Pennsylvania Sea Grant Coastal Outreach Specialist

Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks an experienced outreach professional to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a regional outreach program.


Date posted

Feb. 2, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

Mar. 2, 2021 12:00 am


Pennsylvania Sea Grant


  • United States

Job description


Pennsylvania Sea Grant Coastal Outreach Specialist
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College


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Pennsylvania Sea Grant (PASG, a partnership of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Penn State University, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to promoting the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania’s coastal resources through the development of science-based research, education, and extension programs. Pennsylvania Sea Grantis part of a national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs. 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks an experienced outreach professional to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a regional outreach program with a focus on watershed restoration and community resiliency. Issues to be addressed may include climate adaptation, extreme weather impacts, and water quality improvements on the communities in the southeastern Pennsylvania region. The position will work with a wide range of entities to promote education and develop new outreach programs to meet the information needs of local, state, and federal agencies, and interest groups. Groups served may include coastal and upstream communities, businesses, municipalities, public and private landowners, and educators. Work closely with universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to develop programming relevant to Pennsylvania’s Delaware River/Susquehanna River watersheds that may be replicated in other regional estuarine and riverine systems.  

The Coastal Outreach Specialist will focus their outreach efforts on watershed restoration and community resilience. The specialist will work individually, with other Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff, and in cooperation with other Sea Grant programs, partner agencies, and organizations to accomplish the goals and outcomes relevant to their areas of expertise within the Pennsylvania Sea Grant strategic plan and National Sea Grant visioning plans, including:


  • Ensuring that vulnerable and at-risk coastal communities are aware of changing conditions and have information to improve their resilience, economies and community well-being.
  • Sustaining and protecting water resources to meet emerging needs of the communities, economies and ecosystems that depend on them.
  • Providing outreach about the ways trends and extremes in weather are affecting Pennsylvania, offering regionally specific adaptation actions.
  • Working with local governments and community groups to increase capacity and funding to implement strategies to improve community resiliency and water quality.
  • Providing outreach that produce weather- and climate-resilient communities that understand how cumulative and inter-related changes in climate affect human and ecological health.

Specific duties may include: 

  • Working with local communities to assess baseline knowledge of weather and climate risks and watershed planning capacity, address knowledge gaps, and identify information and research needs to implement adaptation and restoration planning.
  • Working with communities to develop/create strategies to engage with local stakeholders (residents, property owners, business owners, municipal officials, and others) to prioritize needs and necessary actions to include in local resilience and watershed plans and policies.
  • Working to identify external barriers, challenges, and other constraining factors to community-level implementation of measures to improve climate resiliency and watershed restoration.
  • Seek opportunities to improve capacity and bring additional research and implementation funding to local and regional efforts.
  • Using the Chester Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan as a model, working with communities to develop local and regional plans and strategies to implement solutions for stormwater and watershed restoration challenges, focusing on opportunities that generate environmental, social, and economic co-benefits.
  • Developing case studies on green infrastructure projects on a local and regional basis to share with community leaders to help convey the benefits of green infrastructure to help manage stormwater.
  • Working to identify research opportunities to fill identified gaps in weather and climate information, watershed restoration, green stormwater infrastructure implementation, and data needs, and to address implementation challenges.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and least four years of work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position including, but not limited to, aquatic science, natural resources, geology, planning, conservation management, marine and coastal resources, environmental policy or management, climate adaptation, water quality improvements, or related fields focusing on coastal resilience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and facilitating cooperative processes with other agencies, community-based services, coalitions, local governments or organizations to address programmatic priorities and needs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology.
  • Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Pennsylvania driver’s license.
  • Computer literacy including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email and web browsers.

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