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

Science Writer / Editor, Maryland Sea Grant

Application review begins March 11

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.

Assistant Director for Communications and Engagement

Application review begins November 5, 2018

Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is seeking an Assistant Director for Communications (AD) who will report to the Director and serve as a member of MDSG’s senior management team. The AD will lead the development of MDSG’s communication vision, develop and oversee communications products and programming, and manage a team of communicators that includes a science writer/editor and a graphic designer. The AD will also serve as MDSG’s liaison to facilitate interactions with a range of clients and constituents, including marine-related industry groups, academic and research institutions, and others in the marine science and policy arena. The AD will help develop innovative communications programming and seek grant opportunities to help carry out the organization’s communication vision.

A master’s degree in a communication field or relevant science field is required. Personnel management experience is required. Preference is given to applicants with strong writing and communication skills and experience in program management and development, grant writing, and communication product design. Multimedia production experience and familiarity with current coastal science and policy issues in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region is a plus. Experience working in a university setting is highly desirable. 

For a full position description, and to apply, visit the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science application job portal at UMCES PeopleAdmin.


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.