Oregon Sea Grant Extension Specialist in Marine Renewable Energy and Communities

Oregon State University
Department: Sea Grant (RSG)
Appointment Type: Academic Faculty
Job Location: Various Locations
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $70,000 - $74,000

Job Summary:

Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice and Oregon Sea Grant Extension Specialist in Marine Renewable Energy and Communities position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

This Assistant Professor of Practice and Oregon Sea Grant Extension Specialist in Marine Renewable Energy and Communities position is with Oregon Sea Grant (https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu) and Oregon State University Extension Service (https://extension.oregonstate.edu). It has a statewide assignment with a focus on Oregon's coastal counties and is based in Corvallis, OR. This is a temporary fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position and reports to the Oregon Sea Grant Associate Director of Extension and Engagement.

This Assistant Professor of Practice position in Marine Renewable Energy and Communities contributes to the missions of Oregon Sea Grant, OSU Extension Service, and Oregon State University. The department home for this position is Oregon Sea Grant (OSG). This is a full-time position with a 2-year appointment. Extension or renewal beyond two years is contingent on funding and the discretion of the director.

The purpose of this position is to develop and implement a program of authentic community engagement focused on marine renewable energy, specifically floating offshore wind energy development, in Oregon. This position has leadership responsibilities for facilitation, development, execution, coordination, and evaluation of education and research projects related to marine renewable energy and communities. This position will work with interested parties to understand their needs and assist in co-development of solutions through consultation and cooperation, supporting civic readiness, and serving as a liaison among various audiences.

This faculty member also engages with local communities and practitioners to enhance understanding of how social, cultural, and historical factors influence perceptions, preferences, and understanding of issues related to marine renewable energy development with a focus on offshore wind energy. Such issues could include climate mitigation, cultural resources, marine spatial planning, workforce development, fisheries, conservation, ecosystem-based management, energy systems, coastal resilience, blue economy, environmental literacy, marine technology, or others identified in the Oregon Sea Grant Strategic Plan (2024-2027) [https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/about/strategic-plan] or relevant to Tribal Nations, tribal communities, or other coastal zone communities of Oregon. The individual filling this position could bring expertise from one or more social science disciplines (or an interdisciplinary background). The individual should have experience with a variety of community engagement tools and methods.

In addition to being part of the Oregon Sea Grant program, the person in this role will benefit from being part of the national Sea Grant network and the OSU Extension Service. They will collaborate with the National Sea Grant Offshore Wind Energy Liaison (http://www.seagrantenergy.org) in Rhode Island, and a new wind energy extension position to be established with California Sea Grant in northern California. These programs and positions are supported in part by funding from the Department of Energy to Sea Grant.

Active and effective communication with staff and interested parties is critical to the success of this position. This position will involve travel to and from meetings throughout the state with occasional out-of-state travel for projects and training.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don't wait for challenges to present themselves - we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


  • Top 1.4% university in the world
  • More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
  • 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
  • 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
  • 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
  • 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
  • 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
  • 217k+ alumni worldwide
  • For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State's beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America's best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/prospective-employee with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
  • Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
  • Retirement savings paid by the university.
  • A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
  • Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
  • Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees/benefits-calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities

  • 80% Extension Teaching, Advising, and Community Engagement
  • 10% Scholarly Outcomes
  • 5% Organizational Accountability
  • 5% Service

What You Will Need

  • Master's degree in environmental policy, social science, marine renewable energy, natural resource management, or a related field.
  • Demonstrable experience applying community-centered and culturally responsive methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms with diverse audiences, including designing and delivering presentations and educational events (e.g., short courses, workshops, seminars) using in-person, virtual, and hybrid formats.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • An additional higher degree, minor, or equivalent knowledge of natural resource issues within coastal or rural communities. Examples may include knowledge of or experience working with:
    • Marine, coastal, or rural communities, especially in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
    • Fisheries or fishing communities.
    • Tribes or tribal communities.
    • Energy or marine renewable energy topics.
    • Climate adaptation and resilience work.
    • Social justice or environmental justice work.
  • Experience developing community capacity and advancing organizational leadership skills for partners and audiences. May include collaborative learning, strategic planning, facilitation, consensus decision-making, conflict resolution, or effective meeting management.
  • Experience engaging a diverse audience of community members and multiple cultural perspectives in program design and implementation. Examples may include inclusive, collaborative learning about the local implications or beneficial applications of scientific research or helping interested parties identify alternative choices of action.
  • Life experience, education, or training that broaden(s) capacity to equalize the impact of programs for groups that are minoritized, marginalized, or underrepresented in decision making processes for coastal issues.
  • Multilingual, especially Spanish.
  • Experience with Sea Grant or Extension work, including evaluation and assessment of programs

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

  • Position requires traveling.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
  • Position may occasionally work near or over water or on boats.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 6, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A resume/CV; and
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
  3. Diversity statement: Please provide a diversity statement that describes your personal and professional experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion. How have these experiences shaped your perspective and your approach to teaching, research, and engagement within academic and community settings? Additionally, please outline any specific strategies you would employ to promote a diverse and inclusive approach to engaging communities around marine renewable energy topics.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Jamie Doyle at Jamie.Doyle@Oregonstate.edu

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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The anticipated starting salary will be $70,000-$74,000.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.

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