Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. 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 support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and enhance coastal communities.

Sea Grant Extension educators serve a variety of stakeholder groups; 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. This position will work collaboratively with the team of Sea Grant outreach professionals throughout the state and provide overall leadership for the Eastern Upper Peninsula region (Alger, Delta, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac and Chippewa counties). Position responsibilities include collaborating with other partners to support activities related to commercial, tribal, and aquaculture fisheries; coastal community development, including tourism, Great Lakes commerce, and navigation; water quality; and coastal ecosystems, within the Eastern Upper Peninsula, Michigan, spanning lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron.  Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Great Lakes and the coastal communities that depend upon them.


The Eastern Upper Peninsula (Michigan) touches lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron, supporting commercial and tribal fisheries, migratory birds, Great Lakes commerce and navigation, and coastal communities. Intense use has resulted in beneficial use impairments of the St. Mary’s River, an interconnecting waterway between Lake Superior and Lake Huron along the U.S.-Canada border, and the Manistique River, a tributary to Lake Michigan.

The individual selected for this position will collaborate with local stakeholders, Sea Grant colleagues, faculty, specialists and other Extension team members to identify key issues and develop educational and outreach programming that address commercial, tribal, and aquaculture fisheries; Great Lakes commerce and navigation; coastal community development; water quality; and coastal ecosystems within the Eastern Upper Peninsula region. The educator will also develop performance measures to evaluate the effectiveness of Sea Grant Extension programming in collaboration with the Sea Grant Extension Program Coordinator.

To receive full consideration, apply by September 29, 2015. Position will remain open until filled.

Additional position information and application instructions available at: jobs.msu.edu and click on -> MSU Extension -> Position #1997.

Interested candidates should contact Heather Triezenberg (vanden64@msu.edu or 517-353-5508) with any questions.