Pennsylvania Sea Grant Education Lead

Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks an experienced educator to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate education programming.


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 Education Lead
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
If you are a current employee (faculty, staff, technical service, or student) at Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the internal application process. If you are a current student at Penn State and seeking employment with Penn State, please login to Workday to complete the student application processJOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a partnership of 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 Grant is part of a national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs. Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks an experienced educator to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate education programming with a focus on ocean and Great Lakes environmental literacy.  This position will be responsible for developing and implementing coastal resource and watershed focused education programs locally and statewide that foster environmental literacy and environmental stewardship across Pennsylvania. This position will mainly serve to provide educational and professional development opportunities for teachers and environmental educators, but may also provide direct teaching experiences for K-12 students and classrooms, as well as non-traditional adult audiences, focused on issues relevant to the Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay, and Delaware Estuary watersheds. Duties of this position include:
  • Providing leadership for the design, execution, analysis, and evaluation of major educational programs.
  • Developing initiatives for the delivery of ocean, Great Lakes, and water science literacy programming for grades K-12 formal and informal education practitioners in Pennsylvania to address the education and workforce development goals of Pennsylvania Sea Grant and National Sea Grant strategic plans.
  • Implementing educational programs using a variety of tools such as publications, electronic technology, group experiences, mass media, distance learning, individual advisement, and the like.
  • Developing and nurturing relationships with teachers of underserved students.
  • Researching and developing best practices and tools for teacher professional development in Great Lakes and water science literacy.
  • Building partnerships to nurture an environmentally literate public in Pennsylvania that are informed by lifelong formal and informal opportunities that reflect the range of diversity of the state's coastal communities.
  • Actively pursuing outside grants and contracts to support the program area.
  • Researching and producing curricular kits in support of ocean and Great Lakes literacy.
  • Developing organization support documents such as proposals, annual reports, statewide impact statements, monthly narratives, and the like as approved by Sea Grant Extension leaders and to satisfy the requirements of outside funding entities.
  • Ensuring PASG’s educational programs are connected to state and national science standards.

Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required.  This position will require local and overnight travel in

Pennsylvania, with occasional trips to meetings and conferences across Pennsylvania and throughout the US. The specialist ll perform other related duties as assigned or requested and the program reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience) in a field relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of this position, including, but not limited to, aquatic science, natural resources, conservation management, marine and coastal resources, science education, environmental policy or management, cooperative extension, adult education, youth education, teaching in a classroom, or conducting applied research and extending this to potential users through organized educational programs, or related fields.
  • 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; and
  • 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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