University of Connecticut, UConn Extension

Position ID:UConn-Extension-497218 [#24454, 497218]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Extension Educator – Nature-Based Approaches to Resilience
Position Location:Groton, Connecticut 06340, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Climate Change, Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/03/02, finished 2023/08/03, listed until 2023/06/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


Connecticut Sea Grant, and the Department of Extension, College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut, invite applications for an Assistant Extension Educator – Visiting, for nature-based approaches to resilience. This grant-funded position is annually renewable. We are seeking a professional with a background in resilience, coastal ecology, coastal oceanography/engineering, planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or natural/marine resources to engage with and provide education and outreach for local governments and communities to increase awareness of and local capacity to improve nature-based approaches to the resilience of Connecticut communities in view of a changing climate. The position will be housed at Connecticut Sea Grant, with a joint academic appointment in the Department of Extension.

The Extension Educator and member of the CT Sea Grant College Program will report to the Director/Associate Director of CT Sea Grant and to the Head of the Department of Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The position will be located at the UConn Avery Point campus.

Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through public engagement the commitment to, and support of, diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences in extension programs; and provide leadership in developing techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interest. 

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


The successful candidate will work in collaboration with federal and state agencies, municipal entities, and communities, along with partner organizations, to:

The successful candidate will work with other faculty, staff, and partner organizations in a multidisciplinary team environment to create and deliver audience-appropriate programs and related materials. Set up program sites and meeting rooms for the presentation of programs that could include transporting, lifting, and moving boxes of educational and/or program materials as well as tables, chairs, etc. as needed. The position will require regular visits to program site locations throughout the state with a focus on coastal communities requiring in-state and periodic out-of-state travel.




This is a full-time, 11-month, renewable, non-tenure track faculty position. This position is subject to annual renewal based on performance and the successful candidate’s ability to secure grant funding. Partial funding (80%) is provided, while the remaining 20% will be grant supported. In the first two years, 20% of support will be provided. After the first two years, this position will continue as an 80% hard-funded position and the incumbent will be expected to obtain self-secured grant funding to support the remaining 20%, which could include any sources identified by the Educator. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The initial appointment is anticipated to begin on March 24, 2023. The successful candidate will be located at the UConn Avery Point campus. The position will require regular visits to program site locations throughout the state with a focus on coastal communities requiring in-state and periodic out-of-state travel. Information on benefits can be found at:


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

Screening of applicants will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. More information regarding the Connecticut Sea Grant and the Department of Extension can be found at and, respectively. Additional information about the Department of Extension can be found at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce.  The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner.  This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all.  We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
UConn Extension
University of Connecticut,
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4036
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4036