Crab Team Coastal Specialist

  • Full-Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Application deadline: 2021-09-06

Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an outstanding opportunity for a Crab Team Coastal Specialist with experience in community and stakeholder outreach, volunteer training and coordination, and a background in marine resource management. As a member of WSG Crab Team’s program staff, this position contributes to the program’s commitment to volunteers and partners who support the program and its goals. The Crab Team Coastal Specialist’s principal responsibilities include working in coordination with WDFW and local partners to support assessment and removal of green crab populations on the coast, establishment and maintenance of a small number of sentinel sites, and training and technical support for partners and stakeholders with a focus in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. Assessment, removal trapping and sentinel site establishment will include identifying high priority sites, gaining access, and recruiting and training partner and volunteer teams to conduct the monitoring. The specialist may also provide training, scientific advice and capacity-building for tribes, shellfish growers, and other local partners. Crab Team outreach and volunteer and partner engagement and communication adhere to Washington Sea Grant’s values and commitment to inclusivity and equity.

The Crab Team Coastal Specialist position is an integral member of WSG’s Crab Team staff. The WSG Crab Team is a statewide early detection program for the invasive European green crab, and the specialist must ensure that Crab Team coastal commitments and activities are timely and effectively communicated and executed. The position requires frequent travel throughout the WA coastal region, with more intense periods of travel in spring and summer for group and on-site planning, training, education and field work. Crab Team works independently but also cooperatively with WSG colleagues, university and government researchers, natural resource managers, coastal communities and the public. The Crab Team Coastal Specialist will have significant interaction with stakeholders, partners and volunteers, and should be sensitive and responsive to their needs.

WSG is housed within the UW College of the Environment and is a unique unit with federally designated responsibilities for all of Washington to support ocean-related research, education, outreach and communications. WSG serves the state and the region by providing technical assistance to coastal users and managers, engaging the public in activities that promote ecosystem health, educating students of all ages, and encouraging science-based solutions to marine issues. The Crab Team Coastal Specialist will serve as a conduit between the university and multitude of Washington community members as well as tribal, governmental and non-governmental partners – to connect them with, and deliver to them, current UW research, faculty, staff, students and other university resources.

WSG maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, by pursuing diverse perspectives, and enhancing cultural understanding. WSG works to create equitable access to resources and opportunities for Washington’s diverse communities and seeks to incorporate their voices and priorities. WSG’s values are informed by environmental justice and are based in a culture of inclusion, respect, long-term engagement and accountability.

Duties & Responsibilities

Coordination of coastal assessment and removal of European green crab

  • Coordinate planning, site identification and access permissions
  • Facilitate monitoring and decontamination training and provisioning of assessment and removal participants
  • Coordinate equipment and implementation of assessment and removal strategy
  • Assist in assessment and removal field work
  • Collect and process green crabs trapped
  • Ensure data is verified and processed accurately

Crab Team coastal sentinel site management

  • Coordinate partner monitoring at approximately 10 sentinel sites with monthly sampling in April – September, including site access permissions
  • Recruit, train and coordinate volunteer and partner staffing of monitoring sites

Crab Team technical and training support coordination

  • Build relationships with partners and stakeholders, specifically including tribes and aquaculture operations, identifying training and technical needs
  • Facilitate opportunities for partners and stakeholders
  • Assisting with response efforts

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, marine biology, oceanography, fisheries, education, communications, or policy.

Minimum work experience is four to five years demonstrating

  • Capacity to manage demanding workflow; initiate, manage and complete tasks with minimal supervision; work effectively with diverse constituencies; and maintain attention to detail and process.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills that demonstrate the ability to interpret technical information and explain it accurately in non-technical language.
  • Commitment to principles of diversity, equity and inclusion shared by Washington Sea Grant and the UW College of the Environment.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with large numbers of partners and volunteers, demonstrating effective engagement, recruitment, training, and continuing education
  • Experience with field work in coastal estuaries, data management and quality assurance.
  • Understanding of the complex relationships among federal, state, and tribal resource management authorities in Washington.
  • Knowledge of conservation and management issues associated with marine ecology and coastal aquatic invasive species in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experience with stakeholders in Washington’s Pacific Coast estuaries
  • Knowledge of current aquatic invasive species projects and partners in Washington.

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