Employment Opportunities

Outreach Associate

The Coastal Studies Institute is seeking highly motivated individuals to join our education and outreach team! The person(s) in this position will assist in planning and implementing the weekly CSI Outreach programs including lifelong learning, K-12, and summer camps. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: leading educational and engaging lesson plans and activities for outreach programs, K-12, and summer camp participants both at CSI and in the field; identifying and responding to participants’ questions; and communicating activities/experiences with the institute outreach leadership.

This is a part-time, temporary position, and the application is open until May 13, 2022.

Research Technician

The Coastal Studies Institute seeks a research technician to conduct field and lab work under the Coastal Processes and Ecology & Biogeochemistry of Marine and Coastal Systems Programs. Job duties for this position include, but are not limited to, assisting in equipment testing, calibration, and maintenance as well as data collection, processing, and analysis. The technician will also conduct specialized field and lab procedures and should be comfortable with conducting lab work following protocols, monitoring changes, and reporting findings. Troubleshooting and performing minor repairs are essential to this position, and comfort and experience on boats and the ability to lift at least 50 lbs are required.

This is a full-time, temporary position, and the application is open until May 27, 2022.

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.