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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 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 Educator-UP Escanaba, Michigan

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) - Sea Grant educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve and enhance Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and the associated 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 MSUE, specializing in particular areas of concern in their regions; and also 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. This person will be expected to closely collaborate with other partners to support Extension programming and applied research related to Great Lakes coastal safety and their fisheries, including seafood production and safety (HACCP - hazard analysis and critical control points programming), the impacts of aquatic invasive species on fish production, and other related fisheries based programming as needed to address current challenges faced by the local and regional communities.  




Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is surrounded by three Great Lakes, and supports many tribal, state commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries. Coastal communities and Great Lakes related activities, especially as related to their fishery resources contribute to much of the Upper Peninsula community economic development and well-being. The individual selected for this position will work with local stakeholders, Sea Grant colleagues, and other Extension team members.




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 a reliable source of information to clientele, partners, Sea Grant, and Extension staff.

  • Collaborate with MSUE staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.

  • In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, tribal, regional, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of Great Lakes communities within their region and develop innovative and effective programming that addresses needs for fisheries and fishery management, coastal community resiliency, and Sea Grant-related programming (specifically including Great Lakes fisheries; seafood HACCP and AIS HACCP; vessel and coastal safety; aquaculture, etc.).

  • Create and promote positive public relations for the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, MSUE, and the Community, Food and Environment Institute.

  • Author, produce and submit regular (e.g., 10/year) research-based educational articles for the public and distributed through MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant web and email communications.

  • 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 Michigan Sea Grant College Program, Community, Food and Environment Institute, and MSUE and the work groups 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.


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.

  • Proven ability to create and carry-out 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/educational 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, or community-based organizations and working knowledge of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and its partners.

  • Understanding and respecting the Federal Trust responsibilities to tribes and government to government relationships.

  • Experience in establishing collaborations and community-based initiatives.

  • Demonstrated understanding of fishery and aquatic science (e.g., analytical techniques for fishery status and trends).

  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and experience managing operating budgets.

  • Documented understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity/pluralism.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse audiences of all socioeconomic levels and cultural backgrounds.


Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV

Cover letter

Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) prior supervisors

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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