Currently Hiring:

Resilience Coordinator

About the Position
The Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE: SLR; http://placeslr.org) is seeking a motivated individual to join our team. PLACE: SLR is a partnership between Mississippi State University Extension, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, and Florida Sea Grant focused on sea-level rise resilience research, extension, and outreach activities. PLACE: SLR fosters a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies building tools, programs, and projects to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary as a fully benefitted MSU employee and have the option to enroll in an MSU graduate school program as either a M.S. or Ph.D. student with a tuition waiver. Graduate school department could vary depending on the desires of the successful applicant, but would likely be in the School of Human Sciences with Dr. Collini as the major professor. The position will be based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, but will travel between coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida for activities on an at-least monthly basis. The ideal start date for this position is between late winter or early spring 2022, but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected applicant.

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct extension and outreach activities related to the transition and translation of sea-level rise information for coastal decision-making. Specific activities will include designing and implementing town halls and other outreach events to inform and empower coastal residents; coordinating or managing multiple projects’ needs simultaneously; collaborating with municipal and state staff and officials tackling current and future flood resilience efforts; designing, implementing, and evaluating stakeholder engagement efforts; maintaining, curating, and updating content on Gulf TREE (www.GulfTREE.org); maintaining a web presence for PLACE: SLR, including updating the website and social media; designing and implementing trainings on a multitude of issues and skills; generating extension and peer-reviewed publications; and assisting with other projects/programs within PLACE: SLR. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop some of their own activities/focus areas based on their interest. Travel for the activities described above as well as conferences or meetings will be necessary. PLACE: SLR also has an explicit focus on fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes a diverse array of employees, partners, end-users, and stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements:
– Eagerness to learn and make real world impacts
– At least 18 years of age
– B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology, climate sciences, communications, or something similar
– Valid driver’s license
– Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
– Willingness and capacity to spend long days at events
– Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 30 pounds
– Willingness to work with people with different viewpoints, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds
– Organized and able to work independently or as part of a team


Desired/Preferred Experience:
– M.S., in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology, climate sciences, communications, or something similar
– Familiarity with Google and Microsoft software packages (e.g., Google Drive, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.)
– Experience in communicating about sea-level rise, climate change, or other complex topics with non-technical audiences
– Experience in community or natural resource management planning or management
-Knowledge of geospatial software, website management, web coding, or other similar technical skills
– Comfortable with public speaking

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Application Process and Timeline:
To apply for this position, please go here (https://forms.gle/gsN8TVA2u7bm8GKV7) to complete the application. Initial application review will begin January 17th; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The ideal start date for this position is late winter/early spring 2022, but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected applicant.

Questions? Contact Renee Collini at r.collini@placeslr.org.

Habitat Resilience Specialist

About the Position
The Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE: SLR; http://placeslr.org) is seeking a motivated individual to join our team. PLACE: SLR is a partnership between Mississippi State University Extension, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, and Florida Sea Grant focused on sea-level rise resilience research, extension, and outreach activities. PLACE: SLR fosters a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies building tools, programs, and projects to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary as a fully benefitted MSU employee and have the option to enroll in an MSU graduate school program as either a M.S. or Ph.D. student with a tuition waiver. Graduate school department could vary depending on the desires of the successful applicant, but would likely be in the School of Human Sciences with Dr. Collini as the major professor. The position will be based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, but will travel between coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida for activities on an at-least monthly basis. The ideal start date for this position is between late winter or early spring 2022, but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected applicant.

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct extension and outreach activities related to the transition and translation of sea-level rise information for coastal decision-making. Specific activities will include designing and implementing trainings to increase capacity among natural resource managers; evaluating effectiveness of extension efforts at improving coastal resilience; coordinating or managing multiple projects’ needs simultaneously; collaborating with municipal and state staff and officials tackling current and future flood resilience efforts; maintaining, curating, and updating inventories of relevant habitat and coastal monitoring infrastructure; generating extension and peer-reviewed publications; and assisting with other projects/programs within PLACE: SLR. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop some of their own activities/focus areas based on their interest. Travel for the activities described above as well as conferences or meetings will be necessary. PLACE: SLR also has an explicit focus on fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes a diverse array of employees, partners, end-users, and stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements:
– Eagerness to learn and make real world impacts
– At least 18 years of age
– B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology, climate sciences, communications, or something similar
– Valid driver’s license
– Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
– Willingness and capacity to spend long days at events
– Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 30 pounds
– Willingness to work with people with different viewpoints, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds
– Organized and able to work independently or as part of a team


Desired/Preferred Experience:
– M.S., in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology, climate sciences, communications, or something similar
– Familiarity with Google and Microsoft software packages (e.g., Google Drive, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.)
– Experience in communicating about sea-level rise, climate change, or other complex topics with non-technical audiences
– Experience in community or natural resource management planning or management
-Knowledge of geospatial software, website management, web coding, or other similar technical skills
– Comfortable with public speaking

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Application Process and Timeline:
To apply for this position, please go here (https://forms.gle/LPPHrMk2dUpbdsUy6) to complete the application. Initial application review will begin February 11th; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The ideal start date for this position is late spring 2022, but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected applicant.

Questions? Contact Renee Collini at r.collini@placeslr.org.

Coastal Climate Resilience Fellowship

About the Position
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Program (FWS) is sponsoring a Coastal Climate Resilience Fellowship with the Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE: SLR; http://placeslr.org). PLACE: SLR is a partnership between Mississippi State University Extension, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, and Florida Sea Grant focused on sea-level rise resilience research, extension, and outreach activities. PLACE: SLR fosters a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies building tools, programs, and projects to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The successful applicant will receive a $40,000 stipend and receive full benefits through the Mississippi State University. The position will be based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, but will travel between coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida for activities on an at-least monthly basis. The ideal start date for this position is spring/summer 2022, but could possibly be shifted earlier based on the preference of the selected Fellow.

The primary purpose of this Fellowship is to provide real-world experience in designing and implementing extension, outreach, and applied research activities related to the transition and translation of sea-level rise information for coastal decision-making. The Fellowship will have an emphasis on projects and activities devoted to understanding and addressing the intersectional issues of climate-induced increasing flood risks and socioeconomic vulnerability. Activities will include designing and implementing town halls and other outreach events to inform and empower coastal residents; collaborating with municipal and state staff and officials tackling current and future flood resilience efforts; designing, implementing, and evaluating stakeholder engagement efforts; generating extension and peer-reviewed publications; and assisting with other projects/programs within PLACE: SLR. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to develop some of their own activities/focus areas based on their interest. Travel for the activities described above as well as conferences or meetings will be necessary. PLACE: SLR also has an explicit focus on fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes a diverse array of employees, partners, end-users, and stakeholders.

PLACE:SLR and FWS place a priority on growth and opportunity for the selected Fellow. The Fellow will have opportunities to network locally, regionally, and nationally and for professional development training and skill building. At the outset of the fellowship the Mentor and the Fellow will identify the Fellow’s goals for the fellowship and identify a strategy for ensuring that those goals are met and for finding exciting employment opportunities at the end of the fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements:
– Eagerness to learn and make real world impacts
– At least 18 years of age
– Working on or completed within the past year a B.S. or B.A. in biological sciences, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, economics, sociology, anthropology, climate sciences, communications, or something similar
– Valid driver’s license
– Willingness to work on a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and holidays
– Willingness and capacity to spend long days at events
– Ability to handle heavy physical work: heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to or heavier than 10 pounds
– Willingness to work with people with different viewpoints, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds
– Organized and able to work independently or as part of a team


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Application Process and Timeline:
To apply for this position, please go here (https://forms.gle/EgCK8xs5HJPN51yP6) to complete the application. Initial application review will begin February 28th; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The ideal start date for this position is spring/summer 2022, but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected Fellow.

Questions? Contact Renee Collini at r.collini@placeslr.org.