Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Summary: This is a full time, benefits eligible, non-tenured Public Service Faculty track position to be assigned to the Marine Education Center and Aquarium. Primary responsibility of the position is to lead, instruct, and insure the safety of student participants in marine science and coastal ecology. These education programs include over forty (40) field explorations, laboratory studies, discussion sessions and boat-based classes. The latter are conducted aboard 24-foot open boats (Carolina Skiffs) and the 43-foot trawler R/V Sea Dawg. A secondary responsibility of this position is the development and management of the unit's volunteer and friends program. Additional responsibilities include program development, collaborative citizen science projects, and grant writing to secure extramural funding. Responsibilities and Duties: 50% Youth Education and Curriculum Development Lead and instruct marine science classes for PK-12 students, teachers, undergraduates and the general public. Lead and instruct 5-day summer marine science camp sessions. Develop new curriculum, supplemental material, and publish evidence-based articles in professional journals. Serve as US Coast Guard boat captain or crew aboard university passenger vessels. Insure the safety of student/participant groups while on university led programs and boat trips. 30% Program Coordination: Develop, manage, and coordinate Volunteer and Friends Program that includes: volunteer application and training, data management, organization and planning of volunteer socials and recognition, grant writing to support the effort. 20% Additional Duties: Develop collaborative funding proposals to support education efforts. Conduct applied research or engage in other scholarly activities related to coastal issues. Represent Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant at public festivals, school outreach events, professional meetings, collaborative working groups and partnerships with other organizations in the field of marine science/ environmental education. "The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status."
Minimum Qualifications: A Master's degree in marine science, biology, environmental science or related field is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor's degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/.) Considerable content knowledge in marine science, biology, coastal ecology and natural history. Effective verbal/written communication skills related to public outreach and education with non-scientists. Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a small team of educators, researchers, interns, volunteers, and other public stakeholders.
Preferred Qualifications: 3 years minimum teaching experience and experience teaching student groups aboard boats preferred; Volunteer program development and management desired. Small boat handling experience and U.S. Coast Guard Captains License preferred. Grant writing experience and record of grant submission.
Faculty Rank: Public Service Assistant
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Employee Percentage: 100
Location od Vacancy: Savannah Area