Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2013 Coastal Management Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2013 Coastal Management Fellowship for Virginia students.  Please share this email broadly with faculty and students that may have an interest in marine and environmental science, management, policy, and planning. 

The Coastal Management Fellowship is a two-year fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.  The program matches postgraduate students from a variety of environmental disciplines with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center.  Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013 is eligible to apply.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

The 2013 state projects are:

California Coastal Commission
San Francisco, CA
Integrate climate change and adaptation planning into the commission’s planning and regulatory program
Maine Coastal Program
Augusta, ME
Provide a baseline characterization in the Gulf of Maine for developing Maine’s Ocean Resources Strategy and implementing Maine’s ocean planning efforts
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Boston, MA
Address competing marine resource use issues and promote beach and dune nourishment in Massachusetts as a viable and cost-effective climate change adaptation tool for shore protection
New Hampshire Coastal Program
Portsmouth, NH
Establish a GIS-based decision support framework to improve spatial planning for New Hampshire’s estuaries and use InVEST to inform priority restoration and management issues in the Great Bay Estuary
New York Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources
Albany, NY
Develop a guide and methodologies for the application of geospatial tools for use in New York’s offshore planning
Oregon Coastal Management Program
Newport, OR
Create an improved data repository and framework for Oregon’s ocean shore permitting process that can be used to plan for erosion impacts, improve storm response, protect the public interest, and other purposes

The deadline for applications is January 25, 2013 at 5pm EST.  Virginia students must apply through Virginia Sea Grant.  The attached announcement provides details about the fellowship and how to apply. 
More information can also be found at: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/coastal-management-fellowship/  and interested students are encouraged to contact Susan Park (spark@vims.edu804-684-7436) with any questions.

The following fellowship opportunities are also currently open to applications from Virginia graduate students: