Science Serving Maryland's Coasts


Every day we work to make a difference in the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's diverse natural resources. View our current job openings below to see how you can join our team. Thank you for your interest in Maryland Sea Grant.

Job Openings

Program Administrative Specialist

Application review begins September 9

Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking a Program Administrative Specialist. This position serves an important administrative role bridging Sea Grant’s environmental mission and with its business and financial operations activities. Under the direction of the Sea Grant Associate Director, the Administrative Specialist oversees state appropriations and revolving accounts, program development awards, facilities and inventory, and publications and product distribution. This position performs a variety of administrative tasks and technical accounting associated with budgeting, procurement, reconciliation, product inventory, and general office function.

Duties and responsibilities of the Program Administrative Specialist include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • With limited supervision, performs a full range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of the office. Oversees MDSG office facilities and resources.
  • Follows established guidelines for maintaining state appropriations account and revolving accounts. This includes procurement and invoicing, monitoring and reconciling accounts, tracking all expenses, and reimbursing for expenditures. As part of these responsibilities, AS maintains an internal system to track departmental State & revolving accounts and project balances. AS must assess account status, develop budget projections and draft reports, and be proactive to advise the Associate Director of emergent trends and issues.
  • Manages MDSG publication distribution, inventory, reporting and billing
  • Interacts with internal and external stakeholders, clients, and contractors.
  • Helps with environmental event planning, logistics and associated business operations.

The Specialist must be detail oriented with strong interpersonal and oral and written skills to interact with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to understand and interpret Federal and University policies and procedures in areas of purchasing, billing, contracts and grants and sponsored programs is required. The Specialist must have the analytical and technical skills to review expenditures and reconcile accounts as well as fluency with Windows-based PCs.

Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree and 4 years’ progressive experience in administrative staff work, including financial reporting, purchasing, budgeting or contracts and grants. Skill in the use of office automation software and its applications, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, to handle sensitive materials with discretion and tact, to present ideas and information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; to perform mathematical computations. Ability to independently handle multiple tasks and set priorities. Additional years relevant experience may be substituted for the education qualification on a year-for-year basis.

For more details and to apply, include a cover letter outlining your interest in the position; a resume; and a list of three references with your application at


Accounting Clerk II - Contractual Contingent I Hourly

Application review begins September 2

Maryland Sea Grant College (MDSG) is seeking a 0.5 FTE Accounting Clerk II (approx. 20 hours per week) with an interest in the environment for a six month contract. Duties and responsibilities of the Account Clerk II include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Performs clerical duties for MDSG Business Office, including preparing and logging purchasing requests.
  • Assists in monitoring MDSG accounts by gathering reports and records and identifying errors and discrepancies.
  • Inputs data, records and verifies details of financial transactions in journals, ledgers and automated systems.
  • Reviews and processes financial documents such as invoices, vouchers, receipts, requisitions, timesheets and reports, ensuring accuracy of mathematical computations and completeness. 
  • Provide office support daily building maintenance oversight, backup for receptionist.

Review the full announcement here.

To apply, send an email with the subject line “Accounting Clerk Position” and include as a pdf: a cover letter outlining your interest in the position; a resume; and a list of three references to  Best consideration date is September 2. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  


Science Writer / Editor, Maryland Sea Grant

Application review is rolling

The Science Writer/Editor will work to explain and share findings from scientists, extension agents, and other sources to help advance public understanding and management of Maryland’s natural resources. The successful finalist will join MDSG’s communications staff of 3‐4 professionals and university students who produce print, videos, and web‐based content for the general public and specialized audiences on topics such as ecosystem dynamics, pollution reduction, aquaculture, fisheries management, and climate-change adaptation. Our publications include an award‐winning print magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly (; science blogs; technical syntheses; highly regarded documentaries; and an extensive online and social media presence.

Foremost, the successful finalist will have published clear and well‐crafted writing, explained complex scientific findings accurately and engagingly for non-scientists, and shown skill at interacting with and gathering information from a variety of people, including scientists, policy makers, industry, and ordinary citizens. Interest in video, podcasts, and other media encouraged.

Specific duties of this position include writing narrative science stories for our various publications, editing text, posting to social media, and contributing ideas for graphics and publication design. The writer will write, edit and/or improve technical content prepared by others for the program's publications. Products could include fact sheets, grant proposals, web content, program reporting to NOAA, workshop or meeting materials, and the program's annual report. In addition, the candidate will spend 20% of his or her time creating communications products describing the outreach projects of MDSG’s extension specialists within the University of Maryland Extension program.

Salary will be in the range of the $55-60K and will be based on the University of Maryland Exempt Salary Structure for 100% full time regular positions. An attractive package of university benefits are offered including health insurance, tuition remission and generous leave. For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please review the position announcement and apply online. The position will remain open until filled.

Diversity Statement

Maryland Sea Grant, part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.