May 19, 2021
Pennsylvania Sea Grant is hiring a Susquehanna River watershed outreach specialist
Pennsylvania Sea Grant, 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 Grant is 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 healthy watersheds, watershed restoration, and community resiliency in the Susquehanna River Watershed. Issues to be addressed may include climate adaptation, extreme weather impacts, and water quality improvements.
This position will work closely with universities, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to develop programming relevant to Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River watersheds that may be replicated in other regional estuarine and riverine systems. Groups served may include regional communities, businesses, municipalities, public and private landowners, and educators.
The Coastal Outreach Specialist will focus their outreach efforts on healthy watersheds, watershed restoration, and community resilience. The specialist will work independently, with 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 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 weather trends and extremes and the resulting impacts to Pennsylvania’s lands, waters, and citizens, and offering regionally specific adaptation recommendations.
• Working with local governments and community groups to increase capacity and funding to implement strategies to improve community resiliency and water quality.
• Developing and providing outreach programs and tools to increase understanding of the inter-relatedness of weather, climate, and human and ecological health, which result in climate-resilient communities.