Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking an Aquaculture Projects Coordinator who will oversee the day-to-day management of the MDSG aquaculture portfolio. The main component of this role is leading MDSG’s NOAA Sea Grant-National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) funded National Aquaculture stakeholder engagement grant as its National Extension Coordinator. The position acts as a liaison between MDSG, the National Sea Grant Office, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (Beaufort Lab in particular), grant Co-PIs, and relevant audiences nationwide. The coordinator is responsible for using a co-production model to develop a series of workshops about accessibility of aquaculture siting tools for different audiences across the country. The position collaborates with a steering committee and local Sea Grant programs.

The coordinator will also contribute to all aspects of the sustainable fisheries and aquaculture portfolio at MDSG, including supporting grant applications and organizing grant competitions, overseeing reporting, and developing project summaries for reporting to NOAA. Depending on expertise, the coordinator may also participate in other special projects associated with grant projects including aquaculture visioning and the USDA AFRI Sustainable Aquaculture Systems Supporting Atlantic Salmon projects. Overall, this position provides excellent opportunities for working on aquaculture issues at a national and international scale.

National Extension Coordinator for Aquaculture
Lead the NOAA Sea Grant-NCCOS National Aquaculture grant as its National Extension Coordinator. Provide coordination and support for region-wide outreach activities, informational product development, workshops, and events shaped by input from industry, extension, academic and management sectors. Work with MDSG staff to develop extension products relevant to the project.

Aquaculture Projects Coordination and Reporting
Coordinate all aspects of MDSG’s Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture (SFA) portfolio of activities. Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and reporting with the management team, particularly with respect to the SFA portfolio.

Lead or support research competitions, including contributing to peer and panel reviews. Develop familiarity with proposal and project management systems.

Maintain relationships with Sea Grant Association networks, aquaculture vision implementation teams, and Maryland Sea Grant Extension’s seafood and aquaculture program.

Additional information:
This is a grant-supported position with the option to renew annually based on funding, need, and performance. Coordinator funding is currently expected for three years.
This position provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous paid leave and health insurance and retirement plans. Paid leave will include 3 personal leave days per year, 22 annual leave days per year, and 15 sick leave days per year. The UMCES holiday schedule includes approximately 15-16 holiday days off per year. Health benefits options include comprehensive health, dental, prescription drug, vision, and life insurance plans.
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