Marine Education Specialist; University of Southern Mississippi

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

Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please include a cover letter as part of your application.

Job Summary 
This position supports MEC projects and programs focusing on the ocean, and scientific and environmental literacy. The successful applicant will develop educational materials and activities, coordinate logistical arrangements with a variety of participating audiences, instruct or assist in instruction, maintain records, and assist in report-writing. The position includes significant interaction with a broad spectrum of community audiences.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Implement existing programs, including instruction, evaluation data collection, and environmental data collection and analysis.
  2. Coordinate with visiting groups and develop educational program itineraries.
  3. Assist in development of new educational activities and materials, including digital and social media, and conduct background research to develop new content and evidence-based student-active programs.
  4. Train educators on policies and procedures and curriculum/programs of the Marine Education Center and be responsible for safe conduct of minors on campus.
  5. Develop and foster relationships within the marine education community.
  6. Use and maintain lab and field equipment, supplies, and workspaces and perform other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in STEM- or education-related field. One year of related experience or training. Other undergraduate degrees considered with appropriate work experience. Valid Driver’s License. CPR and First Aid Certification (training provided). Must be willing and able to travel locally and nationally. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Skilled in use of personal computer, software including Microsoft Office Software, GoogleEarth and Elmo Visual.

Ability to use basic equipment for teaching and research in the field (e.g., seines, sieves, 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 communicate with diverse groups.

Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from various audiences.

Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.

Ability to work successfully as a member of a team and independently with moderate supervision.

Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

Ability to set priorities and complete assignments on time.

Ability to train others.

Ability to be flexible in working with different project teams and transitioning from one project to another.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific information.

Ability to work evenings, nights and weekends, as necessary.

Ability to travel for frequent day-trips and occasional overnight stays.

Preferred Qualifications  

Two years of related experience and/or training. 

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