
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
  • In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, tribal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Greening Michigan Institute, and the Michigan Sea Grant Program.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the Greening Michigan Institute, Michigan Sea Grant College Program and the work group aligned with. 
  • Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development, and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
  • Understand and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures. 
  • Other duties or projects as assigned.

Position is planned to recur every Spring Semester

Required Degree

Masters -Freshwater Fisheries, Water Quality, Sea

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to freshwater fisheries, water quality, seafood safety, natural resources, or related field must be earned by date of hire.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and  educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to travel regularly in local and surrounding communities.
  • Occasional long distance travel.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in leadership, facilitation, human relations and written and oral communications.
  • Proven record of working with state, federal, tribal, and community based organizations and groups, and working knowledge of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
  • Understanding of Federal Trust responsibilities to tribes and government-to-government relationships.
  • Experience in establishing collaborations and community-based initiatives.
  • Analytical and statistical analysis (i.e. R statistical computing) for fishery modeling for fishery stocks and population dynamics.
  • Successful experience in proposal development.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and experience managing operating budgets.
  • Documented understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity/pluralism.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are asked to submit a current resume/CV, cover letter and four (4) professional references.

Special Instructions

This is a full time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

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