Position Announcements

Coastal Ecology Program Director

The Coastal Ecology Program Director is responsible for leading and developing the research capabilities of The Water Institute of the Gulf in coastal ecology. This includes oversight of work conducted through our Science and Engineering Plan (SEP) in this area and specific contracted work for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). 

Responsibilities also include supervising in-house and contracted personnel and programs. This person represents the Water Institute in external activities in coastal systems ecology research and in establishing partnerships with universities, government agencies, and the private sector in shaping and implementing the research program. We are seeking an individual for this senior leadership position with broad experience and expertise, with the capability to oversee and engage in a program that focuses on coastal systems in the broadest sense and on data analysis relevant to coastal Louisiana, and having the ability to identify research of broader geographic scope that could be developed using funds raised from other sources. Research capabilities could be in systems ecology, ecosystem modeling, fisheries, response of coastal and deltaic ecosystems to climate change, or other areas relevant to understanding natural system dynamics and the effects of coastal restoration and protection projects on them. Much of the Water Institute research is interdisciplinary and crosses program lines therefore working effectively with other program directors is an important position requirement.

The Water Institute is a not-for-profit research corporation that derives its funding from its success in building its research program through contracts with the State of Louisiana, foundations, government agencies, and the private sector. It has base funding that supports its SEP which was created with input from its Science and Engineering Advisory Council (SEAC) and program directors shape research projects carried out using these funds. In addition, funding from CPRA supports applied research projects in support of implementation of the State’s Coastal Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast through contracted work. The salary for this position, like those of all Water Institute staff, comes from these funds and from other sources which program directors participate in soliciting.

This position reports administratively to the President and CEO and programmatically to the Chief Scientist. We will consider joint or term appointments as well as long-term employment. For additional information about the position please contact Dr. Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, at dreed@thewaterinstitute.org . Interested persons should submit a brief letter describing research experience and interests, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references to Mark Legendre electronically at mlegendre@thewaterinstitute.org   or by mail to The Water Institute of the Gulf, 301 N. Main St., Suite 2000, Baton Rouge, LA 79825.

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