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Job Opportunity: Outreach and Communications Specialist, New England

Outreach & Communications Specialist: Northeastern Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)

The Northeastern Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) is a non-profit organization that is one of eleven regional associations comprising the coastal component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing Systems (IOOS). NERACOOS’s mission is (1) to lead the development, implementation, operation, and evaluation of a sustained, regional coastal ocean observing system for the northeast United States and Canadian Maritime provinces, as part of the United States IOOS; (2) to promote the development and dissemination of data and data products that meet the needs of end users; and, (3) to advocate for the regional, national, and global ocean observing system through education and outreach.

Job Description: The Outreach & Communications Specialist will work with the Executive Director and other NERACOOS staff and partners to implement a range of processes and products to improve NERACOOS’ internal and external communications.

Examples of task to be performed include:

• Engage with individuals and groups who use ocean observing system information to define the scope of information required and appropriate framing of its delivery.

• Create a NERACOOS “internal communication strategy” to coordinate and leverage the efforts of NERACOOS partners and to help them engage with target audiences.

• Craft a set of targeted “key messages” and incorporate these into the NERACOOS website design and other outreach products.

• Establish collaborations with other regional experts to leverage common goals and activities to help promote stewardship of the Northeast’s watersheds and coastal waters.

• Produce a short monthly newsletter for distribution via an email contact list.

• Develop one-pagers, web content, newsletter items, and press releases that improve NERACOOS’ visibility to our members, stakeholders, key decision-makers and other interested parties.

• Support the NERACOOS Education and Outreach (E & O) Working Group and work closely with the New England Ocean Sciences Education Collaborative (NEOSEC).

• Prepare and maintain project plans, records and reports.

Position Location: The Outreach & Communications Specialist will be located offsite from the NERACOOS office on the coast at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.

Required Expertise and Skills: The successful contractor must:

• Be able to work within the framework of a diverse, region-wide organization.

• Be able to work effectively with NERACOOS’ Executive Director, professional staff, and organizational committees to develop a range of informational materials.

• Have successful experience in a relevant, technical discipline that permits understanding of ocean observing system elements and the ability to work across diverse sectors.

• Demonstrate excellent technical writing skills; print layout and graphics skills are a plus.

• Possess excellent speaking, writing, editing, computer, and presentation skills.

• Demonstrate knowledge of regional media outlets and methods for establishing effective working relationships with key media contacts.

• Have a willingness and ability to travel within the NERACOOS region to attend and support stakeholder workshops and organizational meetings.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have:

• At least a Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, and/or equivalent professional experience.

• (Preferably) A strong understanding of ocean or coastal issues, science, and policy.

• Ability to work closely with a small, regional staff.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. It is anticipated that this will be a half-time position with the initial timeframe of one year and may be extended depending on funding availability.

Application Date: By August 15, 2010 or until individual is identified.

To apply: Please submit cover letter addressing skills and qualifications, a formal resume (not exceeding two pages), examples of technical writing, and a list of three professional references (name, title, address, and phone number). Printed or emailed proposals and supporting information are acceptable. Emailed applications must be in PDF file format. FAXED proposals will notbe accepted.

Cassie Durette

Attn: NERACOOS Outreach & Communications Specialist Position

Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS)

Seacoast Science Center

570 Ocean Blvd.

Rye, NH 03870, USA.

Prefer email applications to Cassie.Durette@neracoos.org ; put NERACOOS Communication and Outreach Specialist in subject line.

For additional details on Regional Associations (RAs) coastal ocean observing programs see the following web sites:

NOAA IOOS http://ioos.gov/

NERACOOS http://www.neracoos.org

National Federation of Regional Associations (NFRA) http://www.usnfra.org

NEOSEC http://www.neosec.org/

The mission of NERACOOS is to make available information to those who use these waters. We provide weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. We are also advancing efforts to use these data for water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems.

NERACOOS

570 Ocean Boulevard

Rye, NH

http://www.neracoos.org

Internship, Marine Science Center – Washington

Job Type: Internship
Salary Detail: $1000 stipend plus rustic housing
Deadline: 7-15-2010
Organization: Port Townsend Marine Science Center
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Contact Person: Chrissy McLean
Phone: 360-385-5582 x109
E-Mail: cmclean@ptmsc.org

Job Opportunity: Aquarium Educator, Oregon

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is seeking a Project/Education Manager. The Project/Education Manager will manage the development, organization, facilitation, and evaluation of academic, public, and outreach programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
Location: Newport, OR
Contact Person: Kerry Carlin Morgan
E-Mail: education.manager@aquarium.org

Job Opportunity: Aquarium Education Assistant, California

The Roundhouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, CA is hiring a part-time Operations Assistant/Education Assistant.  Visit the website for more information about the position and how to apply. http://www.roundhouseaquarium.org/pdfs/Ops%202010.pdf

Job Opportunity: Environmental Educator, Maine

To provide environmental education and outreach programs aimed at children and teachers in the Sebago Lake watershed and Portland Water District service areas.  Conceive, design, and present lessons and events to educate the public about the concepts of watershed protection, drinking water treatment and distribution, and wastewater treatment and distribution.  Position Duration:  9 months, 40 hours/week.  <http://www.pwd.org/about/employment_detail.php?id=8&gt;

Assistant Program Director, Massachusetts

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science <http://www.mits.org/&gt; has an opening for an assistant program director. Responsibilities include:

Assist with developing, implementing, and managing:
o Summer Institutes for K-12 educators at MITS’ regional centers
o Professional Development Seminar Series for MITS partner organizations
• Assist with organizing and presenting professional development workshops, conference presentations and other opportunities for teachers
• Work with MITS Lead Educators to coordinate logistics, registration, marketing and record keeping for Summer Institutes
• Assist with development of internet resources for museum educators and K-8 teachers including on-line newsletter, chat rooms or blogs, or other venues as appropriate
• Coordinate the writing of MITS’ publications; serve as the staff contact with writers/editors
• Assist with marketing and promotion of MITS programs and resources

for more information contact Sandra Ryack-Bell
Phone: 617-328-1515
E-Mail: mits@mits.org