This position will be housed in the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS.
Area of Specialization:
Coastal community resilience to sea-level rise and climate change
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea Level Rise (PLACE:SLR) currently is working in close partnership with USFWS on several projects to which a Fellow would bring welcomed capacity. The first is a recently funded NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) planning grant to scope for a RISA focused on climate, health, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. The U.S. Southeast, including the Caribbean, lacks a RISA and there is no RISA in the US with an explicit Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focus. The Fellow would provide capacity to the project, have an opportunity to continue working on the RISA, if a full RISA is funded, and gain valuable exposure to both the issues at hand and a network that spans across a multitude of states, agencies, and focal areas. Another project to which the Fellow could contribute is to facilitate the maintenance of relationships with underserved communities in the northern Gulf. PLACE:SLR recently partnered on the development of a series of recommended best practices when engaging underserved communities on issues of chronic flood risk. We have since begun work to put the best practices into action so they may be further refined and enhanced. A critical component of this work is to maintain relationships and bring capacity across a variety of issues - not just flood risk; therefore, a fellow would have the opportunity to support and experience these kinds of relationships firsthand. They would both expand capacity for the effort, while receiving valuable learning opportunities. Additionally, we would encourage the Fellow, as they learn and grow in the issues, to consider their own projects or efforts to be pursued by the joint partnership between PLACE:SLR and the USFWS. Finally, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of additional Extension, outreach, and educational activities around sea-level rise and climate communication with multiple audiences.
The primary responsibilities of the selected applicant will be to lead and/or assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of an applied science program. These duties will include activities such as, but not limited to: * Organizing meetings * Leading and assisting with trainings * Leading and assisting with the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports * Performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing * Documenting successes and conducting assessments of various activities in conjunction with the mentor * Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment.
Rank & salary commensurate with education and experience of selected candidate.
*Masters degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment * Extension, applied research, outreach, or education experience; * Experience and/or interest in working with underserved, frontline communities on issues related to health and/or climate change; * Experience communicating with a multitude of audiences in-person and online/virtually
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Highly flexible: ability to adapt to a rapidly changing schedule * Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize multiple demands * Strong oral and written communication skills * Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, Basecamp, etc.)
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
* Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. * Requires substantial routine travel, including some overnight trips * Valid Driver's License * Working remotely may be allowed for this position.
All applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu by submitting a professional staff application and attaching a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Other:
In addition to the online application, a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be emailed to [email protected] In the cover letter, highlight relevant past experiences and provide examples of opportunities or experiences you have or hope to establish with the communities mentioned in the job description.
Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.
Condition of Employment:
As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination or apply for and receive a University-approved exemption before beginning employment with the University.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
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