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Looking for A Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator
Minnesota Sea Grant has an open position for a coastal storms outreach coordinator for the Great Lakes. The full-time, extension educator position is available beginning in September 2012. The person in this position will be based in the National Weather Service Office in Chanhassen, Minn. He or she will work with Great Lakes coastal communities and user groups to ensure that weather and water forecasts, stormwater impacts and mitigation practices are accessible and applicable. For a complete position description and information on how to apply online, visit http://employment.umn.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning in August and will continue until the position is filled. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Storms Program and its Coastal Services Center are funding this position.

Photo of Doug Jensen.

Doug Jensen

The Coastal Storms Program is a nationwide effort to create a safe environment in the community and reduce negative impacts from coastal storms. For Minnesota Sea Grant, this includes assessing needs for stormwater runoff management with the Regional Stormwater Protection Team, promoting the use of rain barrels and rain gardens, and making sure citizens in the Lake Superior watershed do their part to ensure safety during storms, a realistic threat in the face of the recent Solstice Flood.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, received the first-ever Outstanding Invasive Species Outreach and Education Award at a National Invasive Species Awareness Week ceremony on March 1 in Washington, D.C. Jensen is noted for the energy he has put into two national campaigns: Stop Aquatic Hitchikers!TM, which teaches boaters and anglers how to reduce the spread of invasive species; and HabitattitudeTM, which educates aquarium owners and water gardeners about alternatives to releasing pets and plants into the wild.

Sharon Moen, Chris Benson, and Debbie Bowen won a 2012 APEX award for publication excellence for the A Salute to Lake Superior’s Sustainable Fisheries event campaign. Moen and Benson also won UMD Outstanding Service Awards for project excellence and continuous service, respectively.

Left to right: Sharon Moen, Chris Benson, Debbie Bowen

Left to right: Sharon Moen, Chris Benson, Debbie Bowen

Left to right: Megan Thiesse, Lindsey Jawish

Left to right: Megan Thiesse, Lindsey Jawish

Lindsey Jawish and Megan Thiesse, talented student employees, are leaving Sea Grant this summer. Thiesse graduated from UMD with a degree in psychology. She’s moving on to pursue her passion for animals through Duluth's Animal Allies and looks forward to earning a Master's degree in behavioral analysis and marrying her fiancé. Jawish, who graduated with a degree in unified early childhood studies, will be emigrating to Kotzebue, Alaska, where she will serve as a Deaf Education Specialist at the Northwest Arctic Borough School District.

By Sea Grant Staff
July 2012

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