Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator - Assistant Professor (Practice)
Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Internal Number: 129504
Internal Job Number: P06302UF
The Division of Extension and Engagement and Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator-Assistant Professor (Practice). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Director. The location for this position is negotiable to the southern Oregon coastal counties of Coos or Curry counties.
The Division of Extension and Engagement and Oregon Sea Grant seek applications for a fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position with a focus on emerging South to Mid- Oregon Coast issues related to water supply, surface and groundwater quality, and community access to clean water. This Assistant Professor of Practice—Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position contributes to the missions of the OSU Extension Service, Oregon Sea Grant, and Oregon State University. The programmatic home for this position is Oregon Sea Grant's Extension program with OSU Extension Service. The university academic home will be determined within one year of the start date, based on the candidate's background education and research program direction. This position is fully funded through Oregon Sea Grant for the first 24 months at 1.0FTE. Thereafter, Oregon Sea Grant will fund the position at 0.75FTE with the remaining 0.25FTE funding contingent on securing extramural funding. This is a ranked position with promotional opportunities.
Water-related issues are one of the highest statewide priorities and the most requested educational services from Extension by elected and community stakeholders. Underserved communities are disproportionately bearing the costs and impact of underinvestment in the development, management, and protection of water resources, and related education and services at the local level. This position will help address these educational and applied research needs while fostering relationships and seeking opportunities that bring more services and assistance to Oregon's southern and mid coast communities.
The purpose of this Coastal Water Resources Extension Educator position is to develop Extension education and applied research programming on water resources, practices that improve the resilience of water resource systems for the South to Mid-Coast Oregon communities. The incumbent will incorporate community needs assessments, network building, reviews of current knowledge, available resources, and emerging opportunities into water resources extension education program development, delivery, and evaluation. Programming will assist communities in understanding emerging coastal water issues and their connections to water resource quantity, quality, and trends; factors affecting access to reliable water supplies; how freshwater resources are managed, protected, and interact with the marine environment; and practices to improve current and future conditions. The Oregon Water Vision and Oregon Mid-Coast Integrated Water Management and Implementation Actions provide examples to some of the Coastal Oregon water resources issues.
Programming would likely engage people and communities to better understand the connections of coastal seasonal water availability (e.g., water scarcity, flooding and needed environmental flows to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems to climate change, human development, ecological health, community water conservation actions, policies, incentives and trade-offs that can improve water supply, land use and water management practices. Specific examples may could include developing education programs that lead to improving the reliability of home and community water delivery systems, sewage/septic treatment, practices to minimize water contamination and adapting green infrastructure and low-impact land development to protect and improve water quality. The incumbent may also consider incorporating citizen science-based weather, water quantity and quality data monitoring to engage communities in learning and sharing about water resources in their communities. It is anticipated the incumbent will collaborate on synergistic Extension program development and evaluation with Extension colleagues, agencies, watershed councils and the Tribes with ties to the southern and mid-coast of Oregon on the intersection of water with fire management, other coastal hazard considerations, resource development and management and human development.
The assistant professor of practice can develop education programs that engage communities in understanding how emerging developments, processes and solutions can impact water resources for south coast to mid-coast communities. Examples include state cooperative resource conservation management agreements with the Tribes with ties to the southern and mid-coast of Oregon dam removals on the Rogue, Klamath, and other coastal rivers, flows necessary to maintain ecological needs of freshwater and estuarine species, coastal hazards associated with climate change (e.g., harmful algal blooms (HABs), saltwater inundation of fresh water, ocean acidification, beach closures due to contaminated waters), legacy and contaminants of emerging concern and the development of marine renewable energy. Such topics will become even more critical to stakeholders with regional climatic variation and other climate exacerbated change.
Active and effective communication, engagement, and collaboration with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will travel to and from meetings throughout the state, with occasional out-of-state travel for projects and training.
About the division:
The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University's mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division's website.
Oregon Sea Grant, based at Oregon State University since 1971, is one of 34 Sea Grant College Programs established by Congress as a partnership between universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through research, Extension and education, Oregon Sea Grant sparks discovery, understanding, and collaboration to foster healthy, inclusive, and resilient coastal communities and ecosystems. Oregon Sea Grant funds research projects, manages fellowships and internships, and implements Extension and education programs to help coastal communities address timely issues. Oregon Sea grant also operates a public marine science Visitors Center and K-12 educational programs at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Oregon Sea Grant funds research at Oregon colleges and universities, including Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and Oregon Health and Science University. In partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, Oregon Sea Grant helps Oregonians prepare for natural disasters, address development issues, learn about fisheries and aquaculture, engage in outdoor tourism, guard against aquatic invasive species, and keep waterways clean. Oregon Sea Grant engages with the public through social media, workshops, publications, videos, conferences and trainings. Please visit our Oregon Sea Grant website.
Commitment to inclusive excellence:
Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
Requires Master's or terminal degree and experience in the academic discipline/unit.
Master's degree in water resources engineering, science, and/or policy, hydrology, geology/geosciences, environmental science, natural resource management, or closely related field with emphasis on water resources, water quality, or water/watershed management. Degree must be completed by the time of contract start date.
Demonstrated experience researching, designing, and delivering presentations and educational events (e.g., short courses, workshops, seminars) to diverse groups.
Demonstrated experience with or potential for securing external funding support.
General ability to use computers, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
Demonstrable commitment to promote and enhance diversity.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing across diverse audiences.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to work as a team member.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
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.
Position requires regional travel to provided educational programs and services throughout the southern coastal region.
Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Position may occasionally work near or over water.
Additional Salary Information: Salary to Commensurate with Education, Training and Skills
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