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

Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative Coordinator, Maryland Sea Grant

Open until filled, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by September 22, 2017

Maryland Sea Grant (UMCES) is seeking a qualified candidate for our Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative (CBSSC) Coordinator position. This one-year position, with possibility of renewal for a second year, will help lead the Cooperative’s efforts to engage its partners and key stakeholders to maximize understanding and responding to sea level rise in the region in the context of a network of Sentinel Sites in the Chesapeake Bay. The position will expand the efforts of the CBSSC by: 1) building partner relationships across the cooperative; 2) improving mechanisms for data-sharing; and 3) translating CBSSC science to audiences outside of academia.

The position leads the CBSSC Management Team which guides the strategic direction of the Cooperative, reviewing and approving Cooperative documents and includes representatives from a majority of the sentinel sites as well as managers and Sea Grant faculty/staff. The position is supported through a grant with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please download the position announcement.  The position will remain open until filled.

Science Writer / Editor, Maryland Sea Grant

Best Consideration Date: May 31, 2017

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 Maryland Sea Grant's communications staff of 34 professionals and university students who produce print, videos, and web-based content for the general public and specialized audiences on topics such as pollution reduction, oyster aquaculture, fisheries management, and climate-change adaptation. Our publications include an award winning print magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly (; technical syntheses; highly regarded documentaries; and an extensive online and social media presence. Duties of this position also include editing text, posting to social media, and contributing ideas for graphics and publication design. In addition, the candidate will spend a quarter of his or her time creating communications products describing the outreach projects of Maryland Sea Grant's extension specialists within the University of Maryland Extension program.

For complete details about this opening and how to apply, please download the position announcement. For best consideration please submit application materials by May 31, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

Student Editorial Assistant

8 hours per week

Position open until filled

Maryland Sea Grant seeks a part-time, student editorial assistant to join our communications team. We seek a student with a demonstrated interest in science and/or the environment and who has shown skills in creating content about these topics for print and/or multimedia. Duties will include one or more of the following, depending on the candidate's interests and experience:

  • Writing news articles primarily for our website and potentially also for our staff-written magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly ( Topics would include news and feature articles about scientists working to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and their research findings. This writing requires explaining and summarizing technical information.
  • Conducting archival and other research in support of our videos and/or publications.
  • Helping to gather information for social media posts.
  • Helping our staff videographer to conduct video shoots in the field.
  • Independently taking photographs on and around the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Working to improve and expand our website.

Preferences (desired but not mandatory) include: demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding communities; course work in the natural sciences, particularly environmental or marine science; a valid driver's license.

This is an hourly, paid, part-time position. Hours may be above 8 hours a week at times, by agreement between the student and Maryland Sea Grant. Work schedule is negotiable. The hourly rate is commensurate with experience and work samples. Graduate and undergraduate students will be considered. Students may apply to work during the summer as well as during academic semesters.

To apply, please e-mail application materials to  Please include: a cover letter describing your interest in the position; three work samples relevant to this job; and a resume/CV.

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.