Employment Opportunities

Staff Openings

Horticultural Specialist

East Carolina University is looking for a candidate to fill a full-time Horticultural Specialist position at the ECU Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese, NC.

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 (10) Storm Water Control Measures (BMPs) with required certification from North Carolina State University Storm Water BMP Inspection and Maintenance Certification.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm on April 6, 2021.

Faculty Openings

Social Scientist

The Department of Coastal Studies, in East Carolina University’s Integrated Coastal Programs, seeks to appoint a social scientist at Assistant or Associate Professor level with an active, interdisciplinary research program focusing on coastal and marine environmental issues. Scholars from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. This tenure-track position is part of a major ECU investment in research and teaching programs focused on natural, social, physical, and engineered dimensions of ocean margins.

We seek creative, rigorous scholars with interests in working across disciplinary boundaries to shed light on complex problems resulting from the interaction of people and the natural environment. Although this is a research-focused position, the new faculty member will also teach and mentor students in the department’s interdisciplinary and research-intensive Integrated Coastal Sciences PhD program (https://coastal.ecu.edu/coastalstudies/integrated-coastal-sciences/) and develop classes at ECU’s Outer Banks campus. This position is an opportunity to be part of an exciting and dynamic new enterprise in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong externally funded research program; provide professional service; teach and develop courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and develop research collaborations and synergistic activities with other faculty members of DCS, ECU, and partner institutions. The faculty position will be located at ECU’s Outer Banks Campus on Roanoke Island.

Doctoral degree in Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science, Social Psychology, Sociology, Geography, or other social or interdisciplinary science.

Disciplinary background for this position is open. Examples of disciplinary backgrounds may include anthropology, economics, environmental science, political science, social psychology, or sociology.

We anticipate that the selected candidate will have a solid background in the application of quantitative and qualitative methods to contemporary theoretical and practical research questions. Additional qualifications include the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes related to coastal issues, evidence of working on interdisciplinary research projects, and a record of publishing and securing external funding for their own research and for student research.

A history of applying for and receiving funding from organizations like the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, or philanthropic organizations will significantly improve a candidate’s prospects for selection.

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.


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 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.




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.


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Contact Info

The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981



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