Continuing Education Coordinator, COASST

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COASST COASST, University of Washington

Position Type
Full Time


Detailed position description and application process can be found here.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a rigorous citizen science organization based in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. Now 18 years old, COASST recruits and trains coastal citizens from northern California north to Kotzebue, Alaska to survey their local beach in a systematic, standardized fashion, returning data on a monthly basis about the number, identity, and condition of beached marine birds and, separately, marine debris. Additional data on the conditions on the beach are also collected. COASST experts independently verify all participant data (i.e., species identification), making the data immediately useful in science and resource management. At present, almost 1,000 volunteers collect data as part of the COASST program. All participants are trained in a 5-6 hour session, and given a set of data collection materials, including the relevant COASST Field Guide and written protocol. Once data collection starts, COASST interns and professional staff keep in close contact with each volunteer, making sure (s)he has adequate supplies and is continuing the survey at least monthly. Additional enrichment activities, including refresher trainings and evening public lectures on coastal natural history and conservation are also available to volunteers and their communities.

The Continuing Education Coordinator is the nexus point of volunteers, and of student interns, responsible for the coordination of and communication with all COASST volunteers, including, but not limited to training.

This position manages a corps of more than 1,000 citizen science participants as well as an undergraduate internship program that supports 10-15 students on a quarterly basis.

The lead responsibility is to manage and improve the experience for COASST volunteers, from training to withdrawal, and assure that COASST data collection sites are adequately covered. Additional responsibilities include:
•Manage the student intern program: quarterly recruitment of undergraduate student interns and senior interns: assuring retention and leadership development for all students.
•Off-site training and enrichment programs for COASST volunteers and COASST interns.
•Contribute to grant proposals and reports, contribution to training materials, creation of materials and presentations for scientific and public audiences.

Position open until filled.

  • Posting Date: 3 weeks ago