Coastal Citizen Science AmeriCorps Ambassador

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This position is with MarineQuest of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington based in Wilmington, NC.

MarineQuest is the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s official marine science outreach program providing young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats. MarineQuest offers summer and school programs that aim to deliver academically enriching and hands-on, feet-wet experiences for preK-12 youth. To build stewardship among the youth, MarineQuest also provides service learning opportunities.

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance of $13,732 and other benefits that include: child care benefit, health care benefit for monthly premium coverage, and the Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of $5,920. All information can be found on the link provided above. 

CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.

CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of this position is to raise awareness of the role environmental stewardship plays in helping a community become better prepared and more resilient in the face of natural disasters; to provide community members with the knowledge and tools necessary to become environmental stewards for our coast; to educate students and citizens about current coastal environmental health issues and empower members of the community to become more involved in the health of their local natural systems, particularly those that help support resilience. 

Position Responsibilities and Duties

The Coastal AmeriCorps Ambassador position has been designed to deliver knowledge and tools to the community so that they can continue to be future leaders in conservation and resiliency. It will be the member’s responsibility to meet all goals presented for the term of service, including:

  • Performing outreach presentations
  • Hosting conservation themed workshops
  • Collaborating on the development of partnership events
  • Organizing and leading citizen science training initiatives
  • Collecting data aimed to evaluate the health of North Carolina’s coastal wetlands


  • Applicants must be have a college degree in environmental science, marine science, biology, or a related field
  • Must be able to work independently as well as a member of a team.
  • Must be goal oriented  and self-motivated
  • Must be comfortable interacting with the public and with public speaking
  • Possess a deep interest in coastal ecology
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; Must have a legal driver’s license and consent to a criminal history check
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus


  • Several years of experience working in education/outreach.
  • Familiarity with MarineQuest and its programs
  • Experience with citizen science
  • Experience developing public events 
  • Experience with volunteer coordinating/supervision 

Essential Functions / Physical Demands

  • The candidate will have to be able to lift at least 40 pounds and be able to walk long distances in the sand/mud/marsh.
  • The candidate will have to complete required van training to be granted permission to use university vehicles for travel.
  • Candidate will have to be comfortable working in all weather conditions, and potentially will have to get wet/muddy working in marshes.

Preferred Schedule

The candidate would need to complete an AmeriCorps term of service of 1700 hours in 10 months. This equates to roughly 40 hours per week. We understand that the candidate will have obligations outside of the “normal” 8-5 work day. On weeks where the candidate does not have evening or weekend obligations, we expect him/her to be in the office for 40 hours. We are flexible as long as the candidate is forthcoming with his/her agenda prior to not being in the office. They must make every effort to fulfill commitments made to community members, organizations and partners.

Location: Wilmington, NC
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