Michigan Sea Grant is hiring for a new position: Sea Grant Extension educator based in the Saginaw Bay Area.

Michigan Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research. Extension educators help Great Lakes stakeholders by providing information, context and tools to make informed decisions about Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and communities. Educators serve a variety of stakeholder groups, but no single educator can be an expert in all areas of concern to all potential stakeholders.

Therefore, educators are part of a collaborative team within Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, specializing in particular areas of concern in their districts, and sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation.

The person in this position will work collaboratively with the Michigan Sea Grant team to provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of freshwater wetlands, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat within Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, and the Great Lakes Ecosystem. Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Great Lakes water quality, fisheries, waterfowl populations, and coastal community development.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

  • Master’s degree related to freshwater coastal wetlands, fisheries or wildlife ecology (waterfowl emphasis), water quality, land use, planning, natural resources, or related field by date of hire; PhD. desired.
  • 3 years of experience in Extension or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (within the last 5 years preferred);
  • Proven ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;
  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience and proven ability to work productively with a team;
  • Proficiency in use of technology for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities;

See: Full Job Description and Qualifications (PDF)

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the the Michigan State University jobs page at to apply for posting number 9458. The review of applications will begin on Friday, June 20th, 2014 and the position will remain open until filled.

For questions, please contact Dr. Heather Triezenberg (, Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program Coordinator.