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Apply Now — **updated** deadline June 3, 2024

Summary

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network (GLSGN), International Joint Commission (IJC), and Great Lakes Commission (GLC), are seeking two Fellows, recently graduated or set to graduate in Spring 2024 with a graduate degree or professional program with demonstrated interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and policy decisions impacting these resources. The GLSGN and specifically Michigan Sea Grant have trusted regional relationships through time tested extension services and long-established boots on the ground programs invested in Great Lakes outreach services. You will have a hybrid work schedule (virtual/in-person), placed at the Michigan Sea Grant Offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with limited travel to visit the GLC Office (also in Ann Arbor), and  IJC Great Lakes Regional Office, located in Windsor, Ontario. As an employee of Michigan Sea Grant for one year starting in June 2024, you will provide technical support to the IJC’s Science Advisory Board in a cooperative arrangement with IJC, GLC and Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Appointment Information: This position will be a one year, full-time term limited appointment. The annual salary will be $53,000.

Who We Are

Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With offices in Ann Arbor, East Lansing, and coastal communities around the state, MISG’s mission is to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. MISG’s partnership with NOAA’s National Sea Grant network which consists of 34 university based programs, contributes to ensuring a sustainable use of resources within the environment and the research community.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Responsibilities

As Research Fellow with MISG, you will support the following:

  • Development of a detailed and actionable implementation strategy for the Great Lakes Science Plan and support development of the Community Science Plan, including attending relevant workshops.
  • Communications between the GLC, GLSGN, IJC, and supporting consultants.
  • Remote attendance at various Great Lakes regional meetings.
  • Information distribution and reporting of findings with relevant boards and committees.
  • Limited travel as requested by the IJC, GLC and GLSGN for community engagement purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a policy or scientific major field of study, and at least 25 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: environmental science or engineering, chemistry, biology, limnology, oceanography, physics, hydrology, geology, or political science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
  • Knowledge applicable to a wide range of scientific disciplines and project management activities.
  • Knowledge of environmental science, chronic ecosystem problems facing the Great Lakes, scientific methods, and best practices for developing technical advice for managers.
  • Knowledge of indigenous communities across the Great Lakes, inclusive of traditional ecological knowledge and scientific pathways of knowing.
  • Knowledge of under-represented communities across the Great Lakes, inclusive of how community science might help to address water quality concerns.
  • Experience with needs assessment and policy recommendations relating to how science gaps are addressed and  how science is communicated to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience conducting workshops, seminars, and other meetings with various agencies and audiences.
  • Interpersonal, organization, written, and oral communications skills . Applicants selected for an interview may be asked to provide an example of a written product.

Application materials must include

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages);
  • Education and career goal statement emphasizing the applicant’s abilities and expectations for the fellowship experience (1,000 words or less);
  • Contact information for three references, including the student’s advisor or major professor
  • A clear scanned copy of undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

If you experience difficulty in uploading due to file size, these materials can be sent to seas-hr-requests@umich.edu – please indicate that you are applying for the Great Lakes Fellow position, and please also complete the application through the UM Careers website.