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Education & Outreach Coordinator (Oceanography)

The University of Georgia
The University of Georgia
Employment Types:
Savannah, GA, USA
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Working Title: Education & Outreach Coordinator

Department: VPR-Skidaway Inst Oceanography

About the University of Georgia

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700 acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute’s primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow’s scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University’s Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy.

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is also home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

College/Unit/Department website: www.skio.uga.edu

Posting Type: External

Retirement Plan: TRS

**Employment Type:**Employee

Benefits Eligibility: Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time: Full Time

Work ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday-Friday, and additional hours as needed

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with Experience

Posting Date04/29/2022

Open until filledYes

Closing DateProposed

Starting Date05/16/2022

Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancySavannah Area

EEO Policy Statement

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, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

UGA Statement

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Information

Classification Title Public Service Paraprofessional/Professional


Job FamilyOutreach Services


Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) requires a full-time Education & Outreach Coordinator to develop and administer programs for the Ocean Discovery Center located in Savannah GA. The primary responsibility is the operational and interpretive success of the GRNMS Ocean Discovery Center , including development of interpretive, educational, and operational plans for the Center. The coordinator will also develop GRNMS specific formal and nonformal environmental education/interpretive programs for in person , and virtual events.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Ability to communicate effectively for the purposes of coordinating activities; consulting with professional and technical experts; and securing cooperation from others

Strong organizational and time management skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability and willingness to speak before a variety of audiences

Experience developing and evaluating environmental educational programs and developing program projections

Proven experience training and managing volunteers

Ability to innovate practical solutions to problems as they arise

Ability to use computer software programs provided

Ability to distinguish among competing priorities and balance complex and demanding workloads; organize and coordinate work assignments

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Ability to occasionally work irregular hours; prepare reports and records

Physical Demands

Exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally to move objects.

More than 50% of the typical workday may be spent walking and standing.


Is driving a responsibility of this position?YesIs this a Position of Trust?NoDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card?NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position?NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Percentage of time 25Duties/Responsibilities

Duties/ResponsibilitiesCoordinate and oversee all programs and activities at the Center and develop, implement and maintain a Standard Operating Procedures manual for the center.

Develop and provide key messaging, interpretive programming and daily operations for the center.

Develop, lead, and evaluate GR environmental education and interpretive programs for the center, offsite community presentations, and virtual events.

Coordinate school visits, guided tours, interpretive programs, and special events.

Percentage of time 25

Duties/ResponsibilitiesManage the daily operations of the public visitor center including staffing, volunteer and docent programs, building use and building maintenance.

Facilitate adherence to agreements with partner entities using the Center (e.g. National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, National Park Service).Train and manage volunteers working at the Center and leading outreach events. This includes identifying training needs, developing and implementing training, scheduling, performance feedback and volunteer appreciation. Works closely with GRNMS communication team on this task.

Support other GRNMS team activities as necessary

Percentage of time 25

Duties/ResponsibilitiesEnsure exhibit designs promote key sanctuary messages; and consult/coordinate with sanctuary team, subject matter experts, or partner representatives to incorporate additional messages/exhibits.

Identify and submit grants that support the Center’s exhibits and programs

Percentage of time 25

Duties/ResponsibilitiesCoordinate infrastructure upgrades with the communications team, serve as point of contact for vendors on any equipment upgrades and replacement of equipment and ensure any repairs or upgrades meet best practices and NOAA standards.

Oversee annual updates of interpretive and operations plans for the Center and implement those plans based on available funding. Ensure program objectives and milestones are accomplished; and support development and implementation of the annual operating plan and budget.

Contact Information

Recruitment Contact Name Elliott Lam

Recruitment Contact Email elliott.lam@noaa.gov

Recruitment Contact Phone 912-598-2439 Recruitment Contact

Contact DetailsFor questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

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