Work with us

Learn more about the variety of opportunities with NOAA

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NOAA successfully achieves its wide range of environment-focused missions through the support of a highly-skilled, passionate and diverse workforce, which includes federal employees, contractors, grantees, as well as dedicated volunteers. We hope you will explore opportunities with NOAA, and join us in enhancing life through science.

Careers & jobs

Unlock secrets in the deep ocean, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources. It's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. NOAA, a career that makes a world of difference! To see open positions at NOAA, visit the USA Jobs website

Did you know NOAA also has its own uniformed service? The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps provides a cadre of professionals trained in engineering, earth sciences, oceanography, meteorology, fisheries science, and other related disciplines. Officers operate NOAA’s ships, fly aircraft, manage research projects, conduct diving operations, and serve in staff positions throughout the agency. More information is available at the NOAA Corps site

Commitment to our Veterans

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a strong advocate for and maintains a firm commitment to employing our U.S. veterans. These admired and respected men and women uphold many of the same values that are a critical part of our agency’s core values and overall culture. Get more information on Federal employment opportunities for veterans and how to join the NOAA workforce. 

Commitment to Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities are important members of the diverse culture that makes up our workforce. NOAA is committed to improving employment opportunities for all individuals including disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities and individuals with targeted disabilities. NOAA partners with colleges, universities, and various recruitment organizations that work directly with individuals with disabilities to increase awareness of our career opportunities. Learn more about NOAA's commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities.

Professional Mariner Career Opportunities

NOAA hires civilian professional mariners to help operate the agency's fleet of research and survey ships. To learn about NOAA ship jobs, visit the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations' website.


Educational opportunities

Opportunities for students

NOAA offers educational opportunities to students, especially those studying science and the environment. Browse and apply for scholarships, internships, fellowships and post-doctoral experiences.

Opportunities for teachers

Educators can find information on our in-person workshops, online training seminars, field experiences, and conferences and events where NOAA staff will be in attendance. NOAA also hosts a trove of free science-based curricula and lesson plans on a variety of topics including weather, climate, ocean and coasts, marine life and more.


Contracts and grants

Contracting Opportunities

NOAA needs partners - small and large companies - that know our mission and are willing to build strategic partnerships with us. Learn more about the NOAA Acquisition Program and these partnership opportunities.

Apply for a grant 

NOAA offers an average of $1 billion in financial assistance awards including grants and cooperative agreements each year to universities and colleges, non-profit organizations, and state entities. Learn about NOAA grant programs and cooperative agreements and how to apply for these opportunities.


Partnerships and volunteer opportunities

Partner with us

The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office serves the needs of both NOAA inventors and U.S. companies looking to partner with NOAA or license our technologies. Located in Silver Spring, MD, the Office oversees both NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Technology Transfer Program. The Technology Partnerships Office also provides specific technical and communication/outreach services to all NOAA labs. Learn more about technology partnerships in NOAA. (Please also see NOAA's Policy on Partnerships in the Provision of Environmental Information.)


Observe your world. Observe with us. Be a citizen scientist for NOAA! Help NOAA predict, observe and protect our changing planet by making your own contributions toward a greater understanding of our Earth and its diverse systems. Whether it’s helping count whales in Hawaii or reporting on weather right outside your window, we’ve got a volunteer opportunity for you! Learn more about our citizen science volunteer programs.