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2015-2017 Coastal Management Fellowship

State projects have recently been selected for the 2015-2017 Coastal Management Fellowship opportunity.  This Fellowship provides education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students, matching them with state coastal zone projects.  The two-year fellowship is sponsored by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.  Students are eligible for this fellowship if they will complete their master's, doctoral, or professional degrees between January 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015.
This year's fellowship projects are in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Puerto Rico, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Applications are due to Washington Sea Grant by January 23, 2014.
For more information: 
*Visit the Washington Sea Grant website: http://wsg.washington.edu/education/fellowships/NOAA-CMF.html
*Contact Nancy Reichley at Washington Sea Grant: sgfellow@u.washington.edu or 206-685-8302

Past Entries

NRDC Ocean Advocate position in the San Francisco office

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. 
We use law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and 
wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Our staff of more than 430 lawyers, 
scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, 
Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and Beijing.

Position Summary:
NRDC seeks a full-time policy advocate or attorney to join the Ocean Program team in our San Francisco office. 
NRDC’s Ocean Program uses policy advocacy, litigation, science and communication tools to strengthen ocean 
protection, fishery management and public awareness of ocean issues. Our S.F. team focuses primarily on the west 
coast, along with some national and international work. 
The position involves developing solutions to address ocean threats, including by promoting the protection of 
important places and species, preventing destructive practices and advancing smart ocean planning. The position 
entails leading campaigns and advocacy initiatives for sound ocean management; preparing comments, reports 
and briefing materials on key policy initiatives and government proposals; reviewing and commenting on 
legislative language; testifying before administrative and legislative bodies; and working with conservation 
partners and with other constituencies, including local communities, fishermen and scientists, to promote healthy 
oceans. The NRDC Ocean Program is looking for a highly effective advocate and leader who can develop creative 
strategies to achieve our goals. 

We are looking for a candidate with five to ten years of relevant experience. An advanced degree, such as a J.D., 
M.A. or M.S., or Ph.D., is required. We seek an experienced individual with excellent advocacy, problem-solving, 
campaign and leadership skills, a demonstrated track record of advocacy success and a commitment to 
environmental protection. Knowledge about resource policy is essential. The candidate should have strong 
research, writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills and should be willing to participate in fundraising. 
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups is a must. Some travel is required, and will likely include 
international trips. International experience is a plus. 

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not
discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, 
sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local 
law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a 
nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. 

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your resume and cover letter. No phone calls or faxes please. 
Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For further information 
about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org


The University of California, Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science

The University of California, Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science invites applications for a position
at the Assistant Professor level with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. We seek outstanding candidates from
any area of earth and planetary science, with an emphasis on biogeochemical cycles, earth surface processes, or
climate science. Candidates whose research falls into one of these broad areas or their disciplinary interfaces are
invited to apply.

Applicants are asked to provide curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names and
contact information for three to five referees. The minimum qualification required to be considered an applicant for
the position is the completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation. A PhD or
equivalent is required by the date of hire. All applications should be submitted online through
https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00564 by December 12, 2014. For questions please contact Crysthel Catambay,
HR Assistant, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, email:

more detail on the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions


·         Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  To register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/649070414

·         Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  To register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/656401654


In person

·         Thursday, October 9, 2014, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Smith 311

·         Friday, October 10, 2014; 10:30-12 noon.,  Oceanography Teaching Building (OTB), room 014

·         Tuesday, October 14, 2014; 12:30-2:00 p.m., Denny 206

NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $32,000 annual stipend and tuition.  For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

While there may be an assumption this funding would be only for the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), there are a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology.    We encourage students in all eligible fields to look into this fellowship.

Seniors who are planning to attend graduate school can apply now and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.   First year graduate students (and sometimes second year students) can apply now.

The information session will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines range from October 29 – November 4, 2014.  Students should start their applications now.

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
  • US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
  • students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
  • students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
  • graduating senior undergraduates who plan to apply to and begin graduate student by next fall

Full eligibility information is detailed in the program solicitation.

Questions?   Please contact the Graduate School Fellowships and Awards office at gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543-7152.




The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography of the University of Georgia (SkIO), a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, and the UGA Department of Marine Sciences within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, invite applications for two, nine-month, tenure-track positions resident in Savannah. Successful candidates will be interdisciplinary, self-motivated and interested in pursuing innovative research and education in a highly supportive environment. The successful candidate will enhance existing programs within the Marine Sciences Department at SkIO (http://www.skio.uga.edu) and in Athens (http://www.marsci.uga.edu). Appointments will be made at the Assistant Professor level, but consideration will be given to exceptional applicants seeking more senior appointments. Applicants working in diverse marine settings are encouraged to apply, although experience and a desire to work in estuarine, coastal and shelf environments are preferred as are researchers who focus on the roles of anthropogenic forcing on marine processes.

We are particularly interested in applicants with research expertise in the following oceanographic areas:

Biological Oceanography—We seek candidates who excel in addressing interdisciplinary and large-scale questions.  Candidates with expertise in marine phytoplankton, microzooplankton, marine viruses or disease ecology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Chemical Oceanography—We seek a chemist with a desire to engage in interdisciplinary research that advances the understanding of fundamental oceanographic questions. Areas of expertise could include inorganic carbon cycling; biogeochemistry and dynamics of particles; or cycling, transport and/or fate of organic pollutants. 

Coastal Oceanography— A successful candidate will have expertise in interactions between the land margin and the coastal ocean. We are particularly interested in scientists who focus on the interface between the environment and anthropogenic activities, including, but not limited to, delivery, transport and fate of materials within estuarine and coastal settings, physico-chemical behavior of materials along the estuarine continuum, nearshore and shelf transport processes and impacts of climate change.

Successful candidates are expected to develop an energetic, externally funded research program and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. The recent merger of SkIO with UGA allows for close collaborations in research and education with UGA faculty in Marine Sciences, as well as the College of Engineering and School of Ecology, and with institutions throughout the University System of Georgia. A Ph.D. in Oceanography or other appropriate discipline is required and postdoctoral experience (minimum six months) is preferred.

These positions will be available August 2015.  The committee will begin to review applications on October 15, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

We will receive applications for these positions through the University of Georgia, Franklin College Faculty Recruitment website (https://www.franklin.uga.edu/jobs/index.php). To apply use the Application Materials dialog box to upload a single PDF file consisting of the following materials:

·       letter of application, including a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests and an explanation of qualifications relative to the responsibilities specified above;

·       curriculum vitae;

·       examples of current published research/writing.

The Franklin College Recruitment website will prompt applicants to supply the names and contact information for three references, who will be sent a link by which they can submit a letter directly.

Candidates who cannot apply through the website may post hard copy materials to:

Chair, Oceanography Committee

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

10 Ocean Science Circle

Savannah, GA 31411

The University of Georgia, with over 35,000 students and 2,900 faculty members, is one of the four major units of the University System of Georgia and offers programs of study at the doctoral level in most fields. In addition to its home campus, The University of Georgia maintains and is expanding its list of study-abroad programs around the world. Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities (www.exploregeorgia.org). 

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


 James G. Sanders

 Executive Director and Professor

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography

University of Georgia

10 Ocean Science Circle

Savannah, GA 31411

(912) 598 3340






Job Opening, Clean Vessel Act Student Assistant - Washington Sea Grant

Washington Sea Grant has an exciting job opportunity for graduate students. We are currently looking for a student to assist with WSG's on-going work with the Clean Vessel Act  - please forward as appropriate. 


The job description is attached here, but can also be found on our website with many other positions at http://www.wsg.washington.edu/employment.html

PAID Northwest Fisheries Science Center Internship - Apply by Oct 8

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is offering a new Paid Internship Opportunity for undergraduates to research with NOAA scientists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) starting autumn quarter. This internship opportunity is especially good for undergraduates in the sciences who might be interested in Fisheries and Marine Biology-related lab and field work research.

Interested applicants can find out more about the internship opportunity and the requirements to apply for each on our website here. Application deadline is Wednesday, October 8th.

Tenure Track Faculty Position in ESRM at California State University

Position Description:

CSU Channel Islands invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of 
Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM). Our ESRM Program 
seeks an energetic, creative colleague interested in making substantial contributions to 
our rapidly expanding program. Prospective candidates should have a strong record of 
teaching, research, and service (or be able to provide strong evidence of their promise in 
each of those areas). We are particularly interested in candidates with two or more of the 
following disciplinary interests: hydrology/watershed science, land use planning, coastal 
restoration, environmental policy, sustainability science, biostatistics/data visualization, 
remotely piloted systems, protected area management, and Geographic Information 
Science. More important than specific disciplinary interests are the candidate’s broader 
qualifications. The prospective candidate should have strong methodological skills with 
experience or substantial interest in developing community-based research. CSU 
Channel Islands promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, community engagement, service 
learning, and an international focus; candidates are expected to share those commitments. 
A Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Conservation 
Biology, or a closely related field is required by time of appointment.
For    additional    information    and    to    apply    please    visit:    
Application    review    begins    on    November    3,    2014
Please    direct    any    and    all    questions    to    our    Interim    Chair:
Dr.    Sean    Anderson        office: (805)    437-8948        sean.anderson@csuci.edu

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biological Oceanography

The College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month academic appointment in Biological Oceanography at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level. Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand the ocean ecosystem, areas such as, but not limited to, coastal and marine ecology; biodiversity; trophic structure and function; biological-physical interactions; connections between molecular biology, genetics, taxonomy and ecology; conservation biology; fisheries; aquatic animal tracking; the role of biota in biogeochemistry; and ecological and biogeochemical forecasting. A deep understanding of oceanography and the role of biota in Earth processes, and a history and vision of active involvement in field research in a variety of environments are required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to communicate complex oceanographic concepts and explain an education strategy that contributes to our mission of graduate education in oceanography. 

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their potential to conduct transformative research locally, nationally and internationally, on their productivity as reflected in peer reviewed publications, the potential to support their research, and evidence of outstanding mentoring, teaching, and public engagement. The successful candidate will contribute to core courses in oceanography and teach specialty courses at the graduate level, and will have a robust vision of accomplishing broader impacts with their research.

Minimum Requirements: Must have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline at the time of hire with research experience in the field of Marine Science and/or Biological Oceanography.

Preferred qualifications: Applicants should be capable of interacting with colleagues in multi-disciplinary oceanographic 

For the Assistant Professor rank, candidates should have a record of scholarly products and demonstrate potential for a career of creative work and scholarly publications, demonstrate potential for acquisition of extramural research funding, exhibit a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, be compelled to engage in transformative work through the co-design and co-creation of solutions, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public.

For the Associate Professor / Professor rank, candidates should have an outstanding record in research, including a substantive publication and other scholarly product record, evidence of success in attracting extramural research funding, and a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, be compelled to engage in transformative work through the co-design and co-creation of solutions, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to their professional community and to the public.

Contact: For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, carib@usf.edu or Tim 
Trowbridge, ttrowbridge@usf.edu (727-553-3375).

Application procedures: Apply online at Careers@USF. Please submit a cover letter stating qualifications. Please append research and teaching statements, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees. Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin after November 1, 2014. Appointment is expected to commence prior to August 2015.

 Additional information is available at http://www.marine.usf.edu/ and http://www.usf.edu.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's 
spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities. At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. More than 47,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, a system of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion.

The University of South Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Institution. To request disability accommodations in the application and interview process call (813) 974-2970. According to Florida law, applications, and meetings regarding them, are open to the public


2014 NASA Opportunities


1)  U.S. Department of Education [mailto:ed.gov@public.govdelivery.com

Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 10:35 AM

To: Patrick, Joeletta O. (HQ-HA000)

Subject: RISING JUNIORS - Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity


Dear Colleagues:


The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program is accepting applications.  Program encourages advisers, mentors, and potential applicants to take advantage of the NOAA resources made available in this message.  Competitive applications: (i) address the NOAA mission; (ii) have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, and (iii) have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission.


What:  Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study. 


Who:  Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. 


The Program:

Students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in total support during their junior and senior years. 

Students complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. During the summer internships, students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance. 

Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.

At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).


Undergraduate Scholarship Application Link:  https://oedwebapps.iso.noaa.gov/uspa/


Learn more about NOAA,


NOAA Goals,   http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/goals/        



2) High-Power Rocketry Competition


MN Space Grant announces a High-Power Rocketry Competition in the midwest open to college rocketry teams from the whole nation

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:49:19 -0500

From: James Flaten <flate001@umn.edu>


This academic year the Minnesota Space Grant will be running a "Space 

Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition" open to college/university 

rocketry teams from ALL states (not just states in the Midwest Region).


Announcement attached.  Full handbook with rules posted at



Learn more during the informational telecom on Tuesday, September 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. Central Time. 

We are asking for a (non-binding) “Notice of Intent to Compete” by  October 1, 2014. '

Contact James Flaten for call-in information; see signature line below.


 Note 1:  This competition is less demanding (reporting-wise) than USLI but is well suited for both experienced rocket teams and also for 

institutions that want to get started in high-power rocketry.


Note 2:  To help keep track of the numbers, we are requiring all participating teams be "sponsored" by their state's Space Grant, but 

will allow every state to decide exactly what that means.  The main costs will be registration ($400 per team), build expenses (about $1000 for typical rockets if starting from scratch), and travel to MN for the competition launch next May. States that sponsor more than one team will also be asked to provide one judge 

- either send one from your state or you can contract with one from here in Minnesota (we will provide a list of possible names).


Please circulate this announcement and encourage faculty to contact me with questions and to learn more at the information telecon on 

September 23.  I hope many of you send teams to this competition!




P.S.  Institutions that don't want to form a team until the spring 

semester are still expected to file a "Notice of Intent to Compete" by  October 1, 2014, listing at least the faculty adviser.  There will be a 

repeat of the informational telecon on January 22, 2015, to help bring such teams up to speed quickly.



James Flaten, Ph.D.

e-mail: flate001@umn.edu

office: 612-626-9295

cell:   651-399-2423


Assoc. Dir. of the MN Space Grant

University of Minnesota

205C Akerman Hall

110 Union Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455




3) FAA Design Competition Has a New Home; 

Guidelines for 2014 - 2015 Academic Year Announced

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:34:54 +0000

From: Sandy, Mary <msandy@odu.edu>


Dear Space Grant Colleagues:


I am writing to ask for your help in getting the word out about the University Design Competition for Issues Facing Airports, a follow-on to the FAA Design Competition for Universities.   The FAA Design Competition for Universities has moved to a new home!  The FAA is now sponsoring the program under the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the National Academies Transportation Research Board.    The general format and process remain the same.  New challenges have been added.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will continue to manage the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.


The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System.  The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas:  Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning.  Student winners earn cash prizes and, for first place design submissions,  the opportunity to present at professional venues.


A copy of the Competition Guidelines for the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year is available at the Competition website atvsgc.odu.edu/ACRPDesignCompetition which also provides detailed information and a wealth of resources for students.


Feedback from Faculty and student evaluations on the educational value of the Competition has been extremely positive.  They consistently cite the value of the open-ended challenges, real-world problems and access to airport operators and industry experts.   The Competition is often used in capstone design courses, but has also been used by student chapters of professional societies and as an independent study topic. Airport issues cross a wide range of disciplines relating to the management, safety, capacity and efficiency of the nation’s airports.


Questions from faculty and students can be addressed to ACRP@odu.edu or give us a call.  Please share this email with any members, faculty or students who might have interest in the Competition.