Coastal Aquaculture Specialist

North Carolina Sea Grant
Morehead City, NC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education, and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. It is an inter-institutional program of the University of North Carolina System established to optimize the environmental, social, and economic potential of the state, while maintaining long-term viability of coastal and marine resources, by funding high-quality research, extension, and education programming and related communications efforts.

Essential Job Duties

This Specialist will serve to support the development, expansion, and diversification of the North Carolina aquaculture industry, including shellfish, finfish, and algal species. The Specialist will accomplish this purpose through education and outreach, technology transfer, and applied research activities.

The Coastal Aquaculture Specialist is embedded in the coastal region to develop and maintain close working relationships with marine and freshwater aquaculture stakeholders.

This position is located in Morehead City, North Carolina


  1. Work independently as well as closely with other individuals and entities to facilitate the expansion of sustainable and profitable state-level aquaculture industries (shellfish, finfish, aquatic plants, algae) through activities including but not limited to:
  2. Support aquaculture industry education and development through related activities:
    1. Develop and monitor annual plan of work through activities such as monthly reporting, annual eSeaGrant extension project reporting, and annual self-evaluation, and through tracking of objective performance-based measures of success including but not limited to:
    2. The number of aquaculture industry stakeholders who modify their practices using knowledge gained as a result of Sea Grant activities.
    3. Measuring the economic impact of Sea Grant’s role in aquaculture (e.g., job creation and retention).
  3. Participate in Sea Grant planning meetings and interdisciplinary projects.
  4. Review ad hoc minigrant requests, core institutional research proposals, and final reports.
  5. Assist university and agency researchers in proposal development, project implementation, and project reporting.
  6. Develop extension and applied research proposals, soliciting project funding from external and internal sources.
  7. Provide story topics and technical expertise for Sea Grant communications products.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Master’s degree in aquaculture, marine science, biological sciences or related natural resource field.
  • Three or more years of experience in aquaculture research, education, outreach, and/or technology transfer.
  • Ability to self-motivate, to work independently and as a member of a team, and to develop annual plans of work which have measurable outcomes.
  • The ability to communicate both orally and in writing, particularly as it pertains to interpreting/translating research-based technical information for the understanding and use by aquaculturists, coastal managers, and the public.
  • Proficiency in word processing, data manipulation and analysis, and communications computer skills.
  • Experience in securing external funding for aquaculture-related applied research and education projects.
  • Experience in developing productive partnerships and collaborations among aquaculture producers, seafood dealers and processors and consumers.
  • Frequent travel required in order to establish and maintain successful relationships with various stakeholders. Overnight and weekend travel as necessary.
  • Valid NC driver’s license required in order to travel and visit different farms across the state.

Preferred Experience

  • Ph.D. in aquaculture, marine science, biological sciences or related natural resource field.
  • Experience in all phases of shellfish aquaculture, including hatchery, nursery, and grow out operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide extension programs and services focused on aquaculture, which includes developing science-based solutions to help NC aquaculture industries grow, expand, and diversify, then getting this information to stakeholders.
  • Prior experience working in a university setting.
  • Ability to prioritize administrative tasks and meet deadlines in a team environment.

Special Instructions

Applicants are required to submit a CV and cover letter along with contact information for three (3) professional references along with their online application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit three letters of recommendation (listed as optional documents)when applying to this position.