Marine Education Specialist; University of Southern Mississippi

Job Title: 
Marine Education Specialist
Job Location: 
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Job Summary 
This position supports the Marine Education Center with the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute through coordination of a multidisciplinary group of undergraduate students at Tuskegee University, the Ocean Explorers.  The successful applicant will help recruit student interns, coordinate logistical arrangements, manage telepresence and virtual capabilities, maintain records, assist in report-writing, mentor undergraduate students, and travel locally, regionally and nationally.  The position includes significant interaction with project partners from a broad spectrum of audiences, including several institutions of higher education.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Develop, manage and implement one or more of the Center’s programs or facilities, including interaction with project partners, recordkeeping and report preparation.
  2. Create virtual and face-to-face interactions among a multi-disciplinary group of TU students to cultivate curiosity in project exploration aboard vessels, in laboratories and at computers.
  3. Assist project staff in creating a mentor-intern matching protocol to optimize fulfillment of student interests and project needs.
  4. Identify interns and ensure their success through intern-mentor matching within USM and partner organizations, and intern support during preparation, internship and follow-through.
  5. Assist MEC staff in cultivating interest among research scientists at USM and partner organizations to act as mentors. Develop protocol for intern-mentor matching.
  6. Travel locally, regionally, and nationally to attend meetings, mentor undergraduate interns, and present at appropriate conferences. Create and participate in virtual activities for the same purposes.
  7. Perform other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in science, education or a related field.  Other undergraduate degrees considered with appropriate work experience.  Two years of additional experience in education, teaching, or research.  Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups. Valid Driver’s License required.  Must be able and willing to travel locally, regionally and nationally.  Ability to complete CPR and First Aid certification (training provided upon hire).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge and ability to work with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel for frequent day-trips and occasional overnight stays.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups.
  • Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from various audiences.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific information.
  • Ability to use basic equipment for teaching and research in the field (e.g., GPS receivers, water quality tools, kits and instruments) and laboratory (e.g., microscopes, analytical balances).
  • Ability to maintain and store tools, materials and equipment in good, functional condition.
  • Ability to maintain telepresence capabilities at USM and Tuskegee University.

Preferred Qualifications  

Master’s degree preferred, and can substitute for one year of experience.  Experience on vessels at sea is desirable.


Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervises Marine Educators, Marine Education Project Specialists, and/or volunteers according to project needs.

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