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Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant

Professional, technical management, research, outreach and educational work related to coastal and
shoreline processes, coastal geology/ecology, and issues related to coastal hazards; all other related work,
as required.

Works under the administrative and programmatic direction and supervision of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Deputy Director and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant Director.

Essential Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of
work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from
the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Performs highly technical outreach duties requiring considerable expertise and judgment in planning, organizing and delivering services and programs. Designs educational materials and programs and delivers services to meet the needs of the identified audiences; advises and/or participates in town, county and state working groups and committees.
  • Gathers information and statistics for use in educational programs and materials; produces educational materials such as videos, exhibits and training materials.
  • Provides expert advice and technical assistance to public officials, private industry and the general public.
  • Assists in identifying coastal processes problems and defining solutions. Identify sources of information, develop applied research projects and assist with evaluation of shoreline management and coastal hazard programs.
  • Derives useful and practical information from academic, research findings. Develops, prepares, and
    presents seminars, workshops, short courses, publications, and other written and electronic media.
  • Writes bulletins, articles and newsletters and provides materials to the media.
  • Occasionally acts as a part of the state Rapid Response Coastal Storm Damage Assessment Team to assess coastal storm damage while utilizing the Standard Operating Procedures (attached) to ensure personal safety. The employee will assess the level of storm damage to natural resources, harbors, infrastructure, and buildings along vulnerable portions of coastline of Barnstable County. Provides damage reports to MEMA, NWS, BCREPC, and other agencies to inform decisions regarding the deployment of state and federal resources and NWS advisories regarding the storm.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

Job Environment

  • Work is performed in a variety of marine/coastal field settings with exposure to inclement weather conditions as well as in a typical office setting.
  • Makes frequent contact with the public, town officials and state departments; contact may be in person, on the telephone, or in writing.
  • Some travel to regional or national meetings and conferences may be required.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
    successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Moderate physical effort required to perform most duties under typical office conditions, but must also be able to drive and be able to conduct programs in the field. Field sites may not be easily reached, requiring walking over difficult terrain, may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds, frequently lifts between 10 and 30 pounds.

Salary: $80,030.86 – $90,075.75 per year commensurate with experience plus a generous benefits package

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Organization: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Sea Grant
  • Qualifications: Recommended Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience Master’s degree in coastal geology or related physical science field, three years of experience; knowledge of state and federal wetlands regulations and experience in providing public outreach and professional training, program evaluation and assessment or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge Thorough knowledge of coastal processes and ecology and Massachusetts coastal regulations. Knowledge of program development and evaluation. Experience with research methods and practices. Grant writing experience desirable. Ability: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to teach programs to target audiences. Ability to develop exhibits. Ability to work independently and manage self-guided deadlines. Skill: Excellent oral and written communication skills and skill in making public presentations. Excellent computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Geographic Information Systems. Preferred skills: ability/license to operate a photography drone, beach profiling abilities. Required Licensing/Certification: A valid U.S. Driver’s License
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Barnstable County, MA
  • Web address:

Contact Information

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