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NC Sea Grant Seeks Coastal Resilience Specialist

North Carolina waterfront coastal community


Frank Lopez, 919-515-3012, 

UPDATE: Applications are expected to close on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

North Carolina Sea Grant is looking for a coastal resilience specialist to be stationed at the program’s Raleigh office.

Requirements and other details are available in the online posting:

“Our resilience specialist will provide technical assistance for coastal communities to identify immediate and long-term impacts of natural hazards,” notes Frank Lopez, Sea Grant’s extension director. “The specialist also would help local leaders to consider research-based strategies to reduce vulnerabilities, based on their particular ecosystems and infrastructure.”

The opening arose when Jess Whitehead moved in June to the N.C. Department of Public Safety to become the state’s first chief resilience officer.

“During Jess’ tenure with us, the coastal region saw growing interest in building resilience and seeking adaptations to reduce risks,” says Susan White, Sea Grant executive director. “We will continue our role in research and outreach on these topics and as a key collaborator.”

In particular, the specialist will lead planning, implementing and evaluating extension programming regarding a range of resilience issues.

The online application also requires a resume, cover letter, and contacts for three professional references. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

North Carolina Sea Grant conducts statewide research, extension, communications and education efforts regarding marine, coastal and watershed topics. Work often is with academic, agency and community/industry colleagues. A federal/state partnership, the program is administered through its headquarters at NC State University, with additional extension specialists at three coastal offices.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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photo courtesy of Sarah Spiegler, North Carolina Sea Grant


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