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The Extension Educator will hold a Minnesota Sea Grant College Program position, in the University of Minnesota’s academic staff category. This position will serve not only the Minnesota Sea Grant Program, but the entire Great Lakes Sea Grant Network especially as regards the transport of hazardous materials across the Laurentian Great Lakes region. The position has two major emphases: Maritime Transport and Great Lakes Hazardous Materials Transport.
Maritime Extension: The staff member will work with the maritime industry, policy makers, natural resource professionals, the Great Lakes Sea Grant community, and Great Lakes researchers to increase cooperation among organizations, improve environmental management, and apply university research results to help solve problems and improve efficiencies. Outreach activities will focus on maritime issues such as supply chain security, short sea shipping, intermodal transportation, economic and environmental impacts, waterway infrastructure maintenance, ballast water management to minimize invasive species introductions, and trade and regulatory policies.
Hazardous Materials Transport: The staff member will work with the hazardous materials transport industry, policy makers, natural resource professionals, the Great Lakes Sea Grant community, and Great Lakes and Lake Champlain researchers to increase cooperation among organizations, improve environmental management, and apply university research results to help solve problems and improve efficiencies concerning the transport of hazardous substances across the Laurentian Great Lakes Region. Activities will focus on hazardous materials transport issues, coordinate Great Lakes Sea Grant efforts surrounding them, take on the primary responsibility for the “risk optimization” extension program started under the Volpe Institute funding, coordinate the webinar series, keep web resources effective, provide information on trade and regulatory policies, seek extramural funding, create forums and workshops, and could potentially sit on NOAA’s hazardous response committee, among other duties aligned with the legacy “crude move” emphasis.