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There are many opportunities at NC State to grow and gain experiences in coastal resilience and sustainability. Student and professional opportunities are available.

Students and Post-docs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior are hosting a nationwide hiring webinar to recruit competitive candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

To be a part of the 2023 Design Challenge, register today, gather your multidisciplinary collegiate team, and start your project! Team registrations close on October 26, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2023 Design Challenge Rules are now available and provide details for each of the 10 contests that make up the Decathlon. Teams can participate in any of the following divisions:

  • New Housing
  • Retrofit Housing
  • Attached Housing


  • Multifamily Building
  • Office Building
  • Education Building


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior are hosting a nationwide hiring webinar to recruit competitive candidates from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

Please send a resume and cover letter to to apply.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is seeking applicants for a Business Climate Action Program Manager. The incumbent will join a rapidly growing Climate Center team that is working to integrate and elevate the climate-related work across the organization while charting new directions for us to provide climate services to waterfront communities and businesses across the region. The incumbent would work closely with other GMRI staff—including our Sustainable Seafood Team, Ventures Team, and Municipal Climate Action Program Manager—to support regional blue economy businesses (with a focus on the regional seafood supply chain) in:

  • understanding their climate-related risk exposure and capitalizing on response measures as business opportunities,
  • building resilience to climate change into their facilities and operations, and
  • identifying and implementing cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions mitigation actions

A core aim of GMRI’s Business Climate Action Program is to ensure the Gulf of Maine blue economy serves as a model for climate-smart practices nationally and globally. Importantly, the incumbent must engage on the issues with a positive attitude, be capable of characterizing climate action as business opportunities, and show competency in developing the business case for pursuing climate action.
Salary: $65,000 to $75,000

Environmental Defense Fund


The Manager’s primary role will be to oversee development and implementation of strategic priorities to align science, policy, funding, and capacity to build landscape and community resilience across Eastern North Carolina and Virginia. The Manager will conduct analysis and foster collaboration on the science and hydrology of coastal, riverine, and compound flood risks and solutions to inform planning, policy, and community engagement. The Manager will use experience and knowledge to independently engage with federal, state, and local partners to develop and share best practices so that state and federal programs and policies reflect the best available science.

This position will report to the Director, Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds. The Manager will work within a matrixed team and will coordinate with staff and consultants from multiple EDF Teams in Virginia and North Carolina.

Position duties Include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide Strategic and Visionary Collaborative Leadership across a landscape of integrated and interdisciplinary research, extension, academic, community engagement, and policy initiatives, supporting the development of new programmatic initiatives as needs and opportunities arise.

Provide Tactical Insights and Collaborative Team Building to a large interdisciplinary and multi-sector team of researchers, extension personnel, program team leads, and affiliated faculty engaged in CEFS programming. Collaborative opportunities within research and extension will be based on the successful candidate’s expertise and interests.

Supervise Staff: This position directly supervises between 10 – 15 employees spanning project leads, field research staff and administrative officers. This position currently oversees a total organizational staff at NC State of approximately 25 employees, many of whom are funded through external grants. 

Provide Leadership for the CEFS Board of Advisors: This position is responsible for board oversight and relations; the 19 member CEFS Board of Advisors serves in an advisory capacity to the Director in developing strategic directions and funding relationships.

Sponsored Programs: The Director will be responsible for cultivating and managing relations with government, NGO, and foundation funders. The Director often serves as the Lead Principal Investigator (PI), and proposal content generator, or in a supporting role in many of the sponsored program proposals and contracts for CEFS.

Fundraising and Advancement: The Director serves as the lead in engaging in advancement/fundraising activities on behalf of the Center. The Director will work closely with the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation advancement representatives to establish and strengthen relationships with donors. Additionally, the Director provides leadership for the CEFS ‘Annual Ask’ grassroots fundraising efforts, the annual ‘Farm to Fork’ event, and special event and sponsorship fundraising.

Ensure Financial Sustainability: The Director is responsible for ensuring the financial health and sustainability of CEFS by increasing internal and external support in collaboration with the CEFS team. Duties include directing and managing resources to ensure success of the overall operation and effectiveness of CEFS including overseeing fundraising and growing endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. This position is responsible for a variety of funds including state and federal budgets, endowment funds, gift accounts, and sponsored program budgets.

Represent CEFS and NC State in statewide, national, and international forums: The incumbent, being known as a leading expert in sustainable agriculture and local and community based food systems, will periodically be asked to provide talks and presentations to community, university, national and international audiences on behalf of CEFS, CALS, or NC State, as well as to serve as a representative on influential boards, commissions, committees, and multi state or organizational collaborations.