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Maine Aquaculture Hub Coordinator

Maine Sea Grant Walpole, ME

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Maine Sea Grant is hiring: the position is Coordinator for the Maine Aquaculture Hub.  This position will be based at the Darling Marine Center.

Title: Sea Grant Professional I/Marine Extension Associate - Aquaculture HUB Coordinator

Department: Maine Sea Grant Program

Reports To: Extension Program Leader


The Sea Grant Professional I is a member of the Maine Sea Grant Marine Extension Team (MET), and will, in cooperation with other agencies and organizations, be tasked with supporting the planning, development and implementation of the Maine Aquaculture Hub. The Professional will also conduct related extension activities in the interest of sustainable use and development of the region’s marine and coastal resources, with particular emphasis on aquaculture. The functions of the Hub are to:

  • Situate aquaculture as a diversifying and strengthening industry for coastal economies, through multiple levels of integration to strengthen Maine’s working waterfronts.
  • Address barriers, including workforce development and professional training for producers.
  • Create programming that will strengthen and broaden existing collaborations, to support industry innovation and provide targeted evaluation for iterative improvements and future investments.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate outreach programs and demonstration projects.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

The Sea Grant Professional I will work with members of the MET, the Hub Steering committee, and collaborators to perform the following duties associated with the Aquaculture Hub and performing relevant extension work:

  • Maintain and strengthen the network of the Maine Aquaculture Hub.
    • Contribute to and organize the Steering Committee such that the Steering Committee can advise on activities of the Hub.
    • Engage and support farmers through site visits, local/regional convening and other networking activities as appropriate.
    • Coordinate and facilitate events to strengthen the Hub network.
  • Implement aquaculture education and outreach needs identified by Hub participants.
  • Strengthen and diversify the training program ‘Aquaculture in Shared Waters’ and other training events as appropriate.
  • Pursue relevant extension activities as determined by the Professional and supervisors. This may include participating or leading efforts to secure extramural funding, and participation in applied aquaculture-related research.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.

The Professional will also conduct related advisory activities in the interest of sustainable use and development of the region’s marine and coastal resources, with particular emphasis on aquaculture. Typical hiring range for this soft-money funded position is $50,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Knowledge and Skill Qualifications:


  • B.S. or B.A. in marine aquaculture or related field, or an equivalent amount of professional training or experience.
  • Facilitation and convening expertise.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a group, but also as a self-starter, working sometimes with significant independence.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication, comfort in working both in groups and in a one-on-one setting.
  • Ability to travel extensively, normally requiring a valid driver’s license.
  • Comfort and skill working in outdoor environments, including aboard marine vessels.


  • An advanced degree or five years of applied research, outreach or community development experience in these fields.
  • Significant experience in educational programming and project coordination.
  • Experience with economic development.
  • Experience as an industry collaborator or direct experience with aquaculture or fishing industries.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Evaluation of Performance:

The Marine Extension Associate reports to the Maine Sea Grant Extension Program Leader, who will conduct required performance evaluation in collaboration with the Maine Sea Grant Director, peers and clients in accordance with the University of Maine’s Professional Staff Association (UMPSA) agreement.

Work Schedule:

Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Occasional work beyond regular business hours (to include nights and weekends) will be necessary in order to meet the requirements of the position. The employee will establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as necessary.

Work Year:

Full-time, 12-month (fiscal year) appointment.

Position Type:

Soft money funded position, with renewal possible, dependent on funding availability and performance.

Work Environment/Dynamics:

The work place for this position in Maine is expected to be the Darling Marine Center, in Walpole, ME. The nature of the work as an extension associate requires independence and initiative since, as a field-based position, daily guidance from a supervisor is not available. As a salaried employee, the normal workweek is 40 hours. The employee is not required to be on call, although there are occasions when work falls outside regular business hours. Modifications to the plan of work and/or job description are made in collaboration with the supervisor and the employer and advisory committee.

To Apply:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: September 30, 2022 
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 15, 2022
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 30, 2022 
Tentative start date: December 1, 2022 

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dana Morse at [email protected]

Appropriate background checks are required.

All University of Maine System (UMS) employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here.