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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunities

2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative; NOAA - Sea Grant March 30, 2018
  Coastal Resilience Grants; NOAA March 7, 2018
  North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS Cycle 1: February 23, 2018
Cycle 2: July 13, 2018

Position Vacancies

Public Relations Specialist; GA-SG/MAREX

March 16, 2018
  Resident Marine Biologist; JA Manafaru March 1st 2018
  Port Engineer; Sea Education Association Thursday, April 5, 2018
  Environmental Division Manager; Makah Tribe Thursday, March 1, 2018
  The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Science Internship; Marine Conservation Institute  
  Aquaculture Innovation Fellow; Conservation International  
  Federal Ocean Conservation Policy Manager; Monterey Bay Aquarium  
  Reef Restoration Program Associate; Coral Restoration Foundation  
  Executive Director; Ocean Science Trust  
  Communications Specialist; Project AWARE  
  Director; The Cape Eleuthera Institute  
  Marine Biodiversity Media Specialist; Peace Corps  
  Senior Advisor, Science and Strategy; Oceana February 28, 2018
  Environmental Training Specialist; Peace Corps  
  Diving Safety Officer; Center for Marine Resource Studies Turks & Caicos Islands  
  Assistant Professor – Marine Vertebrate Biologist; Nicholls State University, Louisiana February 19, 2018
  Deputy Program Director; Coral Reef Alliance  
  Antarctic MPAS Campaign Communications Coordinator; Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition  
  Associate/Assistant Professors in Marine Biology & Ecology; University of Miami, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology  
  Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Aquaculture; SUNY Colbeskill March 1, 2018
  Senior Director, Blue Nature Program; Conservation International  
  Development Director; Ocean Outcomes  
  Research Associate in Marine Metabarcoding; University of Salford Manchester February 27, 2018
  Senior Marine Litter Scientist; CEFAS February 23, 2018
  Marine Litter Scientist; CEFAS February 23, 2018
  Marine Litter Data Analyst; CEFAS February 22, 2018
  Marine Biodiversity Scientist; Smithsonian: MarineGEO & Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network March 1, 2018
  Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation; Vulcan  
  Associate Program Officer – Gulf Research Program; National Academy of Sciences  
  Director of Marine Mammal Institute; Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center  
  Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center; Georgetown University Law Center  
  Marine Scientist; Oceana  
  Government Relations Manager; Ocean Conservancy  
  Assistant Professor - Marine Disease Biologist; The University of Southern Mississippi  
  Research Associate I; University of Miami  
  Education Specialist; Florida Oceanographic Society  

Post-Doc Positions

Ecosystem indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic; Stony Brook University April 2, 2018
  Research Fellow (2 openings); University of Massachusetts Boston March 1, 2018
  Marine Molecular Ecology; Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences February 28, 2018
  Fish Bioacoustics; Cornell University  
  Indigenous and Community Governance; Conservation International  
  Simulate the global distribution and impact of plastic particles on the marine environment; University of Bern March 1, 2018
  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)  

Internships

2018 GCE Internships; GCE-LTER March 19, 2018

Student Opportunities

SECOORA 2018 Data Challenge; SECOORA March 13, 2018
  Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars Award; SECOORA March 13, 2018
  Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; GA Sea Grant Feb 23, 2018

Upcoming Conferences

2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; RAE, Save the Bay-SF, and CA Coastal Conservancy Feb. 21-22, 2018
  12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It – A Flood is Coming; Georgia Association of Floodplain Management March 19-22, 2018
  2018 Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium; Florida State University April 6-8, 2018
  Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses; UC-Berkeley April 20-21, 2018
  4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans June 4-8, 2018
  2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments September 17–19, 2018
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Dec 8-13, 2018

Webinars

Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars  
  Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT); EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO)   
  Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars  
  Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Seminars  
  Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™  
  Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™  
  The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve  
  iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources  
  Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance  
  Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)  
  Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)  
  The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats  
  NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars  

Tools

Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA  
  Coastal Hazard Wheel; UNEP  
  New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live  
  Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise  

Student Resources

Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online  
  Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online  

Resources

Ocean Health Index-Science (webpage redesigned)  
  Hurricane Safety Guide (webpage)  
  GaClimate.org (website)  
  Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (journal)  
  Water Quality Metadata Access  
  Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)  
  Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts  
  Abstracts from 23rd The Coastal Society meeting  
  Marine GIS Training (Mappamondo)  
  Marine Science Reviews (SeaWeb)  
  Free book download: GIS for the Oceans  
  Application: Fishery Analyst Online  
  Tool: Marine Mapping Applications  
  Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)  
  Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network  
  Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)  
  Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)  
  Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)      

Documents of Interest

Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

 
  Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment  
  Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia  
  Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps  
  Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016  
  Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card  
  State of the Climate in 2014 (Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc)., 96(7): S1–S267)  
  Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership (Policy paper from the Pew Center)  
  Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers (NOAA)  
  Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium  
  Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)  
  Next Generation Strategic Plan (NOAA)  
  Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report (NOAA)  
  America's Ocean Future (JOCI)  

Projects of Interest

South Atlantic Regional Research Planning  

In the News  

 

Regional Science and Research  
  Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information  

- Funding Opportunity: 2018 Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes National Aquaculture Initiative; NOAA - Sea Grant

Depending on appropriations, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA Sea Grant) expects to have available a total of $7,000,000 to $11,500,000 across fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative (NAI). As part of the NAI, this competition is designed to foster the expansion of a sustainable U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes aquaculture sector by addressing one or more of the following priorities:

  • (a) supporting the development of emerging systems or technologies that will advance aquaculture in the U.S. including projects that will help stimulate aquaculture production by nascent industries;
  • (b) developing and implementing actionable methods of communicating accurate, science based messages and information about the benefits and risks of U.S. marine aquaculture to the public; and
  • (c) increasing the resiliency of aquaculture systems to natural hazards and changing conditions.

Link to Federal Funding Opportunity
More on Sea Grant aquaculture work

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to their Sea Grant Program one to two months prior to the program application deadline to receive guidance regarding proposal development and discuss their proposed project(s).

Proposals from Sea Grant programs are due in grants.gov by March 30, 2018.

- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Resilience Grants; NOAA

The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants program, jointly administered by NOAA’s National Ocean Service and NOAA Fisheries, implements projects that build resilient U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems.

Resilience is the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events such as extreme weather or long-term changing environmental conditions. This program is intended to build resilience through projects that conserve and restore sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments including counties, municipalities, and cities. To be eligible under this competition, applicants must conduct projects in U.S. coastal areas. For the purposes of this program, coastal areas are defined as those within coastal shoreline counties or coastal watershed counties. Coastal shoreline counties are directly adjacent to the open ocean, major estuaries, or the Great Lakes. Coastal watershed counties are located along inland rivers and streams with a significant impact on coastal and ocean resources.

How to apply

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal by email to resilience.grants@noaa.gov. Full proposals will only be accepted from eligible applicants that received an invitation to submit a full proposal based on the strength of their pre-proposal. Full proposals should be submitted through the www.Grants.gov website. The format and content of the pre-proposal and full proposal are described in the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement posted to www.Grants.gov.

When to apply

Pre-proposals are due on March 7, 2018. Full proposals from eligible applicants should be submitted through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the date to be provided directly to eligible applicants.

- Funding Opportunity: North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants; FWS

The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

Process

Applicants submit project proposals to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation (Division) for either of the program's two funding cycles per year. All proposals must be submitted through Grants.Gov. In order to apply for a grant, you and/or your organization must complete the Grants.gov registration process. The registration process for an organization or an individual can take between three to five business days or as long as four weeks if all steps are not completed in a timely manner. Please register early on  Grants.gov

After a preliminary review by Division staff, Joint Venture Coordinators, and North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) staff, eligible proposals are presented to the Council. The Council further reviews, ranks, and recommends projects to the  Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for final funding approval. The Division is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.

Contacts

Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.
For general program information, contact the U.S. Standard Grants Program Proposal Coordinator: Stacy Sanchez, (stacy_sanchez@fws.gov), 703/358-2017.

Grant Deadlines

February 23, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 1
July 13, 2018: U.S. Standard Grants, Cycle 2

- Position Vacancy: Public Relations Specialist; GA-SG/MAREX

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant is seeking a public relations specialist II to join our communications team. We seek an applicant with a demonstrated interest in the environment and who has shown skills in creating content about related topics for print and/or multimedia. The public relations specialist II will work with the communications staff to promote Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s research, education and outreach initiatives through various communications platforms, including the production of content used for print and electronic communications. Duties include, but are not limited to, developing promotional materials (flyers, web graphics, brochures, etc.) designing Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s electronic newsletter, and developing story maps, consumer products and videos. Applicants should have experience with social media, graphic design and, preferably, video production. The position is based in Brunswick, Ga., with some travel required.

Duties will include the following, depending on the candidate’s interests and experience:

  1. Manage the day-to-day operations of the program’s graphic design needs, creating print and electronic materials requested by
  2. Assist with content creation and maintenance of communications platforms including Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant monthly newsletter, website and social media.
  3. Coordinate the creation of digital content (e.g., videos, website, blogs, social media and podcasts)
  4. Assist with promoting public programs by updating email lists, posting events to online event calendars, writing event
  5. Participate in Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant events to document (photo/video) program projects and accomplishments for use in print and electronic communications.
  6. Engage in writing and editing to communicate the program’s activities and impacts in print and digital formats.
  7. Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in digital media, communications or related field and 3-4 years of relevant experience with print and electronic communications OR equivalent combination of experience and
  2. Excellent interpersonal/communications
  3. Excellent writing and editorial
  4. Good skills in organization, prioritization and time
  5. Experience with visual communication principles and web design

Preferred Qualifications  

  1. Demonstrated experience in graphic
  2. Demonstrated experience in writing for lay audiences.
  3. Demonstrated experience in developing and/or maintaining a
  4. Demonstrated experience in videography and photography
  5. Demonstrated experience in Adobe Creative Suite software

To Apply

The direct link to the posting is: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/17672
Posting number is S00465P

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three graphic design or writing samples that demonstrate how you meet the qualifications for this position, and contact information, including phone numbers, for three professional references. All applications received by March 16, 2018, will be assured consideration.

- Position Vacancy: Resident Marine Biologist; JA Manafaru

We are looking for a Resident Marine Biologist to join our dynamic and fun team. The Resident Marine Biologist will be responsible for ensuring that all marine and environmental related activities are sustainably carried out. He/She will be responsible for environmental benchmarking, monitoring, reporting, advising, and implementing best practices relating to the surrounding environment. Work includes, but is not limited to, coral restoration and reef monitoring, organizing environmental events, hosting presentations for resort guests and local stakeholders, managing and maintaining the marine research center, driving resort sustainability, turtle rescue, shark, manta, and turtle population monitoring, and assisting the Leisure and Recreation team with excursions and activities.

We invite applications from candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Academic qualification in a relevant discipline (marine biology, environmental science) preferably to Masters level
  • Experience in marine conservation, research, and managing environmental projects ideally gained in a remote, tropical setting
  • Extensive knowledge of coral reefs and marine life and previous experience of coral gardening and restoration
  • Effectively and remotely manage professional working relationships with multiple NGOs/local stakeholders/government bodies
  • Confident swimmer with SCUBA certification (PADI, SSI) and comfortable freediver as work includes spending extended periods of time in the water. Must have own basic equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit/rash guard)
  • Reasonably high level of fitness as position will entail spending extended periods of time in the water, and carrying heavy equipment and animals
  • Strong ability to work outdoors, sometimes in unfavorable weather conditions
  • Work well as part of a team but must possess initiative and the drive to work independently
  • High computer literacy skills
  • Previous experience of contributing to file sharing software and maintaining databases
  • Excellent intrapersonal skills, written communication, and public speaking to a wide range of audiences
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Additional languages would be highly beneficial
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Previous experience in the Maldives is preferred
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a similar role
  • Confident and outgoing person who is easily approachable and engaging with a positive attitude

The chosen candidate will receive a competitive salary, uncapped monthly service charge, and attractive benefits package. We also offer generous paid leave and return international flights to an international hub in your home country. Female candidates are preferred however all applications will be reviewed.

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should email applications to melania.mauro@jaresorts.com with the following information before March 1st 2018:

  • Updated CV and cover letter
  • Recent colour photograph

Please include "Application Marine Biologist' and your name in the subject of the email.
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis so the position may be filled before the deadline.

- Position Vacancy: Port Engineer; Sea Education Association

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for a full-time position of Port Engineer. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Falmouth, MA. We offer innovative and rigorous environmental studies programs on our campus and aboard our Sailing School Vessels, the Corwith Cramer and the Robert C. Seamans, in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Position Summary

The Port Engineer is a member of the Marine Operations Department responsible for coordinating and implementing overall engineering and safety management of SEA vessels under the direction of the Director of Marine Operations.

S/he is responsible for facilitating technical and logistical support of engineering operations of SEA vessels and engineering staff. The Port Engineer leads efforts to plan the scope of projects and budget for each vessel’s yearly major yard maintenance periods.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinates and implements overall engineering management of vessels, especially with respect to US Coast Guard and ABS regulatory requirements.
  • Facilitates technical and logistical support of engineering operations and engineering personnel for two 134’ tall ships in remote locations.
  • Plans and manages the scope of projects and budget for each vessel during major yard maintenance periods each year.
  • Trains and supervises activities of shipboard engineering personnel with respect to developing maintenance goals, modifications and/or repairs to shipboard systems, and inventory procurement.
  • May serve as Chief Engineer onboard the vessels for approximately 6 to 12 weeks per year (including some yard periods).
  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to effectively collaborate to best manage ABS, USCG, and IMO regulatory needs regarding vessel material condition and vessel systems.
  • Works closely with Marine Operations staff, vessel captains and crew to assist with engineering preventative maintenance needs and troubleshooting support of shipboard systems and equipment such as shipboard scientific equipment, deck equipment and rigging, safety equipment, etc.
  • Collaborates with Marine Operations staff and others to ensure timely planning and coordination of logistics for vessel arrivals and departures as well as other shipboard needs and activities.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants will have BA/BS in transportation, engineering, naval architecture or a science-related field or equivalent combination of experience and education and minimum 1 year of practical experience in shipboard work. 
  • Minimum of 1 year of demonstrated management and project administration experience.
  • Must have a passion for SEA’s mission with excellent communication, interpersonal and administrative skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft suite of programs (Word/Access/Excel) and a willingness to become familiar with other engineering programs.
  • Familiar with research vessel or sailing school vessel operations.
  • The ability to multi-task effectively, be flexible and innovative, and work non-traditional hours to support ships operating in remote locations.
  •  A demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, staff, students and outside agencies.
  • The ability to travel or go to sea for extended periods. The Port Engineer will have the opportunity to sail as Chief Engineer.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A 200 Ton Near Coastal Mate license with sailing endorsement and/or AB Sail with relevant STCW certifications or willingness to obtain one. 
  • Experience overseeing or managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Familiar with oceanographic sampling equipment.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. Salary includes a competitive benefits package including Medical/Dental/Vision, & retirement benefits.  This position provides access to SEA sponsored trainings including but not limited to: Diversity training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leadership and Managerial Skills training, (STCW).

To Apply: A review of applications will commence on March 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit electronic copies of a cover letter, current resume, and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Email materials to PortEngineerSearch@sea.edu. Questions about this position may also be sent to this address.

Organization: Sea Education Association
Job Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Duration: Full time year 'round
Application Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018

- Position Vacancy: Environmental Division Manager; Makah Tribe

The primary responsibilities of this position are to oversee Environmental programs and 1) provide guidance to tribal staff on resource management issues that may affect the Tribe’s treaty reserved rights to sustain able fisheries and 2) provide guidance to the Makah Tribal government and community on sustainable development practices on the Makah Reservation. Develop and write grants to support managed departments and programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Because of the Tribe’s commitment to community service and the well-being of its members, each employee may be expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties from time to time. Such duties may or may not be related to their regular responsibilities.
  • Interpret and provide analysis to tribal management staff regarding the effect that environmental laws, regulations and agreements developed by federal, state and other governments may have on treaty reserved natural resources, this position will also work closely with tribal management staff to develop management decisions and regulations that will provide ecological sustainability for fisheries and their habitat for generations to come.
  • This position will work closely with other tribal staff to develop and maintain tribal environmental regulations and agreements both on- and off-reservation and the provision of guidance to the tribal community on sustainable development practices.
  • This position will have the responsibility for managing the Performance Partnership Grant with the EPA which includes, but is not limited to, developing grant reports, tracking expenditures and creating and maintaining tribal budget documentation.
  • Responsible for environmental protection, hazardous materials, institutional environment, food protection and water quality, air quality, and non-point source pollution.
  • Recommend and interpret policies related to environmental health issues.
  • Understand and interpret policy, philosophy, and procedures of environmental regulator bodies that may affect the tribe. Forecast environmental issues that may affect the treaty rights of the Makah People and identify potential areas of tribal rights endangerment.
  • Assure all assigned tribal employees obtain and maintain such licenses and certificates require to effectively deliver services and/or quality for funding from non-tribal sources; assure terms of grants and contracts are adhered to; when grants and contracts are in conflict with Makah Tribal Council policy and/or resolutions, recommend appropriate action to the Makah Tribal Council and follow-up on their decisions as directed.

Major Duties

  • Manage the US EPA Performance Partnership Grant, EPA DERA grant, Climate Adaptation grants, Beach Grant, Environmental Health funding, Transfer Station funding, and DOD NELMP funding.
  • Provide guidance to tribal staff on resource management issues that may affect treaty reserved rights.
  • Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, oil spill, NEPA, Beach Clean Up, Abandoned Trailers, Vehicles, and other resource management issues and actions that may affect the Tribe.
  • Assist in the development of tribal environmental and resource management agreements, such as Memorandums of Understanding with other agencies.
  • Review development projects within the Makah Treaty Resource Area proposed by the Tribe as well as other entities to ensure that the Tribes treaty reserved resources are not unduly impacted and that projects where possible adhere to the principles of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, green and Low Impact Development, and ecological sustainability in cooperation with interdisciplinary teams from other tribal departments.
  • Continue to develop upon and improve the implementation of the Tribal Hydraulic Permitting Process.
  • Act as fisheries management liaison for activities required by the Makah Environmental Policy Act ETEP.
  • Coordinate the organization of data/knowledge from all fisheries management sections, i.e., water quality, forest and fish habitat, salmon management, ground fish management, marine mammal management, and habitat restoration, for dissemination to tribal and non-tribal organizations in order to secure tribal treaty rights and negotiate tribal positions in all relevant forums.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises 4 to 6 employees in the program.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees; planning, assigning, and disciplining employee, addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualification Requirements

Education/Experience

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, and 3 years of relevant experience; OR
  • Masters Degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, and 1 year of relevant experience in the major duties listed above.
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory experience.

Language Skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid Washington State drivers license and insurable. May be required to drive a Tribal GSA vehicle to perform job duties. If so, a driving history/background check will be conducted on the applicant.

Other Qualifications

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working with natural resource and environmental issues, including demonstrated experience working with environment laws and regulations.
  • Must have experience in successfully negotiating sensitive issues with federal, state, and other organizations.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be familiar with word processing and spreadsheets.
  • Experience working for an Indian Tribe is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of federal and state environmental laws (NEPA, CWA, CAA, ESA, EPA Tribal Environmental Plan, SEPA, WSWQS, etc.) as well as knowledge of tribal ordinances and codes is highly desirable.
  • Ability to be flexible in order to perform at the highest level as a team player.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and able to prioritize assignments.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality within the program staff at the highest level.
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed.
  • Knowledge of word processing and spread sheet computer application, and budget development.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, community members, and the public.
  • Must possess excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate professionally over the telephone and in person in a positive and clear manner.
  • Must have proven experience in grant/contract research, writing, negotiating and implementation, monitoring and reporting.
  • Must submit to and clear a pre-employment alcohol and drug test and random testing, in accordance with the Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Act of 2002.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Application Process: Submit a Tribal Application for this position with supporting documentation to:
                Makah Tribal Council                      Open: February 2, 2018
                Human Resources                           Close: March 1, 2018
                P.O. Box 115
                71 Makah Bay Dr.
                Neah Bay, WA 98357
                Fax: (360)645-3123
                E-mail: Katherine.thompson@makah.com

Organization: Makah Tribe
Job Location: Neah Bay, Washington
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Information:  enviromental-division-manager.pdf

- Position Vacancy: The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Science Internship; Marine Conservation Institute

As a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas, Marine Conservation Institute uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world and then advocates for their protection. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to identify key threats to areas in the sea and then build workable solutions. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Working out of our Glen Ellen (San Francisco North Bay) office, volunteers have the opportunity to train with our staff to gain important skills and insights into conservation science and advocacy. 

To safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale, Marine Conservation Institute is leading an urgent initiative called the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). GLORES incentivizes governments to protect marine life by giving prestigious awards for effective marine protected areas that meet science-based standards. GLORES aims to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030, enough to avert extinction of marine life. This is an exciting year for GLORES – we announced the inaugural GLORES awards in early September 2017, and we will be ramping up the program in this coming cycle.

The Marine Conservation Intern will work closely with the GLORES Director Dr. Sarah Hameed to help review MPAs for possible Global Ocean Refuge System awards. The intern will conduct research on the Global Ocean Refuge nominees, compile information, and write reports. The Marine Conservation Intern will also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog On the Tide. We will consider part-time applicants (16+ hours/week) or full-time applicants (35+ hours/week).

Desired skills:

Computer

  • Excellent internet research skills
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability/ willingness to learn new computer programs

Marine Science

  • Understanding of ocean conservations issues
  • Familiarity with marine protected areas
  • Experience searching and reading scientific literature

Communication

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Intern tasks may include:

Research activities:

  • Research and compile information on MPAs from around the world
  • Research advances in MPA monitoring and enforcement approaches

Conservation program assistance:

  • Assist with GLORES communications – writing and editing blog pieces, etc.
  • Proofreading a variety of external documents, emails, website pages
  • Brainstorming for a variety of activities/ programs

Compensation

Internships are on a volunteer basis; no benefits or relocation costs are provided. We are willing to work with interns and their universities to obtain academic credit for internship work. It is the intern’s responsibility to negotiate this relationship with their institution and verify that the internship training and experience meets academic credit requirements. Opportunities for independent research in marine conservation should be discussed at the time of interview.

Application Process

To apply to this position, please send the following materials via email to internships@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting February 6, 2018. Please reference the position title and your name in the subject line.

  • A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability;
  • A résumé;
  • A writing sample (2 page maximum);
  • A course list detailing applicable coursework experience; and
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.

Organization: Marine Conservation Institute
Job Location: San Francisco North Bay
Salary: Volunteer
Duration: Full/Part time
Application deadline: Beginning February 6, 2018

- Position Vacancy: Aquaculture Innovation Fellow; Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.

Position Summary:

The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow, Blue Production Program will lead the development of a strategic, innovative aquaculture program, institutionalizing capacity in our organization and working with partners to help shape the development trajectory for this sector which is the fastest growing food production sector on the planet. Working in the Center for Oceans, the Fellow will work closely with a range of partners and divisions at CI, including the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center and CI’s established aquaculture community of practice that includes CI’s field programs in China, Indonesia, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Greater Mekong/Tonle Sap, the Philippines, and CI Africa’s sustainable production program.

S/he plays a key and visible role in leading the delivery of high-impact outputs and developing innovative projects and proposals to achieve CI’s vision and goals for sustainable aquaculture in priority seascapes globally. S/he is responsible for program development, ensuring that CI’s aquaculture program strategies, initiatives and outcomes advance human development and conservation priorities. The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will support delivery of the following key strategic priorities of the Blue Production program:

(1) Develop science and policy to support effective governance of aquaculture in focal regions in CI’s Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa field division regions;
(2) Development and implementation of field demonstration programs for sustainable aquaculture, including the piloting of innovative “break-through” technologies and interventions to lower the environmental impact of the sector while increasing sustainable production and socioeconomic benefits; and,
(3) Supporting the delivery of conservation finance solutions to the aquaculture sector to incentivize clean production models.

The Aquaculture Innovation Fellow will work with Center for Oceans leadership to support fundraising efforts for the program, including developing project proposals, actively pursuing new sources of funding, facilitating communication and ensuring coordination with other programs and staff, and advancing funding relationships with key partners and donors to secure program funding for regional and field activities. S/he continuously represents CI to engage and influence key external stakeholders including government and NGO officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. As appropriate, s/he builds and leverages strategic alliances with NGOs, businesses, or other entities that can further CI’s mission.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of a strategic, innovative aquaculture program including implementing CI’s Blue Production strategy, objectives, work plans and metrics.
  • Support delivery of the key strategic priorities including effective governance of aquaculture in focal regions in CI’s Asia-Pacific, Americas, and Africa field division regions; development and implementation of field demonstration programs for sustainable aquaculture; and, supporting the delivery of conservation finance solutions to the aquaculture sector to incentivize clean production models.
  • Provide support to leadership in strategic planning, partner engagement, and Center for Oceans program priorities, and work closely with the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), the Moore Science Center and CI’s established aquaculture community of practice.
  • Represent CI at key conferences and meetings, and advance and influence stakeholder understanding and support through the development of proactive communication materials, publications and thought pieces.
  • Together with Center for Oceans leadership and CI development staff, lead and support fundraising efforts for the program.
  • Oversee reporting to donors to ensure it accurately reflects the work completed for the support offered.

Working Conditions:

  • Local and/or international travel of 25% or more, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
  • Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences among CI offices.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Graduate level studies and 3-5 years or more related experience.  Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena. 
  • Ability to work with diverse teams across many regions of the world and engage staff who are not direct reports in carrying out program strategies and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an agent of change, strategy development and program management.
  • Clear passion for achieving human well-being through biodiversity conservation, highly desired.
  • Ability to inspire colleagues and partners to engage in successfully launching this new global program.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects or initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Global understanding of marine conservation and aquaculture issues, with some working knowledge of conservation in multiple regional geographies.
  • Experience designing, building and/or carrying out on-the-ground conservation programs.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills, including demonstrated experience in strategy development. 
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with proven ability to turn vision and strategies into outcomes.
  • Outstanding people management skills, including 3 – 5 years of experience working in high functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise with governments, foundations, and private individuals, and experience managing multimillion dollar program budgets with numerous sub-grantees and partners.
  • A record of success partnering with, and influencing, key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision. 
  • Fluency in English required; proficiency in Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia desired.

Organization: Conservation International
Job Location: Hawaii
Application Website: http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc01/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CONSERVATION...

- Position Vacancy: Federal Ocean Conservation Policy Manager; Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Federal Ocean Conservation Policy Manager works within the Aquarium's Conservation & Science Division to develop and implement federal science-based policy strategies in support of the Aquariums ocean conservation goals. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements federal ocean conservation science-based policy strategies in support of the Aquarium's conservation goals, including: improve the global sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture; improve the protection of ocean wildlife and ecosystems; reduce the sources of ocean plastic pollution; and address the ocean impacts of climate change and ocean acidification;
  • Builds and manages relationships with key national government, business, science, and conservation leaders to strengthen the Aquarium's conservation authority and advance the Aquarium's conservation goals;
  • Works with the Conservation & Science Outreach Manager and the Aquarium's Marketing & Communications team to guide the development of external outreach and communications in support of the Aquarium's federal science-based policy strategies;
  • Organizes meetings, briefings, and other events with key external audiences;
  • Prepares reports and presentations to the Aquarium's Board of Trustees, Senior Staff, and other internal and external audiences;
  • Assists in the production of public-facing expert analyses and reports;
  • Assists in the preparation of grant proposals and reports; and
  • Manages the Aquarium's federal policy consultants

Absolutely Required Skills/Knowledge/Ability/Experience or Education

  • Significant (5+ years) expertise and experience in federal ocean policy
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement policy-related strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs and people
  • Outstanding written and communication skills
  • Travel required

Desired Skills/Knowledge/Ability/Experience or Education

  • Knowledge and experience in fisheries and aquaculture policy
  • Post graduate degree

Organization: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Job Location: Monterey Bay, CA
Duration: Regular, Full Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Reef Restoration Program Associate; Coral Restoration Foundation

The chosen candidate embodies the core values of the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF). This includes, but is not limited to, the ability to be team-oriented, and able to work with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers, donors and community members.

CRF Values Statement: CRF is driven by action and results. CRF believes that through education and innovation, we provide hope for coral reefs and future generations. We act with honesty, respect, and integrity at all times as representatives of the organization. CRF promotes a positive working environment that values teamwork, education, and financial stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and planning skills are critical.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants SCUBA certified as Rescue Diver or higher, from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of thirty (30) open water dives; a minimum of fifteen (15) of those dives as ocean dives and a minimum of five (5) boat dives.
  • Current certifications for: First Aid, CPR and O2 Provider with the certification issued from an internationally recognized agency.
  • Strong small boat handling and boat trailering experience. Preference to MOCC Certified or Coast Guard Licensed Captains.

Essential Functions

This position is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA. Applicants must have a positive attitude while being self-motivated, reliable, and display strong core characteristics as described in CRF’s value statement. This position involves working in a complex underwater environment, maintaining high safety standards while often managing 3-5 additional (sometimes relatively inexperienced) divers. A CRF team member is a multi-tasker who is expected to think critically while being intuitive. They are able to adjust unexpectedly to changes and readily solve problems. They must achieve and maintain a high level of spatial awareness, for divers’ safety and in an effort to complete restoration tasks seamlessly.

This position is a field-based team member who will assist in executing CRF’s day to day restoration and monitoring efforts.They work closely with the Reef Restoration Program Manager and restoration team to help plan and support operations such as: the installation and long-term management of all CRF coral nursery structures, outplant sites, and monitoring efforts, while following CRF’s standard operating procedures for restoration activities. On water efforts involve directing fellow divers and communicating tasks, boat handling and boat trailering.

While the primary purpose of this position is to facilitate diving and field-based tasks, this work is also supplemented with land-based activities designed to support CRF’s efforts. Supplemental task may include (but is not limited to): nursery structure assembly, inventory of restoration materials, fueling vehicles and boats, and assisting in scuba gear maintenance. They are also expected to provide day to day task descriptions and updates to the Program Manager via CRF’s master scheduling documents and direct communication. Additionally, they may be asked to provide ad hoc reports and to contribute to preparing reporting documents.

Knowledge And Skills Base

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.
  • Excellent communications in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Spatial awareness of surroundings and fellow divers. This means being able to watch and manage dive teams while also being able to accomplish tasks within nurseries and at restoration sites.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Garmin GPS software, and Google products (Google Earth and calendar features).
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Practical experience boating and trailering small boats in the open ocean is preferred.
  • Experience with SCUBA tank, high pressure air compressor, gear repairs, and general vehicle or vessel maintenance.

Complexity And Problem Solving

  • Critical thinking to adapt or modify processes in response to fluid circumstances.
  • Coordinate multiple tasks with many variables, while working on SCUBA.
  • Solve routine problems independently; consult Program Manager for unusual or complex problems.
  • Development of acute spatial awareness and attention to detail while working in the underwater environment is critical.

Team Work And Effective Communications

CRF operates with a small full-time staff. CRF relies on seasonal interns as well as volunteers to accomplish its mission and work effectively on and in the water. This lean operation, along with a diverse and unified team, is crucial to our success. Being an effective team member includes setting a positive and professional example for the interns and volunteers, both on and off the water. It requires the sustained ability to work harmoniously with the CRF team, interns, volunteers, and the public, including the donors, partners, and media.

This job includes the ability to:

  • Successfully supervise diverse groups of divers with various levels of dive skills and certifications.
    Clearly articulate tasks through verbal communication and visual demonstration.
  • Communicate with internal and external contacts to seek or convey information and coordinate critical activities.
  • Manage data collection and data entry systems within CRF’s master information repositories.
  • Participate in public speaking events and create presentation materials. 
  • Consistently demonstrate professional, positive, and approachable attitude/demeanor and remain discrete.

Working Conditions/Physical Effort

  • Work requires high levels of physical exertion and/or physical strain.
  • Must be able to carry 65 pounds and able to lift 35 pounds overhead.
  • This position is expected to perform 3 shallow-water scuba dives for up to 5 consecutive dives per week.
  • Work environment involves frequent exposure to various elements (sun, heat, wind, rain, cold, etc).
  • Typical work week is 9am-5pm, 5 days a week, inclusive of weekends.
  • Additionally, a willingness to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

Application Materials & Submission

  • Cover Letter that speaks to your interest to be a part of CRF restoration efforts and what you can bring to this dynamic team (limit 2 page).
  • Resume presenting related experience concisely and directly addressing items in this position description (limit 3 pages).
  • Contact information and relationship to applicant for a minimum of three references. Please note, if applicants are formerly associated with CRF, referees should come from outside the current CRF Team.
  • All application materials should be submitted in one PDF document saved as: Last name, first name, date of submission. For example: Doe.Jane.05-01-2017
  • Email to: jessica@coralrestoration.org. Applications will be accepted until the positon is filled.

Organization: Coral Restoration Foundation
Job Location: Tavernier, FL
Duration: Full Time
Application Website: Apply Here
Application Information:  reef-restoration-program-associate-2018-position-post.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Marine Biodiversity Scientist; Smithsonian: MarineGEO & Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network

The Smithsonian Institution’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) seeks a Marine Biodiversity Scientist with experience in experimental and/or molecular ecology to play a lead role in advancing comparative research on change in coastal marine life and ecosystems within the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO, https://marinegeo.si.edu) program. The Scientist will collaborate with colleagues throughout the MarineGEO network, which includes the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the National Museum of Natural History, including the Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, and partners around the world. Research interests that align with MarineGEO’s priority of strengthening partnerships along the coasts of the Americas is highly desirable.

Duties:

  • Develop a vigorous program leading collaborative field and laboratory research across MarineGEO’s network of sites and partners.
  • Garner extramural grant funding to support the research program.
  • Work closely with MarineGEO leadership to shape the program’s scientific direction.
  • Coordinate implementation of MarineGEO core research across the network.
  • Synthesize comparative, interdisciplinary data and publish scholarly research.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Proven track record in rigorous, published research and grantsmanship in marine or environmental science.
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and ability to lead research teams.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and scientific communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Facility working on international teams.  Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Required:

  • Ph.D. and postdoctoral research experience in ecology, marine science, environmental science, or related field.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a valid passport for travel purposes.

Position Details:

  • This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
  • Location: Either Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, MD) or National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).
  • Travel: Regular, domestic and international.
  • Salary and benefits: Equivalent to Federal GS 11-12, commensurate with experience.
  • Term: Up to five years, pending satisfactory performance.
  • Research support: Modest research funds are available.  The position will also leverage MarineGEO’s base budget, technical staff, and operations.

Organization: Smithsonian: MarineGEO & Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network
Job Location: Edgewater, MD or Washington, DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Website: To Apply

- Position Vacancy: Marine Scientist; Oceana

We are looking for a Marine Scientist to play a substantive role on Oceana’s campaign team to stop expanded offshore drilling and related exploration.  The Marine Scientist will serve as an expert on oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life. Marine mammal and overall ocean health expertise desired. The marine scientist will provide research to support and further campaign goals, develop written materials including reports, comments and media statements, and help to shape the strategy and direction of new and existing campaigns and initiatives. The marine scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders. They must be able to travel as necessary.         

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Serve the campaign to stop expanded offshore drilling and Oceana Science team.
  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life, and other ocean health-related research. Report findings and relevance to campaign objectives. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Liaise with outside scientists to mobilize support for ocean health, fisheries and conservation objectives, including scientist sign-on letters and technical peer reviews.
  • Represent Oceana at external events as needed, including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Meet with Congressional and government agency representatives to communicate Oceana’s objectives as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries and wildlife conservation and biology, natural resource management. Relevant study and economic analysis experience also helpful.
  • At least two years of professional experience in marine science or policy.
  • Experience with U.S. marine wildlife and fisheries laws, regulations and policies as they relate to marine mammals, sea turtles and/or fisheries, as well as oil pollution and seismic impacts is preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Ability to accurately synthesize large amounts of information, quickly identify relevant issues or questions, and recommend responses or solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, and completing tasks with accuracy and independence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the major marine conservation issues, including oil pollution impacts, seismic noise impacts, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Proficiency in additional research skills (e.g., GIS, database management, statistical design and modeling, DNA sampling) desirable.
  • Ability to represent Oceana in a professional and courteous manner with scientists, policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
  • Ability to accommodate a varied workload in a fast-paced campaign environment.  Flexible and collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. Occasional long or irregular hours and travel will be required.

TO APPLY: Please upload your resume and cover letter with your application.

Application website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceana&jobId=59183&lang=en_US&source=CC3

- Position Vacancy: Government Relations Manager; Ocean Conservancy

The Government Relations Manager will develop, implement, and coordinate efforts to advance Ocean Conservancy’s national policy and legislative agenda.  S/he will work with our conservation experts to develop principled but pragmatic policy goals, activate new constituencies, and win real policy and legislative changes that protect and promote ocean health. We’re seeking a candidate who can support policy goals across many of the organization’s programs, with a primary focus on supporting our Arctic program and Ocean Planning program. Specifically, the Government Relations Manager will be given the responsibility of developing and executing a comprehensive government relations strategy for achieving our Arctic program’s policy objectives in both congress and the administration. Other programmatic priorities for which the successful candidate might provide support could include topics like Gulf of Mexico restoration, Congressional appropriations, sustainable fisheries, and more.

Primary Responsibilities

  • This position represents the organization, and maintains close contact with Members of Congress, their staff, and the Administration on ocean conservation and funding issues.
  • The Manager will work closely with Ocean Conservancy program staff to identify and create opportunities to advance specific policy goals, and to develop and implement strategies and tactics to achieve effective policy outcomes.
  • This work will include policy analysis, legislative strategy development and implementation, selective stakeholder outreach, and coordination of the NGO community.
  • The Manager will help determine when new legislative authority is needed, draft testimony, legislation, and legislative amendments, and communicate with Congressional staff.
  • The Manager will respond to requests for information and advocate for the organization’s positions before Congress and federal agencies.

Required Skills/Qualifications/Experience

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with Congress and/or the federal government on policy issues.
  • Proven ability to understand and analyze complex regulatory and legislative issues; and develop and implement strategies to advance policy and legislative goals.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate across disciplines and work collaboratively with diverse teams, networks, and coalitions.
  • A strategic thinker who can identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.
  • A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, energy, and commitment; and with the ability to move rapidly in response to policy opportunities as they present themselves.
  • Understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policy-making process.
  • Attentive to details and adheres to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Experience working in a government agency, congressional office, or experience lobbying is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with one or more of the policy issues listed above preferred.

Education/Training

Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, marine science or related field is required.

If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s Government Relations team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities with your resume to: jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note your name and #17-15 GRMGR in the subject line.

- Position Vacancy: Development Director; Ocean Outcomes

Do you care about sustainable seafood, thriving fishing communities and healthy oceans? Join Ocean Outcomes (O2), a dynamic organization working globally to develop and implement creative solutions towards more sustainable fisheries and fish farms. At O2, our international team works hand-in-hand with fisheries, aquaculture producers, seafood companies, international NGOs, government representatives, and local stakeholders to ensure:

  • ocean resources are abundant and sustainably harvested
  • fishermen are responsible stewards of the resources on which they depend
  • seafood supply chains are transparent and legal
  • fishing communities and fishery-based livelihoods flourish
  • fishery management and ocean policy are innovative and grounded in sound science

Building on the O2 team’s decades of experience in sustainable seafood, we have improved the sustainability of high-risk fisheries and aquaculture operations in Russia, Japan, and most recently, China and the Indian Ocean and Western Central Pacific nations key to tuna. O2 has an organizational strategy grounded in the organization’s mission and vision, organized around a “22 by 22” Challenge. The goal is to improve the sustainability of 22 critical fisheries and fish farms, including their management systems (e.g. influencing Regional Fisheries Management Organizations), while catalyzing wider improvements throughout the oceans by 2022. This will be accomplished by a strategic approach that focuses on improved fisheries and livelihoods, market conditions, and championing innovation and driven by a high-performance organization. Join us and help ensure the long-term health of fishing communities and the ocean resources on which we all depend.

Development Director

Ocean Outcomes is seeking an experienced and driven Development Director to refine and execute the implementation of O2’s fundraising strategy. In partnership with the CEO and the Vice President of Finance and Operations, the Development Director will provide strategic leadership, leveraging the strengths of, and ensuring close collaboration among, O2’s passionate and well-connected international team. The focus of the position will be to develop and expand funding relationships with foundations, international NGOs, and development agencies in order to achieve the ambitious fundraising targets set out in O2’s strategic plan. This will be a challenging and rewarding role for an individual who possesses the skills and network to meet O2’s aggressive goal of increasing its annual revenue targets.
O2 is a growing and ambitious organization where executive staff and program directors are all involved in fundraising. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a flat organizational structure, will be an accomplished fundraiser with experience managing a portfolio of high value projects, and have extensive experience building and maintaining successful relationships with major donors, as well as corporate and foundation leaders. It is essential that this individual be a self-motivated, confident, and passionate professional, ideally with experience in sustainable fisheries work.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy in collaboration with O2 leadership based on a strong understanding of the programs and relevant funding opportunities.
  • Help achieve specific fundraising goals for O2’s core mission, including targets related to operations support and program expansion, to ensure that long-term and annual development plans and strategies are being met.
  • Lead and work with the CEO and other key staff to develop and submit grant proposals.
  • Lead on specific funder relationships and ensure close collaboration and communication among O2 staff and Board members, who are in touch with current and prospective funders, to ensure the organization effectively develops, leverages, and stewards funder relationships.
  • Drive development-related communications, such as annual reports, fundraising appeals, and email-based communications, in collaboration with the Communications Manager.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of a donor database, including timely and accurate processing and acknowledgement of all donations.
  • Work with and guide staff in developing fundable project concepts based on current and potential projects.

Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years of experience and a successful track record in fund development at a senior level; experience in raising funds for international environmental NGOs strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in business, marketing, public relations, or natural resource conservation a plus
  • Familiarity with current and emerging trends in philanthropy and international development, specifically as relevant to sustainable fisheries work
  • Ability to travel extensively, both domestically and internationally, possibly up to 50%
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills; proficiency in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Korean helpful, but not required
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to maintain excellent internal and external relationships
  • Energetic and self-directed; able to work independently and function at a high level in a virtual, cross-cultural, and international organization
  • Commitment to transparency, accountability, continuous learning, and direct, constructive communication
  • Resourceful, collaborative, proactive, adaptable, and creative problem solver
  • Excellent computer skills appropriate to an evolving cloud-based IT environment, including experience with Google Apps, CRM databases, and online task management platforms such as Asana
  • Passionate commitment to the health of fisheries and oceans

Compensation, Location, and Travel Expectations

Ocean Outcomes offers a competitive compensation package that is commensurate with experience. We are a virtual organization, so the location of this position is ‘home-based’; meaning the Development Director will support their own work space in a location of their choice. Currently we have team members in Portland OR, Austin TX, Seoul, Tokyo, London, and Qingdao, among others. We bring the whole team together twice a year in locations around the world. We bring the whole team together twice a year in locations around the world.

To Apply:

Please apply using this link: https://ocean-outcomes.workable.com/jobs/637736. Ensure your cover letter describes why you are interested and uniquely qualified for the position. All applications will be confidential, and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Organization: Ocean Outcomes
Job Location: Location Flexible
Duration: Full Time
Application Website: Ocean Outcomes Development Director Application
Application Information:  o2_development_director_position_announcement_2018.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer- Barren Isles; Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures develops transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation through an integrated approach addressing environmental and health issues. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and we are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people.

Summary job description

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) is a vital cyclical process within conservation programming which helps us to learn about what is and isn’t working for communities or the environment. By implementing this process we are able to refine our programming and contribute to improved conservation outcomes.
The Blue Ventures MEL team is focused on working with field staff and managers to develop and support them with the right methods, tools and systems to collect the information needed for adaptive management.

Blue Ventures has been working in Maintirano since 2009 supporting the development and implementation of the Barren Isles Marine Protected Area. We are recruiting a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer, who will provide local support to the team on site and develop and implement improved monitoring systems that will support our work through learning and adaptation of our programmes.The job will involve a wide range of tasks related to data management and interpretation, as well as supporting colleagues in both data collection, and the development of content for effective communication across a variety of audiences.

We seek to recruit a pragmatic, methodical and creative person, with excellent coaching skills.This position offers the opportunity to gain experience working on innovative conservation projects, supporting local communities, in a challenging yet rewarding environment in western Madagascar.The evolving nature of the organisation will provide the successful candidate with opportunities for innovation and initiative within a dynamic team.

The BI MEL Officer will report to the Melaky Regional Manager and to the National MEL Lead. He/she will be based in our office in Maintirano, with occasional missions to Antananarivo and other BV field sites to work with colleagues as necessary.

Application process

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

Organization: Blue Ventures
Job Location: Maintirano, Madagascar
Duration: Full time
Salary: Competitive/salary based on experience
Application Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018
Application Website: MEL Officer- Link to Application
Application Information:  2018.01_tor_bi_mel_officer_final.docx_1.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Executive Director; Ocean Science Trust

The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance a constructive role for science in decision-making by promoting collaboration and mutual understanding among scientists, citizens, managers, and policymakers working toward sustained, healthy, and productive coastal and ocean ecosystems. A unique asset to the State of California, OST was established under the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act (CORSA) of 2000, which calls on OST to “to seek and provide funding for ocean resource science projects and to encourage coordinated, multiagency, multi-institution approaches to ocean resource science.” In working to fulfill its mandate, OST partners closely with the California Ocean Protection Council, a state agency formed under the California Ocean Protection Act of 2004 that strives to “ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.” As part of its collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, OST provides science advice and the Executive Director serves as the co-chair of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team.

OST is a pioneer among boundary organizations, working between government, science, and communities to identify and deliver scientific analysis that informs sustainable ocean and coastal management policies. Recent work has focused on the challenges of a changing climate, including ocean acidification, fisheries reform, and sea level rise, as well as regional baseline monitoring programs, which are now moving into the long-term monitoring phase. 
OST is led by a nine-person Board of Trustees, with seven trustees appointed by the Secretary for Natural Resources, as well as one trustee appointed by the Director of Finance and one appointed by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, please visit http://www.oceansciencetrust.org/

Executive Director

OST seeks a mission-focused, collaborative, and innovative Executive Director to build upon a reputation of excellence in science-based policy and resource management and expand OST’s contributions, leading it to the next level of financial, programmatic, and organizational success. This is a high-profile opportunity for a dynamic conservation professional. The successful candidate will provide outstanding organizational leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit and a client-serving mentality, and will passionately communicate the mission and achievements of OST to internal and external stakeholders.

S/he will be a collaborative leader, an excellent manager, and an accomplished fundraiser. The ideal candidate will have a deep familiarity with California marine policy and the capacity to provide tangible benefits to the State. The Executive Director provides progressive leadership and management to the staff of 10 professionals including natural and social scientists, and administrators. Key requirements include the ability to communicate and form partnerships, to work successfully in complex relationships with diverse groups engaged in science and policy, and to direct work which will further develop, and expand, the organization’s funding base.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Leadership & Management

  • Guide OST in achieving its mission, ensuring its programs build on accomplishments to date and further strengthening the quality, relevance, and profile of the organization. 
  • Motivate and inspire staff to achieve OST’s maximum potential by promoting an organizational culture and structure that fosters communication, collaboration, teamwork, and trust.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support for all staff, and directly supervise senior staff.
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, integrity and transparency through productive partnerships, and rigorous program administration, management, and evaluation. 
  • Recommend to, and assist the Board in, developing overall objectives, strategies, and programs to achieve the organizational goals of OST, and oversee the implementation of all adopted policies, programs, procedures, and plans.
  • Ensure the preparation of annual financial plans and budgets for review and adoption by the Board, and be responsible for overseeing staff and ensuring that the approved work program is carried out, pursuant to the adopted budget.
  • Ensure that the bookkeeping, records, and files of OST are maintained in good order, and that financial records are at all times in compliance with all nonprofit reporting and other legal requirements.

Partnerships and Communications

  • Maintain and deepen existing partnerships while cultivating new partnerships with stakeholders, community leaders, industry, government decision-makers, NGOs, and the scientific community.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director of the Ocean Protection Council to coordinate programs, priorities and policies.
  • Maintain and build a client base among state agencies and identify funding pathways to support emerging programmatic goals.
  • Represent the organization externally, making public presentations as appropriate and engaging in and overseeing communications with stakeholders, the general public, media, governmental agencies, elected and appointed officials, and representatives of groups interested in marine environmental issues.
  • Raise the profile of OST within the broader ocean community, garnering recognition for its valuable and unique assets and programs.

Fundraising and Development

  • Lead the staff and work with the Board to strengthen and expand OST’s existing funding partnerships with state and federal agencies, private foundations, and other organizations and partners as appropriate.
  • Develop new funding partnerships, particularly with new state agencies and institutional funders to ensure the growth and long-term financial health and impact of the organization and to meet state priorities.
  • Represent and promote OST externally to new and existing funders, partners, and the public; Raise the profile and visibility of OST and build creative and enduring alliances by expanding awareness of OST’s achievements, building on the organization’s reputation as a credible and accessible resource.

Science Advice and Leadership

  • Serve as Science Advisor to the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) and as Co-chair of the OPC Science Advisory Team. Synthesize and communicate best available relevant science to the Ocean Protection Council. This includes both leadership of OST to perform these duties as an organization through products and convenings; and delivery of formal updates to the Ocean Protection Council.
  • Collaborate closely with the Ocean Protection Council’s Executive Director and the Science Advisory Team’s Executive Committee to advance independent science on salient ocean issues.
  • Provide science advice to other state agencies as appropriate opportunities arise. 
  • Identify new opportunities to leverage and enhance OST’s unique value to the state to advance a constructive role for science in decision-making.

Skills and Experience

  • 7+ years of substantive and relevant executive leadership experience; marine conservation experience preferred
  • Commitment to and passion for OST’s mission, vision, and values; unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven evaluation and solutions
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Ph.D. or Master’s degree preferred
  • Strong leadership skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate staff, donors, and partners
  • Demonstrated success in effectively leading a scientific and outcomes-based organization and staff; experience achieving results in public policy through outreach and advocacy
  • Team-building skills and a collaborative leadership style with the ability to empower staff, as well as the capacity and ability to enforce accountability and to position teams for success
  • A strong reputation and network among conservation organizations and leaders in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors; marine sector preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills and a track record of building and maintaining strong organizational partnerships
  • Demonstrated success in institutional fundraising, working with diverse funding partners, and communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive and passionate communication style, and experience with social media tools
  • Demonstrated success in working closely and constructively with a Board of Trustees
  • A high level of diplomacy and pragmatism and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of individuals, organizations, and agencies
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% domestically, primarily to Sacramento

Compensation and Location

Ocean Science Trust offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. The benefit plan, upon completing the qualifying period, includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, and up to 3.5% employer matching 403b plan.

The position will be based in Oakland, California. Travel within California and possibly elsewhere in the U.S. will be required. Applicants must possess a valid drivers' license permitting driving within the U.S. and may be required to use their own vehicle for travel, reimbursable at the state rate.

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting Ocean Science Trust with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting.  
http://job.ceaconsulting.com/jobs/executive-director-san-francisco-california-39927

Organization: Ocean Science Trust
Job Location: Oakland, California
Duration: Full-time
Salary:   Ocean Science Trust offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.
Application Website: Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust

- Position Vacancy: Communications Specialist; Project AWARE

The Communications Specialist focuses on raising public awareness of the organization, its work and impact by coordinating the organization’s media and digital outreach efforts both online and offline.He/she supports the development and implementation of global communications plans, manages regular web updates and supports web development projects.Through compelling and creative storytelling, he/she brings the Project AWARE brand to life and demonstrates the positive impact of our conservation actions.

If you're interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your career goals, along with a current CV or resume to Mrs. Domino Albert, Associate Director - Global Communications at domino.albert@projectaware.org

There is no closing date for this position but interviews will be held in early February at our UK office.

Please see attached PDF for full details.
Organization: Project AWARE
Job Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: Full-time
Application Information:  pa_communicationsspecialist_jd2018_3.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Director; The Cape Eleuthera Institute

Cape Eleuthera Institute (www.ceibahamas.org) is seeking a Director to lead this established research station with numerous ongoing projects and a team of research staff, interns and graduate students. The institute, founded in 2006, is situated on Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas and prides itself in re- inventing the paradigm of how science gets funded, executed and communicated. Over the last decade the institute has expanded its portfolio of marine ecology and conservation related research to include every major marine ecosystem in the greater Caribbean region, including coastal, coral reef and pelagic and deep ocean habitats.
This position would suit either an established scientist or an experienced research manager, who is excited to lead, support and mentor a team of young scientists. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic about working at a non-traditional academic institution that believes in integrating education at every level into primary research. Suitable candidates must have a diverse and entrepreneurial approach to funding science and education and experience fundraising in diverse arenas including traditional ‘hard money’ grants and ‘soft money’ from private donors.

The ideal candidate is well-organized, a self-starter who takes initiative, has a passion for environmental conservation and a love of teaching students of all ages. They must be willing to live and work closely with the local community and wider organisation including The Island School (www.islandschool.org), The Centre for Sustainable Development (www.csdbahamas.org), the Deep Creek Middle School (www.dcmsbahamas.org ) and our Educational Programs and Outreach Divisions. This position goes beyond the traditional 9-5 role and we are looking for an invested candidate who is committed to a full time, on-site position that requires dedication to our organisational philosophy, our community and its people. Preference will be given to suitably qualified Bahamians who are strongly encouraged to apply.

Organization: The Cape Eleuthera Institute
Job Location: Eleuthera, Bahamas
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Information:  -_the_cape_eleuthera_institute_.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Marine Biodiversity Media Specialist; Peace Corps

A Marine Biodiversity Media Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in environmental education is needed to create digital and printed materials to be used in trainings for Pedasi Turtles and to educate community members in the area. Pedasi Turtles works toward the conservation of sea turtles and mangroves within the Pablo Barrios Refuge in Pedasi. Sea turtles are an essential species for the health of the oceans and mangroves are the nurseries of many marine species from coastal areas, both very important for coastal communities such as Pedasi. With the increase in tourism in the region, these natural resources (exploited in a sustainable manner) could replace other unsustainable activities such as poaching, the extraction of sea turtle eggs and the cutting of mangroves. The Pablo Barrios Refuge is a protected area that if not used sustainably by the community itself, will end up in the hands of real estate or tourism developments that will destroy nesting beaches and mangroves. For this reason, implementing a shared management plan and greater disclosure of the attractions of the protected area would be a project that would serve to ensure the community a sustainable activity in addition to its present activities such as fishing and whale watching. 

The Marine Biodiversity Media Specialist will work closely with the Pedasi Turtles board to develop new education materials, signs and resources to be used in trainings and delivered to community members around the coastal communities. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) will design brochures and infographics, support training activities, and assist with nocturnal monitoring of sea turtles and explorations of mangrove areas. The Marine Biodiversity Media Specialist will aid Pedasi Turtles in designing and planning fundraising activities, in addition to supporting daytime beach activities (cleaning, installation of signs, monitoring relocated nests). The goal of this assignment is to strengthen existing knowledge and skills of Pedasi Turtles members, volunteers and local community members to increase the protection of sea turtle and mangrove beaches in the Pablo Barrios, Pedasi Refuge through the dissemination of signage, education and support in the monitoring of sea turtles as well as in the monitoring of the zones of mangroves. 

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information
Pedasi Turtle

Required Skills

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in environment education or equivalent experience in conservationism
  • 2-3 years of environmental education experience in Spanish-language context
  • Advanced/fluent knowledge of Spanish and prior English-Spanish translation experience
  • Have previously designed/given presentations, brochures, etc. in environmental education, preferably relating to sea turtles and/or mangroves
  • Experience facilitating formal and informal presentations in Spanish to students, community members and other organizations
  • Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, be technologically creative, and assume responsibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Panama, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
Organization: Peace Corps
Job Location: Panama
Duration: 1 year
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Senior Advisor, Science and Strategy; Oceana

General Summary
Oceana is an international policy advocacy organization for marine conservation. Its mission is to protect the world’s oceans and restore them to former levels of abundance. Founded in 2001, Oceana has offices in North America, South America, Asia and Europe that work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes. Oceana has approximately 220 staff located in eight countries and the EU with an annual budget of approximately $39 million.

Oceana is seeking a Senior Advisor for its Science and Strategy team. This position reports to Oceana’s Chief of Strategy and is a member of the Science and Strategy team. The Senior Advisor will work with our international offices and assist the team with staff mentoring, campaign strategy and planning, refining proposals for national policy change, internal and external communications and diplomacy and reporting to funders. The position requires interaction with Oceana staff and outside organizations in varied time zones and is based in Washington, D.C. Frequent travel is required.            

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Campaign and Strategy Development

  • Operationalize goals, manage and monitor projects as directed by the Chief of Strategy Coach newly hired international staff on designing and running campaigns to influence policy decisions
  • Assist in adapting and tailoring campaign tactics and timelines to local contexts
  • Carefully review and screen draft presentations, reports and funder updates for strategic alignment as well as errors in fact or protocol

Staff and Project Management

  • Improve workflow and build effective teams in different cultural contexts
  • Navigate internal politics gracefully and effectively
  • Regularly work with Oceana’s international offices

Relationship Cultivation

  • Cultivate external relationships with partner organizations, funders, government staff and decision-makers 
  • Stay current on the latest policy innovations related to poverty, food security and fisheries management
  • Help position Oceana as a leader in addressing these issues in countries where Oceana works

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field or undergraduate degree with additional experience
  • Five years of experience in a relevant field
  • Experience critiquing policy decisions on environment or natural resources issues
  • Work on an advocacy campaign directed at elected or appointed officials
  • Experience coordinating or working with a remotely located team
  • Three years of experience supervising, mentoring or coaching multiple people
  • International experience, including living abroad or in a cross-cultural context, ideally for at least six months
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in marine conservation policy or fisheries is a plus
  • Bonus but not required, if fluent in Brazilian, Latin American Spanish or Filipino language and culture 

Must be eligible to work in the United States and travel to Asia, Latin America and Canada.

Organization: Oceana
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Environmental Training Specialist; Peace Corps

An Environmental Training Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in developing and monitoring agroforestry systems and forest restoration strategies, and conducting field-based training with farmers is needed to assist the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) to provide more in-depth and interactive training opportunities at their focal training sites. In 2013, ELTI established their focal training sites in areas of long-term forest restoration. As a way to disseminate this scientific information and enable learning, ELTI developed demonstration areas, interpretive trail networks, and model farms from which data is collected and integrated into the course curriculum and training materials. Courses are facilitated by experts and communicate restoration science and best practices in an accessible and culturally sensitive manner by offering hands-on training as well as integrating local landowners who serve as co-facilitators of the course when visiting the model farms. ELTI’s approach of conducting field-based courses in the focal training sites facilitates the understanding of restoration principals, engages participants with active exercises, illustrates the importance of science in decision-making, and as a result empowers practitioners to initiate informed landscape restoration strategies. 

The Environmental Training Specialist will work with ELTI to enrich these sites by further integrating scientific research and applied experiences into training materials and site infrastructure. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) will improve and create additional demonstration areas to illustrate different forest restoration and agroforestry system strategies in two areas of ELTI’s focal training sites: (1) Research Site Trail Network - integrate scientific research via the development of signage, interactive activities and training materials (field guides), and (2) Model Farms – there are some model farms established, but have little in terms of training materials (demonstration areas, field guides, exercises, etc). Developing local capacity is imperative for ELTI’s efforts, because community environmental leaders can disseminate forest restoration best practices to diverse audiences in an effective and culturally sensitive manner. 

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change.

Partner Information

Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)

Required Skills
• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a college or university in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Forestry, Biology, etc.) or equivalent field experience  • Advanced/fluent in both written and spoken Spanish • 3 years of experience developing environmental training, activities and materials • 3 years of experience developing and monitoring agroforestry systems and forest restoration strategies  • 3 years of experience with farmers and an understanding of agrarian culture • Experience developing and conducting field-based training with farmers  • Knowledge of tropical ecology, agriculture, livestock production and forest restoration strategies • Ability to physically work outdoors in extreme heat, humidity and rain

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Panama

  • Panama may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Panama, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
Organization: Peace Corps
Job Location: Panama
Duration: 1 year
Application Website: Apply here

- Position Vacancy: Diving Safety Officer; Center for Marine Resource Studies Turks & Caicos Islands

SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.

The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies (CMRS), a field station located on South Caicos Island in TCI, is committed to providing educational and research opportunities to visiting students while collaborating with local stakeholders on setting the research agenda and sharing research outcomes. We operate year-round, delivering two semester and two summer programs. The Center strives to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable management of South Caicos marine resources and ecosystems, to the better management of the terrestrial environment, and towards the preparedness of the local community for the advent of mainstream tourism. The Center research activities are carried out in three areas: assessment and monitoring of marine environments and species, conservation and management of marine resources, and socio-economic conditions for development.

Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Center Director, the Diving Safety Officer (DSO) is responsible for a variety of support duties associated with SFS/CMRS sponsored academic and scientific activities on and underwater in order to ensure these activities are carried out in an effective and safe manner in accordance with SFS and CMRS specific policies.

Duties and Responsibilities:

General: The routine operational authority for the diving and waterfront programs, including conducting training, leading dives (and snorkels), certification, and skill assessment for activities based out of the waterfront, in conjunction with the Marine and Operations Coordinator (MOC). This includes, but is not limited to swimming, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving. This is a hands-on position and involves frequent SCUBA diving and boat driving.

Dive & Snorkel Program Management and Training

  • Oversee and deliver the Open Water and Advanced Open water courses with assistance from the MOC
  •  Supervise the organization of all recreational student diving and snorkeling trips and frequently lead activities.  Ensure all dive/snorkeling activities are recorded.  As needed, coordinate these activities with the MOC
  • Responsible for overseeing staff diving and snorkeling skills and providing training and skill development as needed
  • Work in coordination with MOC to ensure all staff exercise prudent seamanship.  Facilitate training and skill development as needed
  • Management of student compliance with all waterfront policies

Safety, Risk Mitigation

  • Provide primary oversight for waterfront, boating, dive, and snorkel safety with assistance from MOC
  • Oversee student compliance with all waterfront policies
  • Review all field exercise risk management plans (RMPs)
  • Work with the Safety Director and Student Affairs Manager to screen all student medical records, and reports to the Center Director with a summary each semester
  • Maintain all student records for mandated time periods
  • Responsible for ensuring base-site radio coverage and safety support during all student boat activities, ensure logs are entered
  • Report all boat, scuba and waterfront related incidents to the Marine and Operations Coordinator, SAM, and Center Director in a timely manner using the standard ‘Incident Report' form

Dive & Snorkel Equipment Management

  • Work with the MOC to ensure student crew packs are ordered and gear packages arrive in time for student training
  • Assist MOC with cylinder servicing including visual and hydrostatic testing as needed
  • Assist MOC with the maintenance of the Center's air compressor and ensure breathing media is in compliance with compressed breathing air specifications
  • Under the direction of the MOC assist with maintenance of all waterfront equipment, including boats, compressor, SCUBA gear, mooring systems, etc.

Management of Waterfront Interns

  • Direct supervision and coordination of Waterfront Interns on a daily basis ensuring adequate training provided, daily duties are completed, and academic and program functions are staffed at appropriate ratios
  • Provide training to waterfront Interns with respect to student supervision and safety
  • Consult with MOC on waterfront operational matters that Waterfront Interns can assist with

Program Support

  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in preparation of the Final Reports, SFS-CMRS Dive Manual revisions, updating SFS-CMRS waterfront policies, manual revisions, and other required reports
  • Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program
  • Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
  • Participate and/or lead community outreach and engagement projects
  • In cooperation with other Center staff, provide day-to-day coordination of Interns and contribute to Intern performance reviews
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • As requested by the Center Director, assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks

Daily Center Life

  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
  • At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for Center during program breaks and center rentals
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
  • Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and Center policies and procedures
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community

Required Qualifications:

  • Active status SCUBA diving instructor's certification from a nationally recognized agency (i.e., PADI, NAUI, BSAC)
  • First Aid/CPR instructor
  • Oxygen administration instructor
  • Extensive small boat handling experience
  • Experience in outboard engine troubleshooting and mechanics
  • Certified in visual inspection for cylinders and experience with hydrostatic testing
  • Related experience with an academic institution
  • Experience with marine rescue and hazard identification

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Captain's License
  • Bachelor's degree (highly desirable, marine related discipline an advantage)
  • Experience in leadership (management) and personnel supervision
  • Caribbean diving experience and knowledge of marine life highly desirable
  • Experience in group living situations
  • EMT qualified
  • Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Tank inspection capability
  • Shallow water diving experience

Other Expectations:

  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs, and participate in all center activities.
  • Represent SFS at local and international conferences.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and resume online at https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=10350211
References will be required upon request.
Reports To: Center Director

Compensation:  Salary plus on-site room & board and an excellent benefits package.
Start Date: Late May 2018, length of contract is negotiable
Organization: Center for Marine Resource Studies Turks & Caicos Islands
Job Location: Turks and Caicos Islands
Duration: Full Time
Application Website: https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOr...

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor – Marine Vertebrate Biologist; Nicholls State University - Louisiana

The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Nicholls State University invites scientists with a Ph.D. in biology or related field and a strong background in marine vertebrate biology to apply for a tenure-track position (nine-month appointment) at the assistant professor level. A background in coastal avian biology and post-doctoral or academic experience with a proven record of publishing, teaching, obtaining grant funds and conducting intra- and extramural service is preferred. The anticipated start date for this position is 15 August 2018. In addition to establishing exemplary pedagogy in the classroom, successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a nationally/internationally recognized and externally funded research program relevant to marine vertebrate biology, to mentor undergraduate and M.S. students, conduct undergraduate instruction in general biology, develop an undergraduate and a graduate-level course related to their research, and to provide service to the department, college, university, and profession. The ability to collaborate within a multidisciplinary setting is desired. Specific information for this position can be found at http://jobs.nicholls.edu.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in biology or related field and a strong background in marine vertebrate biology, background in coastal avian biology preferred. Applicants can apply at http://jobs.nicholls.edu

Contact Person: Quenton Fontenot, Head of Biological Sciences; (985) 449-7062; quenton.fontenot@nicholls.edu
Organization: Nicholls State University - Louisiana
Job Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Duration: Full-Time / 9 month appointment
Salary: $50,000
Application Deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Deputy Program Director; Coral Reef Alliance

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) seeks an exceptional leader who is motivated to use their skills in conservation to advance our mission to unite communities to save coral reefs. Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—CORAL protects one of our most valuable and threatened ecosystems. CORAL has an aggressive vision for growth and increased conservation action throughout this decade to address the serious threats affecting coral reefs and the human communities they support.

The Deputy Program Director holds primary responsibility for ensuring the success of an international portfolio of community-driven conservation programs. S/he leads a dynamic team to implement strategies that yield tangible outcomes for coral reefs and communities, and that promote CORAL as a leader in marine conservation. The Deputy Program Director is responsible for developing regional strategies, supervising staff at HQ and in our field programs, fundraising, and budget development and management. The Deputy Program Director will be based in our headquarters in Oakland, California and will report to the Program Director.

Ideal Candidate Description

The ideal candidate will be: (1) passionate about CORAL’s mission and values; (2) an exceptional strategic thinker with demonstrated experience developing and implementing successful conservation programs; and (3) a brilliant verbal and written communicator who can weave concepts and programmatic elements into compelling narratives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and management to a team of Associate Program Directors based in the field and at HQ, including serving as a sounding board for developing regional strategies and helping to frame CORAL’s conservation work in a broader context
  • Oversee the implementation of multiple projects within CORAL’s focal regions, including developing plans for strategic expansion and growth and identifying mechanisms that will allow CORAL’s community-driven conservation work to scale
  • Evaluate the impact of CORAL’s regional programs and provide recommendations for optimizing performance
  • Implement fundraising strategies to support on-the-ground work, including maintaining close relationships with funders, identifying and pursuing funding opportunities, and overseeing the development of funding proposals
  • Oversee development and administration of budgets for projects, grants, and regional programs
  • Facilitate cross-project collaboration and synergy between CORAL’s geographically dispersed projects
  • Ensure that our conservation strategies are founded in the best available science, and that we use appropriate methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address conservation needs
  • Build a positive and fun work environment, including by motivating individuals and teams toward success, setting performance goals, and identifying development and training opportunities

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission of the Coral Reef Alliance
  • At least seven years’ of progressively responsible experience in conservation practice, including a proven track record of designing, financing, and implementing measurably successful conservation programs
  • Excellent strategic thinking and demonstrated ability to synthesize information from diverse sources to inform priorities for action
  • Experience managing, developing and supervising diverse teams, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance
  • Outstanding ability to speak eloquently about coral reefs, translate science to lay audiences, and motivate people to action
  • Experience evaluating and assessing programs to optimize for success and impact
  • Demonstrated experience and success fundraising on behalf of local and global priorities, including identifying prospects and cultivating relationships
  • Experience managing complex projects, including overseeing budget development and tracking, coordinating the work of colleagues and partners, and fostering cross-organizational cooperation
  • Excellent time management skills and a proven ability to juggle multiple competing priorities while delivering quality results
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in coral conservation, resource and water quality management, and/or social and economic policy
  • A graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D.) in conservation biology, natural resource management, social sciences or related field; or B.A./B.S. degree in natural sciences, resource management, or social science-related field and ten years of experience in program management

Compensation

Competitive salary and generous benefits that include medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, 401K match, paid vacation, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a thoughtful cover letter describing personal interest in the position, relevant experience/qualifications and salary requirements; a writing sample; and an updated résumé (preferably all in one complete document) to jobs@coral.org. Please include Deputy Program Director in the subject line. Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant. The position will be open until filled; an immediate start date is preferred.

Organization: Coral Reef Alliance
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Antarctic MPAS Campaign Communications Coordinator; Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) seeks a Communications Coordinator to work an average of two days per week (this is on average – some weeks over the contract period may be less, and some more) to develop and deliver an integrated international communications campaign for its marine protected areas (MPA) campaign to ensure that the objectives of the international campaign are met. This position reports to the ASOC Interim Executive Director and the ASOC Advisory Committee, which acts as steering group for the MPA campaign. ASOC is a coalition of leading environmental organizations working for the protection of the Antarctic environment. The communications coordinator will play a significant role in working with ASOC member organizations to create a unified MPAs campaign.

To be successful in this challenging role, you will have:

  • a record of success and a high degree of self-motivation
  • a demonstrated record of high-level achievement in the management of communications, with significant experience in the research, writing, editing and preparation of a wide variety of materials
  • significant experience in the NGO/not for profit sectors with a strong background in public affairs or communications
  • a proven track record in driving a culture of collaboration and participation.

Duties:

  • Coordinate the development of all communications internationally including campaign materials and reports, website, social media and internal communications.
  • Work with partner organizations to coordinate international campaign communications. Work with our partner organizations to ensure strategic media coverage that will help achieve objectives. Work closely with partner organizations on messaging and media outreach for push events.
  • Prepare media materials including press releases and background material as necessary as well as the reaction materials on all possible outcomes. Develop material for use by partners.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media outlets critical to the campaign.
  • Plan for and coordinate event strategies, materials and communications work for critical periods including the October CCAMLR meeting in Hobart.
  • Support campaign efforts in key regions with communications assistance including Russia, China and other key countries.
  • Manage relationships with external communications support staff and/or agencies.
  • Work with high-profile individuals and ambassadors to keep them engaged, involved and help promote the campaign.
  • Provide strategic advice to help make our communications work targeted, effective, and objective-based, to rationalize sign-off procedures, and to reduce duplication of effort among the various parties.
  • Chair monthly campaign communications calls and participate in ASOC Advisory Committee meetings as needed, and participate in meetings with partner organizations as needed. Liaise regularly with other team members and participate in team meetings.
  • Build and maintain a well-coordinated Digital Campaign that (1) raises public awareness about the need to protect Antarctica’s marine environment and to deliver our objectives and (2) increases public participation in the campaign via digital and social media tools, with particular focus on Facebook community reach. Generate and post frequent social media communications across our key outlets – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website, etc. to keep the campaign current and relevant. Regularly evaluate digital/social media to improve our outreach as the campaign develops.
  • Provide digital tools for our 30+ partner organisations to allow them to do their own Social Media outreach in an integrated way with the campaign
  • Work with other team members to provide digital and social media tools for celebrities and high profile campaign supporters to enable them to reach out to their extensive networks.

Interested candidates, please send a brief introductory email (no separate cover letter) and a CV to  info@asoc.org.
Organization: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Job Location: Anywhere
Duration: Two Days a week
Application Website: https://www.asoc.org/about/careers

- Position Vacancy: Associate/Assistant Professors in Marine Biology & Ecology; University of Miami Department of Marine Biology and Ecology

The Department of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is seeking candidates for Associate or Assistant Professors in Marine and/or Estuarine Systems focusing on Microbial Ecology/Microbiome Biology or Environmental Biology. Microbial candidates should have research experience in marine microbiomes and the interactions between marine microbial communities and marine ecosystems. Strengths in microbial dynamics and community interactions using current genomic tools to characterize microbial assemblages are desirable. Environmental biology candidates should have a strong background in organism-environment interactions in multicellular organisms focusing on nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, immune, reproductive, or homeostatic systems. For both fields, an interest in the responses to climate change and other environmental impacts in the marine/estuarine environment is highly desirable.

The Department of Marine Biology and Ecology consists of 19 faculty working in coral reef ecology and on the genomics, physiology, toxicology, neurophysiology and diseases of marine fish and invertebrates (http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/research/departments/marine-biology-and-ecology/). The Department has an active PhD program and a large undergraduate program.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, appropriate postdoctoral training, a strong publication record and be able to demonstrate ongoing sources of extramural support for their research programs (Associate Professor) or a strong funding potential (Assistant Professor). Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the graduate and undergraduate academic programs of the department through teaching, mentorship and advising.
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information of at least three references.  The position will remain opened until filled. We anticipate conducting interviews for the positions in March, 2018. Please submit your application at miami.edu/careers and inquiries should be directed to mbesearch@rsmas.miami.edu.

Organization: University of Miami Department of Marine Biology and Ecology
Job Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UMFaculty/job/RSMAS-Campus/Assis...
Please e-mail clangdon@rsmas.miami.edu to confirm receipt of your application.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. Mike Schmale at mschmale@rsmas.miami.edu

- Position Vacancy: Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Aquaculture; SUNY Colbeskill

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Environmental Science (FWES) is a small, collaborative department of seven full-time faculty, one Fish Hatchery Manager, and three staff who are committed to high quality, applied, undergraduate education.  Department members share the teaching philosophy that students learn best by doing; therefore laboratories are "hands-on".  The typical faculty teaching load is 25 contact hours per year.  A fleet of campus vans is available to transport students to field sites.

FWES currently enrolls approximately 270 undergraduates in the following five majors: (1) Bachelor of Technology (BT) in Wildlife Management, (2) BT in Fisheries and Aquaculture, (3) BT in Environmental Management (4) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology, and (5) AAS in Environmental Studies.  FWES moved into a new Agriculture and Natural Resources Center in 2014.  State of the art facilities include: standalone laboratories in aquatic science, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, and a taxidermy studio.  Campus aquaculture facilities include: 50,000 gallon cold water fish hatchery, warm-water fish hatchery, shellfish hatchery, 10 ponds (4 of which are covered by hi-tunnel greenhouses), an aquaponics facility, an ornamental hatchery, endangered species hatchery, and environmentally controlled culture rooms.  FWES maintains all fisheries gear typically possessed by a fish & game agency, including 3 electrofishing boats (one new), four backpack shockers, an electric trawl, numerous boats, motors, trailers, nets, biotelemetry equipment, hydroacoustics gear, and an impressive preserved collection of North American fishes.   

Illustrative Duties

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science (FWES) at SUNY Cobleskill invites applications for a 10-month tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Fisheries & Aquaculture to start in Fall (August) 2018. This is a hands-on, applied teaching position with a preference given to applicants that seek to develop an undergraduate research program.

The successful applicant must have a strong interest in higher education and be enthusiastic about creating educational teaching environments that are innovative and inspiring to students in the classroom and in the field. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of teaching and mentoring undergraduates and will be required to participate in undergraduate advisement and campus governance. 

The department seeks an individual with aquaculture and fisheries field experiences in the applied aspects of fisheries/aquaculture/aquatic & marine science. The incumbent in this position may teach some of the following courses: 

Fall Semester

  • Aquaculture Engineering
  • Marine Ecology
  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Fish Hatchery Management
  • Pond Management 

Spring Semester

  • Fisheries Techniques
  • Fisheries Science
  • Fisheries Research
  • Production Aquaculture/Mariculture
  • Aquatic/Marine Resource Management

Other teaching responsibilities may be necessary at the direction of the Chair of FWES. 

Much of the funding for the FWES department comes from successful, faculty-led grants and contracts.  Preference will be given to the candidate that provides evidence of funded grants and contracts, with a track record of using these resources for students in applied research.  

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Aquaculture, Mariculture, Conservation Aquaculture, Conservation Fisheries, Fisheries Ecology/Management, or closely related discipline is required
  • A New York State license to collect and possess (LCP) must be obtained and maintained by the incumbent in this position 

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the aforementioned minimum qualifications, it is preferred the candidate also have: 

  • College level teaching experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate student centered research into the classroom
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship in the form of publication, successful grant writing, and/or presentations at professional meetings

Additional Information:

  • The anticipated start date for this position is August 2018. 
  • This position offers full New York State benefits which are among the most comprehensive in the country. 
  • SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community for our students and employees. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of the background check.

SUNY Cobleskill is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, and ensuring equal educational and employment opportunity and access to services, programs and activities without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or any other legally protected status.  Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation during the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Office at (518) 255-5514.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.   

Application Instructions:

The application review process will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Priority is given to applications submitted by March 1, 2018. 

Completed application consists of the following:

1.  Letter of application, addressing qualifications and position responsibilities 
2.  Current CV or Resume
3.  Names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references 
4.  College transcripts
5.  Statement of scholarly interest
6.  Statement of teaching philosophy

Organization: SUNY Colbeskill
Job Location: Colbeskill, NY
Duration: Full-Time / Tenure-Track
Salary: $50,000 - $55,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Senior Director, Blue Nature Program; Conservation International

The Senior Director, Blue Nature Program provides strategic and programmatic leadership for CI’s Center for Oceans, specifically its Blue Nature program. S/he plays a key and visible role in leading the delivery of high-impact outputs and developing innovative projects and proposals to achieve CI’s vision and goals for sustainable development related to oceans, particularly in the areas of protected area management, economics, and policy and governance. S/he is responsible for senior-level program management, ensuring that program strategies, initiatives and outcomes advance Conservation International’s (CI’s) human development and conservation priorities. Duties are complex and include leading the design, implementation and integration of program strategies related to blue nature within CI’s Center for Oceans and across CI. The Senior Director provides broad programmatic, project, monitoring and technical oversight and continuously engages key internal and external partners critical to program success. S/he ensures compliance with CI policies, program and funding agreements and local requirements.

The Senior Director, Blue Nature leads fundraising efforts for the program, including developing project proposals and actively pursuing new sources of funding. For proposals written by others across CI for Blue Nature related work, s/he plays a leading role in facilitating communication and ensuring coordination, reviewing and providing input on proposals, and advancing funding relationships with key partners and donors to secure program funding for regional and field activities. S/he continuously represents CI to engage and influence key external stakeholders including government and NGO officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success.  As appropriate, s/he builds and leverages strategic alliances with NGOs, businesses, or other entities that can further CI’s mission.  The Senior Director, Blue Nature collaborates with staff throughout CI to ensure the program is integral to achieving organization-wide goals.  S/he identifies capacity gaps and provides high-level oversight in implementing strategies that build capacity and drive program objectives forward.

The Senior Director, Blue Nature directly manages staff and interdisciplinary teams, and leads engagement with outside partners as needed. S/he works with a high degree of independence and professionalism. 

Responsibilities:

Programmatic Leadership:

  • Develop program strategies, objectives, work plans and metrics.
  • Provide strategic vision, oversight and team leadership to effectively implement program activities and ensure high-impact outputs.  Lead and inspire program and technical staff.
  • Provide support to leadership in strategic planning, partner engagement, and Center for Oceans program priorities.
  • Lead program alignment and integration with Center and CI-wide conservation priorities.  Engage CI leadership and other senior staff.
  • Build a global team of experts within CI to carry out shared program strategies and objectives.
  • Develop and lead innovative and highly visible projects on issues related to sustainable ocean economies, natural capital accounting and valuation, ocean policy and governance, and place-based ocean conservation and protected area management.
  • Develop integrated, inter- and multi-disciplinary programs and approaches to achieve key elements of the ocean strategy related to Blue Nature.
  • Represent CI at key ocean conferences and meetings. Represent the SVP, Center for Oceans as needed internally and externally. 

Results:

  • Monitor, measure, interpret, and share results on a regular basis.  Distribute financial and progress reports.  Modify strategies, work plans and strategies as needed.

Financial:

  • Ensure financial sustainability of the Blue Nature program by securing necessary funding and support. Regularly partner on funding proposals and regional/global fundraising efforts.
  • Work with CI development staff to identify potential sources of support.
  • Pursue fundraising efforts targeted for but not limited to program strategies related to Blue Nature within CI’s Center for Oceans and the Global Field Programs.
  • Oversee reporting to donors to ensure it accurately reflects the work completed for the support offered.

Brand Building:

  • Advance and influence stakeholder understanding and support through the development of proactive communication materials, publications and thought pieces.
  • Champion knowledge sharing and cross program collaboration to build capacity and address capacity gaps.
  • Explore ways to share CI’s expertise, best practices and amplify success with key audiences.
  • Continuously represent the organization externally.  Serve as a trusted and visible point of contact for CI. 

Working Conditions:

  • Local and/or international travel of 30% or more, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
  • Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences among HQ, regions and field programs.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Graduate level studies and 10 years or more related experience.  Advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Senior-level program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena. 
  • Ability to work with diverse teams across many regions of the world and engage staff who are not direct reports in carrying out program strategies and objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an agent of change, strategy development and program management.
  • Clear passion for achieving human well-being through biodiversity conservation, highly desired.
  • Ability to inspire colleagues and partners to engage in successfully launching this new global program.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects or initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills.
  • Global understanding of marine conservation issues, with some working knowledge of conservation in multiple regional geographies.
  • Experience designing, building and/or carrying out on-the-ground conservation programs.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills, including demonstrated experience in strategy development. 
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with proven ability to turn vision and strategies into outcomes.
  • Outstanding people management skills, including 3 – 5 years of experience managing high functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Direct experience in personnel management and human resources.
  • Proven leadership skills and success in effectively inspiring and engaging diverse works groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise with governments, foundations, and private individuals, and experience managing multimillion dollar program budgets with numerous sub-grantees and partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A record of success partnering with, and influencing, key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across public and private sectors and civil society.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision. 
  • Fluency in English required.

Organization: Conservation International
Job Location: Arlington, VA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate in Marine Metabarcoding; University of Salford Manchester

The Ecosystems & Environment Research Centre seeks to employ a suitably qualified molecular ecologist for a NERC funded research position as part of a 'Highlight Topic' consortium grant centred on the use of community metabarcoding from environmental DNA collected in a range of marine environments. 
New developments in sequencing, bioinformatics, remote sampling and ecological modelling offer the opportunity to explore and groundtruth the potential of trace DNA to characterise ecosystem structure in the ocean. The successful candidate will work in Professor Mariani's team and will engage with all other project partners in Bristol, Imperial College, the British Antarctic Survey and the Marine Biological Association. 

Organization: University of Salford Manchester
Job Location: Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Duration: 15 months / Fixed-Term
Salary: £27,285 - £31,604
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Senior Marine Litter Scientist; CEFAS

Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the CEFAS Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Marine Litter Team and CEFAS Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve developing innovative science for the delivery of projects relating to national and international marine litter issues, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against the inputs of litter and microplastics to the marine environment. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Cefas marine litter science, working with the Principal Investigator to ensure that the deliverables are consistent with customer and relevant stakeholder requirements. 
  • Support and deliver marine litter project outputs, including the production of quality papers and presentations, as required. 
  • Provide high quality written and verbal briefings, presentations, manuscripts and summary reports in response to customer requirements. 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of national and international action plans, mitigation measures and best practices in relation to land and sea based sources of marine litter. 
  • Build science networks and enable knowledge transfer across the scientific community and via stakeholder consultations and workshops. 
  • Contribute to on-going field monitoring and laboratory activities across a range of marine litter projects. 

Qualifications/Experience/Skills 

You should have relevant experience of marine litter science and policy (e.g., specifically knowledge of national/ international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. You will be confident working and advising at senior management level and preferably familiar with working in a government or similar organisation, and the associated sensitivities and need for political judgement. Specific experience in the fields of polymer science and production, recycling and waste management systems/solutions and the application of best practices in relation to marine litter would be advantageous. Knowledge of land and sea based sources of litter and mechanisms to tackle those would also be welcome. This post requires an individual who has a strong work ethic and who can work as part of a successful team. With the varying nature of the work, CEFAS is looking for an innovative individual who can learn quickly, and implement new lab and field techniques to assist with our ever-expanding role. The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential. There is an opportunity for offshore working on CEFAS' Research Vessel, RV Endeavour, as well as internationally, as project needs dictate. The post holder will be required to work autonomously in the field and be able to make in situ decisions to comply with health and safety regulations, whilst still maintaining data quality.

Organization: CEFAS
Job Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Salary: £34,030 - £40,049
Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Marine Litter Scientist; CEFAS

Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the CEFAS Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Marine Litter team and CEFAS Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve supporting the delivery of several projects relating to national and international marine litter assessment and monitoring, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against inputs of litter and microplastics into the marine environment along with their potential impacts. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of CEFAS marine litter portfolio; 
  • Provide options for mitigation of entry of litter (including microplastics and polymers) into the marine environment, along with provision of recommendations on setting up of approaches/analytical framework for testing and comparing clean-up technologies; 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of best practices in relation to land- and sea-based sources of marine litter; 
  • Establish relationships with a range of colleagues, customers and stakeholders to support delivery of project outcomes; 
  • Support outreach and knowledge transfer across the scientific community and via stakeholder consultations and workshops. 

Qualifications/Experience/Skills 

You should have relevant experience in the field of marine litter (e.g., specifically knowledge of national/international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. Specific experience in the fields of polymer science and production, recycling and waste management systems/solutions and the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) would also be advantageous. 

The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential.

Organization: Cefas
Job Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Salary: £26,805 - £31,103
Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Marine Litter Data Analyst; CEFAS

Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the CEFAS Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Marine Litter Team and CEFAS Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve supporting the delivery of several projects relating to national and international marine litter issues, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against inputs of litter and microplastics into the marine environment along with their potential impacts. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provide options for practical delivery of national and international marine litter sampling, assessment and monitoring 
  • Develop and maintain data management systems and oversee the submission of marine litter data 
  • Analyse and report data as required for national/international requirements, and improve quality assurance and quality control in relation to marine litter data streams 
  • Support and oversee on-going field monitoring and laboratory activities across a range of marine litter projects 
  • Assist with microplastic analysis and reporting. 

Qualifications/Experience/Skills 

You should have relevant experience in the field of marine litter (e.g., knowledge of monitoring techniques, national/international drivers and requirements) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. Demonstrable experience of marine field working would be advantageous, especially in the field of marine litter. Opportunity will be available for offshore working on CEFAS' Research Vessel, RV Endeavour, as well as internationally, as project needs dictate. The post holder will be required to work autonomously in the field and be able to make in-situ decisions to comply with health and safety regulations, whilst still maintaining data quality. Specific experience with statistical assessment methods, R and management of large datasets would also be advantageous. This post requires an individual who has a strong work ethic and who can work as part of a successful team. With the varying nature of the work, CEFAS is looking for an innovative individual who can learn quickly, and implement new techniques to assist with our ever-expanding role. The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential.

Organization: Cefas
Job Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Salary: £26,805 - £31,103
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Institute Associate, Georgetown Climate Center; Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation’s capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate and energy policies in the United States and serves as a resource to state and local communities that are working to cut carbon pollution and prepare for climate change.

The Institute Associate conducts research and analysis on public policy issues and prepares analytical reports and analyses for publication. S/he produces information on the implications of government actions for policy relevant to the organization and applies specific professional-level functional knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Reporting to the Deputy Director and the Adaptation Program Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, the Institute Associate has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Manages projects involving the development of web-based tools and web content for the delivery of information on coastal adaptation.
  • Writes and issues reports of anticipated government actions and upcoming events and analyzes the congressional and regulatory process, closely monitoring relevant events.
  • Conducts briefings and engages with senior local, state, and federal officials, funders, and NGO and academic partners.
  • Produces superior analysis and communicates effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Coordinates adaptation efforts with GCC management, Harrison staff attorneys, and consultants.
  • Leads and conducts research and analysis on climate adaptation.
  • Conducts legal and policy research on coastal and other resilience issues, as determined by GCC leadership and state and city clients we serve.
  • Surprises student research on relevant topics including work done through practicum courses and clinical program.
  • Initiates and assists with development of grant proposals and development efforts.
  • Oversees work with staff, contractors, and outside partners, and supervises the work of students and research assistants.
  • Represents the Center at events relevant to climate adaptation and/or other projects and assists with presentations, and convenings on adaptation topics.

Requirements

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • 3 – 5 years of experience in environmental law, climate change policy or a related field or equivalent relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, writing, and speaking skills
  • Experience work on climate, adaptation policy, or coastal land-use preferred
  • Experience supervising the work of others
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple external and internal partners and collaborators
  • Experience working with or for local, state or federal agencies

Current Employees:
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Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

Organization: Georgetown University Law Center
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://georgetown.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Georgetown_Admin_Careers/job...

- Position Vacancy: Associate Program Officer – Gulf Research Program; National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

In 2013, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine established the Gulf Research Program to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment, focusing on both the Gulf of Mexico and other relevant regions of the U.S. outer continental shelf.  The Program seeks to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and foster applications of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.

Job Summary:
This is an excellent opportunity to work at one of the Nation’s premier science institutions, known for its independence, integrity, and objectivity.  Work with a small, top-notch team to design and implement funding opportunities and contribute to program outreach, strategic planning, design of award and evaluation processes, and other program functions intended to provide lasting benefits to the Gulf region and the Nation.
Essential Job Duties:

  • Supports activities within the Gulf Research Program’s Safer Offshore Energy Systems initiative with a portfolio of projects focused on understanding risk in offshore operations and in characterizing the Gulf of Mexico deepwater processes and ecosystems. 
    • Under general supervision, leads and supports one or more of the unit’s programs, projects or activities.
  • Supports the design and implementation of award opportunities, including interacting with advisory board members and stakeholders, developing funding topics, drafting and disseminating requests for applications, communicating with applicants, managing peer review processes, analyzing review scores, preparing funding plans, and analyzing award metrics. 
    • Requires the ability to work with an online grants management system and various technologies necessary to support efficient award making.
  • Participates in strategic and activity planning. 
    • Assists in program evaluation. 
    • Identifies and gathers research materials. 
    • Prepares background papers, technical summaries, and materials for program and Advisory Board use. 
    • Ensures consistent application of unit and organizational policies and procedures.
  • Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, identifies potential experts for the advisory board, meetings, workshops, and other activities (e.g., peer review or proposals). 
    • Communicates and coordinates with stakeholders and advisory board members. 
    • Facilitates the flow of information among staff, board members, peer reviewers, consultants, and other applicable parties.
  • Contributes to planning and running advisory board meetings, breakout sessions, workshops, and other meetings. 
    • Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentation, and prepares written summaries.
  • Works with Communications Officer and other communications staff to plan and implement communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. 
    • Participates in program outreach, communication, and dissemination of program information and funding opportunities. 
    • Identifies interested audiences, contributes materials for web and social media use, and other tasks.
  • Participates in meetings and workshops. 
    • Fosters transparency and stakeholder engagement. 
    • Collaborates with experts and colleagues from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. 
    • Represents the unit within and outside the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
  • May perform related additional duties.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. 
  • Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. 
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. 
  • Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. 
  • Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other department, and external constituents through effective communication. 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees and constituents. 
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.  

Organization: National Academy of Sciences
Job Location: Washington, D.C.
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk06/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&r...

Job Req #:170206-6

- Position Vacancy: Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation; Vulcan

Vulcan is recruiting a senior subject matter expert in coral reef conservation to advise how substantial additional investment could significantly improve the prognosis for the world’s reefs.

As the subject matter expert, you will guide strategy development and project ideation and development and advise on project execution. Your primary goal is to maximize impact towards achievement of Vulcan’s Grand Challenge of saving the world’s coral reefs from climate change by identifying game-changing strategies and project ideas and helping deliver impactful project design and implementation. You will lead on project exploration, from landscaping subject areas to identifying Vulcan ways in to developing initial project designs and concept notes. For active projects, you will insure that decision-making and execution maximizes impact, serving on project teams for large initiatives and providing advice to the project lead for smaller ones (and occasionally acting as the project lead for Vulcan). You will partner with the execution teams and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to assess the cumulative impact of multiple projects, and feed learning from existing and past projects into ideation and design of future projects. Based on your knowledge, research, and judgement, you will also provide advice and support to other Vulcan departments (e.g. Communications), responding to queries from Paul Allen and executive staff, and occasionally publication and help develop Vulcan’s expert reputation in the field including through press communications, conference presentations, etc.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Subject and project exploration, strategy development, ideation, and design
    • Landscape subject areas within coral reef conservation (e.g. genetic engineering, remote sensing, coral farming), reviewing the state of the field and preeminent players and strategies
    • Identify “ways in” which maximize the impact return on investment and fit Vulcan’s criteria
    • Work with MEL team on theory of change and impact measures
    • Help identify good partners
    • Help design projects, prepare and pitch project proposals, etc.
  • Project execution
    • For large projects, serve on execution team as subject matter expert seeking to maximize conservation impact
    • For smaller projects, advise project leads also to help maximize impact (and in rare cases act as project lead)
    • For all projects within the domain but especially science ones, develop an expert level of understanding of the science and subject area in order to advise on implementation, identify next steps and future projects for Vulcan to achieve conservation objectives, and respond to internal and external queries about the project findings and material
  • Research
    • Stay abreast of developments in coral reef conservation
    • Carry out more intensive research as required for Vulcan strategy development and execution
    • Working with the MEL team, from time to time review the impact of projects and programs and assess progress towards achieving Grand Challenges
  • Deliver information
    • Present results and findings, briefings, concept notes, and proposals internally to Vulcan audiences including Paul Allen through consultations, oral briefings, written reports, etc. gauged so as to be maximally accessible and useful
    • Present results and findings externally through scientific and popular publications, press briefings, social media, presentations, etc. so as to publicize Vulcan and Paul Allen’s accomplishments, interests, and expertise in biodiversity conservation and to mobilize action towards Vulcan objectives

Key Qualifications

  • PhD in coral reef biology or conservation, or in exceptional cases a Masters degree and equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years postdoctoral research experience relevant to the domain
  • At least 5 years’ experience applying domain expertise to practical impact-driven implementation (e.g. through government, NGO, foundation, or private sector)
  • Recognition within the domain area as a clear thinking, strategic and entrepreneurial expert, including scientific and popular publications, talks, and press work
  • An effective network of expert contacts within the domain area
  • Demonstrate ability to master scientific and subject matter detail in new areas within the domain area rapidly and effectively
  • Demonstrate ability to translate that understanding into strategic, out-of-the-box, practical advice for implementation, strategies, project opportunities, policies, etc.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate that understanding effectively to experts and non-experts both orally and in writing and translate it into practical and policy advice
  • A track record of developing innovative, effective ways in and solutions to problems within the domain area
  • A track record of contributing to rapid, effective execution of impact-driven projects within the domain area
  • Experience measuring, evaluating, and reporting on the impact of projects and programs and drawing lessons learned
  • Experience leading strategic planning including landscape assessment, development of goals and objectives, and identification of effective strategies
  • Demonstrate ability to gain support from various stakeholders for project ideas and proposals
  • A track record of working effectively in teams, and leading them
  • A track record of providing supportive advice and expertise in furtherance of others’ professional objectives within an organization
  • Ability to understand Vulcan and Paul Allen’s strengths and perspectives, to apply those to the field of coral reef conservation, and to commit fully to a strategy that leverages those strengths and perspectives
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced and complex environment with changing responsibilities and expectations
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity and fulfillment of commitments

The Senior Strategy Manager, Coral Reef Conservation, reports to the Director of Biodiversity Conservation. It is a full-time position based at Vulcan’s headquarters in Seattle, with approximately 20% time travel. If you need accommodation during the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at jobs@vulcan.com or your recruiter.

Organization: Vulcan
Job Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: Full-Time - Permanent
Application Website: http://www.vulcan.com/About/Careers/Job-Listings?p=job/opzg6fw4

- Position Vacancy: Marine Scientist; Oceana

We are looking for a Marine Scientist to play a substantive role on Oceana’s campaign team to stop expanded offshore drilling and related exploration.  The Marine Scientist will serve as an expert on oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life. Marine mammal and overall ocean health expertise desired. The marine scientist will provide research to support and further campaign goals, develop written materials including reports, comments and media statements, and help to shape the strategy and direction of new and existing campaigns and initiatives. The marine scientist will have extensive contact with research scientists and representatives of government agencies and other stakeholders. They must be able to travel as necessary.         

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions:

  • Serve the campaign to stop expanded offshore drilling and Oceana Science team.
  • Carry out research on Oceana’s campaign topics and other subjects relevant to Oceana’s objectives, including the review of oil pollution and seismic noise impacts to marine life, and other ocean health-related research. Report findings and relevance to campaign objectives. 
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by following the current literature, attending relevant meetings, and communicating with peers in the field.
  • Research, draft and/or review content for Oceana scientific reports and other external communications, with particular attention to scientific accuracy.
  • Liaise with outside scientists to mobilize support for ocean health, fisheries and conservation objectives, including scientist sign-on letters and technical peer reviews.
  • Represent Oceana at external events as needed, including conferences, symposia, meetings, and hearings. 
  • Meet with Congressional and government agency representatives to communicate Oceana’s objectives as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of internal reports for the Board of Directors and foundations.

Job Requirements
Education and work experience:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline such as marine biology, ecology, oceanography, fisheries and wildlife conservation and biology, natural resource management. Relevant study and economic analysis experience also helpful.
  • At least two years of professional experience in marine science or policy.
  • Experience with U.S. marine wildlife and fisheries laws, regulations and policies as they relate to marine mammals, sea turtles and/or fisheries, as well as oil pollution and seismic impacts is preferred.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Ability to accurately synthesize large amounts of information, quickly identify relevant issues or questions, and recommend responses or solutions.
  • Excellent research, writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Skilled at organizing and prioritizing multiple projects, and completing tasks with accuracy and independence.
  • Knowledge of the scientific underpinning of the major marine conservation issues, including oil pollution impacts, seismic noise impacts, biodiversity loss and habitat degradation. Proficiency in additional research skills (e.g., GIS, database management, statistical design and modeling, DNA sampling) desirable.
  • Ability to represent Oceana in a professional and courteous manner with scientists, policymakers, stakeholders and the media.
  • Ability to accommodate a varied workload in a fast-paced campaign environment.  Flexible and collaborative member of a multidisciplinary team. Occasional long or irregular hours and travel will be required.

TO APPLY: Please upload your resume and cover letter with your application.
Application website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=oceana&jobId=59183&lang=en_US&source=CC3

- Position Vacancy: Government Relations Manager; Ocean Conservancy

The Government Relations Manager will develop, implement, and coordinate efforts to advance Ocean Conservancy’s national policy and legislative agenda.  S/he will work with our conservation experts to develop principled but pragmatic policy goals, activate new constituencies, and win real policy and legislative changes that protect and promote ocean health. We’re seeking a candidate who can support policy goals across many of the organization’s programs, with a primary focus on supporting our Arctic program and Ocean Planning program. Specifically, the Government Relations Manager will be given the responsibility of developing and executing a comprehensive government relations strategy for achieving our Arctic program’s policy objectives in both congress and the administration. Other programmatic priorities for which the successful candidate might provide support could include topics like Gulf of Mexico restoration, Congressional appropriations, sustainable fisheries, and more.

Primary Responsibilities

  • This position represents the organization, and maintains close contact with Members of Congress, their staff, and the Administration on ocean conservation and funding issues.
  • The Manager will work closely with Ocean Conservancy program staff to identify and create opportunities to advance specific policy goals, and to develop and implement strategies and tactics to achieve effective policy outcomes.
  • This work will include policy analysis, legislative strategy development and implementation, selective stakeholder outreach, and coordination of the NGO community.
  • The Manager will help determine when new legislative authority is needed, draft testimony, legislation, and legislative amendments, and communicate with Congressional staff.
  • The Manager will respond to requests for information and advocate for the organization’s positions before Congress and federal agencies.

Required Skills/Qualifications/Experience

  • Minimum of one year of experience working with Congress and/or the federal government on policy issues.
  • Proven ability to understand and analyze complex regulatory and legislative issues; and develop and implement strategies to advance policy and legislative goals.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate across disciplines and work collaboratively with diverse teams, networks, and coalitions.
  • A strategic thinker who can identify, maximize, and create opportunities to advance Ocean Conservancy’s policy goals.
  • A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, energy, and commitment; and with the ability to move rapidly in response to policy opportunities as they present themselves.
  • Understanding of Congress, the Administration, and the policy-making process.
  • Attentive to details and adheres to deadlines and deliverables while keeping a larger vision in mind.
  • Highly collaborative with an appreciation of the benefit of a multi-disciplinary team approach.
  • Experience working in a government agency, congressional office, or experience lobbying is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with one or more of the policy issues listed above preferred.

Education/Training

Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, marine science or related field is required.

If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s Government Relations team, please send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities with your resume to: jobs@oceanconservancy.org and note your name and #17-15 GRMGR in the subject line.

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate I; University of Miami

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) at the University of Miami invites applications for a Research Associate I to work closely with scientists at RSMAS and NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory’s Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystem Division (AOML/OCED) on the impacts of environmental change (thermal stress and ocean acidification) on coral reef ecosystems.

The successful candidate’s duties will include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Laboratory analysis and interpretation of carbonate chemistry including pH, total alkalinity, pCO2, and dissolved inorganic carbon, 2) Field work involving SCUBA diving in coral reef environments, 3) Data QC and management for carbonate chemistry, environmental data, and coral reef ecological data, and 4) Maintaining experimental aquaria for lab studies on coral reef organisms. 

Qualifications

  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in marine science or a related field from an accredited university and some research experience gained during education/training or in employment in a research position. 
  • Must be highly motivated, organized, and have the ability to adapt to a dynamic lab environment. 
  • Strong analytical and laboratory skills are required, along with a proven track record of routinely conducting physically demanding field work. 
  • An AAUS SCUBA diving certification is required and experience with small boats is preferred. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates who possess a close familiarity with coral reef ecosystems, carbonate chemistry (analysis and interpretation of data), ocean acidification, and instrument development/evaluation. 
  • Proficiency with computers is preferred, including MS Excel, MS Access, ArcGIS, and image analysis software packages. 

To Apply:

Curriculum Vitae, a letter of interest, and the contact information for three persons who can provide letters of recommendation are required.
Apply online at: www.miami.edu/careers 
Position #: P100033283 
For further information, candidates should contact Dr. Derek Manzello (Derek.Manzello@noaa.gov)

Organization: University of Miami
Job Location: Miami, FL
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $32,900-$59,100
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Education Specialist; Florida Oceanographic Society

The Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Education Specialist. The Education Specialist will work as part of FOS’s Education team to carry out daily educational programming for visitors to the FOS Coastal Center. This position involves considerable public speaking. The Education Specialist will conduct formal educational presentations in front of large audiences, as well as informal educational lessons at our invertebrate touch tank, sea turtle pavilion, gamefish lagoon aquarium, butterfly garden, and inside of our nature center. The Education Specialist will oversee Florida Oceanographic Society’s field trip and birthday party programs, including trip development, scheduling, and bookkeeping. Additionally, the Education Specialist will help lead field trips, group visits, outreach education programming, summer camp sessions, and sea turtle walks. Work direction and priorities are given by the Director of Education and Exhibits as direct supervisor.

Organization: Florida Oceanographic Society
Job Location: Stuart, Florida
Duration: Full-time
Application Website: https://www.floridaocean.org/p/34/careers-employment-opportunities#.Wh3tX7a...

- Post-Doc Position: Ecosystem indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic; Stony Brook University

Applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.The PR will work on a project funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to develop indicators to monitor the health of the New York Bight ecosystem.The PR will be working with large datasets on oceanographic and atmospheric conditions, nutrient dynamics, carbonate chemistry and living marine resources on the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) and with new data collected in the New York Bight.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing samples (e.g. copies of relevant publications), and contact information for at least three professional references. Please contact Janet Nye (janet.nye@stonybrook.edu) or Lesley Thorne (lesley.thorne@stonybrook.edu) for further information. To apply please visit www.stonybrook.edu/jobs/ and follow the postdoctoral link. Review of applications will begin immediately, but the closing date is April 2, 2018

Organization: Stony Brook University
Job Location: Stony Brook, NY
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $44,500 - $50,000
Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018

Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Positions: Research Fellow (2 openings); University of Massachusetts Boston

The Research Fellow (2 positions available) within the School for the Environment will be responsible for assisting and contributing to on-going environmental data and environmental research. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Participate in the evaluation of environmental products and the production of advanced image data products for climate and carbon modeling;
  • Assist in mentoring and training junior graduate students and training them in geographic data manipulation techniques;
  • Review journal articles and actively publish in scientific literature;
  • Participate in scientific conferences and provide outreach lecturers;
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Requirements:

  • PhD and a strong environmental science background required. 
  • Experience with geographic image processing and data manipulation. 
  • Experience with journal and grant proposal writing. 
  • Proven record of publication is required. 
  • Field experience and expertise in utilizing environmental data in various climate/biogeochemical/hydrologic monitoring and modeling frameworks is desirable.  

Additional Information:

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews:
https://hr.umb.edu/uploads/documents/Background_Check_Policy_october_2015_FINAL_revised_9_16_15.pdf

Organization: University of Massachusetts Boston
Job Location: Boston, Mass
Duration: Full time. Benefited
Salary: $50,000-$60,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: Marine Molecular Ecology; Old Dominion University Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University, a "Doctoral Research-Extensive" state university, has a Post-Doctoral Research Associate position available in marine molecular ecology.This position involves participation in an NSF-funded PIRE (Partnerships for International Research and Education) Project to examine genetic and species-level changes in marine biodiversity over the past century of intense fisheries exploitation and habitat degradation in the Philippines. The successful candidate will be expected to live in the Philippines for up to four months during summer to conduct field and laboratory operations and supervise undergraduate and graduate students from collaborating institutions. A strong background in molecular biology and familiarity with restriction site associated DNA Sequencing (RADSeq) is strongly preferred. Applicants must have a PhD at the time of employment, and demonstrate experience in molecular ecology, population genomics, marine phylogeography, or a closely related field. Competitive applicants will have some teaching experience and be comfortable coordinating and conducting research in the field and laboratory; AAUS Scientific Diver certification is desired. The appointment begins March 1, 2018 and is renewable yearly.  Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Job Responsibilities

Field and laboratory work in marine molecular ecology:

  1. Coordinate and conduct field and laboratory research in the Philippines and U.S.
  2. Collect and sample marine fishes via market and dive surveys
  3. Collect, analyze and interpret genomic data
  4. Participate in and lead the publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts

Support undergraduate and graduate student research:

  1. Serve as facilitator, site leader and point of contact for international REU program
  2. Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students

Additional tasks:

  1. Spend up to four months each summer in the Philippines
  2. Participate in collaborative, multi-institutional and international research project both independently and as a team player
  3. Assist Principal Investigator, co-PIs, and project collaborators and personnel as needed
  4. Classroom teaching in the U.S. and Philippines as needed
  5. All other duties, as assigned

Highly motivated and interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ODU Research Foundation website at https://hera.odurf.odu.edu/careers/.  To apply follow the link and include a CV, a statement of your interest in the position, including prior research and future career goals (2-page maximum), and the names and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until best qualified candidate is identified.

Please visit ODU Research Foundation website, http://researchfoundation.odu.edu, click on the employment tab and follow the link for position #17047.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Kristene Parsons. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Organization: Old Dominion University Department of Biological Sciences
Job Location: Norfolk, VA and Dumaguete, Philippines
Duration: Full time / 5 years
Salary: To be announced
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Application Website: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Application Information:  odu_postdoc.pdf

- Post-Doc Position: Fish Bioacoustics; Cornell University

The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) within Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to take a leadership role in a collaborative research project between BRP and the National Park Service (NPS). Scientists from BRP and NPS have been collecting passive acoustic data within Florida Bay and Everglades National Park to understand the influence of managed freshwater flow on the Bay’s fish populations, as well as the underwater diversity of biological sounds within the Bay (fish, crustaceans, marine mammals) (see http://bit.ly/2DmUrZ5). Florida Bay is an important habitat for marine and estuarine fishes, and is also an important area for ecotourism and fishing.

This individual will be involved in configuring, deploying and recovering recording devices; organizing, analyzing and interpreting data; writing per-reviewed manuscripts; and presenting data at scientific and stakeholder meetings. The position will be based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, but will require regular travel to South Florida (3-4 short trips per year). The position is currently funded for an 18-month period, but there is the potential to extend the appointment with additional funding. Opportunities also for occasionally mentoring undergraduate students, and participating in teaching in BRP’s Sound Analysis Workshop, which trains researchers from around the world in sound analysis.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a relevant field (e.g., biology, ecology, oceanography)
  • Demonstrated track record of authorship on peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in bioacoustic analysis
  • Ability to deploy and recover recording instruments in the field
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong quantitative/statistical experience
  • Ability to conduct original research, from conception to completion
  • Extensive marine field research experience
  • Strong communication skills and be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with fish bioacoustics
  • Experience in working with large datasets
  • Experience operating small boats

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell's University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our 10 mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work.

For questions about the position or the project, email Dr. Aaron Rice (arice@cornell.edu). To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references. Applicants must have received their PhD before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell. Application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the attention of Sue Taggart (SET2@cornell.edu).

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Organization: Cornell University
Job Location: Ithaca, NY
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: learn more

- Post-Doc Position: Post-doctoral Social Scientist, Indigenous and Community Governance; Conservation International

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 

Position Summary:

Conservation International (CI) helps societies sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the benefit of humanity.  As part of the CI Social Science Initiative, CI seeks a post-doctoral social scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team to rigorously document patterns and trends in governance of lands and waters by indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC).  Research will initially document, map, and analyze patterns and trends in governance; subsequent efforts will examine the relationship between IPLC governance, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. The successful candidate will lead or contribute to two or more peer-reviewed publications in the first year. 

Responsibilities:

  • Co-develop strategy to document and map indigenous peoples’ and other local community’s governance of lands and waters globally, and to examine the relationship between these governance regimes and key conservation attributes (e.g., biodiversity, ecosystem services).
  • Lead implementation of strategy.
  • Co-design, co-organize, and co-facilitate workshops with key stakeholders in support of strategy development and/or implementation.
  • Support and/or lead financial and programmatic reporting to donors and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support and/or lead communication efforts for internal and external audiences (scientific, programmatic, and popular).
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Working Conditions:

  • This position is based in Arlington, Virginia (USA), with an initial duration of 1.5 years and the possibility of extension. 
  • Travel of up to 25% may be required.
  • More than one position may be hired.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Ph.D. or related experience in a social science (anthropology, sociology, political science, etc.) or an interdisciplinary Ph.D. with substantial social science training.
  • Strong quantitative and spatial analysis skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Familiarity with international biodiversity conservation or related field.
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills.

Preferred

  • Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Proficiency with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science.
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings, preferably in multicultural contexts.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • Experience in developing countries.
  • Working knowledge of one or more additional languages commonly spoken in the tropics.

Organization: Conservation International
Job Location: Arlington, VA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

- Post-Doc Position: Simulate the global distribution and impact of plastic particles on the marine environment; University of Bern

Pollution by plastics has been recognized recently as a serious issue of global concern with substantial risks for marine ecosystems, fisheries, and food supply to people. Plastic particles smaller than 2 mm (microplastics) are found everywhere in the ocean, from tropical to polar regions, frozen in Arctic sea ice and accumulating on the sea floor. Microplastic particles in very high concentrations have been shown to substantially decrease the feeding capacity, growth and reproductive output of marine organisms. The implications for biogeochemical cycles and the risks for marine ecosystems are not understood. Given that plastic inputs to the ocean are predicted to double in the next 25 years, an assessment of the potential risk is urgently needed.

The candidate will develop and implement parameterizations for microplastics into a global Earth System Model to investigate the fate of plastics, with a particular focus on the potential removal of microplastics by biological processes. With the help of the model, different scenarios and assumptions will be tested. Further possible tasks are the compilation of a new database of plastic observations, comparison of different approaches to model plastic pollution and exploring the interactions between microplastics and marine organic particles. The candidate will have the opportunity to go on a three month research visit to the Imperial College London to collaborate with project partners. It is expected that the candidate will communicate his/her results at international scientific meetings and publish in the peer-reviewed literature. During the semester, the candidate will be involved in the teaching responsibilities of the Climate and Environmental Physics Division in Bern.
The research is closely linked to the activities of the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research of the University of Bern. The salary is according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Bern, with funding guaranteed for 3 years.

We are looking for a highly-motivated student with a strong interest in oceanography, ocean biogeochemistry and climate physics, and with excellent numerical skills. Applicants should have a Master in Physics, Environmental/Climate Sciences, Biogeochemistry, or similar disciplines. Requirements for the positions are: experience in programming (preferably knowledge in Fortran) and statistical data analysis, innate curiosity, enthusiasm for reading scientific literature, excellent communication skills in English (both verbal and written), and willingness to closely collaborate with colleagues analyzing distribution and impact of microplastics. Experience with satellite or climate model data and tools to analyze climate data (Python, Matlab, Ferret or similar) is advantageous.

In order to receive full consideration, applications must be submitted before March 1, 2018, but the positions will stay open until filled. Applications should include a CV, a statement of research experience and interests (max. 2 pages), an academic transcript of your studies, a web link to the master thesis and the names and addresses of at least 2 references. Please upload the application to http://fileserver.climate.unibe.ch/upload_apps.php?jobid=laufk_2018.
The start of the PhD project is scheduled for August 2018, or by agreement.

Organization: University of Bern
Job Location: Bern, Switzerland
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

One postdoctoral position in Marine Evolutionary Genomics is available at the Ravasi's Lab/Integrative Systems Biology Lab (http://systemsbiology.kaust.edu.sa) at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia (www.kaust.edu.sa). This is part of a large and funded collaborative project with the laboratory of Prof. Phil Munday at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (www.coralcoe.org.au).

Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on a long-term project that aims to understand the effects of climate change stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes, specifically the damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus) and the clownfish (Amphiprion percula). Our main goal is to understand acclimation to climate change at the genomic level by using a set of unique multi-generational experiments. These studies combine Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome and transcriptome sequencing to understand the molecular mechanisms that underline fish responses to climate stressors. The successful candidate will be able to look at a variety of data including physiological responses, but will mainly be working on the computational analysis of comparative genomics and transcriptomics.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (completed or soon to be completed) in marine biology, biology, ecology & evolution or computational biology and genomics.
  • Research and publication track record in a relevant field, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of Next-Generation Sequencing datasets.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Python, Perl, R etc.)

We offer a very competitive compensation package, as well as free on-campus housing and health benefits. Applications should include a CV and contact information of at least three referees.

For further information, or to submit your application, please contact Prof. Timothy Ravasi (timothy.ravasi@kaust.edu.sa) and please visit the Employment section at the KAUST Website (http://www.kaust.edu.sa/employment/employment.html) for further information about opportunities and benefits available at the KAUST.

- Internships: GCE 2018 Internships; GCE-LTER

Field work for the GCE project is based at the University of Georgia Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, which has housing and laboratory space. Opportunities are available for students to work with researchers either in their laboratories, or over the summer at Sapelo Island.

Applications for the 2018 GCE internships are now open. Internship descriptions and a link to the online application can be found at http://gce-lter.marsci.uga.edu/public/employment/summer_internships_2018.asp

We will begin reviewing applications March 5, 2018 and the deadline to apply is March 19, 2018.  If you have any questions about the internships, please contact Adam Sapp (asapp@uga.edu).  

- Student Opportunity: Vembu Subramanian Ocean Scholars Award; SECOORA

Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) sustains and advances coastal and ocean observing, modeling, and data management subsystems for the US southeast coastal and ocean waters. SECOORA supports: maintenance and operation of in-situ real-time ocean moorings and High Frequency (HF) radar observational networks from North Carolina to West Florida; a multi-scale, multi-resolution modeling subsystem that delivers model data and products for coastal resource and emergency response managers and other users; and, has established a robust data management and communications infrastructure.
SECOORA is sponsoring an annual $2500 award to support one undergraduate student, graduate student, or early career professional for a research project or to present at a professional meeting in a marine science field relevant to SECOORA. The award period is one year (approximately May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019).
Any student or early career professional studying or working at a SECOORA member organization is eligible to apply for this award. Students must be enrolled towards a degree in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program and must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled at a SECOORA member institution. Early career professionals are those that have been working less than five years from their college graduation date and he/she must be working at a SECOORA member institution.
Applicants should submit:

  1. Proposal package no later than 5:00 PM ET on March 15, 2018
  2. Graduate and undergraduate students must submit a transcript.
  3. Completed SECOORA endorsement form by College/University sponsored programs office or company business office.

Please submit the entire application package electronically in PDF format to Abbey Wakely (abbey@secoora.org) and cc Jennifer Dorton (jdorton@secoora.org).

For more information, please go to: http://secoora.org/vembu-subramanian-ocean-scholars-award/

- Student Opportunity: SECOORA 2018 Data Challenge; SECOORA

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) is seeking proposal submissions for new data visualizations, mobile applications, products, data synthesis tools, or other creative ways to use open coastal and ocean data.

The proposed project should focus on providing local governments, community organizations, natural resource managers, recreational users (i.e. surfers, boaters, fishers) or other users of ocean information with innovative methods to access, understand, analyze and/or visualize data in the Southeast.
Applicants must propose projects that use publicly available data, and at least one dataset must be downloaded through the SECOORA Data Portal or Catalog. Project proposals should support one or more of SECOORA’s theme areas: · Marine operations, · Coastal hazards, · Ecosystems (water quality and living marine resources), and · Climate variability.

There are three eligibility categories and three prizes: 1) Undergraduate students, 2) Graduate students, and 3) Other. A $2500 award will be made in each category, provided there are eligible submissions in each category. All winning projects will be featured on secoora.org.

The winners of the challenge will be expected to present their project at the SECOORA 2019 Annual Meeting, location and date to be determined.  Travel funds will be provided for one project representative to attend.  SECOORA reserves the right to limit the amount of travel funds available to a reasonable sum as determined by SECOORA. Proposals should be for projects that can be completed by December 31, 2018.

Important dates:             March 13, 2018: Registration deadline
                                       April 13, 2018: Proposals due
                                       May 4, 2018: Winners notified
                                       December 31, 2018: Project Completion

For more information, please go to: http://secoora.org/data-challenge/

- Fellowship: Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship; GA Sea Grant

The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship places graduate students for a year in various executive and legislative branch offices throughout Washington, D.C. The fellowship provides a unique educational experience in the policies and processes of the federal government to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. The fellowship period begins Feb. 1, 2019 and ends on Jan. 31, 2020.

Applications must be submitted to Georgia Sea Grant by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2018. A full list of application materials and additional information on eligibility can be found online at http://gacoast.uga.edu/education/college-students/knauss-fellowship/

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Mona Behl, associate director of Georgia Sea Grant, at 706-542-6621 or mbehl@uga.edu to discuss application content and submission.

- Upcoming Workshop: 2nd National Living Shorelines Technology Transfer Workshop; RAE, Save the Bay-SF, and CA Coastal Conservancy

February 21-22, 2018; Oakland, CA,

The program will cover the major development in living shorelines, including science, policy, outreach, and more. The program will be a mix of presentation and group activities, with the primary goal being to advance the community and learn from each other in order to increase the efficacy and implementation of these approaches.
The early-bird registration is $150 and will be available through Wednesday, February 7, 2018. After that time, the registration fee increases to $225.The fee includes lunch both days, snacks, and refreshments, along with an evening cash bar reception the first evening.

To register, please click here.
For answers to general questions, please contact Suzanne Simon: ssimon@estuaries.org.

- Upcoming Conference: 12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It – A Flood is Coming; Georgia Association of Floodplain Management

March 19-22, 2018; Athens, GA

The Georgia Association of Floodplain Management invites you to submit presentations to the 12th Annual Conference: No Drought About It –A Flood is Coming. The conference will take place at the University of Georgia Hotel and Conference Center, on the Athens Georgia campus. The new venue promises to offer new networking events, field trips, and networking opportunities. Additionally, a new conference track, DamSafety, has been added to broaden the perspective of the conference! To help create a dynamic and informative conference, attendees are highly encouraged to submit presentations to the following conference tracks:

1. Floodplain Modeling & Mapping
2. Innovations in Stormwater Management
3. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP & CRS)
4. Mitigation & Emergency Preparedness
5. Community Best Practices & Planning
6. Dam Safety

Please direct questions to Emma Bones at conferences@gafloods.org.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities: Sponsors and Exhibitors are vital contributors to the success of this conference. Please contact Michael Blakely, the GAFM Chair, at chair@gafloods.org

CFM/CECs: Conference attendance qualifies for Continuing Education Credits under the Association of State Floodplain Managers Certified Floodplain Manager program.

Follow this link to submit abstracts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2BW75TR

- Upcoming Symposium: 2018 Southeastern Biogeochemistry Symposium; Florida State University

April 6-8, 2018; Tallahassee, FL

Registration deadline: March 16th, 2018 (No fee required)
Abstract submission deadline: March 16th, 2018
Travel award application deadline: March 16th, 2018

The objective of this symposium is to assemble early career scientists and faculty advisors for an informal weekend of scientific presentations and social activities with the goal of:

  • Improving early career scientific research, education and training in an informal and friendly conference environment
  • Establishing new collaborations with neighboring research groups, and
  • Gaining national recognition of the southeastern states as a center of excellence in biogeochemistry and geobiology research.

The symposium will begin with a mixer on Friday evening, and will formally begin on Saturday morning (please arrange to arrive by 9:00AM for registration) and wrap up in the early afternoon on Sunday, with 15-minute talks on Saturday and Sunday, poster sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and an awards ceremony on Sunday. Cash prizes for the best three talks and posters voted on by the faculty committee will be awarded to encourage participation. Faculty advisors of students and postdocs presenting are highly encouraged to attend with their lab groups. Symposium registration is free. Travel support is available for students and postdocs.

For more information and/or questions please email at: wlanding@fsu.edu or go to: https://sbs2018.magnet.fsu.edu/.

- Upcoming Conference: Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change; UC-Berkeley

April 20–21, 2018, Berkeley, CA

Call for Papers  - We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, held 20–21 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2009, the conference aims to create an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of climate change, its causes, its eco-systemic impacts, and its human impacts. The conference also explores technological, policy, strategic, and social responses to climate change.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2018 Special Focus: "Engaging with Policy on Climate Change."

For more information regarding the conference, use the link below to explore our conference website.

- Upcoming Conference: 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

June 4 – 8, 2018, Washington, D.C.,

The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans (ECCWO) will explore the consequences of climate change for the ocean (both offshore and coastal waters), its ecosystems, and its dependent communities under a range of future scenarios and socioeconomic pathways. By convening a series of integrated discussions amongst an interdisciplinary group of ocean-oriented scientists, the Symposium will facilitate the synthesis of information on how climate-related changes will influence oceans, marine ecosystems and society. We expect this knowledge will be useful in informing societal choices for preparing for and responding to changing oceans including adaptation and management options. The Symposium outputs will provide information for use in a variety of national and international analyses of climate impacts on the world’s oceans.

Deadline for submitting proposals for Session and Workshop topics is extended to June 23, 2017.

The Symposium Organizers invite proposals (submit your proposal here) for session and workshop topics addressing the causes and consequences of changing climate on marine ecosystems within the context of evolving ecosystem drivers as outlined in the Symposium Scope.

The Symposium Organizers are looking for a broad range of topics and approaches to sharing, synthesizing and discussing information. We encourage applicants to consider innovative ways to communicate results and engage the scientific community, decision-making community and the public in dialog on the effects of – and responses to - changing climate on the world’s oceans including marine resources and resource dependent sectors, communities and economies.
The following are some key topic areas of interest to the Symposium Organizers to help inspire and guide proposals for sessions and workshops:

  • Characterization of ocean changes and the climate-ocean system
  • Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean physical, chemical and biological conditions
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, societies and economies
  • Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions – Governance, institutional and sectoral adaptations
  • Advancing methods to project climate-related impacts in ocean ecosystems

Early registration ends on Jan. 12, 2018.
For more information and/or to register, please go to: http://meetings.pices.int/meetings/international/2018/climate-change/Background

- Upcoming Conference: 2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments

September 17–19, 2018; Columbia, South Carolina

The Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference seeks to assist by providing a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, local initiatives, and expertise. Although research findings will be shared, this conference is intended to foster real-world solutions to climate adaptation in the Carolinas.
Sessions are designed to facilitate interaction, training, collaboration and discussion around topics including:

  • Updates about climate science and available resources
  • Communicating about climate in the Carolinas
  • Mainstreaming climate into ongoing activities
  • Case studies of local adaptation efforts underway
  • Climate connections with public health, tourism, recreation, natural resources, hazards management, water management, and other sectors

Interactive presentations and audience discussion improve understanding of our regional climate as well as information, services, and tools available to stakeholders and decision makers in the region. Climate tool demonstrations provide an opportunity for a hands-on experience to learn from tool developers and ask questions of users.
Submission Instructions

Individual presentation ideas should be submitted using the Presentation Submission Form.
Please use the separate Session Submission Form if you would like to organize a conference session. Proposed sessions can be either 1½ hours or 3 hours, for a longer workshop-style format

The submission deadline is Friday, April 13, 2018.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once you have completed the submission form. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Amanda Farris at (803) 777-6875 or afarris@sc.edu.

Registration will open in March 2018. Early registration fees apply until August 5, 2018.

For more information concerning the conference, registration, presenting, and accommodations, go to: http://www.cisa.sc.edu/ccrc/index.html

- Upcoming Conference: 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management

December 8-13, 2018, Long Beach, California

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) are proud to host the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. The six-day Summit will explore cutting-edge issues in coastal restoration and management, and will be comprised of a community restoration event, field sessions, plenary sessions, expert presentations, special evening events, workshops, a poster hall, and an award-winning coastal exposition hall. 

The Summit Program will address all aspects of coastal and estuarine restoration and management, in all ecosystems, at all scales, and in all regions, including the Great Lakes and international locales. These topics are crucial as coastal communities pursue new, more robust strategies to effectively manage, protect, and restore their resources in a changing climate. Ensuring these resources, and the communities that rely on them, are resilient now and into the future will be a particular focus.

Conference website: https://www.estuaries.org/2018-summit-general-info
Proposal submission information: https://www.estuaries.org/images/LB_Conference/2018_Summit_CFP_11-15-17_002.pdf
Proposal Submittal Deadline: April 6, 2018

For more information, please contact Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org or 703-524-0248 x5

- Tool: Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database; NOAA

Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records from a wide range of sources, such as peer-reviewed journals, online tools, and gray literature, and includes information on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types. The green infrastructure techniques referenced cover a full range of approaches to coastal management, including natural, nature-based (e.g., low-impact development), structural, and policies.

This Database Features

  • Literature sources that document the effectiveness of green infrastructure for coastal resilience
  • The ability to filter by coastal hazard type, green infrastructure approach, literature type, or geography
  • Descriptions, key findings, measures of effectiveness, co-benefits, and other helpful information about each literature source selected
  • Links to the full literature resource where available and the ability to share results of the search with others

Link to website: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/gi-database.html

- Tool: Coastal Hazard Wheel; United Nations Environmental Programme

The Coastal Hazard Wheel is a universal coastal adaptation system that allows users to address all coastal challenges simultaneously with the aim of boosting adaptation action and bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers and the general public.
The Coastal Hazard Wheel can be used for three main purposes:

  • Multi-hazard-assessments at local, regional and national level;
  • Identification of hazard management options for a specific coastline; and
  • As a standardized coastal language to communicate coastal information.

The Coastal Hazard Wheel currently provides global coastal classification and adaptation information with low-moderate accuracy and will be continuously improved as various adaptation projects are implemented.
For more information, go to:

- Tool: Improved Visualization of Community Level Impacts from Coastal Flooding or Sea Level Rise

NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer has a fresh new look and improved functionality. We’ve also increased the amount of local data available. Upgrades include:

  • Locally relevant scenarios (based on the Third National Climate Assessment) for most coastal locations
  • More intuitive links to map services and data download options
  • Improved marsh migration visualization
  • Larger photo simulations of local flooding
  • Ability to zoom to a specific location or address

Contact Doug.Marcy@noaa.gov should you have questions.

- Tool: New version of Coral Health Atlas is now live

Via Coral Health Atlas

"The goal of this website is to provide interactive access to coral health data and immersive data visualizations at study sites throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. Users can also access information pertaining to the importance of corals and coral health, research methods, historical information about each study site, and recent news. Aims and applications of our research are contextualized in worldviews indigenous to Hawaiʻi. Cultural significance of study sites and relationship between coral and people is also included in this website to enhance our understanding of why it is important to study health of the coral and coral reefs.

The interactive map allows users to view each site in a spatial context and examine coral health data selecting multiple various parameters such as prevalence, severity, disease-type, and species. In order to enable users to virtually explore each location first-hand, we have embedded 360 panoramic videos for each location. Users can use their mouse to drag and look in any direction while the video plays, thus simulating the experience of diving at each study locations. The 360 videos are housed on YouTube, so they can also be viewed with smartphones and VR headsets. Lastly, we have embedded 3D reconstructions of the coral reef at each site. User can manipulate and explore each 3D reef model and view the various morphologies and habitat complexity among the sites."

Click here to read the full article from its source

- Webinar: Optimizing Restoration Activities for Ecosystem Services: The Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT)

Date & time:   Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2 pm EDT
Presented by Peter Hawthorne of the University of Minnesota and the Natural Capital Project

Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) is a software tool that helps decision makers evaluate trade-offs among different ecosystem services and visualize where investments in restoration could be made to optimize benefits for multiple landscape goals. It uses information about the potential impacts of restoration or management activities together with spatial prioritization or serviceshed maps to identify key areas for ecosystem service provision. It then uses multi-objective analysis to allow users to consider how to best manage tradeoffs between different project goals. ROOT has been applied in Costa Rica, Myanmar, Malawi, Colombia, and Brazil’s Espirito Santo State to help these countries optimize the placement of restoration activities for ecosystem services in national and subnational conservation, development, and agricultural objectives in support of increased ecological function to benefit people and livelihoods. It has not yet been applied in a coastal context but is applicable to coastal areas as well.

The tool is free for download and use at https://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/root.

To register, visit: https://oct.to/Webinar160

- Webinar: Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Following Hurricane Irma, a multi-agency and partner effort was launched to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Science divers surveyed more than 50 sites, from Biscayne Bay to the Marquesas, and found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. Using information from these surveys, a parallel effort to stabilize corals in the most impacted locations was also undertaken. Scientists will share preliminary findings from the assessment cruise and triage activities as well as how such a collaborative effort was coordinated.

This webinar originally aired on 11 January, 2018 and was presented by Steve Gittings, Science Coordinator NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Tom Moore of the NOAA Restoration Center 

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).
Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page

Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: Natural Shoreline Infrastructure: Working with Nature to Increase Coastal Resilience; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & time: February 15, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET 
Speaker: Jenna Judge, PhD, San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast Sentinel Site Cooperative, NOAA.
WebinarAccess: To be determined; probably an Adobe Connect webinar - check back within a week of the webinar.

Sea level rise and erosion are major threats to California's coast, requiring solutions that preserve the many benefits of a natural coast that Californians enjoy: flood protection, recreation, habitat for wildlife, water quality, and more. Seawalls are commonly installed in an attempt to keep the shoreline in place and hold back the sea; however, they ultimately worsen impacts by increasing erosion along the seawall and the shoreline adjacent to it, causing already vulnerable beaches to shrink more. Natural shoreline infrastructure is an alternative that is more likely to preserve the benefits coastal ecosystems provide while also maintaining coastal access. The California coastline is heterogeneous and no single solution will address all of the challenges we anticipate in the future. Dr. Judge developed detailed case studies highlighting a range of approaches and offering lessons related to the design, permitting, implementation, and monitoring challenges encountered when pursuing nature-based solutions to climate-related coastal hazards.

- Webinar: Making estuarine shoreline science relevant to managers and policymakers; OneNOAA Science Seminars

Date & Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET, February 7, 2018
Speakers:  Beth Turner, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Tom Jordan, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Shoreline management decisions are typically done on a local or state scale, but have implications for estuarine ecosystems at a wider regional scale. Our Mid-Atlantic shorelines project was developed from the need for better knowledge about how shoreline hardening influences the ecology of adjacent estuarine systems. But better knowledge does not automatically lead to better policy and management. We engaged an advisory group of managers to help guide the science towards regional management and policy goals. This seminar will discuss how the process worked to bring management and policy input to the science and vice versa. The science team was able to make modifications to their sampling and analyses based on manager’s recommendations, and the scientific results are being incorporated into the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Goal Implementation Teams, planning for NOAA Habitat Focus Areas, and state management efforts.

Remote Access: Mymeeting webinar uses phone for and internet. Audio is only available over the phone: dial toll-free from US or CAN: 1-877-708-1667. Enter code 7028688# 

For the webcast, go to http://www.mymeetings.com  Under "Participant Join", click "Join an Event", then add conf no: 744925156. No code is needed for the web. Be sure to install the correct plug?in for WebEx before the seminar starts - the temporary plugin works fine.

For more information on this or other webinars in the OneNOAA Science seminars series, go to: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/

- Webinar: Landscape & Vertical Living Walls; filtrexx™

Wed. July 26, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems add unique, dramatic vertical greenery to interior or exterior walls. Attend this one-hour to learn more about the benefits and uses of Landscape & Vertical LivingWall Systems.

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1748216174603304193

- Webinar: Living Shoreline Restoration; filtrexx™

Wed. Aug. 2, 2017, 11am-12pm EDT (offered multiple times)

In this one-hour webinar, learn about emerging Living Shoreline restoration applications that mimic nature, utilizing locally available, sustainable materials. Living Shoreline systems are alternative shoreline stabilization techniques that help maintain the natural interface between land and water, while preserving the habitat, protecting the environment, and enhancing coastal resilience to reduce erosion.
Join us to learn more about the following systems/applications:

  • Beaches: Prevent dune scarps and enhance new beach dune establishment
  • Lakes & Ponds: Long-term protection against the elements with native vegetation
  • Rivers & Streams: Maintain native vegetation and reduce erosion

To register, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8334766913516154881

- Webinar: The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

This webinar was presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA and Robert Toonen of HIMB.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches. Learn more about the new reserve at https://coast.noaa.gov/nerrs/reserves/hawaii.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

- Webinar: Takeaways from the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS)

This webinar originally aired on 14 July 2016.

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), being held from June 19-24, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is the primary international meeting focused on coral reef science and management. ICRS will bring together an anticipated 2,500 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from 70 different nations to present the latest research findings, case histories, and management activities and discuss the application of scientific knowledge to achieving coral reef sustainability. This 13th iteration of ICRS expands outside its traditional science realm to also include policy and management with the overall theme of "Bridging Science to Policy." Alongside the symposium, a concurrent Leadership Forum with heads of state from the Pacific is convening to talk about the most pressing issues their local reefs are facing. The presentation will share outcomes from the Leadership Forum as well as high-level scientific findings from the conference, drawing direct links to management and policy. View the conference agenda at https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016.

This webinar was presented by Paulo Maurin, Jason Philibotte, and Bob Richmond; and it was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, MPA News, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to download a copy of this webinar from our Vimeo page
Click here to watch this video on YouTube

- Webinar: The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats

This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts - land managers and researchers - to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

This webinar was presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. The Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. The methods have been developed through expert consultation and are grounded in scientific approaches but are also designed to be simple enough to be useful to practitioners in the field. TESSA has been used across a range of habitats around the world. TESSA is available for download at http://tessa.tools. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

- Webinar: NOAA Digital Coast Series and other NOAA Seminars

This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues. Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.

http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/webinar

- Webinar: iMarine Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources

iMarine is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources. iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. It is intended for practitioners from numerous scientific fields including fisheries, biodiversity, and ocean observation and has a variety of application bundles including ones for biodiversity (e.g. species distribution modeling), geospatial data discovery and processing, and statistics.

Learn more about iMarine at www.i-marine.eu.

This webinar originally aired on July 22, 2014. This webinar was presented by the EBM Tools Network and it was presented by Pasquale Pagano and Gianpaolo Coro of CNR-ISTI.

Click here to watch this webinar

Click here to download a copy of this webinar

- Webinar: Marine and Coastal Datasets of Biodiversity Importance

The availability and appropriate use of marine and coastal data form the foundation of effective decision-making. The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre recently released a manual that provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance. The intention is to address the fragmented information and guidance for users of marine data. Although not exhaustive, this review has resulted in the identification of 78 datasets and/or databases and data portals. The report also includes detailed standardized metadata for 45 of these reviewed datasets (annex 3). This webinar will present the manual and discuss the various challenges, gaps and limitations presented by coastal and marine data.

Download the manual at http://wcmc.io/01fc (Annex 3: http://wcmc.io/d6a1).

This webinar originally aired on July 1, 2014, was presented by Corinne Martin of UNEP WCMC, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Click here to watch this webinar
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- Student Resource: Online Environmental Science Programs and Resources; Affordable Colleges Online

An environmental science degree can lead to a variety of careers: At the entry level, environmental protection techs perform inspections and investigations into the source of contaminants and pollutants. At higher levels, opportunities exist for environmental science specialists, research scientists, microbiologists, and experts in related disciplines such as oceanography or marine science.

This guide explores the various levels of degrees, types of available online programs, potential careers, and tips for academic success in web-based courses to help prospective students determine the best educational pathway.

For more information, go to:  http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/environmental-science-degrees/

- Student Resource: Outdoor Career Guidebook; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides users with a list of prospective outdoor careers (including marine biologist) that provides an idea of the variety of careers available and some steps they can take to get them. It also lists scholoarships and job search resources.

- Student Resource: Guide to Green Careers and Degrees; Affordable Colleges Online

This website provides general information about environmentally friendly degrees (including marine science) and job options. The menu includes:

  • Reasons for pursuing a green job;
  • Popular green degrees;
  • A sustainable career map;
  • Top paying green careers; and
  • A list of job resources.
An interview with Nurit Katz, UCLA's first Sustainability Coordinator, is also posted on this site.

- Resource: Ocean Health Index-Science webpage redesigned

The Ocean Health Index team announced the launch of their redesigned OHI-Science.org website. OHI-Science.org is the primary resource for Ocean Health Index (OHI) scientific information, tools, and instruction. These resources can be used by anyone to lead independent OHI assessments, called OHI+ assessments.

Since the OHI framework was developed in 2012 (Halpern et al., 2012, Nature), eleven assessments have been completed, four of which were independent OHI+ assessments independently led by academic or government groups. The redesigned website incorporates knowledge and experience gained through these assessments to provide future groups with the best possible information and methodology for conducting an OHI+ assessment.

As the sister website to OceanHealthIndex.org, OHI-Science.org allows visitors to easily access our freely-available data and methods and explore completed and ongoing OHI assessments. New features include easy navigation and access to:

OHI-Science.org is a platform for tools used and developed by a very active open science and OHI+ community, and will be constantly updated. To receive updates, please email info@ohi-science.org or follow us on Twitter: @ohiscience.

- Hurricane Safety Guide

To help protect your home and your family from the dangers of a hurricane, here is a hurricane safety guide with step-by-step instructions for what to do at different stages of the storm as well as other important facts about hurricanes.

- Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a trans-disciplinary, open-access journal committed to the facilitation of collaborative, peer-reviewed research. Divided into six "knowledge domains" (atmospheric science, ecology, sustainability transitions, earth and environmental science, ocean science, and sustainable engineering) Elementa strives to expertly publish timely, peer-reviewed articles and help authors present their work in a particularly engaging way, offering the opportunity to display additional materials such as slideshows and videos alongside their research; and making all articles available in multiple formats such as PDF, HTML, EPUB and Mobipocket.

As a nonprofit initiative, the support of our collaborators BioOne, Dartmouth, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington ensures that we keep our focus on the publication of timely, high quality research to advance the intellectual agenda of science.

Journal website: https://www.elementascience.org/

- New Website: GaClimate.org

As part of the Southeast Climate Extension project whose goal is to advance climate extension in agriculture, a new website has been developed to serve as a clearinghouse for information on climate and weather in Georgia. The website is: www.GaClimate.org

The website provides the following information:

  1. A daily blog post on climate and weather from our agricultural climatologist, Pam Knox.
  2. A news feed of climate-related stories relevant to agriculture.
  3. Links to Extension fact sheets on climate (see link at top of page)
  4. A glossary of relevant terms (see link at top of page)
  5. State maps of 14 environmental parameters including soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, etc. from the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (GAEMN).  The maps are created by Dr. Ian Flitcroft’s group with data collected from GAEMN weather stations.  The maps can be copied for use in presentations, etc. by right-clicking on the map. The maps are:
    1. 12 maps showing current conditions
    2. 14 maps showing yesterday’s average conditions
  6. Links to a variety of useful tools such as a Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Probabilities, Chilling Hours Calculator, and many others.
  7. Current drought conditions in Georgia from the U.S. Drought Monitor
  8. El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate phase forecast.
The GaClimate.org website is a cooperative effort between www.AgroClimate.org, GAEMN, and the Southeast Climate Consortium. 

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection; CRC Press

CRC Press announces the publication of Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection edited by Donna Marie Bilkovic, Molly M. Mitchell, Megan K. La Peyre, and Jason D. Toft. A new addition to the CRC Marine Science Series, this book compiles, synthesizes and interprets the current state of the knowledge on the science and practice of nature-based shoreline protection. This volume provides a background and history of living shorelines, understandings on management, policy, and project designs, technical synthesis of the science related to living shorelines including insights from new studies, and the identification of research needs, lessons learned, and perspectives on future guidance.

International perspectives are presented from leading researchers and managers in the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia that are working on natural approaches to shoreline management. The broad geographic scope and interdisciplinary nature of contributing authors will help to facilitate dialogue and transfer knowledge among different disciplines and across different regions. This book will provide coastal communities with the scientific foundation and practical guidance necessary to implement effective shoreline management that enhances ecosystem services and coastal resilience now and into the future.

This book will serve as a valuable reference to guide scientists, students, managers, planners, regulators, environmental and engineering consultants, and others engaged in the design and implementation of living shorelines.
The publication date has been moved up to March 9. Log on to the CRC Press website to pre-order the book and receive a discount.

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines Strategic Needs Assessment

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance (GSAA) supported a process to examine the appropriate role in the South Atlantic region (NC, SC, GA, FL) for estuarine shoreline management methods other than traditional means of shoreline hardening with particular focus on livings shorelines.  The assessment process included surveys, a summit attended by approximately 150 participants, and a workshop which all contributed to development of this strategic needs assessment. The Assessment’s intent is to highlight and prioritize the education, research, and policies needed to establish living shorelines as a desirable alternative for protecting eroding, flooding, or threatened shorelines, thereby providing better options for coastal protection that work in harmony with the land-water interface and the surrounding ecosystems.

Link: http://southatlanticalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/GSAA_LSStrategyFinal.pdf

- Document of Interest: Presentations from the South Atlantic Living Shoreline Summit, April 12 & 13, 2016

The South Atlantic’s first regional summit on living shorelines, was held April 12 – 13, 2016 and hosted by the GSAA with support from EPA Region IV and The Nature Conservancy. The Summit included expert panels and discussions examining current living shorelines practices, challenges, and opportunities in the South Atlantic States, followed by a Living Shorelines Academy Workshop and site visit at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The purpose of the Summit was to share information on the management, research, regulation, and implementation of living shorelines in the South Atlantic region, building knowledge and relationships that expand the use of appropriate stabilization alternatives to traditional shoreline hardening. Researchers, regulators and policymakers, property owners and managers, planners, contractors, and non-profit organizations were all invited to attend and benefit from the expertise and networking opportunities at the Summit.

Presentations from the Summit are now available at their website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?page_id=1635

- Document of Interest: Summary of Coastal Management Policies Relevant to Sea-Level Rise in Georgia

This document contains links to Federal and Georgia State statutes, regulations, and agencies important to responding to sea level rise. The document also contains links to Georgia coastal county and local government plans and ordinances concerning issues surrounding sea level rise such as community resilience.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309431089_Summary_of_Coastal_Management_Policies_Relevant_to_Sea-Level_Rise_in_Georgia

- Document of Interest: Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps

The report, Living Shorelines in the Southeast: Research and Data Gaps, was prepared for the Governors South Atlantic Alliance by the GCRC. This report synthesizes scientific information relevant to living shorelines in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Whenever possible, we focus on research conducted in the Southeast although we also included work from the Gulf States and Chesapeake Bay. Where information on living shoreline was lacking, we drew on relevant material from studies of restored, submerged oyster reefs as well as natural and restored salt marshes and mangroves. Part One of the report provides a brief overview of the types of approaches that have been used in the region. Parts Two, Three and Four describe research on the physical, biological, and chemical characteristics, respectively, of living shorelines in salt marshes, which is the focus of the majority of the published studies. Part Five summarizes what little information is available regarding living shoreline projects in Florida mangroves. Part Six is a summary and a discussion of data gaps.

The report also includes information on 439 living shoreline projects in the southeastern region. Details about each project are included in Appendix A. Note that this list will likely grow as additional projects are identified.

Appendix B is an annotated bibliography of material relevant to living shoreline research in the southeast region. The bibliography contains 20 case studies of regional living shorelines, 5 databases of restoration/living shoreline projects, and information about 13 federal and state agencies and non-profit groups involved in living shorelines. It also provides summaries of 86 research papers and proceedings and 55 other publications including reports, books, book chapters, theses, and treatises.

The report can also be accessed at the Governors' South Atlantic Alliance website: http://southatlanticalliance.org/?p=1809

- Document of Interest: Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card; GA-DNR Coastal Resources Division

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card is an important tool for planning restoration activities and conservation. It provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health in coastal Georgia. Coastal Georgia health is defined as the progress of indicators toward scientifically-derived thresholds or goals. The twelve indicators in the report card examine human health, fisheries and wildlife.

To view the report, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014_Coastal_GA_Report_Card.pdf

For information about the developement process and methods that were used to draw up the Report Card, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Coastal_Georgia_Report_Card_White_Paper.pdf

To view the FAQ, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/Report%20Card%20Key%20Messages%20and%20FAQs_Final.pdf

To watch the introductory webinar, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RoFB5th_ME

For the powerpoint presentation used in the webinar, go to: http://coastalgadnr.org/sites/uploads/crd/images/ReportCard/2014ReportCard.pdf

- Document of Interest: State of the Climate in 2014

Resource type: Report

Description: [From the webpage] "An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate at the National Centers for Environmental Information is based on contributions from 413 scientists from 58 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments located on land, water, ice, and in space."

"An overview of findings is presented in the Abstract and Introduction. Chapter 2 features global-scale climate variables; Chapter 3 highlights the global oceans; and Chapter 4 includes tropical climate phenomena including tropical cyclones. The Arctic and Antarctic respond differently through time and are reported in separate chapters (5 and 6, respectively). Chapter 7 provides a regional perspective authored largely by local government climate specialists. Sidebars included in each chapter are intended to provide background information on a significant climate event from 2014, a developing technology, or emerging dataset germane to the chapter’s content. A list of relevant datasets and their sources for all chapters is provided as an Appendix."

Reference: State of the Climate in 2014 (2015). Blunden, J. and D. S. Arndt, (eds.), Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96(7): S1–S267.

Link: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2014.php

- Resource: SE Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Project Web Portal

This website provides access to the Coastal Water Quality Monitoring Metadata Database for the Southeast region, encompassing the Department of the Interior’s South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) from Virginia to Florida (view maps). The database was designed with National Park Service funding to store detailed information on water quality monitoring programs operated by federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as by research institutions, including monitoring station locations, measured parameters, program contacts, and links to program web pages and data downloads.

Information from 43 monitoring programs operated in the South Atlantic region is currently registered in this database, including metadata on over 44,000 stations at which 1093 distinct parameters are measured. Additional programs and stations can also be registered by interested parties in the future. This database provides an ongoing inventory of monitoring activities for the southeast region and will help to facilitate identification of data gaps or under- or over-sampled areas. On a broader scale, the project’s water quality metadata database and web portal have timely relevance to the broad community of coastal managers, researchers, planners and constituents as they make significant progress in leveraging and focusing regional associations and partnerships.

- Resource: Social Coast Forum Presentations and Abstracts

Abstracts and presentations from the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Social Coast Forum, which took place February 18-20, 2014 (Charleston, SC), are available here:

http://www.csc.noaa.gov/socialcoastforum/2014AbstractsandPPTs/SocialCoastForum2014AbstractsandPresentations.pdf

- Resource: Ocean Research Priorities Plan (National Science and Technology Council)

The National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology recently released “Science for an Ocean Nation: Update of the Ocean Research Priorities Plan.” Structured around six themes: (1) Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Ocean Resources; (2) Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards and Environmental Disasters; (3) Maritime Operations and the Marine Environment; (4) The Ocean’s Role in Climate; (5) Improving Ecosystem Health; and (6) Enhancing Human Health, this report recommends research priorities designed to advance understanding of critical ocean processes that are relevant to human health, economic well-being, environmental sustainability, adaptation to climate and other environmental change, and national and homeland security. The report also provides updates on research progress in these areas. The full report is available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ocean_research_plan_2013.pdf.

- Resource: The Coastal Society meeting abstracts

The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good” took place June '12 in Miami, Florida. Presentation abstracts in each of the five tracks (listed below) can can viewed at: http://www.thecoastalsociety.org/conference/tcs23/Concurrent%20Sessions%20Schedule.html#concurrent1

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trend

- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.

- Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. The most recent reviews are highlighted in blue.

  • Special Issue: Issues and Trends in Seafood Sustainability. Posted September 7, 2012. Topics include: Fishery Reviews; Aquaculture Reviews; Food Security; Fish and Fishery Issues; Ecolabelling, Certification, and Performance Indicators; Seafood Traceability and Labelling; Climate Change and Ocean Acidification; Fisheries Management: MPAs and EAFs; Fisheries Governance. http://www.seaweb.org/science/MSRnewsletters/MSR_SI_SeafoodSustainability_9-2012.php

    To read past issues of Marine Science Review, visit their archives.

- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/

- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.

- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.

- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.

- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.

- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

NOAA's “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. (Sept 2011)

- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th (2011), the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.

- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html

- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

In 2010, the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.

-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.

-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).

-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).

-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.

-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.

- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.

- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program launched a program to create research plans for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes areas. Sea Grant Programs from the South Atlantic region of the coastal USA (NC, SC, GA, FL) worked together to identify priority regional-level research needs and then develop an action plan to address these needs. The project involves coordination with NOAA laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academic partners, as well as participation from politicians, representatives from industry, and other stakeholders from throughout the region. The GCRC managed this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.



In the News


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visits Sapelo Island

April 24, 2014 - “U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island met with scientists, coastal managers and community leaders at the University of Georgia's Marine Institute on Sapelo Island April 23 as part of his Climate Change Road Trip, a multi-state tour along the Southeast Coast.” For the full story, see:
http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/us-senators-climate-change-tour-stops-at-ugas-sapelo-island-marine-institut/

Change to Shoreline Protection Buffer Determinations for Tidal Creeks and Saltwater Marshes

Link to April 22, 2014 memorandum signed by EPD Director, Judson Turner:
http://www.gaepd.org/Files_PDF/techguide/wpb/GAEPD_Tidal_Creeks_Saltwater_Marshes_JHTMemo_Apr2014.pdf

Loss of Natural Buffers Could Double Number of People at Risk from Hurricanes

July 15, 2013 - A new study in Nature Climate Change (highlighted in Scientific American's ClimateWire) details how coastal wetlands and other natural barriers are disappearing, increasing the risk hurricane damage for coastal cities. The primary research was conducted through the Natural Capital Project.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=loss-of-natural-buffers-could-double-number-of-people-at-risk-from-hurricanes

Do-it-yourself CTDs?

July 5, 2013 - Nature News reporter Daniel Cressey writes, "Crowdsourcing may open up ocean science: DIY ocean instrument could create 'citizen scientists' of the seas."

http://www.nature.com/news/crowdsourcing-may-open-up-ocean-science-1.13341?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20130709

Rate of Temperature Change Along World's Coastlines Changed Dramatically Over Past Three Decades

July 1, 2013 - Locally, changes in coastal ocean temperatures may be much more extreme than global averages imply. New research published in the June 18 edition of PLoS ONE entitled "Decadal Changes in the World's Coastal Latitudinal Temperature Gradients," is highlighting some of the distinct regional implications associated with global climate-change. Science Daily covered this research here.

New Secretary of Commerce

June 26, 2013 - Penny Pritzker was sworn in as the nation’s 38th Commerce Secretary. As a key member of President Obama’s economic team, Secretary Pritzker will lead the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes NOAA, NIST, and the US Census Bureau) in carrying out the important work that gives entrepreneurs and businesses the tools they need to create jobs and keep the American economy growing, two of the administration’s highest priorities. She will also work extensively with the business community, bringing their concerns and ideas to the forefront.  

Joint Ocean Commission Report

June 20, 2013 - Today, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative released a report entitled Charting the Course: Securing the Future of America’s Oceans, that calls on President Obama and Congress to improve the management of our ocean resources. The report describes specific recommendations for the Administration and Congress that prioritize areas where short-term progress can be readily achieved. The report outlines measures for immediate implementation that focus on four action areas:

  • Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ocean ecosystems to dramatic changes underway in our oceans and on our coasts
  • Promote ocean renewable energy development and reinvest in our oceans
  • Support state and regional ocean and coastal priorities
  • Improve Arctic research and management

If implemented, these measures will strengthen ocean-dependent economies, protect coastal communities and provide new opportunities for growth in thriving oceans. The Joint Initiative also urges that the Administration and Congress build off of the blueprint set by the National Ocean Policy and make oceans a priority. These recommendations set the stage for a future assessment by the Joint Initiative of progress in implementing actions that will ensure our oceans and coasts are healthy and vibrant to support our future.
Read the full report here
Read the press release here

OCRM Marks 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Zone Management Act

October 2012 - NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) joins state and federal partners in marking the 40th anniversary of the landmark Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA). The act was established by Congress on October 27, 1972, to preserve, protect, develop, enhance and restore the nation’s coastal resources. The CZMA created two cornerstone national programs in OCRM to better understand and manage our coastal areas: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.  Over the past forty years, OCRM has partnered with coastal and Great Lakes states and territories to address critical coastal issues, and has invested more than $1 billion in federal funds, matched by state funding, to develop and implement 35 state coastal management programs. OCRM has also established and funds 28 estuarine research reserves which are managed by a lead state agency or University, with input from local partners. The reserves have preserved more than 1.3 million acres of coastal habitat and provide ongoing vital research, education and stewardship activities and programs. For more information on the Coastal Zone Management Act, visit www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov.

Coastal Blue Carbon Is Recognized Trading Category

October 4, 2012 - An initiative that was aimed at creating greenhouse gas offset opportunities is paving the way for increased private investment in wetland restoration and conservation projects. The new Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) requirements for Wetlands Restoration and Conservation create a project category for measuring and crediting climate benefits from a broad range of wetlands, including mangroves, freshwater tidal coastal wetlands, salt marshes, seagrasses, floodplains, peatlands, and other wetland types. The importance of the VCS wetland carbon credit registry cannot be overstated, according to Patrick Megonigal, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. “This is the first carbon-crediting standard to advance conservation and restoration across the full diversity of the world’s wetlands,” said Megonigal. http://www.estuaries.org/vcs-recognizes-coastal-blue-carbon-as-new-trading-category.html

Aquatox Update

The EPA recently released an enhanced version of AQUATOX, which predicts the fate of nutrients and organic chemicals in water bodies, as well as their direct and indirect effects on fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants. Website: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/new.cfm
Fact sheet: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/datait/models/aquatox/upload/Factsheet-3-1.pdf

Status of US Fisheries Report Released

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service – 2011 Status of U.S. Fisheries report* has been released. The report includes some good news about relative increases in stock health over 2010 figures.       

  • Nationally
    • 86 percent of the populations examined for fishing activity (222 of 258) were not subject to overfishing, or not fished at too high a level, compared to 84 percent in 2010,
    • 79 percent of assessed populations (174 of 219) are not overfished, or were above levels that require a rebuilding plan, compared to 77 percent in 2010.
  • Regionally (Southern Atlantic Coast)
    • Tilefish – No longer subject to overfishing
    • Black sea bass – No longer overfished

*NMFS, 2012, Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries-2011, U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, 20 pp. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/statusoffisheries/SOSmain.htm

Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Detected By Acoustic Receivers At Gray's Reef

[quoting from Aug/Sept 2012 edition of Gray's Reef Bites:
Eight Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon Have Been Detected By Acoustic Receivers Deployed At Gray's Reef]

Healthy habitat is vital to abundant fisheries and marine life. Fish use habitat to feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young so these places need to be in good condition for fish populations to survive and thrive. Fish that migrate between the ocean and freshwater streams, such as the Atlantic sturgeon, have declined as a result of culverts, weirs, dams, and man-made barriers to migration and spawning.


The first sturgeon was detected in the sanctuary by the receivers just over a year ago. The sturgeon count now includes one fish that was originally tagged in the New York Bight by Keith Dunton with Stony Brook University; three tagged in Delaware by Dr. Dewayne Fox with Delaware State University; three tagged in the Edisto River, S.C. by Bill Post with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; and one tagged in the Altamaha River by Daniel Erickson, previously with University of Miami Pew Institute for Ocean Science, and Dr. Douglas Peterson, with the School of Forest Resources at the University of Georgia.


What the sturgeon are doing in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is not yet clear. But detecting eight individuals, many tagged north of Cape Hatteras, is remarkable because acoustic tagging projects generally have a much smaller sample size than conventional tagging, and the population of Atlantic sturgeon for tagging is quite small. It is also noteworthy that Atlantic sturgeon have never been previously reported from Gray's Reef, in spite of many thousands of man-hours of SCUBA dives and recreational fishing conducted there annually.

Groundwater Monitoring on Tybee

Two groundwater wells in Chatham County* operated by the U.S. Geological Survey were recently instrumented for monitoring of specific conductance. According to the USGS press release, New System Helps Protect Tybee Island, Savannah Water),

"The U.S. Geological Survey designed and installed the innovative system that uses satellite telemetry to monitor groundwater levels and salinity daily. Tybee Island is the most seaward municipality in the Savannah area and is vulnerable to groundwater contamination from seawater.  This new system will serve as an early warning indicator of saltwater encroachment toward public supply wells.
      These real-time-monitoring wells are part of a larger network of wells that the USGS annually samples for chloride concentration to determine relative movement of saltwater in the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia area. The wells are part of a statewide groundwater level monitoring network funded by the USGS and the Georgia [sic] Environmental Protection Division. The City of Tybee Island provided funding to upgrade the wells to enable real time monitoring of groundwater levels and salinity.”

*Chatham County stations: 320127080511203 / 39Q026 & 320127080511301 / 39Q027.
Real time data for these and other well sites is available (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/current/?type=gw&group_key=county_cd)
For more information, contact USGS Supervisory Hydrologist (& GCRC affiliate!), John Clarke (jsclarke@usgs.gov, 770-903-9170)

USGS Report: Sea Level Rise Accelerating in U.S. Atlantic Coast

[text from the Coastal States Organization newsletter]

June 24, 2012 - Department of the Interior. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report published in Nature Climate Change, rates of sea-level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally. Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, NC to north of Boston, MA - coined a "hotspot" by scientists - has increased 2-3.7 millimeters per year, while the global increase over the same period was 0.6-1.0 millimeter per year. The report shows that the sea-level rise “hotspot” is consistent with the slowing of Atlantic Ocean circulation, which models show may be tied to changes in water temperature, salinity and density in the subpolar north Atlantic. See the full USGS press release to learn more and access the online version of the report.

Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration

April 19, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries released a new study (Restore-Adapt-Mitigate: Responding to Climate Change through Coastal Habitat Restoration) linking ecologically important coastal habitat restoration with adaptation and mitigation strategies as a way to reduce the impacts of ongoing global climate change. The report demonstrates that coastal wetland restoration--everything from restoring salt marshes, to protecting mangroves, and creating new coastal wetlands--can be an integral part of public and private initiatives to combat climate change.
http://www.estuaries.org/images/stories/RAE_Restore-Adapt-Mitigate_Climate-Chg-Report.pdf

NOAA’s Coastal Mapping Program Benefit to Taxpayers

March 28, 2012 - According to a recent independent socio-economic scoping study by Leveson Consulting, for every dollar American taxpayers spend on NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Coastal Mapping Program, they receive more than $35 in benefits. Direct economic benefits of the program were estimated at $100 million, 15 times program costs. The study also estimated that NGS’s Coastal Mapping Program supports 1,500 jobs outside of the program. The Coastal Mapping Program provides critical baseline data for accurately mapping the nation’s official shoreline and provides geographical reference data needed to manage, develop, conserve and protect coastal resources. To learn more, see NOAA’s official press release: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/032812_coastalmapping-economicvalue.html

Draft EIS Released (assessing energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic)

March 28, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced the release of the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assessing the conventional and renewable energy resource potential in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning areas as well as the potential impacts of the exploration and development of these resources. The draft PEIS - now open for public comment - will help inform future decisions about whether, and if so where, offshore energy leasing would be appropriate in these areas. To access the draft PEIS and see the complete schedule of upcoming public meetings, visit http://www.boem.gov/oil-and-gas-energy-program/GOMR/GandG.aspx. The PEIS and related documents are also available in the Federal Register at http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/public-inspection/index.html.

Atlantic Sturgeons Listed Under Endangered Species Act

February 2012 (ENS) - The federal fisheries agency today announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act. The Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations of Atlantic sturgeon will be listed as endangered, while the Gulf of Maine population will be listed as threatened, the Northeast Regional Office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said today. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says these listing decisions, which will take effect on April 6, will not have an immediate impact on fishing. It has been illegal to fish for, catch or keep Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, for more than a decade. Atlantic sturgeon are large, slow-growing, late-maturing, long-lived, estuary-dependent fish that live most of their lives in salt water, but hatch and spawn in freshwater. These sturgeons may live as long as 60 years, reach lengths up to 14 feet and weigh more than 800 pounds. While the historic range of Atlantic sturgeon included major estuary and river systems from Labrador to Florida, Atlantic sturgeon are now thought to be absent from at least 14 rivers they used historically, with spawning thought to occur in only 20 of 38 known historic spawning rivers. The most significant threats to the species are unintended catch of Atlantic sturgeon in some fisheries; dams that block access to spawning areas, poor water quality, which harms development of sturgeon larvae and juveniles; dredging of historical spawning areas; and vessel strikes. As a result, NOAA Fisheries determined that listing sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. The complete article (as it appeared in the Environmental News Service) is available here (http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2012/2012-02-01-091.html).

EPA Releases Climate Ready Estuaries Annual Progress Report

January 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released “Climate Ready Estuaries: 2011 Progress Report”. This document reports on 2011 program accomplishments and the new NEP projects started during 2011. The progress report uses NEP projects from 2008–2010 to illustrate how the risk management paradigm can be used for climate change adaptation. The full report is available at: http://epa.gov/cre/downloads/2011-CRE-Progress-Report.pdf.

NOAA Establishes Research Area at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Under a new regulation that went into effect December 4th, 2011, the southern third of NOAA's 22-square-mile Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is now a research area where scientists will be able to study the impact of human activities on the sanctuary's marine resources. Fishing and diving is prohibited in the research area off the Georgia coast, but vessels are allowed to travel across the area as long as they don't stop. Roughly eight-square-miles and relatively free of human activity, the research area will allow scientists to design and implement habitat studies where critical variables can be controlled over long periods of time. http://graysreef.noaa.gov/management/research/research_area.html

Right Whales Return to Georgia Coasts

December 5, 2011 - The right whale, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration. Biologists from Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the 29-year-old female right whale during an aerial survey offshore of South Carolina. The whale, known as “Half-Note” and identified by the unique white pattern on her head, has had four calves and could be pregnant with her fifth. Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida. Calving season is crucial for this endangered species, which numbers possibly as few as 400 animals. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section, Law Enforcement Section and Coastal Resources Division help federal and other agencies monitor the population, respond to injured, entangled and dead whales, collect genetic samples for research, and protect habitat.

For more information about right whales and how you can help, visit the Department of Natural Resources.

Source: United States. Department of Natural Resources. “As Right Whales Return, Researchers Keep Watch”, Georgia. georgia.gov Interactive Office, November 29, 2011. Web Press Release.

Restore America's Estuaries Releases Coastal Jobs Report

On September 14th (2011), Restore America’s Estuaries released “Jobs & Dollars: Big Returns from Coastal Habitat Restoration.” The report draws on national and regional studies of coastal and estuarine restoration projects to make the case for government and private investment in the nation's coasts and estuaries. Among the key findings: coastal habitat restoration typically creates between 20 and 32 jobs for every $1 million invested; and restoration not only creates direct jobs, but also helps stimulate indirect jobs in industries that supply project materials and induced jobs in businesses that provide local goods and services to restoration workers. The full report and summary of findings are available here. To learn more about the economics of estuaries, visit:  http://www.estuaries.org/economics-of-estuaries.html.

NOAA Fisheries and USFWS Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

On September 22nd (2011), NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule revising the listing of the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Services have changed the listing from a single, globally threatened listing for all loggerheads to nine Distinct Population Segments of loggerhead sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, which the Services believe will help focus sea turtle conservation efforts in the United States and around the world. The final rule (Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 184, page 58868) is available here.

NOAA Releases "State of the Climate Report"

On June 28th (2011), NOAA released its annual "State of the Climate Report," describing trends in more than 40 climate variables. In addition to concluding that the 2010 global average surface temperature was among the two warmest on record, the peer-reviewed report also found that: Arctic sea ice shrank to its 3rd smallest area on record (for the first time in modern history, both the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route were open for navigation in the month of September); the average sea surface temperature for 2010 was the 3rd warmest on record; the ocean heat content in 2010 was among the highest values in the record; sea level continued to rise across the world’s oceans on average; and the oceans were saltier than average in areas of high evaporation and fresher than average in areas of high precipitation, suggesting an intensification of the water cycle. The full report and a highlights document are available online: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/bams-state-of-the-climate/2010.php.

Policy Update: New Aquaculture Policies (Dept of Commerce and NOAA)

On June 9th (2011), the Department of Commerce and NOAA released new national sustainable marine aquaculture policies. The new policies focus on: fostering sustainable aquaculture that increases the value of domestic aquaculture production; advancing sustainable aquaculture science; ensuring aquaculture decisions protect wild species and healthy coastal and ocean ecosystems; developing sustainable aquaculture compatible with other uses; and working to remove foreign trade barriers and enforcing U.S. trade agreements. Along with its new policy, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced additional steps to support the development of the aquaculture industry, including: a National Shellfish Initiative in partnership with the shellfish industry to increase commercial production of shellfish; and a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plan for Aquaculture, which would include the regulatory infrastructure needed for offshore aquaculture development in the Gulf. For more information, including links to the new policies, visit: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110609_aquaculture.html.

NOAA: El Niño Could Bring Increased Sea Levels, Storm Surges to East Coast

According to a new study by NOAA, coastal communities along the U.S. East Coast may be at risk of higher sea levels accompanied by more destructive storm surges in future El Niño years. The study examined water levels and storm surge events during the “cool season” of October to April for the past five decades at four sites along the East Coast: Boston, MA; Atlantic City, NJ; Norfolk, VA; and Charleston, SC.  From 1961 to 2010, it was found that in strong El Niño years, these coastal areas experienced nearly three times the average number of storm surge events. The research also found that waters in those areas saw a third-of-a-foot elevation in mean sea level above predicted conditions. The study was published in the American Meteorological Society’s Monthly Weather Review and can be found online here. The full NOAA press release is available at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20110715_elnino.html.

Offshore Energy Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2011- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase coordination and collaboration on offshore energy development and environmental stewardship. This MOU, which is consistent with recommendations from the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, specifies how BOEMRE and NOAA will cooperate and coordinate by:

  1. Defining specific processes to ensure effective and timely communication of agency priorities and upcoming activities;
  2. Identifying and undertaking critical environmental studies and analyses;
  3. Collaborating on scientific, environmental and technical issues related to the development and deployment of environmentally sound and sustainable offshore renewable energy technologies; and
  4. Increasing coordination and collaboration on decisions related to OCS activities, including with respect to research and scientific priorities.

Reports from the National Research Council

  • Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

    The report identifies ocean science questions anticipated to be significant in 2030; defines categories of infrastructure needed to support ocean science research over the next two decades; identifies criteria to help prioritize the development of new ocean infrastructure or the replacement of existing facilities; and recommends ways to maximize the value of investments in ocean infrastructure. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13081.

  • America's Climate Choices

    is part of a series of climate change studies requested by Congress. Recommendations include calling on the federal government to lead on efforts to combat climate change with emissions cuts and support adaptation programs. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=12781.

  • Ocean Acidification: Starting with the Science (report & booklet)

    Last year, the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board produced a congressionally-requested report that reviewed the current state of knowledge and identified gaps in understanding ocean acidification. The report also provided scientific advice to help guide the national ocean acidification research program. Based on the report’s conclusions, the board recently released a booklet that describes the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the many remaining questions about the impact of ocean acidification on marine life and coastal dependent industries. The full report and new booklet are available online at: http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.

Coastal States Organization Submits Comments to National Ocean Council

April 28, 2011 - In response to its call for comments for the Strategic Action Plans on the National Ocean Policy’s nine priority objectives, Coastal States Organization (CSO) submitted seven sets of comments this week.  CSO’s comments focused on the seven priority areas of Ecosystem Based Management (Objective 1), Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (Objective 2), Coordinate and Support (Objective 4), Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification (Objective 5), Regional Ecosystem Protection and Restoration (Objective 6), Water Quality and Sustainable Practices on Land (Objective 7), and Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Observations, Mapping and Infrastructure (Objective 9).  Many thanks to the work group chairs, members and CSO staff that contributed to the effort. The documents are available at www.coastalstates.org. All public comments are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/comments.

NASA Satellites to Track Biological Impacts of Climate Change

April 22, 2011 - NASA announced 15 new research studies to examine how climate change will affect key species and ecosystems. NASA's Earth Science Division is funding the new research projects to see whether environmental data collected by satellites can be used to improve ecological models that predict the behavior of a species or ecosystem. Projects NASA and its partners are funding include efforts to understand how climate change will affect coastal salt marshes and Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico. A complete list of projects is available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/climate_partners.html.

 

Regional Science and Research


Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Research Plan Available

The development of a Regional Ocean Research Plan for the Mid-Atlantic Region is a four-year project that began in August 2008 with funding support from the National Sea Grant College Program. The project has identified and analyzed research needs associated with ocean and coastal issues in the Mid-Atlantic Region along the Atlantic Coast from northern New Jersey to Cape Fear, North Carolina. The states in the Mid-Atlantic region face a number of similar challenges regarding the coastal ocean they share, including climate change impacts, offshore energy development, fisheries management, land-based pollution, and population growth. The project envisions to advance coordinated research that promotes economic and environmental sustainability in the Mid-Atlantic region.

http://www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/sites/www.midatlanticoceanresearchplan.org/files/u6/DraftMidAtlanticOceanResearchPlan.pdf

South Atlantic Alliance Action Plan Finalized

December 2010 - The Action Plan of the four-state Governors' Alliance has been finalized and posted to the South Atlantic Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/documents.htm). The implementation plan is underway. For more information about the Alliance and other opportunities for collaboration in our region, visit the Alliance website (http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/).

Background: The South Atlantic Alliance was formally announced (link to news release) on October 19th, 2009 at a meeting of the Coastal States Organization in Charleston. Representatives from the four partner states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida) each had an opportunity for comment, and the federal government was represented by Mr. Michael Boots from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. GCRC staffer and SARRP Coordinator, Christine Laporte was also present: she is a member of the Alliance Executive Planning Team (representing SARRP).

The mission of the Alliance is to "significantly increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states, with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine), natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and national defense missions of the respective states and the South Atlantic region."

SARRP Research Plan Released

April 2010 - The South Atlantic Regional Research Priorities Plan 2010 has been posted here. This plan benefited from, and is intended for use by all federal, regional, state and academic partners. The document includes project background and methods along with the Regional Research Priorities identified by our partners in the region. Readers will also find a discussion of how the plan might be moved forward. For more information about SARRP, please visit our partner website.

http://www.gcrc.uga.edu/SARRP/Documents/SARRP_ResearchPlan_2010.pdf
Please contact Christine Laporte at claporte@uga.edu with questions or requests for hard copies.


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information

 

Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and our partners invite you to use and contribute to the most comprehensive, free, peer-reviewed resource troves about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL):  www.eoearth.org/oceanoil 

Resources now available on OCEAN-OIL include:

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit II - Chemical Considerations

June 29th 2010, the South Atlantic Sea Grant programs convened a second summit concerning the Deepwater Horizon (DH) oil, this time with petrochemical and chemical oceanographic experts from the region.  This panel met at the University of North Florida to discuss the chemistry of the DH material that might reach the East Coast. Discussion at the summit focused on three main areas: I) the properties of the compounds being released from the Gulf of Mexico spill site, II) the processes that will likely affect their form and composition before they reach the southeastern U.S., and III) recommendations for monitoring the presence of DH material in the region.   Workshop report (PDF).

South Atlantic Sea Grant, Oil Summit I - Physical Oceanography

June 9th 2010, at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA, the four South Atlantic state Sea Grant programs jointly convened a roundtable of recognized physical oceanographic experts from the region to consider, discuss, and answer questions on if, how, and when Gulf of Mexico oil might arrive in regional waters.   Workshop report (PDF).

Video: Arthropod Studies

National Geographic has produced a short video on NSF-sponsored work by Steve Pennings (Univ of Houston professor & GCRC affiliated scientist: GCE-LTER). "Using huge hoses, researchers are vacuuming up marsh bugs along the oiled Gulf coast. By comparing their samples to bugs collected before the spill, teams hope to determine the effects of oil on creatures near the bottom of the food web."

Video: Effect of oil on coastal marshes

Irv Mendelssohn (LSU) and Karen McKee (National Wetlands Research Center) put together an informative video regarding the potential effects of oil on marshes.  (~10 minutes long.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syGM13egoc0

Oil and Dispersant Monitoring Report

December 17, 2010 - The Operational Science Advisory Team report, "Summary Report for Sub-sea and Sub-surface Oil and Dispersant Detection: Sampling and Monitoring" is available online.  It includes analytical chemistry data from 17,000 samples, making it the most comprehensive data set and analysis yet completed since the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in April. To view the report and associated data, please visit
http://www.restorethegulf.gov/release/2010/12/16/data-analysis-and-findings.

Oil Plume Research Blog

Mandy Joye, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences kept a weblog during her foray to the Gulf of Mexico to explore the plumes of oil drifts in the region affected by the Deep Horizon oil well. To read the blog, visit -- www.gulfblog.uga.edu

State of Louisiana Oil Trajectory Maps

 

Flow Rate Measurements

Daniela Di Iorio, UGA Professor of Marine Sciences was a member of the team of experts who used a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to collect flow rate measurements on May 31, 2010 (after the top-kill attempt had ended and before the riser was cut.)  For more information on this effort, please visit the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution site.

Additional Web Resources about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

University of Georgia Oil Spill Website

 

NOAA’s Emergency Response Program

 

Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center


Restore the Gulf

 

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