Career Opportunities

Staff Positions

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant supports over 30 extension specialists, communicators, educators, and administrators conducting environmental and natural resources outreach on a number of critical issues at local, regional, and national scales. Extension specialists deliver science-based programs that empower communities and people to make informed natural resource decisions.


Great Lakes K-12 Education Specialist – Apply by February 27, 2024

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and University of Illinois Extension are seeking a new K-12 education specialist to increase Great Lakes literacy among Illinois and Indiana youth through development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programming that supports the missions of the two programs.

Responsibilities for the Great Lakes K-12 education specialist position include:

  • Develop a Great Lakes K-12 research-based education program that addresses local needs and increases literacy about IISG’s Great Lakes priority research and outreach issues (e.g., coastal resilience, invasive species, aquaculture, foodweb ecology). 
  • Support educators in implementing IISG curricula through check-ins, connecting them with partners and other educators who are incorporating Great Lakes literacy into their classrooms, and providing grant-funded financial support, as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with state, regional, and national partners including the University of Illinois and Purdue 4-H, the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network’s Center for Great Lakes Literacy, educational institutions, research scientists, professional societies, and other entities as appropriate.

A master’s degree in education, environmental education, natural sciences, or related field is required.

This full-time position will be located in Chicago, Illinois. To view the complete job description and apply, visit The closing date is February 27, 2024.


Coastal Resilience Specialist – Apply by February 23, 2024

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) are hiring a coastal resilience specialist to conduct impactful research, enhance outreach programs and foster collaborations in Great Lakes coastal resilience.

This position, which has the INHS title of Coastal Resilience Associate Research Scientist, involves leading and conducting coastal resilience research in the Great Lakes region, focusing on the critical land-coast-water interface between various scientific domains.

Other duties and responsibilities include developing and leading outreach programs to educate a range of stakeholders—from government officials to the public—about coastal resilience challenges and viable management solutions. Interacting with external partners, including governmental bodies, industries, and non-governmental organizations, is essential.

This is a full-time University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign academic professional appointment and will be based in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.

Applications are due by February 23, 2024. To learn more about duties, required qualifications and application timing, visit Jobs at Illinois.


Summer Internships – Apply by February 5, 2024, 11:59pm ET 

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) Summer Internship Program provides undergraduate students opportunities to help address issues impacting coastal communities by combining social and environmental conservation sciences. Through this program, IISG’s interns will gain knowledge and skills in practices that help Lake Michigan coastal communities make more informed decisions about resource management and everyday activities. These paid internships may include research, communications, and/or outreach activities. Applicants may have the opportunity to participate in activities (e.g., attending a professional conference) outside of their specific internship duties.

As part of this program, IISG offers required professional development trainings. Throughout their employment, each intern will participate in professional development opportunities that will require approximately eight hours or one hour per week; one or more of the sessions may take more than an hour, so in some weeks, no training will be offered.

For full job descriptions, qualifications, and position locations, visit our Summer Internship Program page.

View information on past summer internship opportunities.

Community Engaged Internships

Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) program aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes, and marine sciences by offering training and mentorship—through paid internships—to a diverse cohort of undergraduate students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. Some of the key components of the program include providing professional development opportunities as well as engaging students in place-based research, extension, education, and/or communication that respects and integrates local ways of knowing. 

For eligibility, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a 2- or 4-year college or university at the time of application. We encourage applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino/a/x, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. The program is also open to students who have experienced and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.

For detailed information about current openings—including hourly pay, work locations, qualifications and the application process— please visit the Community Engaged Internships page. For questions related to the program, please contact Angela Archer at

The application period for the 2023 cohort of Community Engaged Interns has closed. Please check back in January 2024. View information on past CEI opportunities in our newsroom.


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