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Sea Grant Extension Coastal Climate Specialist – Charleston, SC

Organization: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

Position Title: Sea Grant Extension Coastal Climate Specialist

Location: Charleston, SC

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Mid $40s to low $50s with state benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position Dates: Funded to August 2016 with the possibility of extension beyond that date.

Application Deadline: Review will begin on June 15, 2013 and will continue until filled.

Posted On: May 30, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in Charleston, SC, is a university-based state agency established in 1980 to optimize the environmental, social, and economic potential of the coastal and marine resources of the state and region through the support of high-quality research, extension, and education programming. CISA ( is one of eleven NOAA-supported Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) research teams that help expand and build the nation’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change.


The coastal climate specialist will extend science-based information  to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in South Carolina and the region. The specialist will also contribute to research motivated by community needs and provide hands-on operational and technical support for coastal climate issues addressed by South Carolina Sea grant Extension and the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA). The specialist will report to the extension program leader for the South Carolina Sea gRant Consortium. Plans of work are developed by the specialist and SCSGC-CISA program tam. Formal job evaluations are conducted jointly by the South Carolina Sea Grant extension program leaders and the Principal Investigator of CISA program at the University of South Carolina Columbia.


  • Develop and conduct Extension programming for climate-related issues in coastal South Carolina.
  • Work with CISA staff and research faculty at USC and at other Consortium member institutions to design and conduct interdisciplinary applied coastal climate research and extension projects.
  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate coastal climate extension programs, public seminars and workshops for stakeholders in South Carolina and the region.
  • Give formal and informal presentations at SCSGC and CISA activities at state, regional, and national conferences and workshops.
  • Travel within the coastal region to meet and interact with client groups, identify their needs, and develop solutions to climate-related issues.
  • Prepare performance-based program objectives, benchmarks, metrics, program evaluations, and other programmatic reports as required by SCSGC and CISA.


  • Climate scientist with a M.S. or Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Coastal Science, Geoscience, Geography, or related field. 
  • Experience in public outreach/extension.
  • Strong commitment to and experience with communicating science information to non-scientsists.
  • Excellent computer and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Experience with coastal hazards and/or planning is preferred.
  • Ability to interpret scientific research for non-science audiences.
  • High level of analytical, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Evaluation and research experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in computer and communications technology.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in grant writing.

How to Apply:

Application must submit by email a cover letter, detailed resume, and the names and information for three references, including their email addresses, to:

Ms. Judy Linder, Administrative Manager, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, 287 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 at

Contact Information:

South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium,

287 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401


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