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UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant's Brunswick facility

Now Hiring! Stormwater Specialist/Public Service Assistant

Position will be based in Brunswick, Georgia.

Title: Stormwater Specialist/Public Service Assistant          
Headquarters: Brunswick, Georgia
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications
Closing Date: All applications received by July 31, 2015 are assured full consideration.

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The Marine Extension Service and Georgia Sea Grant College program at the University of Georgia, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Stormwater Specialist. This public service non-tenured faculty track position will expected to work with the UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant sustainable development program to develop and implement community engagement, extension and outreach programs related to green infrastructure stormwater management.  The grant-funded position is initially available for a period of one year with continuation based on successful performance and the availability of extramural funding.

A Ph.D. or MS with experience in engineering, natural resource management, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, or a closely related field is required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Training and background in soil science, basic hydrology, and basic knowledge of non-point source pollution, stormwater management, and site design is required.  The successful candidate will have knowledge of green-infrastructure-based approaches to natural resource protection, stormwater management and site design that can be used by Georgia’s coastal communities to better protect coastal Georgia’s unique and vital water and natural resources from the negative impacts of land development and nonpoint source pollution. Knowledge and implementation experience in better site planning techniques, better site design techniques, and low impact development practices as emanated in the Coastal Stormwater Supplement to the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual is highly desired. Working knowledge of relevant federal, state and local environmental policy is desirable.

Experience with extension or implementation of educational programs is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and an ability to work well with the public and with an interdisciplinary team of extension specialists. The successful candidate must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively in a culturally and ethnically diverse community, work with community leaders and function effectively as a part a team.

Major Responsibilities:
This position will work to advance the implementation of green infrastructure-based stormwater practices in coastal Georgia by providing stormwater outreach and technical assistance, natural resource conservation and watershed management educational programming.  He/she will work with the Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant sustainable development team to inform and educate communities about nonpoint source pollution, natural resource-based stormwater best management practices, water quality, water quantity, and the cumulative effects of stormwater on water resources, natural resources, and community well-being.   Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in coordinating the planning, development, organization, marketing, implementation and evaluation of green infrastructure stormwater management programming to city and county governments, professionals, community organizations and the general public.
  • Stormwater Management Training and Coordination: Coastal communities with NPDES Stormwater Phase I and Phase II permits have many different plans, programs and training underway in varying levels of development. This position will work integrally with these jurisdictions to augment, supplement and aide coordination of knowledge practices and programs. This activity may include the development of educational materials, dispersion of new tools and the production of training modules that will teach by example how to create stormwater management plans and explain permit requirements. It will also coordinate and assist with implementing stormwater management on-site training that provides the latest better site planning, better site design, construction, post-construction management, maintenance and performance guidelines. The primary goal is to improve adoption and implementation of effective natural resource based green infrastructure stormwater principles and practices for jurisdictions with minimal resources.
  • Establish partnerships and unique programming that will result in coastal-focused water and natural resource outreach, emphasizing the area's character, watersheds, attractions, businesses, and other significant factors that would captivate and motivate the region's stakeholders to adopt sustainable watershed stewardship behaviors
  • Work in collaboration with fellow University of Georgia faculty and extension personnel to extend research based knowledge in water and natural resource protection to a variety of constituencies including local governments; local and state agencies; professionals; businesses; community organizations; nongovernmental agencies; general public and youth.
  • Conduct seminars and workshops, produce educational materials and news articles, identify unique ways to reach various audiences, participate in maintaining communication among community and educational partners, and participate in the development of targeted mass media campaigns related to natural resource topics.
  • Establish stormwater BMP demonstration sites across the coastal Georgia region.
  • Pursue extramural funding for continued program development and implementation.

Application Procedure: Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials byJuly 15, 2015; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Application packets should include a cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae and a list of 3 – 5 professional references. Applications should be sent to Marie Scoggins, Marine Extension Service, 1180 E. Broad St. 1030 Chicopee Complex, Athens, GA 30602, mms337@uga.edu. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Mark Risse, mrisse@uga.edu, 706-542-5659.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status. The Board of Regents has enacted a “background investigation” policy for new hires in the system as a condition of employment. This policy can be found at: http://policies.uga.edu/FA/nodes/view/1124. Upon offer of employment, candidate must complete the “Consent for a Background Investigation” form