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UNH Extension seeks State Specialist, Coastal Resilience

The coastal resilience specialist will develop, lead and participate in research and extension programming related to coastal resilience and climate adaptation in New Hampshire. This position is located on the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Durham, N.H., campus. NH Sea Grant (NHSG) Extension (a partnership between NHSG and UNH Cooperative Extension) plays an important role in assisting with the development of science-based decision making in N.H. This position will strengthen the ability of people in N.H. to understand and improve their resilience to natural hazards and respond to changing conditions, with an emphasis on historically underserved communities. The climate resilience specialist serves as a technical resource for coastal communities and the state of N.H. for topics such as climate hazards, resiliency planning, sea level rise, coastal processes, coastal flooding, and coastal storms. The coastal resilience state specialist is a grant funded, public service, non-tenure track position. Primary stakeholders/audience include academic researchers, municipal staff, regional planning commissions, state agencies and residents.

The specialist is expected to leverage their skills, experience and resources – as well as the resources and capacities of the relevant research community – to develop and implement research, extension and outreach programs and provide technical assistance to advance coastal resilience. The specialist will work with existing teams, extension programs and partners drawing on science, technology and research data to educate communities about coastal climate adaptation, coastal flooding and hazard mitigation planning. The specialist will cultivate and sustain partnerships and integrate perspectives to advance coastal community resilience. Key partnerships will include federal, state and non-governmental organizations that serve N.H. coastal communities such as the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program, the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP), the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR), and the Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). Statewide travel and attendance at regional and national meetings are required. Work will entail occasional evening and weekend commitments and requires a flexible work schedule. Beginning in the second year of appointment, state specialists are expected to support 25% of their salary and benefits from grants, program revenue, teaching, and/or other extramurally funded efforts. For more information, visit UNH Extension Seeks a State Specialist, Coastal Resilience | Extension

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