COASST

Now Hiring: COASST AmeriCorps 2020-2021

Position Title: Marine Debris Monitoring Engagement Specialist

Term of Service begins February 2021

Rolling application period, with interviews and final hiring determination in early January.

Apply here: https://forms.gle/EKASe9dPfhPifGGU9

**Applicants will have to also fill out Washington Service Corps’ Application.**


The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is looking for an engaging and enthusiastic science communicator to fill an AmeriCorps position with our team for the 2020-21 year.

The goal of this position is to grow and retain a corps of participants who monitor beaches for marine debris with COASST, and to evaluate and ensure that data coming out of the program are useful and used. Service will involve developing and carrying out a volunteer engagement and data management plan in service of improving participant retention and marine debris module data quality.

Member Duties and Responsibilities:

The person in this position will create communications, training materials, and events for engagement that are informed by a parallel set of processes to track and evaluate data quality and participant retention over time. Activities may include hosting on-the-beach trainings and/or webinars, creating newsletters, running data reports, reviewing survey data, and providing helpful feedback to participants. Major duties:

  • Develop systems for identifying and reviewing priority marine debris survey data and associated photographs
  • Expand existing project management systems for tracking and providing feedback to volunteers
  • Regularly interact with adult volunteers in a respectful, professional and clear manner
  • Develop and track metrics of data quality and quantity, providing regular reports on trends at staff meetings
  • Participate in development of program materials, communications, and events informed by the above processes

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a science background and an interest in engaging the public in science and environmental issues. They should be detail-oriented, have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrate ability to problem-solve with a high level of autonomy while working as a member of a team.

Location of Service:

COASST operations are usually based out of the University of Washington in Seattle. This year we hope to be able to conduct in-person work, but realistically we expect that this position will operate remotely throughout 2021. The new team-member should be Washington-based, but may not need to live near Seattle.

Information from AmeriCorps:

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Member resources

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AmeriCorps Benefits

  • Living wage stipend provided by Washington Service Corps.
  • Health insurance provided by Washington Service Corps.
  • Coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Eligibility for student loan forbearance and potential interest accrual payment on qualifying loans.
  • SNAP food benefits, if eligible.
  • Child care assistance, if eligible.
  • Upon successful completion of service, you’ll receive a $6,095 education award.
  • All positions are contingent on funding.

Application Process

  1. Please fill out this form to begin your application with COASST.
  2. You will also need to apply through the AmeriCorps portal here.
  3. Successful applicants will be required to complete a background check, submit documentation to AmeriCorps proving eligibility for the program, and complete a fingerprinting identity verification process with the FBI.