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Application review begins November 8, 2021

NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) seek a Coordinator for the Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program

(NTAP) for its off-campus office in Lee, NH. This position will coordinate a neighborhood-scale, peer-to-peer technical assistance program to support flood risk assessment and resilience planning in coastal NH.

The NTAP Coordinator will use methods to reach flood-vulnerable residents with a focus on serving and empowering historically underserved, low-income neighborhoods. The NTAP Coordinator will develop a transferrable framework for providing technical assistance to neighborhoods in high-risk flood zones, built on trust and peer-to-peer learning, through four primary activities:

  1. Capacity building and planning
  2. Program implementation
  3. Research and evaluation
  4. Neighborhood learning and sharing

The Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program (NTAP) seeks to answer the following question: How does a neighborhood-scale, peer-to-peer technical assistance approach to future coastal flood risk assessment and resilience planning influence knowledge, confidence, engagement, networks, and action among coastal New Hampshire residents at risk of sea-level rise and coastal flooding?

This project builds on a previous program in NH and seeks to leverage the knowledge gained in that effort to empower neighborhood champions, foster community dialogue, and provide coastal flood risk technical assistance at the coastal neighborhood scale. The NTAP program has a commitment to cultivating an atmosphere of trust, collaboration, and equity. All participants in this program are expected to approach the collaboration from a place of humility, and all sources of knowledge will be valued including experiential, scientific, and cultural knowledge.


The NTAP Coordinator will:

  • Provide general support for the Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program (NTAP) including coordination of the project team consisting of key partners from community organizations, academia, and government agencies.
  • Schedule and support NTAP events. Coordinate development of programmatic principles as part of the NTAP program to foster trust, collaboration, and equity.
  • Conduct a desktop analysis to identify coastal NH neighborhoods of high flood and economic risk using publicly available datasets as well as local research products.
  • Recruit candidates in the identified priority neighborhoods to serve as Neighborhood Coordinators, including from 2-4 low-income neighborhoods at risk of coastal flooding.
  • Lead the development of individualized neighborhood scale technical assistance plans and coordinate delivery of equitable, relevant technical assistance to 4-7 neighborhoods.
  • Plan and execute peer-to-peer learning events among program participants.
  • Support development and administration of a program evaluation plan.
  • With the project team, coordinate development of a transferable framework for a neighborhood-scale, peer-to-peer technical assistance program for coastal resilience.
  • Share program outcomes and findings at events and conferences and for grant reports.
  • Perform other related duties as identified.
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 2-years of relevant experience
  • The ability to travel to sites in coastal New Hampshire in person
  • Ability to coordinate collaborative activities in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community members, non-profit partners, government agencies, faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to coordinate people with different roles and varied expertise as part of a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment

* Education and experience equivalencies may provide alternative options to meet the qualifications

  • Willingness to learn
  • Data literacy regarding climate conditions and projections
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices in coastal resilience, flood plain management, and nature-based adaptation
  • Completion of courses in related subjects at the college/university level
  • 100% (full-time, 40-hour/week), salaried, benefited, and grant funded
  • All grant funded positions are contingent upon continued grant funding
  • Salary range for the position is $42,000 - $50,000/year
  • Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off

​This position is based at the NH Sea Grant off-campus location in Lee, NH, and may begin with some remote work arrangements (to be determined) depending on University COVID-19 adaptation policies. Business hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, there may be times when work beyond regular business hours, including weekends, may be necessary to complete the requirements of the position.  


Applicants must submit an application through the University System of New Hampshire Jobs Portal:

This position is available immediately. Review of applications will begin November 8, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.  


The NTAP Coordinator will be affiliated with both NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension and will be an employee of the University of New Hampshire.

NH Sea Grant is a partnership between the University of New Hampshire and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant). Sea Grant programs are based in every coastal and Great Lakes state, as well as in Puerto Rico and Guam. NH Sea Grant integrates research, extension, education and communications approaches in order to accomplish its mission to “support a coastal environment that sustains healthy ecosystems, economies, and people.” Sea Grant provides unique access to research-based knowledge and expertise. Through its researchers, educators, and outreach specialists, Sea Grant generates, translates, and delivers cutting-edge, unbiased information to help address the most complex coastal issues and support the most promising coastal opportunities. 

Since 1915, UNH Cooperative Extension has improved people's lives by providing research-based information and non-formal education programs on topics important to the state. UNH Extension works in four broad topic areas: Youth and Family Development, Community and Economic Development, Natural Resources, and Food and Agriculture. By working in collaboration with county, state, and federal governments, UNH Extension is at work in every New Hampshire county, making the state’s key industries stronger, developing vibrant communities and municipal leaders, fostering healthy families and an informed and engaged citizenry, and keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and productive.

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire, and the region can be found here:

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.