[Coral-List] VIMAS Extension Specialist position at the University of the Virgin Islands

Marilyn Brandt mbrandt at live.uvi.edu
Tue Apr 30 14:22:31 EDT 2013

The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at the University of the Virgin Islands has an opening for the position of the St. Thomas/St. John/ Water Island region of our VIMAS office (Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service). The program spearheads our marine and environmental community engagement and outreach efforts in the USVI, and is an essential part of the Puerto Rico - US Virgin Islands Sea Grant program. We are seeking motivated and skilled candidates with a strong vision and expertise in community-based environmental and marine education and outreach.

Details of the position are listed below, and on the UVI Careers website via the link provided. Please feel free to distribute further.

Basic functions and responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work as the primary staff for the Sea Grant Marine Outreach Program, covering St. Thomas, St. John, and Water Island area. The candidate will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive outreach and environmental educational program addressing marine habitat conservation and the impact of human activities on marine environments including non-point source pollution, coastal zone restoration, sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas, natural resource management and human dimensions, environmental sustainability and resilience. The candidate will work in partnership with external agencies such as environmental community groups, NGO's, teachers, local natural resource agencies and private entities to leverage marine conservation resources and increase involvement on all levels. The candidate will also be expected to pursue other sources of funding and assigned administrative tasks. Specific duties include administering and coordinating day-to-day VIMAS operations in the area of coverage, website development, providing support to interagency working groups, St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER), Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE), development of a high school marine mini grant program and in cooperation with other partners, act as lead coordinator for "Reef Fest" and "Coastweeks". The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with scientists and community groups to foster and promote environmental literacy and bi-directional science-society integration of knowledge and capacity/capability building, and perform other related duties as assigned.


*         Master of Science degree in Marine or Natural Resource Management or Environmental Science Communication is required.

*         A minimum of two years of experience related to public outreach and environmental education with a marine focus is preferred;

*         Must have some expertise in social science research methods, or mixed-methods research and data analysis;

*         Working knowledge of Caribbean marine habitats and associated organisms;

*         Proficiency in Microsoft Office, data processing, web savvy, survey design, delivery and analysis;

*         Preference given to candidates with experience in socio-economic valuation techniques and research;

*         Demonstrated ability to work both in collaborative team settings and independently with minimum supervision;

*         Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines for deliverables and outputs related to the VIMAS program;

*         Must have excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical and problem-solving techniques;

For more information, salary range and application visit:
Listed under Extension Specialist II (CMES)

For more information and questions, please contact:

Kostas Alexandridis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science
Institute for Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics (GeoCAS)
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802
United States Virgin Islands
Tel: (340) 693-1647  | Fax: (340) 693-1385  | Cell: (340) 201-0888  | email: kalexan at uvi.edu<mailto:kalexan at uvi.edu>
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