ENVIRONMENTAL OUTREACH SPECIALIST
|Req #: ||140576 |
|Department: ||COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT |
|Appointing Department Web Address: ||https://wsg.washington.edu/ |
|Job Location: || Seattle Campus |
|Job Location Detail: ||Washington Sea Grant, 3716 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 |
|Posting Date: ||12/13/2016 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: ||Salary is commensurate with education and experience. |
|Notes: || Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 20, 2017. |
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an outstanding opportunity for a Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison/ Environmental Outreach Specialist. Principal responsibilities are to provide technical assistance and support coastal community efforts to enhance planning, mitigation and response related to tsunamis and other coastal hazards. Serving as liaison to the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) Center for Tsunami Research, the position supports PMEL outreach on tsunamis and facilitates governmental and academic collaboration and information sharing. The Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison works to enhance public understanding of coastal hazards and improve access to relevant research, data products, information, and other science-based decision support tools. The supervisor for the position is the WSG Assistant Director for Outreach with joint reporting to PMEL.
WSG is housed within the UW College of the Environment and is a unique unit with federally designated responsibilities for all of Washington to support ocean-related research, education, outreach and communications. WSG serves the state and the region by providing technical assistance to coastal users and managers, engaging the public in activities that promote ecosystem health, educating students of all ages, and encouraging science-based solutions to marine issues. The Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison serves as a university expert, connecting hundreds of Washington citizens, government and non-governmental organizations, and businesses with current UW research, faculty, students and other university resources. The position also works to strengthen the UW partnership with PMEL, a groundbreaking NOAA laboratory that focuses on advancing knowledge of tsunamis and other global ocean interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems, and climate.
The Tsunami and Coastal Resilience Liaison is an integral member of WSG's marine advisory team, working independently but cooperatively with university and government researchers, regional managers, coastal communities and the public. Support for the position is provided through a partnership of the National Sea Grant College Program with PMEL and WSG. Office space is available at both the University of Washington and the NOAA Western Regional Center with the Liaison spending time on a scheduled basis at the two locations. The Liaison will represent WSG and UW as part of a statewide network of resilience practitioners to identify local needs and work with partners to inform state and federal programs and research. In addition, the Liaison will support PMEL capacity building activities at local, regional and international levels for tsunami readiness.
Specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:
PMEL Tsunami Liaison
Work with the PMEL Center for Tsunami Research to develop outreach products and translate tsunami research for use by communities.
Integrate PMEL tsunami information into WSG outreach, communication and education program activities.
Provide input to PMEL staff on the information needs of public agencies, business sectors and communities.
Serve as a conduit for communication and collaboration between PMEL, WSG and regional researchers on programs related to tsunamis and other coastal hazards and community resilience.
Support PMEL in developing capacity to assist emergency managers in better interpreting and understanding newly-developed decision support tools.
WSG Advisory Services
Develop and conduct outreach and extension programming for coastal hazards, community resilience and climate-related issues in coastal Washington.
Work with the Washington Department of Ecology and other partners to continue implementation and coordination of a state coastal hazards resilience network.
Work with WSG, academic and agency experts to identify, translate and help communities apply interdisciplinary research findings and extension projects, including
use and application of best practices and decision support tools.
Plan, conduct, and contribute to outreach programs, public seminars and stakeholder workshops that strengthen coastal community resilience and capacity to address climate impacts and natural hazards.
Assist community efforts to identify and prioritize needs for reducing hazard exposure and vulnerability, increasing preparedness and strengthening resilience by working with community officials, stakeholder groups and disaster recovery managers at local and regional scales.
Develop and maintain working relationships with relevant local, state, county and federal personnel and non-governmental organizations.
Contribute to WSG program evaluations and other required reports as needed.
Participate in the development of grant proposals to secure funding for carrying out related research and extension projects.
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| Advanced degree (PhD preferred but not required) in earth system sciences, oceanography, geography, meteorology, environmental engineering or a related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of professional working experience. |
Current knowledge of issues associated with climate and environmental change and coastal natural hazards with expertise in one or more of the following: risk assessment, community preparedness, emergency management, public education and warnings, other related activities.
Technical background in tsunami and coastal flooding issues.
Capacity to manage demanding workflow and competing deadlines; initiate, manage and complete complex projects with minimal supervision; work effectively with diverse constituencies; and maintain attention to detail and process.
Excellent writing and verbal skills that demonstrate effective communications and ability to interpret technical information and explain it accurately in nontechnical language.
Successful community/public engagement and outreach experience, including work with research scientists on translating and applying research products for use of and benefit to emergency managers and communities.
Professional capability to work effectively at the nexus of academia, communities, and tribal, federal, state and local agencies.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
| Knowledge of Washington's climate adaptation and floodplain management programs, and Certified Floodplain management certification. |
Knowledge of current resilience and climate adaptation projects and partners in Washington.
Experience and training in use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and visualization decision support tools.
Ability to communicate in Spanish.
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| Time will be divided between Seattle offices at WSG and PMEL with work activities throughout the state. Workload demand requires periodic evening and weekend hours. A driver's license, and the ability to travel locally, regionally and internationally is required. |
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