New Position Available at AOOS

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Program Coordinator for Operations Development

Opening posted September 21, 2012; applications due October

This full-time position is based in Anchorage and involves working with the AOOS Executive Director and staff to develop major elements of the AOOS vision and plans, with a focus on observing and modeling system components. Funding is guaranteed for one year, but the intent is to make this a permanent position depending on funding and interest.


Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of developing the AOOS program, including working with the AOOS board and committees, the AOOS Data Management team, and the national and other regional ocean observing programs.  The program coordinator will work closely with the AOOS Program Manager for Partnerships and Outreach and AOOS partners and stakeholders to facilitate the prioritization and implementation of new observing platforms and instruments, forecasts and other integrated ocean observing initiatives. The coordinator will also help develop or strengthen programs to monitor ocean acidification, climate change impacts to the marine environment, harmful algal blooms, coastal hazards, and efforts related to marine safety.  Additional activities may include writing proposals, strengthening partnerships with Canada, devising strategies for incorporating biological datasets into the AOOS, and facilitating the creation of a “State of Alaska Oceans and Coasts” annual report. The coordinator will interface with both scientists and stakeholders, and serve as a communicator and facilitator to help advance ocean observing in Alaska.


  • Masters degree in science or environmental field. Minimum 2 years relevant experience.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, including an ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner for a general audience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate groups with diverse opinions.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of scientific information.
  • Experience in writing proposals.
  • Proficiency in Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. High level of internet and email competency.


We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package through the Alaska SeaLife Center, the AOOS fiscal agent.


There will be some travel in Alaska and in the United States associated with this position (2-3 weeks/year).

To Apply

Please submit letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System, (907-644-6703) by COB Oct 17.

Position Description as attachment

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