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Coastal Training Program Coordinator needed

Position Announcement

Coastal Training Program Coordinator (Program Coordinator I)

Applications are being accepted for the position of Coastal Training Program Coordinator for the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NI-WB NERR.). The NI-WB NERR is one in a network of 29 sites around the U.S. and its territories that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS.) Reserves conduct research, monitoring, education and stewardship activities that improve our understanding and management of coastal areas. The NI-WB NERR is operated by the University of South Carolina’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences and is located at the Institute’s Baruch Marine Field Laboratory near Georgetown, SC.

Through the Coastal Training Program (CTP), NERR sites address critical coastal resource management issues by providing training and technical assistance to professional decision makers, such as government officials, land planners, developers and community groups, whose professional choices impact coastal resources. Additional information about the NI-WB NERR and its Coastal Training Program is available at

Position Description:

The CTP Coordinator plans, develops and coordinates training events and technical assistance activities for coastal decision-maker audiences in cooperation with partnering agencies, as appropriate, and in concordance with the Reserve’s Management Plan and approved CTP strategy document. Specific duties include:

  1. Develop, market, and implement training activities and provide relevant materials for coastal decision-maker audiences to address priority coastal issues based on needs assessments and market analyses.
  2. Provide or facilitate technical assistance for decision-maker audiences. Technical assistance may involve any small group interaction in the form of ordinance and development plan reviews, community environmental assessments, or customized training on specialized subjects.
  3. Develop, administer and analyze periodic audience needs assessments and program evaluations and apply the results to program planning and improvement.
  4. Contribute to annual action plans and performance reports for the NI-WB NERR, prepare program summaries and presentations for meetings of the NI-WB NERR Advisory Committee, and participate in NERR CTP activities at state, regional, and national levels, including participation in NERR System-wide integrated workgroups, NERRS Annual Meetings, and NERRS CTP meetings.
  5. Participate as a member of the South Carolina Coastal Information Network and other relevant state-wide and local program coordinating entities and provide regular program updates to committee members, program partners, and other training providers.
  6. Coordinate training program activities with other Reserve staff and complete other duties related to the mission of the Reserve as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in a science field with at least three years of relevant work experience, or, Master’s degree in a science field, coastal resource management, planning, or environmental policy with at least one year of relevant experience is required. Knowledge and experience in coastal ecosystems and coastal management or policy is also important. Experience in education program development, implementation, evaluation and administration is desired. Candidates should also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and the ability to communicate effectively with adult audiences one-on-one and in small and large group settings. Familiarity with planning and regulatory processes at the local level, and facilitation experience is highly desirable. Experience with database management and website design and maintenance is also a plus.

Funding and Salary:

Full-time, grant funded position. Salary: $32,838 - $36,500, depending on experience. Health insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits provided.

Application Process:

A description of the position is also available on the University of South Carolina’s website: and should be reviewed before completing the application process. To find the position description, use “Baruch Field Laboratory” in the “Department” field during the search on the USC jobs website. Interested applicants are required to apply electronically through this website. Applicants are also required to submit a letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, a resume, and names and contact information for at least three references. This additional information should be attached to the web application.

Position start date could be as early as March 1, 2018. The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.