Shellfish Aquaculture Program Specialist; South Carolina Sea Grant

Job Title: 
Shellfish Aquaculture Program Specialist
Job Location: 
Charleston, South Carolina
$49,594 - $60,134/year

About the Position

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) is seeking a Shellfish Aquaculture (SAQ) Program Specialist to be based at our home office in Charleston. The SAQ Program Specialist will develop, coordinate, and implement a science-based and user-driven SAQ-related research and outreach program. 

The Consortium is a university-based state agency established in 1980 to generate and apply science-based information on issues and opportunities to enhance the practical use and conservation of coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment.  

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Major Responsibilities

The Consortium’s Shellfish Aquaculture Program Specialist, in consultation with key stakeholders and constituencies, extends science-based information to coastal communities, resource managers, and interest groups in South Carolina and the region and works with researchers to develop outreach extensions for their projects. The specialist contributes to research motivated by community needs and provides hands-on operational and technical support for constituents. The specialist solicits funding as needed to support projects through the development of grant proposals.

Topical areas of work include, but are not limited to, issues and opportunities addressing state-level market and non-market fisheries policy and management, sustainable aquaculture development, seafood business planning and marketing, working waterfronts, fisheries ecology, and fisheries/aquaculture gear and technology.

The Consortium’s SAQ Program Specialist will:

  • Work with Consortium staff and research faculty at Consortium member institutions to design and conduct interdisciplinary applied aquaculture-related research and extension projects to address needs and opportunities identified by a variety of S.C. coastal constituencies, including local governments, local and state agencies, businesses, community organizations, non-governmental organizations, and individuals; provide leadership at local and regional levels.
  • Conduct field visits and provide consultation to existing shellfish growers to troubleshoot technical problems, such as water quality issues, biofouling, nursery design and equipment repair.
  • Participate in the development of grant proposals with Consortium staff and others to secure funding for living marine resource-related research and extension projects to benefit end-users in South Carolina.
  • Give formal and informal presentations on the Consortium’s aquaculture-related activities at state, regional, and national conferences and workshops.
  • Extend aquaculture-related information through print and electronic products and publications, including professional and trade publications, webinars, and social media.
  • Prepare performance-based information on program objectives, benchmarks, metrics, program evaluations, and other assessment reports as required by the Consortium and its program sponsors and financial supporters.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in marine/environmental science, natural resource management, fisheries biology/management or related field; and demonstrated experience in extension or outreach work related to coastal living marine resource issues OR a Bachelor’s degree in similar fields with a minimum of three (3) years experience providing technical assistance to shellfish growers. Experience in and knowledge of living marine resource-related issues in South Carolina and the southeastern United States.
  • Experience in developing multi-dimensional programs and managing project teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and communicate, collaborate, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven record of success in securing extramural funding.
  • Ability to interpret scientific research for non-technical audiences.
  • High level of analytical, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in computer and communications technology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • More than five years shellfish aquaculture-related applied research and technical outreach/extension training.

Position Type

Regular, full-time temporary grant appointment for eighteen (18) months. Position is contingent upon continued federal funding and on successful performance of duties. Agency hiring range: $49,594 to $60,134. The finalist for this position must successfully complete an e-verify and driver’s license background check.

Work Location and Hours

This position is based in Charleston, South Carolina. Normal Consortium business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. However, work beyond regular business hours, including evenings and weekends, may be necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position. Travel throughout the state and region is necessary; a valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply

A complete application will include a letter of interest, curriculum vita, and names and addresses of three professional references in digital format to:

Mr. Ryan Bradley
Assistant Director for Administration
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
287 Meeting Street
Charleston, S.C.  29401
Ryan.bradley [at]

This position is available immediately. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium participates in E-Verify.

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