Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) is seeking a Clean Vessel Act Boater Outreach Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.
Housed at Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) is one of 33 state programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant College Program. OSG meets its vision of thriving coastal communities and ecosystems in Oregon through community engagement and outreach, education, and sponsored research. OSG serves as a catalyst that promotes discovery, understanding, and resilience for Oregon coastal communities and ecosystems.
This position falls within OSG’s outreach and extension role, and fits within OSU’s Division of Extension and Engagement (Division). The Division connects OSU to the rest of the state by making its educational programs accessible wherever and whenever people need to learn. The Division enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, businesses, industries, government and educational institutions.
The position is funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Clean Vessel Act Grant Program (CVA) in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board for educational programs that engage and inform recreational boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage and use of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities
This is full-time, 12-month, professional faculty grant funded position, is supervised by the OSG Extension Leader.
This position will lead outreach to the recreational boating community about the CVA as a team member with Oregon Sea Grant at OSU. A part of OSU Extension, OSG’s outreach and engagement activities help inform and engage the public in learning, discussing, and acting on ocean and coastal issues. Position includes creating strong working relationships with recreational boating and boating support (e.g., marina staff, state agencies) stakeholders, developing and implementing outreach materials and educational programming to these stakeholders, hiring and supervising assistants as needed, and grant management.
Program work will occur at boating venues throughout the state, with the highest volume of effort along the Oregon coast and lower Columbia/Portland metro/Willamette Valley. This position’s office location will be negotiable. This position will have office space in an Extension Office or other OSU location.
50% – Project Management and Coordination
- Develop and maintain an educational and promotional program for CVA education in coastal and inland Oregon building off of existing CVA programming.
- Use creative and innovative approaches to communicate with and educate Oregon boaters.
- Coordinate the implementation of a CVA program in coastal and inland Oregon.
- Plan, schedule, and implement site visits with CVA-funded marinas and boating facilities located along Oregon’s coast and inland regions to advance CVA and clean boating programs.
- Keep track of the status of CVA signs at boating locations, order new signage as necessary.
- Support ongoing efforts related to the development of tools for boaters that identify waste disposal facilities, which may include updating maps or app databases in collaboration with Oregon State Marine Board
- Develop or oversee the development of outreach and marketing materials that may include print or online material
- Coordinate with other Sea Grant Extension agents and collaborators in developing and implementing outreach programs.
- Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate CVA outreach personnel (includes staff, interns, or students) as budget and project support is needed.
- Participate in Oregon Sea Grant programmatic activities, including program-wide meetings, and other organizational or service activities.
20% – Grant Management
- Take a lead role in developing and submitting quarterly progress reports, conducting needs assessments or evaluations, and identifying new grant opportunities
- Assisting in the development of funding proposals to support CVA work
- Work with the Fiscal Officer and Principal Investigator to track the project budget and make decisions on expenditures
20% – External Relations
- Maintain strong relationship with Oregon State Marine Board and align programming with their existing CVA and clean boater programs.
- Build relationships with diverse recreational boater groups, such as cruisers, anglers, sailing groups, water-sports, etc. and tailor programming for specific boating audiences.
- Build relationships with facilities and groups associated with boating such as marinas, retail outlets, etc.
- Build relationships with neighboring state CVA/clean boating programs, so that efforts can be leveraged where possible.
- Help develop and interpret stakeholder’s knowledge, actions and needs to inform the development of educational content, program development and evaluation relevant to clean boating.
- Present information in different forums and media to obtain feedback from stakeholders for program development and improvement.
10% – Professional Development
- Pursues regular professional development opportunities through professional reading, seminars, workshops, and participation in professional organizations.
- Encourages professional growth among any staff, interns, or volunteers that they oversee. Identifies or provides training and professional growth opportunities relating to recreational boating/CVA/etc.
- A Bachelor’s degree in marine or environmental sciences, resource management, recreation management, communications, public policy, public administration, resource economics/business or a related field that gives the candidate a firm basis in the physical and social sciences, or with policy/administration.
- Professional experience in a position requiring understanding of marine and coastal resources, environmental management, or similar expertise.
- Knowledge of and experience with recreational boating, boating facilities, and boating culture.
- Knowledge of and experience with coastal and marine ecosystem processes, management, and policies.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to form positive relationships with partners and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated success in developing effective outreach materials and programs for a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated success in evaluating outreach materials and programs.
- Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in OSU programming
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage competing time demands, while also working as a collaborative member of a geographically separated team.
- This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
- A Master’s degree in marine or environmental sciences, resource management, recreation management, communications, public policy, public administration, resource economics/business or a related field that gives the candidate a firm basis in the physical and social sciences, or with policy/administration.
- Direct experience with and knowledge of recreational and commercial marine sectors and businesses.
- Understanding of and experience with multiple different types of recreational boaters.
- Experience working with state agencies, such as the Oregon State Marine Board.
- Experience working with marina managers and familiarity with the CVA and clean/safe boating practices (e.g., sewage pumpouts, dump stations, and floating restrooms).
- Experience supervising interns, volunteers, or staff.
- Proven abilities with grant management and reporting.
- Proficient computer skills, including word processing, customized databases, and ability to interface with social media.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Regular travel to boating access locations within the state of Oregon, with the highest volume of work along the Oregon coast and the lower Columbia/Portland metro/Willamette Valley. Occasional evenings and weekends, along with occasional overnight travel may be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants
The closing date has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool.
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV; and
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
3) Oregon Sea Grant is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace environment. Please describe any activities or groups in which you have participated, professionally or personally, that demonstrates your commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. What does it mean to you to work in a professional environment committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion? What are your strengths and challenges with regards to these topics?
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For additional information please contact: Jamie Doyle at Jamie.doyle [at] oregonstate.edu or 541-297-4227.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.