Coastal Processes Specialist; S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Job Title: 
Coastal Processes Specialist
Job Location: 
Conway, South Carolina
$49,594.00 - $60,134.00 Annually
Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 18, 2021

Job Responsibilities

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium), in partnership with Coastal Carolina University (CCU) Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (BCCMWS), is seeking a Coastal Processes Program Specialist to provide the technical expertise necessary to expand our capabilities, broaden our reach, and provide a wider range of services to the many constituencies which are requesting science-based information and technical assistance regarding coastal processes – the connection between upland watersheds and the ocean, coastal hazards, and enhancing resilience to these hazards.
The Consortium, a state agency established to manage the Sea Grant College program for South Carolina (Charleston, SC), optimizes the environmental, social, and economic potential of the coastal and marine resources of the state and region through the support and dissemination of high-quality research, extension, and education programming. The Coastal Carolina University, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (Conway,SC)  supports the building of adaptive capacity in South Carolina through geological research, spatial analysis and outreach, facilitating the integration of coastal processes information into coastal management and decision making. For more information about the Consortium, visit the website For more about the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies visit the website
The Consortium is committed to continuing efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion among its staff and partners. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds. 
Major Responsibilities
The Coastal Processes Program Specialist, in consultation with key stakeholders and constituencies, extends science-based information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in South Carolina and the region and works with researchers to develop outreach extensions for their projects. The CCP Specialist contributes to research motivated by community needs and provides hands-on operational and technical support for constituents. The CCP Specialist solicits funding as needed to support projects through the development of grant proposals. Topical areas of work include coastal response to storms and sea level change, coastal and riverine flooding, coastal engineering, coastal hazard adaptation, community resilience, and other synergistic focus areas.
The Coastal Processes Specialist will: 

  • Analyze and provide up-to-date information about coastal processes and climate impacts to a variety of audiences through diverse means. 
  • Be current on data, trends and conditions which describe the status of coastal and oceanographic processes, chronic and episodic natural hazard events, hazard mitigation and adaptation.  
  • Participate in field work, data analysis, generation of proposals and reports related to broad areas of coastal change and societal response to the changing coastal pressures facing coastal communities. 
  • Work with CCU faculty and students applying a wide range of technology and modeling approaches to characterize and predict coastal response to secular and event driven change and societal response. 
  • Identify existing and emerging opportunities related to coastal processes awareness, hazard mitigation and adaptation in the built environment and in economic enhancement opportunities near- and offshore in South Carolina communities.
  • Identify information and service needs of constituents through targeted interactions with client groups, and work with them in developing solutions to climate- and resilience-related issues. 
  • Create data and information-sharing presentations and tools and products to assist stakeholders with decision support.
  • Give presentations on Consortium and BCCMWS activities at state, regional, and national conferences and workshops.
  • Work with faculty and staff at Consortium member institutions to design and conduct interdisciplinary applied coastal processes research and extension projects. 
  • Contribute content to communications materials produced and distributed by the Consortium and BCCMWS. 
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Consortium- and BCCMWS -sponsored state and regional conferences, workshops, and meetings.
  • Prepare performance-based program objectives, benchmarks, metrics, program evaluations, and other programmatic reports as required by the Consortium and BCCMWS.
  • Supervise student assistants and interns and serve on graduate student committees when appropriate.


Minimum and Additional Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a marine- or coastal-related science, engineering, geosciences, or related technical field
  • Minimum of three years of experience in applied coastal processes research and technical outreach/extension training. 
  • Experience with coastal geophysical mapping tools (e.g. drones, LIDAR, single and multibeam, side scan sonar and associated software, water quality and physical process sensors)
  • ArcGIS skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and communicate, collaborate, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to interpret scientific research for non-technical audiences.
  • Capacity to design and implement effective engagement strategies for multiple audiences.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in grant writing and management
  • High level of analytical, organizational, and planning skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Effective oral and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a marine- or coastal-related science, engineering, geosciences or related technical field
  • Five years of experience in coastal climate/resilience applied research and technical outreach/extension training 
  • Drone operation experience and licensure
  • Small vessel operation experience and licensure
  • Proven record of success in proposal writing and securing extramural funding

Additional Comments

Position Type 
Regular, full-time temporary grant appointment for eighteen (18) months. Position is contingent upon continued federal funding and on successful performance of duties. Agency hiring range: $49,594 to $60,134. The finalist for this position must successfully complete an e-verify and driver’s license background check. 
Work Location and Hours  
This position is based in Conway South Carolina.   Normal Consortium business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  However, work beyond regular business hours, including evenings and weekends, may be necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position.   Travel throughout the state and region is necessary; a valid driver’s license is required.

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