Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Virginia Sea Grant’s staff, extension partners and community work to enable integration, collaboration, and leveraging of the Commonwealth’s collective coastal and marine capacity to address pressing societal problems in Virginia, the region and nation. We serve as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay and coastal Virginia.

You can view our current job openings below. Thank you for your interest in Virginia Sea Grant.

Current openings are listed below:

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Communicating Science

A joint Postdoctoral Associate in Communicating Science position, with Alan Alda Center and Virginia Sea Grant, will focus on climate change and resilience in coastal communities. The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research as well as design, test, and deliver training in the Virginia and mid-Atlantic regions. The position is a two-year term, renewable for up to three years.

The position will help create new training modules – training the next generation of coastal and marine scientists, engineers, designers, lawyers, planners and other technical specialists towards communicating with policy and management decision-makers, stakeholders, citizens. The research focus on the areas of resilience, climate change communication, and developing research projects designed to advance the Alda Center’s science communication training methods in the Hampton Roads area.

Science Communication Internships

Science communication interns, correspondents (embeds), and student ambassadors work with the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) Communication Center to bring scientific and technical information to non-scientists and decision-makers, and to evaluate the success of that process, or elements of it. They will learn interviewing, analysis, reporting, researching, and writing skills, and they will receive real-world training in the art and the craft of science writing, photography, videography, design or research in an environment focused on brokering coastal and marine science to stakeholders. When possible, these positions will also be teamed up in cohorts (writer, photographer, researcher), and will receive the same assignments. By way of professional development, this develops in each intern the ability to understand the written word, to visualize the story, and to evaluate both.

Professional Development Coordinator (Forthcoming)

Diversity Statement

Virginia Sea Grant, based at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and part of William and Mary, is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability and/or health status, religion, veteran status, geographic origin and socio-economic status. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourage all applicants.

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