The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant College Program and the College of Rural Community and Development, Bristol Bay Campus (BBC) is seeking a Marine Advisory Program agent to provide outreach, education, and extension services to Bristol Bay communities.
Facilitate interaction between researchers and regional stakeholders. This may include: - Facilitate community/resident input into the development of research projects and new technologies - Organize forums, such as the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference, for researchers and the community to interact. - Share research and conduct educational events on regionally relevant topics through direct or facilitated presentations and K-12 instructional opportunities - Participate in local research as needed and/or beneficial, in support of UAF and other researchers in the region.
Identify and prioritize educational, informational, and training needs of regional stakeholders by conducting ongoing needs assessments and evaluating effectiveness of programs. This may include the following: - Conduct surveys, focus groups, and informal and formal interviews Evaluate program effectiveness through course evaluations from training, workshop and conference participants as well as informal and larger-scale evaluations - Establish and maintain relationships with local groups to understand needs and foster partnerships - Maintain a continuous physical presence in the region’s communities so stakeholders know who to approach with needs and ideas.
Maintain a visible and accessible program that is responsive to immediate or “Rapid Response” requests for information. This may include the following: - Maintain a diverse media presence in the region, including radio, social media, - Alaska Sea Grant communications team resources, and partner newsletters - Hold regular office hours in coordination with the Bristol Bay Campus.
Participate in Bristol Bay Campus, Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks and National Sea Grant activities as needed and administrative requirements. This may include the following: - Engage with the national network of Sea Grant extension professionals. - Report on activities, accomplishments and impacts. - Participate in Alaska Sea Grant staff and faculty meetings.
Design, coordinate, and deliver training, workshops, classes, conferences and other outreach activities with Bristol Bay Campus and other partners based on these identified needs. This may include the following: - Lead economic and workforce development programs in partnership with regional coastal businesses and local entities through instructing or facilitating in-person and online classes, workshops or presentations - Promote regionally relevant marine and environmental literacy and deliver it in a way that is accessible to regional residents, including K-12 students and educators - Seek funding and write proposals to support these activities through a variety of sources
The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide network of specialists and agents who provide formal and/or informal education, information and technical assistance to the public relating to: commercial, subsistence or sport fisheries issues; coastal economic development including seafood processing, tourism or marine business management and commercial fisheries development; community-based science and environmental monitoring; resource management; marine conservation; and environmental literacy. The Bristol Bay Campus (BBC) serves the Bristol Bay region and the Aleutian & Pribilof Island region with a focus on workforce development, career and technical education, academic preparation for college and higher education opportunities at UAF. BBC offers UAF classes, community workshops, local courses as well as dual credit for high school students, special topic courses and online educational opportunities.
Bristol Bay’s population of approximately 7,500 residents is culturally diverse and includes Alaska Native and Caucasian populations; villages in the region are predominantly Alaska Native. Located 330 miles southwest of Anchorage, the region encompasses 31 coastal and inland communities surrounding Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay region supports a healthy and robust sockeye salmon fishery and its economy is strongly dependent on subsistence harvesting, Tribal, borough, and municipal government, and commercial fisheries. Rural villages rely largely on commercial fishing and subsistence harvest. The Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, individual tribal city, and borough governments, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, city and regional school districts, and others are key community partners.
Through long-term regional engagement, the successful candidate will conduct a productive Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory extension program targeting Bristol Bay communities. Promoting sustainable use and management of fisheries and other marine resources and strengthening the long-term health and vitality of the coastal economy through outreach, research, and education are important goals of this position.
- Identify and prioritize educational, informational, and training needs of regional stakeholders by conducting ongoing needs assessments and evaluating effectiveness of programs.
- Design, coordinate, and deliver training, workshops, classes, conferences, and other outreach activities with Bristol Bay Campus and other partners based on these identified needs.
- Maintain a visible and accessible program that is responsive to immediate or "Rapid Response" requests for information.
- Facilitate interactions between researchers and regional stakeholders.
- Participate in Bristol Bay Campus, Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and National Sea Grant activities as needed and administrative requirements.
- Experience working in rural and/or with Alaska Native communities or populations in Alaska with diverse cultures and knowledge systems.
- Familiarity with fisheries-dependent communities and the commercial harvest industry.
- Ability to work independently and balance complex tasks, deadlines, and budgets from internal and external organizations.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills with an advanced knowledge and ability to write and edit reports and other materials.
- Ability to plan, develop, and provide training to students of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
- Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific topics and content in culturally appropriate manner via print, electronic media (video, radio, email, social), and in-person appearances.
- Understanding of scientific methods and ecological process, especially as they apply to Alaskan waters.
- Travel within and out of Alaska, including travel by small aircraft to rural sites.
Required Experience / Typical Education or Training:
Master’s Degree in a field related to Community Development, Resource Economics, Business Management, Marine Science, or Marine Policy. Experience working with stakeholders to deliver outreach, education and/or extension.
Please attach a resume, cover letter, official academic transcripts, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.
Review of applications will begin on September 24, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This recruitment will remain open until
This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).
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