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Seafood Safety Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant

WORK TYPE: Faculty Full-time, On Campus
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Fairbanks
CATEGORIES: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional

Position Summary:
Alaska Sea Grant is recruiting a Seafood Safety Specialist, who will engage, advise, service, and instruct shellfish and seaweed farmers and other seafood/food producers in Alaska in seafood preservation, sanitation, and safe manufacturing procedures. This is a term-faculty position that coordinates Alaska Sea Grant’s statewide seafood safety training curriculum and events, and provides outreach, education, and extension services. The position is located within the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and is based at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. This grant-funded nine month faculty position is term funded for four years. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide network of specialists and agents who provide formal and/or informal education, information and technical assistance to the public relating to: commercial, subsistence or sport fisheries issues; coastal economic development including seafood processing, tourism or marine business management and commercial fisheries development; community-based science and environmental monitoring; resource management; marine conservation; and environmental literacy.

Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, a University of Alaska Fairbanks facility with a seafood safety laboratory and a pilot processing plant is designated by the state of Alaska as a “processing authority”. This position will work with Alaska Sea Grant’s seafood technologist to provide extension services to food manufacturers, conduct seafood safety workshops to communities and industries, conduct one on one consultations with stakeholders to ensure safe production of commercial products, and partner with industry to conduct technical support as necessary.

  • Knowledge of seafood/food safety production and preservation procedures and regulations.
  • Familiarity with fisheries-dependent communities and the commercial seafood industry.
  • Ability to work independently and balance complex tasks, deadlines, and budgets from internal and external organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an advanced knowledge and ability to write and edit reports and other materials.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and provide educational training to students of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific topics and content in culturally appropriate manner via print, electronic media (video, radio, email, social), and in-person appearances.
  • Experience working in rural and/or with Alaska Native communities or populations in Alaska and with diverse cultures and knowledge systems.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in Kodiak. This is a full-time, 9-month, term-funded faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Starting salary is based on education and experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.

  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Organization: Alaska Sea Grant; University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Qualifications: Apply on website:
  • How to apply: Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree or higher, in Food Science, with focus on food/seafood safety and related discipline . Experience in seafood/food safety production and preservation procedures and regulations. Demonstrated evidence of excellent collaboration skills as well as excellent written and oral communication skills, project management skills, and an ability to analyze data and identify trends. Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Location: Kodiak, AK
  • Web address:

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