Ocean Career: Aquaculture Specialist at New York Sea Grant

The New York Aquaculture Specialist will serve as a primary resource on Aquaculture science, technology, business, and economics.

You will be responsible for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University aquaculture programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.

Specifically, the position will:

  • Provide extension programming related to all forms of aquaculture, from shellfish to finfish to seaweed, from land-based to open water systems.
  • Develop extension, outreach, and educational materials and training programs to support a vibrant and sustainable aquaculture industry and related research agenda for New York State.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a stakeholder engagement process for identifying the status, constraints, and opportunities for aquaculture in New York.

The job duties include:

  • Developing, disseminating, and applying sound scientific, technical, and related research knowledge to support sustainable aquaculture.
  • Planning and conducting extension education programs related to aquaculture and developing significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.
  • Developing networks of volunteers and/or public/private professionals (experts) to assist in educational program development.
  • Providing leadership for the design, execution, and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations.
  • Actively pursuing outside grants and contracts.


We are looking for an individual who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders, such as environmental groups, fishers, and aquaculture businesses. We need someone who is self-motivated and has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Master’s degree in Aquaculture, Agricultural Economics, Business, or other related fields.
  • 2+ years of experience working with outreach or similar public education program.
  • Knowledge of principles, theory, research, extension methods, and educational materials in the subject matter field related to aquaculture.
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to use computer and long-distance education technologies in this area of extension programming expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop K-12 and/or adult education programs.
  • Define, conduct, and interpret original applied research and/or demonstration projects.
  • Lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, various stakeholders (e.g., fishers, shipping interests, non-consumptive recreation users, etc.), community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences.
  • Communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
  • Ability to work effectively independently or within groups.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation, as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience engaging with diverse communities etc.
  • Experience using long-distance education technologies in extension or outreach.

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 25, 2022
Location: Stony Brook, New York
Contract: This is a two-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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