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

Information Technology Coordinator, Maryland Sea Grant

Open until filled, application review begins August 23, 2017

Our opening is a great opportunity for someone interested in both IT and environmental science. Our IT coordinator will do web development in a university setting on a variety of projects while providing support for our office's software and hardware needs. This job is particularly well suited for someone with an interest in the development and application of environmental science research and education products to help restore and preserve the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal natural resources.

The IT Coordinator will implement, administer, and strengthen Maryland Sea Grant's use of existing and new information technology to improve administration, education, outreach, and staff efficiency. S/he will provide leadership in the use and development of software, online applications, and other technologies to enhance Maryland Sea Grant's mission and online presence (e.g., education modules, program administration systems, Drupal-based website). The coordinator will be encouraged to network with other IT professionals in university departments and institutions to effectively use available resources and develop new approaches as well as be offered professional development opportunities to advance programming and other IT skills.

For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please download the position announcement. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning August 23, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

Maryland Sea Grant Coastal Climate Specialist

Best Consideration Date: April 30, 2017

The coastal community specialist will develop, lead and participate in extension programming related to community responses to climate change risks and to planning and development of sustainable coastal communities in Maryland. Maryland Sea Grant plays an important role in Maryland to assist with the development of science-based decision making. This position will strengthen the ability for Marylanders to understand and improve their resilience to natural hazards and respond to changing conditions. Programming should emphasize stakeholder education and problem-solving assistance to community decision-makers and planners leading to measurable benefits. The specialist will collaborate and coordinate programming with other extension and research faculty in the University System of Maryland. Further, the specialist will develop partnerships with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Service and other appropriate state and federal agencies serving coastal communities.

For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please download the position announcement. For best consideration please submit application materials by April 30, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

Science Writer / Editor, Maryland Sea Grant

Best Consideration Date: May 31, 2017

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 Maryland Sea Grant's communications staff of 34 professionals and university students who produce print, videos, and web-based content for the general public and specialized audiences on topics such as pollution reduction, oyster aquaculture, fisheries management, and climate-change adaptation. Our publications include an award winning print magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly (; technical syntheses; highly regarded documentaries; and an extensive online and social media presence. Duties of this position also include editing text, posting to social media, and contributing ideas for graphics and publication design. In addition, the candidate will spend a quarter of his or her time creating communications products describing the outreach projects of Maryland Sea Grant's extension specialists within the University of Maryland Extension program.

For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please download the position announcement. For best consideration please submit application materials by May 31, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

Student Editorial Assistant

8 hours per week

Position open until filled

Maryland Sea Grant seeks a part-time, student editorial assistant to join our communications team. We seek a student with a demonstrated interest in science and/or the environment and who has shown skills in creating content about these topics for print and/or multimedia. Duties will include one or more of the following, depending on the candidate's interests and experience:

  • Writing news articles primarily for our website and potentially also for our staff-written magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly ( Topics would include news and feature articles about scientists working to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and their research findings. This writing requires explaining and summarizing technical information.
  • Conducting archival and other research in support of our videos and/or publications.
  • Helping to gather information for social media posts.
  • Helping our staff videographer to conduct video shoots in the field.
  • Independently taking photographs on and around the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Working to improve and expand our website.

Preferences (desired but not mandatory) include: demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding communities; course work in the natural sciences, particularly environmental or marine science; a valid driver's license.

This is an hourly, paid, part-time position. Hours may be above 8 hours a week at times, by agreement between the student and Maryland Sea Grant. Work schedule is negotiable. The hourly rate is commensurate with experience and work samples. Graduate and undergraduate students will be considered. Students may apply to work during the summer as well as during academic semesters.

To apply, please e-mail application materials to  Please include: a cover letter describing your interest in the position; three work samples relevant to this job; and a resume/CV.

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.