Extension/Coast Resource Specialist; USC Sea Grant Program

Job Title: 
Extension/Coast Resource Specialist
Job Location: 
Los Angeles, California

The USC Sea Grant Program is seeking an experiencedCoastal Resource Specialist. The Extension Specialist will be part of a team of coastal resource extension specialists and serve an integral role in interpreting and disseminating Sea Grant research findings on topics such as water quality, harmful algal blooms, sustainable aquaculture, and ecosystem health. This individual will also be USC Sea Grant’s research coordination associate  and will be responsible for the coordination and management of research proposals and reporting.

We are seeking an individual who is comfortable in public settings and in engaging a wide variety of stakeholders, and whose fundamental interest is in the wise management of our marine and coastal resources. The ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of marine ecosystem or aquatic science, and coastal resource management. The incumbent will interpret and disseminate research results aimed at meeting the needs of public policymakers and researchers at the federal, state, and local level; work with other specialists at USC, the UC Sea Grant Cooperative Extension Network, extension professionals in the National Sea Grant Network, and others with responsibility in marine and coastal resource and environmental management, along with numerous stakeholder groups, including municipal authorities, state agency officials, landowner and watershed groups, NGOs, and others concerned with natural resource and hazard management in marine and coastal regions.

The Specialist will work with faculty, scientists, and other extension professionals to provide training, develop collaborative programs, maintain and develop new partnerships with private marine and coastal industries, and share approaches to managing the nation’s coastal resources. Internally, the specialist will participate in the solicitation and review cycle for Sea Grant research, conveying stakeholder priorities and linking them with the research community, and be responsible for periodically reporting project updates and progress reports, and needs, metrics, and/or outcomes for programmatic reporting. This position will require local travel throughout Southern California, with occasional trips to meetings and conferences in California and throughout the US; at this time this position is remote, but the position will require the specialist to be present at the USC Sea Grant Offices on the main USC campus when the COVID pandemic has abated.  The specialist will perform other related duties as assigned or requested and the university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time. This is a full-time, grant-funded position.


  • Preference will be given to individuals with a PhD or Master’s degree in marine biological sciences, marine geological sciences, oceanography, environmental sciences, climate science, marine, and coastal resources, or related fields focusing on natural resources.
  • 5 years’ experience working on natural resource research management, conservation, or research. 
  • Excellent personal engagement and communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to effectively convey complex scientific information to a lay audience. 
  • Broad knowledge of coastal management policy and practices; familiarity with state and Federal agencies, such as the Ocean Protection Council, CA Coastal Commission and others.
  • Proficiency in developing workshops and presentations, facilitating groups, and coordinating with a variety of councils, boards, commissions, agencies, and stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in grant writing and managing grants and grant-funded projects and studies.
  • Excellent project management skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully within a team setting as well as independently on projects, grants, and outreach across a wide range of settings and groups.
  • USC Sea Grant seeks to recruit participants that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and the Southern CA region. We encourage applicants from groups underrepresented in ocean and coastal sciences.

Preferred Education:  Doctorate/PhD or Master's degree in marine sciences, oceanography, marine/coastal resources or environmental sciences and policy.

Preferred Experience: 5 years

Preferred Field of Expertise: marine sciences, oceanography, marine/coastal resources or environmental sciences and policy.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.

  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.

  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

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