Social Scientist, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) is seeking a Social Scientist to support the NOAA Water Initiative. This position will be employed by The Baldwin Group (TBG) under a contract with the Office for Coastal Management. The successful candidate will work closely with our existing social science staff and with diverse, interdisciplinary teams; assist in the development of social science products and reports; provide technical assistance to the National Water Center (NWC) customers and partner groups; and support social science-based projects.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and administer customer surveys, focus groups, and interviews
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Manage, display, and report social scientific data
  • Provide technical support on non-economic, social science-based research and stakeholder engagement activities
  • Support the coordination of social science information between NWC and other offices within NOAA
  • Develop and deliver presentations on social science-based activities supported by NWC
  • Engage user groups and conduct focus groups to identify and document stakeholder needs
  • Lead region-specific needs assessments to support NWC
  • Support work focused on community vulnerability assessments and water quantity issues
  • Synthesize academic, government, research, and policy documents/reports



  • MS in a non-economic, social science field (sociology, psychology, anthropology, communications, or related discipline) plus three to five years’ experience
  • Ability to code and create social science data sets
  • Proficient in delivering public presentations, delivering professional content, and moderating focus groups
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate effective meetings
  • Ability to communicate social science-based concepts and principles to diverse audiences
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
  • Understanding of water resource management or a related field


  • Familiarity with social network analysis concepts
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies
  • Experience with environmental planning and policy, marine science, coastal management, or related field

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your qualifications to:
Subject: “Social Scientist”

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