MSU Extension/Michigan Sea Grant Part-Time Positions


Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant are pleased to announce the availability of four part-time positions (either student or temp on call) from mid-March 2018 through Fall 2018 semester. 

The individuals hired into these positions will work as part of a research team assisting with a survey effort to better understand outdoor recreational uses of state and federal coastal wildlife management areas (WMAs) in southeast Michigan. The survey will determine the scope of recreation occurring at these areas, better understand WMA visits and visitors, and determine economic impacts of visitor uses at these areas. Specifically, employees will work in teams of two for the purpose of surveying visitors at WMAs during spring, summer, and fall 2018. Surveys will take place during two week days and two weekend days during scheduled weeks. Survey teams will be provided transportation and travel expenses if overnight travel is necessary.  Work hours will be approximately 6am to 6pm on survey dates including travel to WMAs. Students will gain experience in conducting social science research, interacting with outdoor recreationists and WMA managers, and working in a research team. One member of the survey team will also be responsible for data entry and preliminary analysis. The research proposal is pending IRB approval.

These positions are located in the Manly Miles Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, however >90% of students’ time will be spent in the field.



  • Data collection through visitor use surveys at WMAs in Saginaw Bay, Lake St. Clair, and western Lake Erie regions
  • Required to complete MSU’s Human Subjects Research Protection Program training.
  • Data organization and preliminary analysis
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work without direct supervision in a small team at remote areas.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife, social science, environmental policy, environmental science, natural resources or a related field.
  • Driver’s license.
  • Ability to obtain IRB approval for involvement in human subjects research.


  • Experience conducting social science surveys or interviews. 
  • Experience with data entry and organization.

Hours & Compensation

  • Four temporary positions through November 2018, preferred start date March 15, 2018.
  • 20-25 hours of work per week compensated at a rate of $12.00 per hour.

About Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of the University of Michigan (UM) and Michigan State University (MSU) and is part of the National Sea Grant College Program. Michigan Sea Grant supports research, education and outreach projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of Great Lakes resources. Sea Grant also supports extension educators located in coastal communities. These extension educators work within the MSU Extension system which includes offices and staff across the state dedicated to bringing the knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities, and businesses. 


Interested applicants should submit the following in a single PDF file: cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references.  Send applications to Barbara Avers, MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Ph.D. Student, at  Review of applications will begin on February 19, 2018.