Employment Opportunities

Led by East Carolina University, 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. The Coastal Studies Institute, located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus, focuses on integrated coastal research and education programming centered around the needs, issues, and concerns of coastal North Carolinians by bringing together interdisciplinary teams. The specific research expertise of CSI spans a variety of coastal disciplines including coastal dynamics, ecology, biology, economics, environmental geography, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering. CSI uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive.

Horticultural Specialist

The primary purpose of this position is to manage and perform the beautification and maintenance of the grounds at ECU’s Outer Banks Campus for the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC. Duties of this position are: lawn, shrub, tree, and native vegetation maintenance, schedule and organize the work required on-site; plan, order, receive, and inventory supplies/materials; coordinate with other facilities employees, contractors, academic departments, students, staff and faculty; assist in budgeting for future year expenses; be a resource for ECU in regards to grounds services (to include landscape, irrigation, plant material, turf, storm sewer, roads, walks, drives, recycling, refuse removal and moving services); the ability to give educational talks to students, staff, board members, community members on the sustainable practices at the CSI; basic maintenance and operation of grounds equipment/vehicles; storm response; debris/garbage removal; and pest management. Duties also include performing inspection and maintenance of the (1 OJ Storm Water Control Measures (BMPs) with required certification from North Carolina State University Storm Water BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification.

Applications for the position must be received by October 19, 2022, to be considered.

Building Environmental Tech

East Carolina University is looking for a highly motivated and experienced Building Environmental (Custodial) candidate to join our Facilities Services team at the Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese NC. This position will perform custodial tasks in cleaning and disinfecting, dusting, trash removal, mopping, and operating laundry machines and floor cleaning equipment. Additional work tasks will include stocking supplies, conference organization, furniture shifting and/or moving, and assisting with building and grounds maintenance needs. Normal work hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Applications for the position must be received by November 3, 2022, to be considered.

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.