National Coral Reef Management Fellowship

The next generation of coral reef managers can get hands-on training to prepare them for successful careers through the National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program.

The fellowship program creates seven two-year positions at institutions in coral reef states and territories. Each position has its own distinct work plan, responding to specific needs for increased coral reef management capacity in each coral reef jurisdiction and provides training and professional development opportunities. Fellows will work on issues affecting U.S. coral reef ecosystems including climate change, land-based sources of pollution and fishing.

NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest live-bottom reefs of the southeastern United States.

Education level:  Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in marine environmental sciences, or a related field, with some professional experience related to their educational history – specifics vary depending on the jurisdiction needs.

Geographic focus: The program will create seven two-year positions at institutions in the following coral reef states and territories: Florida, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Award: Varies based on location with a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application Deadline: July 11, 2017

Qualified candidates meeting stated educational requirements with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to complete posted educational requirements by December 2017. The start date for the two-year positions is January 2018. Multiple applications will be accepted.


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