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Temporary Coastal Reserve Communication & Project Management Specialist - Beaufort, NC


Job Description

The temporary communication and project management specialist will work out of the NC Coastal Reserve’s Beaufort Headquarters, located on Pivers Island. Position responsibilities include:

·         Implement Reserve communication activities, including:

o   Implement an outreach campaign to encourage responsible use of Reserve Sites to increase understanding of Reserve’s purpose

o   Disseminate Reserve research products and results to increase understanding of their importance to public policy

o   Develop and maintain Web site content

o   Develop and disseminate quarterly Reserve newsletter

o   Implement social media strategy for Reserve communications

o   Disseminate communication pieces to local media

·         Implement an outreach campaign for the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management’s Living Shorelines Strategy

·         Coordinate the update of Reserve’s management plan for the 2016-2021 period, including:

o   Execute the stakeholder engagement process; assist with public meetings, focus groups, and online surveys

o   Guide staff through strategic planning exercises to evaluate the Reserve’s mission, vision, and goals

o   Draft, edit, and review management plan chapters and organize plan submission process according to NOAA guidelines

 Desired skills and abilities:

·         Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail; strong written and verbal communication skills; creativity, initiative and problem solving capability; and works well in a team environment. 

·         Ability to identify, advise, and collaborate with Reserve staff regarding communication needs and issues.

·         Ability to recommend and implement communication strategies and messages, gauge their effectiveness, and make necessary adjustments.

 Required knowledge and background:

·         A Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, environmental education, or a related field.

·         Social and organizational skills that come from previous work experience that includes communication activities and regular interaction with the public, media, educators, scientists, and governmental agencies.

·         Experience with developing communication strategies and delivering communication messages.

·         Experience managing projects with incremental deadlines.

 The communication and project management specialist will work 40 hours/week for 11 months. Rate of pay is up to $18.00/hour based on qualifications. Hours of work may vary according to program and presentation needs.


Application Process

Hiring for this position is dependent on funding availability. Applicants should send a letter of interest, college transcript(s), resume, and one letter of recommendation to Whitney Jenkins, Reserve Coastal Training Program Coordinator at Phone: (252) 838-0882. Application deadline is September 2.


The North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve is a program within the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. Visit our website at to learn more.


Shoreline Management Specialist - Morehead City, NC

Job Class Title:Environmental Senior Specialist
Working Title:Shoreline Management Specialist
Position Number:60031577
Department:Dept of Environment & Natural Resource
Division/Section:Coastal Management - Morehead City
Salary Range:$43,347.00 - $71,346.00 Annually 
Recruitment Range:$43,347 - $52,821
Salary Grade / Salary Grade Equivalent:73
Competency Level:Not Applicable
Appointment Type:Permanent Full-Time
Pos. Location:Carteret County, North Carolina
Opening Date:8/01/14
Closing Date/Time:08/29/14 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Description of Work:

This position provides policy, planning, and analysis support to the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), Coastal Resources Advisory Council (CRAC), and Division of Coastal Management (DCM) staff on a variety of issues and special projects. The position is responsible for researching state of the art changes in science and management approaches as they relate to coastal and ocean management issues, with an emphasis on estuarine and ocean shoreline analysis. This position has specific responsibility for providing technical expertise as it relates to evaluating rules and policies addressing coastal hazards and geologic/oceanographic processes. The position provides technical analysis to DCM and the CRC on a variety of shoreline management projects that involve the Inlet Hazard and Ocean Hazard Areas of Environmental Concern including rule development and the analysis of potential fiscal impacts of proposed rules. The position has a contributing role in ensuring that the CRC’s proposed and amended rules capture the Commission's intent, are internally consistent, and are prepared in compliance with enabling statutes and the NC Administrative Procedures Act (APA). The position provides technical assistance and analysis related to the review and permitting of beach nourishment projects including pre- and post-project monitoring, compliance with sediment compatibility standards, and adherence to permit conditions. The position will provide technical input and analysis to support implementation of the NC Beach and Inlet Management Plan. This position also provides staff the primary support to the CRC’s Science Panel. Some field work and overnight travel is necessary. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. A thorough understanding of North Carolina coastal processes, as well as a working knowledge of coastal ecology and current issues facing coastal North Carolina.
  2. Considerable knowledge of the methods used in measuring coastal erosion and accretion, determining coastal high hazard areas, determining historic shorelines, and mapping these data. 
  3. Skill in the analysis of aerial photography, beach profiles, bathymetry, historic shoreline data, erosion rates, sediment transport, and storm prediction models.
  4. High proficiency in the use of personal computers, ArcGIS, and statistical analysis software. 
  5. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with representatives of state, local, and federal units of government and the public. 
  6. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form and to analyze objectives and determine effective courses of action. 
  7. Knowledge of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, NC Coastal Area Management Act, NC coastal management regulations (Title 15A NCAC Subchapter 7), and the NC Dredge and Fill Law.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in one of the agricultural, biological, engineering, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information:

To apply for this position, please visit the NC Office of Human Resources website. All relevant experience must be included in the work experience section of the application to receive proper credit. Any information on an attachment or omitted from the application form will not be considered for qualifying credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the state application.  Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.  DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

For additional information, please contact: Theresa Sutton at 252-808-8003.


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