Prairie Research Institute

Sea Grant Outreach Program Leader
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prairie Research Institute/Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
This position is located in Urbana, Illinois

Position: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) seeks an individual to serve as a critical link between IISG extension specialists, scientists, and communities with the goal of improving ecological, economic, and societal resilience in the two-state region. The program leader will be responsible for the coordination of development, expansion, and delivery of science-based programs that empower communities and individuals to make informed resilience and natural resource management decisions. The program leader will be housed in IISG, which currently supports 17 extension specialists and assistants and conducts community resilience outreach in 12 topic areas at local, regional, and national scales.The program leader will also be an active member of the Resilient Watershed Initiative, which seeks to build community resilience by expanding linkages between Prairie Research Institute (PRI)-based scientists and IISG. PRI is comprised of five university-based, state-wide scientific surveys engaged in proactive, multidisciplinary research and service to promote economic development, environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation.

The program leader will be located in IISG’s office in Urbana, Illinois and report to the program’s director (who also serves as the PRI Deputy Executive Director for Decision Support). The incumbent will coordinate with PRI scientists, University of Illinois and Purdue University faculty, state and federal agencies in Illinois and Indiana, and other partners related to ongoing and emerging initiatives. The incumbent will serve on the IISG program management team, oversee IISG outreach specialists and activities, and represent IISG on regional and national Sea Grant initiatives. Travel is required.


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Preferred: Qualifications:

This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by October 30, 2015. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references, and 4) up to three writing samples relevant to this position. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, PRI/Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401. Technical inquiries may be directed at Lisa Merrifield at or 217-333-0045.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Please see the individual Surveys for their open positions:

Illinois Natural History Survey
Illinois State Archeological Survey
Illinois State Geological Survey
Illinois State Water Survey
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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