Maine Sea Grant-Native American Programs Collaborative Research Assistantship

This opportunity is currently closed.

Maine Sea Grant and Native American Programs at the University of Maine seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary learning experience at the graduate level. This research assistantship aims to build research collaborations with Maine Sea Grant and the Wabanaki Tribal Nations in what is now Maine and help train the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers with expertise in stakeholder engagement and interdisciplinary research. Students with a demonstrated interest in research partnerships and collaborative processes from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to apply: e.g., social sciences, biological, earth, and chemical sciences, natural resource management, communication, engineering, education, mathematics, social work, business administration and more.

Preference for this assistantship is given to individuals who are committed to collaborative research with Wabanaki Tribal Nations. It is expected that the graduate assistant will work on a research project in collaboration with, or has relevance to, Wabanaki Tribal Nations consistent with the Maine Sea Grant mission. They will also be expected to work with undergraduates and K-12 students in STEM fields and with Maine Sea Grant extension and outreach staff who share their field of interest/research goals. The Maine Sea Grant College Program is a state-federal partnership based at the University of Maine and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the State of Maine and many partners. Part of a network of 34 Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and territories, Maine Sea Grant supports integrated scientific research, outreach, and education programs. Please refer to the respective websites for more information on Maine Sea Grant and Native American Programs at the University of Maine.


A degree in a field related to natural resources and sustainability science (such as those listed above); excellent GPA; experience working with Tribal Nations preferred; experience or interest in developing collaborative research projects with Tribal Nations in what is Maine and elsewhere; interest in or currently pursuing a marine or coastal processes-focused graduate degree at a Maine-based institution that aligns with Maine Sea Grant research priority issues; experience or interest in mentoring students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders in collaborative research. Acceptance into a UMaine graduate program.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following information via email to Darren Ranco with the subject line “Maine Sea Grant-Native American Programs Collaborative Research Assistantship”:

    1. A letter detailing your interest in the Research Assistantship and the goals of collaborative research
    2. A resume
    3. Photocopies of transcripts
    4. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references familiar with your academic history.

The position is filled.

The Maine Sea Grant College Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by working to create a marine science workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity.