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Important Deadlines

Funding Opportunities

NRC Research Associateship Programs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine August 1, 2018
  Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS); NSF July 27, 2018
  NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Funding July 26, 2018
  Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grants August 1, 2018
  NOAA RESTORE Science Program Funding Opportunity on Long-term Trends July 30, 2018

Position Vacancies

Sustainability Coordinator; City of Savannah

 
  Associate Director; College of William & Mary July 18, 2018
  Director; California Sea Grant August 24, 2018
  Communications and Education Specialist; NOAA  
  Professor and Chairperson; The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michigan State University  
  CSI-TNC Coastal Sustainability Fellow; Northeastern University August 1, 2018
  Research Associate; Northwest Fishery Science Center  
  Plastics Initiative Director; Oceans Conservancy  
  Program Coordinator; Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation  
  Hydrodynamic Modeler; Coast Survey Development Laboratory  
  Environmental Specialist; Integrated Statistics  
  Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program; The Baldwin Group  
  Program Officer, Global Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society  
  Maritime Analyst; Vulcan  
  Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values; The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies  
  Chapter Director - Monterey Bay; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation July 13, 2018
  Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3); Washington State Department of Ecology July 18, 2018
  Program Director; Ocean Science Trust September 30, 2018
  Program Analyst III; Collabralink  
  Communications Specialist III; Collabralink  
  Ocean Initiative Program Officer; Walton Family Foundation  
  Energy and Climate Advisor; Senator Schatz's Office  
  Climate Scientist; Woods Hole Research Center July 31, 2018
  Deputy Director; Aspen High Seas Initiative  
  Professor and Chairperson; The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michigan State University August 1, 2018
  Senior Program Officer; Gulf Research Program  
  Acoustics Research Assistant; NOAA’s Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science  
  Honors Faculty Scholar & Assistant Director for Clean Virginia Waterways; Longwood University  
  Research Associate Professor; University of South Carolina  
  Administrative and Development Assistant; Satilla Riverkeeper  
  Oceanographer; NOAA COOPS  
  Manager, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve  
  Marine Scientist; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  
  Program Manager; Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board  
  Remote Sensing Specialist/Research Associate; CSS  
  Fisheries Biologist 2; Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA  
  Scientist 5; Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA  

Post-Doc Positions

Postdoctoral Associate; Mississippi State University  
  Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Instituto do Mar July 31, 2018
  Postdoctoral Fellow; Fisheries and Oceans Canada  
  Postdoctoral Researcher; Harvard University July 20, 2018
  Post-Doctoral Fellowship; The Nature Conservancy  
  Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate; Dulvey Lab, Simon Fraser University August 1, 2018

Upcoming Conferences

2018 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference; Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments September 17–19, 2018
  2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA October 30-November 2, 2018
  9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management Dec 8-13, 2018

Webinars

Post Hurricane Irma Rapid Reef Assessment in South Florida and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; NOAA  
  Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar  
  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

South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LCC  
  Metadata List; Ocean+ Data  
  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  

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

Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA  
  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: NOAA RESTORE Science Program Funding Opportunity on Long-term Trends

The NOAA RESTORE Science Program’s funding competition on long-term trends is now open. This funding competition continues the Science Program’s commitment to producing timely and high-quality scientific findings and products to support the management and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, including its fisheries.

The priority for this competition is identifying, tracking, understanding, and/or predicting trends and variability in the Gulf of Mexico’s living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.

Applicants must propose work that addresses this priority in one or more of these areas of emphasis: 1) exploring trends in multiple species, 2) investigating the link between weather and/or climate and trends, and 3) examining the relationship between trends and economic activity.

To receive funding, applicants will need to directly address the needs of resource managers and have a clear plan for how their research findings or products will be used by resource managers. Applicants are encouraged to include resource managers on their project teams.
This competition will be the Science Program’s first dedicated to supporting integrated, long-term projects.

The Science Program is making approximately $15 million available now through this competition to fund approximately six projects for five years. An additional $15 million will be available for an additional five years of funding for high performing projects. In total, a project could receive 10 years of continuous support.

Pre-proposals, which are required, are due by July 30, 2018 and the deadline for submitting a full application is October 29, 2018. Please see the full announcementfor complete instructions on how to submit a pre-proposal and full application. Additional information about FFO-2019 including frequently asked questions may be found on the program’s website.

Grant Application Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

Application Information: More Information

- Funding Opportunity: Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grants

The visiting scholar will be expected to conduct Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period. Scholars may engage in some limited teaching activity, as long as the main focus is on the research project.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎

Grant Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Application Information: Apply Here

- Funding Opportunity: NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Funding

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) has published its fiscal year 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Ocean Exploration (NOAA-OAR-OER-2019-2005679) on Grants.Gov.

A pre-proposal is a prerequisite for submission of a full proposal. OER will evaluate pre-proposals and either encourage or discourage applicants to submit a full proposal. The decision to submit a full proposal is up to the applicant.

All applicants should read the federal funding opportunity and are encouraged to visit the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research website to familiarize themselves with past and present OER-funded activities.

Quick Links pertinent to this funding opportunity include:

Grant Application Deadline: Thursday, July 26, 2018
Full proposals are due at: November 15, 2018.

Application Information: More Information

- Funding Opportunity: Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS); NSF

Natural disasters cause thousands of deaths annually, and in 2013 alone caused over $130 billion in damage worldwide. There is clear societal need to better understand and mitigate the risks posed to the US by natural hazards, consistent with the mandate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) “…to promote the progress of science [and] advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare....”

NSF and the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) have long supported basic research in scientific and engineering disciplines necessary to understand natural hazards and extreme events, including through the Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES) program and multiple core programs in the GEO Directorate.  PREEVENTS is designed as a logical successor to Hazards SEES and is one element of the NSF-wide Risk and Resilience activity, which has the overarching goal of improving predictability and risk assessment, and increasing resilience, in order to reduce the impact of extreme events on our life, society, and economy.  PREEVENTS will provide an additional mechanism to support research and related activities that will improve our understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events in the geosciences.

PREEVENTS is focused on natural hazards and extreme events, and not on technological or deliberately human-caused hazards.   The PREEVENTS portfolio will include the potential for disciplinary and multidisciplinary research at all scales, particularly aimed at areas ripe for significant near- or medium-term advances.
PREEVENTS seeks projects that will (1) enhance understanding of the fundamental processes underlying natural hazards and extreme events on various spatial and temporal scales, as well as the variability inherent in such hazards and events, and (2) improve our capability to model and forecast such hazards and events.  All projects requesting PREEVENTS support must be primarily focused on these two targets.  In addition, PREEVENTS projects will improve our understanding of the effects of natural hazards and extreme events and will enable development, with support by other programs and organizations, of new tools to enhance societal preparedness and resilience against such impacts.

Letter of Intent Deadline DateJuly 27, 2018

Solicitation  16-562
For more information, please go to: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504804&WT.mc_id=USNSF_45&WT.mc_ev=click

- Funding Opportunity: NRC Research Associateship Programs; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience. Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Three more review cycles:

  • August: Opens June 1; Closes August 1
  • November: Opens September 1; Closes November 1
  • February: Opens December 1; Closes February 1

Applicants should contact prospective Research Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities.
For more information:
Phone: 202-334-2760
Email: rap@nas.edu
Web: www.nas.edu/rap

For information about specific information about the NRC Research Associateship Program at NOAA, go to: http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Program.aspx?LabCode=26&ReturnURL=%2fRAPLab10%2fOpportunity%2fPrograms.aspx%3fLabCode%3d26.

- 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

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

- Position Vacancy: Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values; The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies

On an annual basis, teach the Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values course during two semester sessions and one-third of the two summer courses. Lead designated components of the Center's Strategic Research Plan and, as part of this, oversee, mentor, and grade the student directed research projects related to these research lines.

Reports to:
Center Director and Office of Academic Affairs

Course Overview:
The Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values course is designed to assist students in understanding the political, legal, economic, ethical and social pressures that influence the environment and the community’s attitudes toward development. Issues to be addressed will likely include: social and political systems (TCI and Caribbean); economic status of South Caicos (within context of TCI and Caribbean); Environmental policy (marine and terrestrial); Political Ecology; Artisanal fisheries in the TCI and Caribbean; Anthropological and sociological aspects of community development; Politics and processes of environmental regulation including protected areas management; Environmental/ecological economics (marine emphasis); Social survey techniques; Globalization on the local and regional community; Tourism, Pollution impacts (terrestrial and marine); and Marine protected areas.

In addition, the empowerment of local people in the creation of sustainable development projects will be examined within the context of the current development plans for South Caicos. This course is based on a comprehensive approach that encompasses management, economics, policy, legal and social issues. The Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values faculty will work closely with our Tropical Marine Ecology, and Marine Resource Management faculty to deliver an inter-disciplinary program. The successful candidate will provide high quality, experiential teaching and participate fully in the implementation of the center's multi-year research plan that addresses these issues.

Applicants are encouraged to review the course syllabi and programs descriptions on the SFS website: http://www.fieldstudies.org/tci

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educate students about the complexity of local development, management, and conservation issues through field-based teaching, scientific research and training
  • Create a rich mosaic of research questions centered on supporting functional ecosystems while balancing the needs of human communities
  • Empower local communities and decision makers to address their sustainable development challenges through applied research that informs local decision making
  • Contribute to the scientific community through the dissemination of research, including peer-reviewed publications or presentations at professional meetings

 Teaching

  • As part of an interdisciplinary teaching team, teach one third of the academic program (minimum 60 instructional  hours per semester)
  • Plan, revise, and effectively deliver a challenging, problem-based interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Organize lectures and prepare course materials in a timely and professional manner
  • Adhere to the daily academic schedule
  • Prepare, administer, and grade assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final examinations in a timely manner
  • Supervise and mentor 8 to 12 students in their directed research projects each semester
  • Actively support and counsel students on academic issues
  • Maintain records of: lectures, exams, quizzes, readings, field experiences and homework assignments

 Research

  • Conduct designated research according to the center's current strategic research plan
  • Identify appropriate components of the center's research suitable for student Directed Research projects
  • Prepare research results for clients and partners and/or for publication and conference presentations
  • Assist in the creation and implementation of center research policies, priorities, budgets as required
  • Implement appropriate data management and record keeping
  • Present research findings at local and international conferences (budget dependent)      

 Administration

  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program, particularly interns
  • 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
  • In cooperation with other center staff, provide day-to-day coordination of Interns as delegated by the Center Director
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Participate in preparation of the final reports, academic handbook revisions and other required reports
  • As requested by the center director, assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks

 Safety & Risk Management

  • Take responsibility, as an individual and as a member of the center faculty/staff team, for the safety of all program participants
  • Participate in the review and revision of center risk assessment and management plans
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the center, including evacuation plan
  • Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete incident reports when appropriate and contribute to safety audits
  • Comply with, actively model, and enforce all SFS and center policies and procedures
  • Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions

 Daily Center Life

  • Live on-site (or in an approved off-campus site) for the duration of each program period and take some meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for center-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead community outreach, 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 procedure

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain Turks & Caicos work permit
  • Ph.D. (or ABD status) and university-level teaching experience in Environmental Policy, Socioeconomics, Anthropology, Human Geography, Environmental/Ecological Economics, or similar field
  • Field research experience in any of the above disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team
  • Good track record of research publications or scholarly products commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working in collaboration with small island governments
  • Residential student group management and risk management experience highly desirable
  • Proven track record of grant writing success
  • SCUBA certification and high comfort level in water-based activities (snorkeling and swimming)
  • Current first aid certification

 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
  • Represent SFS at local and international meetings and conferences
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community

Start Date
Optimally no later than August 1, 2018

To Apply:  
Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and curriculum vitae online at: http://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal&a=details&jobOrderID=11075381.  Recommendation letters will be required upon request. 

Organization: The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies
Job Location: Turks and Caicos
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Director; California Sea Grant

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD), seeks a vibrant, accomplished, and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of California Sea Grant (CASG).

The Director assumes overall responsibility for leadership and programmatic oversight of CASG, and has national, state-wide, and university-wide responsibilities. Working with a team that includes 18 staff members, 9 extension specialists and an extension director (each of whom holds an academic position), the Director secures financial support for the program and builds successful partnerships across numerous and diverse constituencies within and beyond the state of California. The Director facilitates high-impact research, outreach, fellowship and communications activities to increase the understanding of, responsible interaction with, and use of California’s ocean and coastal resources. The Director leads the CASG Management Team that also includes the extension director, business manager, and communications coordinator.

Organization: California Sea Grant
Job Location: San Diego, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Associate Director; College of William & Mary

The purpose of the position is to oversee and evolve the daily operations of VASG and the longer-term financial and programmatic planning and implementation of the strategic plan and vision of VASG and its Director. Working closely with and reporting to the Director, the position will collaborate with staff, extension partners, and advisory committees, and be responsible for the following functions, consistent with the W&M/VIMS policies and the VASG award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Operational Management and Leadership

  • The Associate Director is the second-in-command and will act in the place of the Director, when he is unavailable.
  • Develop, execute and oversee operating procedures for daily operations, to ensure efficient and effective communication, coordination, collaboration and operations in VASG and with its partners.
  • Set comprehensive, key short range, intermediate and long-range performance indicators (PKIs) and milestones for management and staff, and provide feedback for staff performance and growth.
  • Serves as point of contact for day-to-day operations, i.e., like a chief of staff or chief operating officer.
  • Coordinate the implementation of sub-awards to outreach providers (currently four partner institutions).
  • Evaluate business processes and operational and financial effectiveness and implement changes, as necessary, that are consistent with VASG’s commitment to continuous improvement.

Staff Management and Coaching

  • Supervise three direct staff reports, and be accountable for the performance of employees. 
  • Motivate a high-caliber team of junior and senior staff, support professional development, and coach and mentor program staff. 
  • Assess staffing needs and oversee future hiring procedures and staff.

Financial Planning and Strategy Development

  • Undertake financial planning and strategy development. 
  • Conduct cost projections, expenditure analysis, and other on-going assessments to ensure optimal use of resources.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of fund-raising strategies, and ensure strategic programmatic and financial choices to promote and manage growth.

Funder and NOAA Programmatic Relations

  • Coordinate annual reporting to NOAA and other funders.
  • Manage the team production of four-year NOAA Omnibus proposals, including development of work plans and Memorandum of Understandings with outreach partners (currently four partner institutions).
  • Ensure compliance with institutional and external requirements.

Organization: William & Mary
Job Location: Gloucester, MA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $80,000 to $90,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Sustainability Coordinator; City of Savannah

The City of Savannah is seeking a temporary Sustainability Coordinator. The paid position will average 15 hours per week for the next 1.5 years and will be based out of the Savannah Morning News Building on Chatham Parkway. Responsibilities include assisting the City in its new Green Infrastructure to Green Jobs Initiative, helping to communicate with project partners, the Advisory Committee and local stakeholders and ensuring that project deadlines are being made. The ideal candidate will be organized, proactive, have prior professional experience and excellent communication skills.

The City of Savannah’s Green Infrastructure to Green Jobs Initiative is an innovative pilot program creating urban tree nurseries on vacant FEMA lots in low-income neighborhoods. A portion of the plantings will be grown for City use in rights of way, while the remaining trees will become permanent green infrastructure, helping to mitigate flooding as pocket parks to be enjoyed by surrounding communities. The plantings will be paired with comprehensive green jobs training for unemployed and underemployed residents of Savannah, helping low-lying, socially vulnerable neighborhoods reduce their flood risk while providing STEM-based workforce development. Additional project partners include the University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Savannah Tree Foundation, Victory Gardens, Work Source Georgia and the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, with funding from The Kendeda Fund and the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network.

Interested applicants should contact Nick Deffley, Sustainability Director for the City of Savannah, at NDeffley@Savannahga.Gov.

- Position Vacancy: Deputy Director; Aspen High Seas Initiative

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen High Seas Initiative is a new program at the Aspen Institute dedicated to raising awareness and increasing protection of the world’s ocean, particularly the 43 percent of the earth’s surface that exists outside any single country’s jurisdiction, which is more commonly referred to as the High Seas. Our work aims to collaborate with and inform international organizations and coalitions to improve management of all high seas areas; establish marine reserves and protected areas; increase attention to the ocean’s role in global climate change policy; facilitate development of technological solutions and innovative media to encourage exploration and ocean monitoring; and empower and educate youth to become the ocean advocates of tomorrow.

Primary Mission Accountability:

All Aspen Institute employees are expected to embody the Institute’s core mission, stated above. The primary aspects of the mission for which this position is held accountable are:

  • Providing a complete example of the Aspen Institute’s culture of excellence;
  • Advancing Aspen’s mission through cooperative efforts; and
  • Pursuing innovative and bold solutions to the High Seas and ocean issues described above.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The overarching role of the Deputy Director will be to support the Executive Director and help ensure that the program has a long-range strategy that achieves its mission to establish the AHSI as a go-to organization on issues related to international ocean management, exploration, science, technology, policy, and communications, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress. Specifically, the Deputy Director will:

  • Provide strong support in building and developing all program components in coordination with the Executive Director;
  • Assist in fundraising, preparation of the budget and draft grant proposals and interim reports.
  • Have primary responsibility for managing program spending and preliminary budgeting;
  • Supervise project managers for individual aspects of the AHSI once the program expands further;
  • Represent the AHSI in coalitions and at meetings and conferences as needed;
  • Prepare reports and presentation materials as needed for committee and board meetings;
  • Write original materials including reports from convenings, blog posts for the Aspen Institute website, op-eds, and other outward-facing materials as needed.
  • Oversee the development and management of the AHSI website and other communications tools, including social media;
  • Plan and execute convenings and expeditions, including serving a public as needed;
  • Serve as on-site liaison between AHSI and other departments and programs within the Institute;
  • Expand networking and collaboration within the ocean NGO, academic, and industry communities and with other key stakeholders. 
  • Some U.S.-based or international travel will be required.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Personal drive and commitment to the program’s mission of bringing strong protection and sustainable management to the High Seas.
  • Masters degree in environmental or ocean policy, science, international relations, business, or related field strongly desired. 
  • 5-8 years relevant work experience in ocean or environmental policy, science, communication, or business. 
  • A deep network of contacts within the ocean policy, science, or industry communities.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and supervising staff or consultants. 
  • Experience working with international and diverse groups of ocean leaders of various kinds, including academics, industry members, policy-makers, youth advocates, and other key stakeholders.
  • A proven track record of international business development or prior experience traveling/working with international counterparts. 
  • Strong organizational, communications, and problem-solving skills. 
  • A demonstrated team player, keen attention to detail, and a proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects to completion simultaneously. 
  • Ability to work independently—experience with remote management a plus.
  • A good sense of humor and positive attitude.
  • Experience analyzing budgets; experience using budget software is a plus
  • Experience in international policy development a plus. 
  • Fluency in a language or languages other than English a plus.

Organization: Aspen High Seas Initiative
Job Location: Washington, DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Climate Scientist; Woods Hole Research Center

The Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) seeks a climate scientist who will lead a new research effort into the effects of climate change on investment risk. We believe this effort has the potential to catalyze action on climate change by helping to account for climate risk in asset valuation and financial markets. The position will be funded through a new partnership with a private investment firm and a public asset holder. WHRC will contribute understanding of climate science and the partners will provide expertise in financial markets. The successful candidate will use the results of climate models and observational climate data to provide information that can be used to assess climate change impacts on asset values and investment risk. After a ramp-up period, the successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding to support 1-2 months/year of effort. S/he will be expected to divide time between Boston and the WHRC campus in Falmouth.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with financial partners to determine specific questions to be investigated.
  • Participate substantively in the research; supervise and mentor research assistant(s).
  • Communicate research results within the partnership and externally.  Internal communication is an important means for this activity to add value to WHRC writ large and to our financial partners.
  • Synthesize relevant published research and communicate this to the financial partners semi-annually.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed literature and elsewhere.
  • Develop and execute an annual plan for obtaining partial funding for his/her position.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Earth System Science, Geography, Mathematics, or a related discipline, with demonstrated strong quantitative data analysis skills and at least one year of relevant work experience.
  • Significant record of successful research.  Relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Experience managing large (terabyte scale) data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment.
  • Experience analyzing the results of climate models.
  • Ability to develop analysis code (using e.g., R or Matlab) and to learn new skills as needed.
  • Ability to assess and implement appropriate computation needs.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with minimal oversight.
  • Interest in working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience using climate projections to assess societal impacts of climate change.
  • Understanding of extreme value theory.
  • Understanding of and interest in financial markets.

Organization: Woods Hole Research Center
Job Location: Woods Hole, MA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Desired Start Date: September 2018.
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Energy and Climate Advisor; Senator Schatz's Office

Energy and Climate Advisor

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz seeks a policy advisor to lead his energy and environmental policy team. This is an area of highest priority for the senator and requires knowledge of domestic and international climate policy, environmental and energy regulatory policy, energy and infrastructure financing and economics, and state-level energy work. Applicants should have significant experience developing and implementing innovative strategies to address climate change through public policy development, oversight of private and public sector actions, and coordination with stakeholder and advocacy organizations. Qualified applicants will have strong writing, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills; exercise sound political judgment; operate well under pressure; and work well as part of a team.  Successful applicants will also be skilled with environmental policy messaging and coalition building. A graduate degree and Hill or related advocacy/policy experience are strongly preferred. 

Labor Legislative Aide

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is currently seeking a legislative aide to cover labor policy in his Washington, DC, office.  The issue portfolio for this position also includes immigration policy.  This is a new position that is being created to expand upon the senator’s work within the issue portfolio.  The position provides an opportunity to join a great work environment with a team of committed, experienced professionals.  Applicants should have a strong work ethic, an interest in improving lives through public policy, and advocacy and/or policy experience in labor policy.

ResponsibilitiesThe issue portfolio for this position includes policies related to collective bargaining and unions, employment, the federal workforce, immigration (including family-based immigration, undocumented communities, and oversight of the administration), migrant and seasonal workers, minimum wage, mine safety, retirement and pensions, rights of disabled workers, unemployment insurance, the U.S. Postal Service, welfare and social safety net programs, worker training and retraining, workplace safety, and workers’ rights.  This legislative aide will be responsible for staffing the senator as a member of the Appropriations Committee’s labor subcommittee and advancing funding and policy priorities through the annual appropriations process.

The duties for this position include:

  • staffing hearings and legislative markups;
  • writing memos to brief the senator;
  • conducting policy research;
  • coordinating with public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders on policy priorities;
  • representing the senator in meetings with constituents and stakeholders;
  • drafting constituent correspondence;
  • and developing messaging related to labor and immigration policy. 
Responsibilities also include developing and implementing innovative strategies to advance support and protect working families; developing near and long term agendas to guide work within this issue portfolio; developing and advancing legislation; conducting oversight of federal, state, and private sector actions; and advocating for priorities identified by the senator. 

Experience and SkillsThis position requires knowledge of the laws and regulations related to labor policy, as well as experience working with relevant agencies and major stakeholders. Applicants should have experience developing and implementing innovative strategies to advance workers’ rights, working for or with unions and other stakeholders, developing messaging related to labor policy, and conducting oversight of federal, state, and private sector actions. Qualified applicants will have strong writing, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills; exercise sound political judgment; operate well under pressure; and work well as part of a team.  A graduate degree is preferred.

BenefitsU.S. Senate employees are eligible for a number of benefits including student loan repayment, employer contribution for health care insurance, transit subsidy, car and bicycle parking, retirement plans, life insurance, borrowing privileges from the Library of Congress, access to the Senate staff gym, and personal and professional development courses.

Start Date and TenureThe start date for this position will be in the summer of 2018. The position is currently funded through fiscal year 2019 (9/30/2019) although the position may be extended past that date if office funding permits.

You may submit your application to be considered both for positions currently being advertised and positions available in the future. Only applications that are fully completed and submitted through this site will be reviewed. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email.  Should you have any problems submitting your application, please contact our DC office at (202) 224-3934.

Organization: Senator Schatz's Office
Job Location: Washington, DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Ocean Initiative Program Officer; Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation as a Program Officer for the Environment Program to direct the work on Mexico within our Oceans Initiative. 

The Program Officer would assist in the continued development and implementation of the Foundation’s Oceans strategy in Mexico, a country where the Walton Family Foundation has spent more than a decade working to protect some of the country’s most pristine and beautiful ocean and coastal areas. We recently completed a new strategic plan for our work between now and 2020. The goal of the Oceans Strategy is to create healthy, sustainable fisheries that provide greater social and economic security to coastal communities and contribute to healthy ocean ecosystems.   

We have chosen to focus on overfishing because it is one of the greatest, yet most tractable threats to our oceans. Overfishing has a direct impact on the health of fish populations and the overall health of the marine environment. Nearly two-thirds of all fish populations for which good information exists are over fished and need to be rebuilt, and all the other fisheries for which we have little information are suspected to be even worse. On the other hand, if properly managed, fisheries could provide increased income and stability for coastal communities and at the same time improve the health of the marine environment due to resurgent fish populations. 

Specific duties include the following

  • Oversee grant-making in Mexico including soliciting grant proposals, reviewing programs, developing internal grant documents and monitoring progress of grants. 
  • Engage with academics, NGO and industry partners from different parts of Mexico to hone strategy and solicit grant proposals. 
  • Conduct site visits to ongoing or potential project sites, attend public meetings and represent the foundation at conferences and other events. 
  • Identify potential new partnerships and opportunities, including identifying other funding partners to engage each country. 
  • Provide information and assistance as needed to Foundation board members. 
  • Work with WFF evaluation staff to implement and refine WFF’s monitoring and evaluation program. 
  • Execute special projects and other duties as assigned. 

Who we are looking for:
The position calls for an understanding of issues related to Mexican fisheries, fisheries management, fisheries policy, illegal fishing, and a familiarity with the use of market-based tools to ensure sustainable fishing and conservation goals. The role requires self-direction and decisiveness combined with flexibility and a capacity to give and receive feedback graciously. The Foundation seeks to recruit an individual with superior interpersonal skills, a respectful attitude for the work of grantees, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team. 

Basic qualifications required for your success

  • Graduate degree in a related field 
  • At least 7 years of experience in natural resource management or fisheries, in either a policy or advocacy role, ideally with experience in grant-making or project management and evaluation 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Fluency in Spanish and English 

Personal attributes that support your success

  • Demonstrable time-management experience and ability to manage multiple projects for deadlines 
  • Proven capacity to work in a team as well as independently 
  • Intellectual agility and the ability to analyze, think critically, and understanding emerging issues that are directly relevant to programmatic funding areas 
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity 
  • Experience working in Mexico or Latin America is desired 
  • Willingness to travel frequently, particularly to Mexico

Organization: Walton Family Foundation
Job Location: Washington DC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website:  Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Communications Specialist III; Collabralink

The Communications Specialist II will provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Climate Program Office (CPO).

  • Provide expert-level written and oral communications to assist program in relaying clear, concise, understandable information to various target audiences.
  • Establish and maintain communications between NOAA, OAR, universities, academia, other government agencies and non-governmental agencies via newsletters, exchange of stories and features, etc.
  • Works with project managers to develop, execute and manage comprehensive long term strategic communications plan for the program and yearly actionable plan for development of suitable content.
  • Develop audience-appropriate talking points and written communication for the program’s senior management.
  • Support the program in planning and facilitating inter-agency and intra-agency working groups and collaborative projects for public engagements, events and displays for each instance.
  • Communicate scientific data and information through visual means. Such work includes but is not limited to the design, production, and display of photographs, illustrations, diagrams, graphs and graphics, data visualizations, data animations, videos, physical displays (such as models or live demonstrations), slides, and charts for publication on the Internet or in books, magazines, pamphlets, exhibits, live or video recorded speeches or lectures, and other means of communicating. Iterate with NOAA until the information is scientifically accurate, understandable, and usable by the targeted audience.
  • Upload stories, videos and pictures to NOAA and OAR/CPO websites on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Provide technical and scientific writing and editing expertise in support of public communication products for publication on the Web, digital media, and printed products - including audience-targeted descriptions of ocean knowledge, graphs, images, and other data; explanations of Website features and functionality; and scientist profiles.
  • Design a new OOMD website meets NOAA’s guidelines and coordinate its rollout with NOAA communications teams. Provide updates to this website with current project outcomes and program highlights.
  • Organize and facilitate workshops, town halls, seminars, and meetings with various target audiences and partner organizations to promote information exchange.
  • Provide expert level support and develop a visual information strategy for program emphasizing cross-platform visual and graphical consistency.
  • Attend necessary events and conferences to publicize project mission and purpose. Including making presentations on behalf of the program.
  • Develop and maintain content as needed for the monthly ocean observing community newsletter, highlighting recent news and feature stories and their related social media impact

Required Qualifications 

  • Experience developing/writing/editing web and social media content
  • 5+ years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Master’s degree in Communications, Production, or other related field of study from an accredited University required

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of NOAA systems, services, research, and/or programs
  • Policy background experience at a Federal Agency

CollabraLink is a fast growing CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3, Small Business professional services firm. Founded in 2003, CollabraLink has long established ourselves as a value-add partner assisting our customers in solving their most difficult problems.  We bring expertise across a wide variety of IT and Mission Support services driving significant results for our customers.

We actively practice the philosophy that empowered employees make successful teams. That’s why we strive to put employees in positions where they can grow, both personally and professionally. CollabraLink offers a full suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.

Organization: Collabralink
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Analyst III; Collabralink

The Program Analyst III will provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office of Lab’s and Cooperative Institute (LCI)

  • Develop white papers, fact sheets, information bulletins, educational materials, research reports, briefing papers, and other programmatic guidance on a wide variety of coordination and administration issues associated with NOAA’s R&D strategic planning and activities.
  • Coordinate email inquiries, draft initial responses to ad-hoc stakeholder requests for information and analysis, and develop internal and external web content, and schedules / timelines for drafting and finalizing strategic plan documentation.
  • Draft Portfolio-specific briefing materials and educational materials.
  • Provide input to ad hoc stakeholder requests for information and analysis regarding policy development, strategy, status, and assessment related to NOAA R&D strategy activities.
  • Design, implement, and manage mechanisms for collecting, tracking, and assessing information about a broad range of developments, activities, statements, and publications related to NOAA R&D strategy activities.
  • Create, edit, and conduct quality assessment of information resources such as on-line tools, educational products, templates, and handbooks to aid OAR leadership.
  • Provide daily general administrative and business oversight of various business items and processes for support to the R&D Enterprise Committee (RDEC) under the guidance of OAR leadership by reviewing, monitoring, and tracking correspondence, proposals, deadlines, and conducting research that supports the Committee Members.
  • Develop briefing packages in advance of RDEC meetings, including subject matter research as needed. Packages will contain the final agenda, logistics information, supporting materials, and background material as needed for understanding or follow-up on issues discussed during the briefing.
  • Provide logistics and coordination services for national and/or regional meetings related to NOAA R&D strategy activities, including the development of meeting materials, invitation and tracking of participants, coordination of meeting space and requirements, note-taking and facilitation services, and the drafting of after-action reports, as required.

Required Qualifications 

  • 6+ years of experience in the field or in a related area
  • MS Office proficiency
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Master or Doctoral degree in related area from an accredited University required
  • Clearable for Public Trust 

Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of NOAA systems, services, research, and/or programs
  • Policy background experience at a Federal Agency

CollabraLink is a fast growing CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3, Small Business professional services firm. Founded in 2003, CollabraLink has long established ourselves as a value-add partner assisting our customers in solving their most difficult problems. We bring expertise across a wide variety of IT and Mission Support services driving significant results for our customers.

We actively practice the philosophy that empowered employees make successful teams.That’s why we strive to put employees in positions where they can grow, both personally and professionally. CollabraLink offers a full suite of benefits including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, matching 401K, paid time off, tuition reimbursement plans and much more.

Organization: collabralink
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Director; Ocean Science Trust

Ocean Science Trust is a small non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress towards California’s vision for a healthy and productive coast and ocean with salient and rigorous science. Our collaborative team - with diverse science, policy and management expertise - pursues projects and initiatives that draw together diverse perspectives to synthesize, interpret and share science that can inform and advance policy, funding and management decisions. For more information, please visit http://www.oceansciencetrust.org/

Program Director
The Program Director plays a senior leadership role on a cross-functional and multi-disciplinary team to ensure rigorous and unbiased science is integrated into policy and management decisions impacting California’s ocean and coastal areas. Through a partnerships-based approach to all projects, s/he will work closely with stakeholders and partners to synthesize, interpret, and share scientific information that is salient and credible, and will identify and pursue both programmatic and fundraising opportunities to advance science-informed decision-making.

We are seeking a collaborative team leader and an accomplished relationship builder to grow our climate adaptation work. The Program Director will develop and implement new initiatives that inform state, local, and community efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and other changing ocean conditions. We seek an entrepreneurial leader well-versed in current and emerging innovative climate adaptation science and practice, including strategies for financing adaptation actions and promoting positive social change for coastal communities. This is an exciting opportunity to build on OST’s initial work focused on fisheries and adaptation in a resource management context, and shape a strategic vision that supports state adaptation needs and priorities. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will work closely with a peer Program Director.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

  • Provide a clear vision, strategic direction, and oversight for programmatic work, with a focus on mission alignment and sustainability.
  • Lead the development, design, and execution of new projects and initiatives.
  • Ensure programmatic work is aligned with organizational, business, and financial needs and priorities, as well as staff capacity and expertise.
  • Ensure ongoing program excellence, integrity and transparency, through productive partnerships and rigorous project management.
  • Lead, coach, and develop OST’s high-performance science staff, engaging them in grant, workplan, and budget development for projects and initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to inform and advance the organization’s strategic vision and plan as part of the senior management team.

Partnerships and Communications

  • Maintain, cultivate, and advance productive partnerships and collaborations with all stakeholders, including tribes and tribal communities, community leaders, industry, state, and federal government decision-makers, NGOs, the academic scientific community, and, most prominently, members of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team.
  • Represent the organization in diverse venues, such as community meetings, academic conferences, and State partners meetings.
  • Ensure the successful delivery of high quality products that meet the needs and expectations of clients and key audiences.

Fundraising and Development

  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities to advance the mission of the organization and meet the needs of the State.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing and new state, federal, and philanthropic funders.

Intellectual Foundations and Organizational Culture

  • Guide the integration of state-of-the-art science into OST programming.
  • Foster intellectual development and staff contributions through activities such as conference presentations and publications and by fostering strong internal communications and transparency of process.

Desired Skills and Attributes

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and be a creative and flexible thinker
  • Possess a collaborative and service-oriented focus, with ability to balance multiple perspectives.
  • Demonstrated strategic, analytic, and synthetic abilities
  • Ability to design and implement collaborative processes and engage effectively with a diverse portfolio of public and private contractors, partners, and collaborators
  • Possess an extensive network of science, management, and policy experts
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills
  • Outcome-driven project management skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; ability to translate scientific and technical concepts and organizational messages for diverse audiences
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and remain flexible when faced with short or changing timelines
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Desired Knowledge and Experience

  • 7+ years of substantive and relevant experience; familiarity with California’s marine and coastal human-natural ecosystems preferred
  • Advanced degree in climate science, social science, political science, public policy, natural resource management, or other relevant field
  • Demonstrated success fostering professional growth of staff
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising and managing relationships with funders to build excitement for and successfully frame mission-driven work
  • Extensive knowledge of the science and practice of climate adaptation. Familiarity with current and emerging approaches to adaptation in coastal and ocean contexts.
  • Extensive knowledge of policy processes and management approaches to ocean and coastal resources
  • Familiarity with California’s human interface and social implications relative to marine and coastal policy and management preferred
  • Familiarity with new approaches for adaptation financing, fostering social resilience, and diversifying community adaptation options preferred

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 preferred location for this position is Sacramento, CA, however Oakland, CA will be considered as an alternative. OST is amenable to considering the option of some remote work. 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/OST-Program-Director-102170

Organization: Ocean Science Trust
Job Location: Sacramento, CA or Oakland, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Application Website: Online Application

- Position Vacancy: Oil Spill Preparedness Planner; Washington State Department of Ecology

The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill an Oil Spill Contingency Plan Compliance Specialist (Environmental Planner 2) position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The purpose of this position is to ensure that the Spills Program has a focus on preparedness for oil spills to Washington waters and land, as well as effective and aggressive responses to oil and hazardous substance spills whenever they occur. The duties also ensure that all program activities and interactions with internal and external stakeholders comply with program expectations. The position develops planning processes for approval of oil spill contingency plans for facility and commercial vessel operators statewide; uses written criteria and judgment to ensure that the plans are tested and improved during drills. The position assists in the maintenance of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan and is responsible for successfully maintaining stakeholder, tribal and local government relationships.
We are looking for an engaged and proactive individual interested in being part of dynamic team. Ideal applicants possess effective skills in organization, tracking processes, understands how to manage projects and timelines, eye for detail, able to review long and technical documents, process information and make recommendations.

As a member of the Oil Spill Preparedness Planners, you will be a key resource in the following activities:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of oil spill contingency plan, response equipment, and personnel capability through oil spill drills.
  • Reviews, analyzes and recommends approval of industry oil spill contingency plans.
  • Collaborate with local, state, federal, tribal governments and communities on development of geographic response plans.
  • Support program in 24/7 oil spill response capability as a member of the Incident Management Team.

This position has been identified as a Critical Agency positions and the incumbent in this position is expected to work during facility closures and natural disasters. This position may also be required to act as duty officers for after-hours pager duty on rotation.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications 

  • A Master's degree or above with major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND two years of professional experience in land use, urban regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.   OR  
  • One year of experience as an Environmental Planner 2. Two years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development, will substitute for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in a field of natural science has been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of planning principles, government administrative structure at federal, state and local levels, of oil issues affecting spill trends and the ability to accurately analyze observations/data and write clearly.
  • Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS platform including web-based mapping and basic database management.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:  

The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day. This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications. Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check. Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver's License. Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver's license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.  

Application Instructions:
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience..

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page. If you have specific questions about the position, please email Nhi Irwin at: kimberly.wagar@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Nhi to inquire about the status of your application.  

Organization: Washington State Department of Ecology
Job Location: Lacey
Application deadline: July 18, 2018; open until filled
Application Website: Oil Spill Preparedness Planner (Environmental Planner 3)

- Position Vacancy: Chapter Director - Monterey Bay; National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as Chapter Director for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The Foundation seeks an individual with experience in fundraising and organizational development who has a strong network of relationships in communities that surround Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). Applicants should possess knowledge of non-profit organizations and experience in building and working with a governing board. The candidate should bring an entrepreneurial mindset and be excited about building a new fundraising program for the local foundation chapter. This is a full-time position based in the offices of Monterey Bay NMS in Monterey and Santa Cruz, CA.

Responsibilities
The Chapter Director will work closely with the chapter governing board, the Superintendent of the Monterey Bay NMS, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to support the mission and programs of the Monterey Bay NMS and strengthen local and regional public outreach and engagement in support of the sanctuary. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work with the chapter governing board to support the mission of the Monterey Bay NMS;
  • Develop an annual work plan engaging the chapter governing board, the national Foundation, and the Monterey Bay NMS;
  • Create, lead, assess and manage the local chapter's fundraising strategies to support programs that support the conservation of Monterey Bay NMS;
  • Work with the national Foundation to write grants on behalf of the local foundation chapter;
  • Work with the national Foundation's Director of Development to design and implement strategies to cultivate and grow major, principal and corporate donor programs;
  • Work with governing board members to develop and plan fundraising events;
  • Represent the local foundation chapter at third-party events that strengthen community engagement and outreach about Monterey Bay; and,
  • Maintain the local chapter website and social media engagement, including drafting content.

Core Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; understands organization's strengths and weaknesses; adapts strategy to changing conditions; and, shows ability to negotiate complex, high profile or sensitive agreements.
  • Leadership – Proven leadership abilities in leading an organization and building and engaging a governing board to support conservation programs.
  • Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; writes clearly, informatively, and accurately; presents numerical data accurately; and, shows an ability to learn and communicate the issues fundamental to the Sanctuary’s mission and the Foundation’s work.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; and, takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; and, presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum of five years’ experience; work experience in development will be considered in addition to higher education requirements;
  • Track record of success in fundraising, marketing and branding;
  • Demonstrated commitment to ocean stewardship and knowledge of Monterey Bay NMS;
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills;
  • Non-profit management experience; and,
  • Experience with website management, social media, and event planning beneficial.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. This position is for full-time employment.  For full-time employees, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  

Applicants
Please send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to: applicants@marinesanctuary.org and please include “Chapter Director of Monterey Bay” in the subject line. Candidates should include their desired salary with the application. Applications received prior to July 13, 2018 will be preferred. No phone calls please.  
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees.  

Background on the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization. Founded in 2000 to expand the educational, philanthropic, and programmatic outreach of the National Marine Sanctuary System, the Foundation is a leader in conserving U.S. marine and Great Lakes areas of national significance and connecting people to these unique places.  Local chapters connect the local communities with their sanctuary. Chapters work to secure grants and donations to support programs, engage the local community and visitors in the sanctuary mission, serve as a local voice to advocate on issues affecting the sanctuary, and work with local business, community leaders, media, and other organizations to develop and strengthen partnerships for long-term support.

Organization: National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Monterey, CA; Santa Cruz, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018
Application Information: PDF iconchapter_director_monterey_bay_nms_foundation_job_announcement_6.25.18.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Maritime Analyst; Vulcan

As an Analyst - Maritime at Vulcan, your analytical and technical skills will make a difference and a real impact. You will work with our team to conduct statistical analyses to learn from unstructured, real-world data from Vulcan’s skylight project and external data sources. You will present your analysis to the broader team and develop and maintain a data and computing infrastructure.

Responsibilities:

  • Reports directly to the Principal Analyst as part of the Skylight Operational Center
  • Perform daily situational awareness for customer areas of interest
  • Conduct strategic vessel research in cooperation with other members of the Skylight team
  • Evaluate and use satellite imagery (EO, SAR, emerging technologies) to detect and identify targets
  • Synthesize public information sources such as social media, ship spotters etc.
  • Assist in establishing functional requirements and informing system design for Skylight.global
  • International travel with other members of the Skylight team to engage customers and make presentations.
  • Able to lead customer on-boarding activities and deliverable creation working with other Skylight team members.
  • Interface with enforcement personnel from partner governments and provide actionable intelligence around maritime security issues

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 5-8 years of experience in producing actionable intelligence regarding illegal fishing and/or similar maritime domain awareness analysis activities
  • Military experience as a USN/USCG Operational Specialist or Intelligence Specialist, or Civilian Fishing Fleet experience
  • Experience collecting and analyzing relevant data from multiple disparate sources
  • Familiarity with technology used in ingesting and analyzing data (particularly SQL)
  • Experience with producing analytical reports using maritime domain awareness data
  • Highly collaborative and works well in a cross functional team setting
  • Strong customer facing and presentation skills 

Desirable Experience and Skills:

  • Expertise with international fisheries, satellite data, and various modes of vessel detection.

Special Remarks Regarding Work Environment, If Applicable

  • Travel estimated to be 10%
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Vulcan is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply without regard to race, age, gender, religion, disability, LGBTQ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Officer, Global Marine Conservation; Wildlife Conservation Society

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. Started in 1895 (as the New York Zoological Society), WCS has a long history of ocean conservation and exploration, from its role in the first international wildlife treaties of the 1910s, the earliest deep-sea dives in the 1930s, the first land-sea parks of the 1950s, to the discovery of whale song in the 1970s. Today, the WCS Global Marine Conservation Program supports the conservation of coastal seascapes, coral reefs, mangroves, and iconic marine species, such as sharks, rays, and marine mammals, in the waters of 24 countries around the world. WCS focuses on protecting areas with the greatest biodiversity and aggregations of marine wildlife, as well as important habitats and fisheries on which coastal communities depend. WCS is based at the Bronx Zoo, and operates the four zoos and the New York Aquarium in New York City, collectively visited by 4 million people annually. For more information about the Marine Program, visit www.wcs.org/Marine.

Position Overview

The primary objective of the Program Officer position is to provide general programmatic, financial, communications, and administrative support to the Global Marine Conservation Program. The program staff consists of a core team of seven New York-based staff and a large team of 250+ field-based staff across 24 countries. The Program Officer will be part of the WCS's Global Marine Conservation team based at the headquarters of WCS at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. This is a full-time position.

Position Responsibilities

General

  • Support WCS’s marine conservation portfolio, activities, and senior leadership across HQ and regional programs. This includes programmatic and administrative work for WCS Global Marine Conservation, which comprises of global marine initiatives relating to marine mammals, sharks and rays, coral reefs, fisheries, and marine protected areas.
  • Support Global Marine Conservation staff in New York in program implementation, including: preparation and management of consultancy contracts and sub-grant agreements; processing payments for invoices, reimbursements, stipends, and other paperwork; assisting in procurement orders, mail, etc.
  • Coordinate and provide logistical support for Global Marine Conservation personnel and activities, including: organize meetings and travel; assist with presentations; coordinate marine insurance; assist with forms for human resources, payroll and other departments; manage all marine files and data, etc.
  • Regularly meet with administrative staff across WCS, including other programs in Global Conservation, to coordinate administrative processes.

Finance and Grants Management

  • Support finance, grant and budget management on centralized grants and programs, specifically to assist in the preparation and review of proposals, reports and budgets.
  • Oversee tracking for Global Marine Conservation grants in coordination with the Global Marine Conservation Program Manager and other WCS departments and regional offices, and track compliance with deadlines, guidelines, and requirements.
  • Support the Program Manager in general finance and operations, including compiling financial reports, accounting adjustments, monitoring expenses and revenue, and setting up new grants in the accounting system.

Communications

  • Write and edit reports and communications relating to Global Marine Conservation activities for internal and external audiences, including staff, donors, and general public.
  • Support the web-based and social media presence and public face of Global Marine Conservation, in conjunction with Public Affairs and Communications Departments.  
  • Manage the Global Marine Conservation digital file system and image library and serve as point person for distribution of promotional materials.
  • Serve as primary programmatic lead and point of contact for media and communications among HQ and regional programs, including other divisions of WCS, such as the Zoos and Aquarium, Communications and Media Production, Public Affairs, Education, etc.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • BA or BS required.
  • 2-4 years of experience in project or non-profit management; grant writing, budgeting and reporting desirable.
  • Ability to work in a team (which is largely based outside of the NY office).
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to work with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, including responsiveness to multiple, simultaneous projects and demands; ability to set and follow priorities, and to meet deadlines.
  • Strong writing skills required. Ability to produce clear and concise communications.
  • Commitment to follow through and quality control; excellent attention to detail.
  • Proactive and good problem-solver.
  • Understanding of general conservation issues desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Foreign language fluency desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite and social media platforms.

To Apply
To apply, email CV and cover letter to marineprogram[at]wcs.org and apply online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers.aspx/.  Preference will be given to applications received by July 13, but the position will remain open until filled. WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diversity candidates.

Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Job Location: Bronx, New York
Duration: Full-Time

- Position Vacancy: Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program; The Baldwin Group

The Baldwin Group, Inc. (TBG), seeks an experienced Communications and Outreach Director to support our contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) for Coastal Management (OCM). The successful candidate will lead communications on behalf of the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and will liaise with the OCM Communications Division. The Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program will develop and implement a forward-looking communications strategy for the program, advancing its mission and goals. The Communications Director will work with matrix program offices, grantees, partners, and other NOAA offices to develop strategies, content, and tools that reflect the program’s communications needs and priorities. The successful candidate will plan, organize, and oversee communications, messaging, and branding activities for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Develop a strategic communications action plan annually with regular monitoring and updates.
  • Foster the CRCP communications team spanning the NOAA coral matrix offices.
  • Engage partners, both internal and external, to support and enhance communications efforts and raise awareness of the program.
  • Highlight news and program highlights on social media channels.
  • Support communications efforts for headquarters-level initiatives.
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to the press through National Ocean Service Public Affairs.
  • Update coalreef.noaa.gov with fresh content from the matrix offices and grantees.
  • Work with partners and NOAA Communications staff to submit updates on program news to NOAA, National Ocean Service, and OCM leadership.
  • Continue enhancement of coralreef.noaa.gov through the development of graphics, maps, and other visuals.
  • Produce short videos to strategically highlight Coral Program efforts.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in the field, with at least three years of demonstrated communications and outreach effort leadership experience.
  • Masters Degree in English, journalism, communications, etc., or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of NOAA programs, coral reef, or coastal management topic area expertise preferred.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Self-starter with timely responsiveness and a service attitude.
  • Significant experience with MS Word and PowerPoint.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your qualifications to: 
hr@tbgva.com with the subject line: "Communications Director for the Coral Reef Conservation Program Silver Spring, Maryland"

Organization: The Baldwin Group
Job Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Duration: Full-Time https://tbgva.net/careers.html#communications-director
Application Website: More Information

- Position Vacancy: Communications and Education Specialist; NOAA

I.M. Systems Group (www.imsg.com), a contractor to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Spring, MD, seeks an individual to serve as a full time Communications and Education Specialist to coordinate and promote the Marine Debris Program’s activities.  This individual will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration’s (ORR - http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/) Marine Debris Division (MDD -http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/). The position will be located at the ORR headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The candidate will serve as a Communications and Education Specialist for marine debris-related matters, supporting activities under the NOAA Marine Debris Division.  This position will establish and coordinate a proactive communications strategy that builds awareness of the Marine Debris Program’s core capabilities and projects. Duties will also focus on program coordination and development through community engagement, creating outreach materials, reviewing reports and other outward-facing products, and developing web-based content. Domestic travel may be required.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and disseminate print and online outreach materials such as fact sheets, newsletters, posters, reports, and project summaries.
  • Assist with maintenance of web platforms and strategically plan and develop content for the website and affiliated web products including blogs and social media tools.
  • Support education initiatives by reviewing and sharing curricula, participating in classroom visits and outreach events, supporting regional education efforts, interacting with the NOAA Education Council, and other related duties as needed.
  • Build and maintain relationships and effective communications within NOAA and with other government agencies, private groups and not-for-profit organizations to leverage information and identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Provide clear and concise responses to information requested from NOAA, the Administration, Congress, external partners, and the public.
  • Fulfill timely communications-related requests from the Marine Debris Division Chief.
  • Present information about the Marine Debris Division at conferences and meetings, schools, and outreach events as needed.
  • Work with field staff to identify and support local communications and education needs.
  • Synthesize information and copy edit materials.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with 6 years’ experience in a communications/outreach capacity, formal or informal education experience preferred.
  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Familiarity with a variety of communication strategies and methods such as developing written materials/briefings, press releases, website development, brochure development, layouts, etc.
  • Experience translating scientific information for public consumption and copy editing documents.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of individuals and within teams.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects be responsive to deadlines, and shift priorities as needed.
  • 1-2 writing samples are required. Please send samples to Ginger Hammonds at hammondsg@imsg.com.

Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate; Northwest Fishery Science Center

ECS has an immediate opening for a person to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). The Economics Team at the NWFSC in Seattle, WA, is seeking support to work on the Economic Data Collection Program (EDC). The EDC program is an annual, mandatory, economics survey of all participants in the West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program, including catcher vessels, catcher processors, motherships, first receivers, and shoreside processors. This is an important program that collects and analyzes data to report on the economic effects of catch shares.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in administering the data collection and database maintenance. Specific activities include processing forms and entering data, verifying data accuracy, contacting participants to correct submissions, development of data quality checks, and other logistical items.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of the data to report and analyze catch share performance. This includes performing exploratory data analysis, summarizing data, statistical modeling, and calculating or estimating performance metrics. Products include analyses for annual reports, analyses for the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and stand-alone papers.

More information about the EDC program can found at: www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/edc

More information about the West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program can be found at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/groundfish_catch_share...

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree, but a Graduate Degree is preferred
  • At least 4 years of experience conducting data and statistical analyses
  • Proficient in R and/or SQL programming.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences via email and telephone.
  • Ability to think creatively in terms of approaches and tactics and deal successfully with ambiguities and unknowns.
  • Motivated, proactive, and self-starter.
  • Ability to perform multiple simultaneous functions with critical deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work on a team.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of West Coast fisheries.
  • Experience conducting economic, financial or fishery related analyses.
  • Experience developing and working with databases.
  • Experience using rmarkdown, LaTeX, and/or knitr

Organization: Northwest Fishery Science Center
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Program Coordinator; Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

These organizations have similar missions with projects specific to meeting their goals. The applicant would be an employee of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and 50% of their time would be designated to serving as the Foundation’s Olympic Coast Chapter Coordinator and 50% of their time designated to serving as the Washington CoastSavers' Coordinator. This individual should be passionate, conservation-driven, have excellent time management and people skills, and be able to develop and maintain working relationships with numerous partners.The Program Coordinator will be housed in NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary's office in Port Angeles.

Organization: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Job Location: Port Angeles, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $35,000 with benefits
Application Information: PDF iconprogram-coordinator-job-posting-6.1.18.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Hydrodynamic Modeler; Coast Survey Development Laboratory

The candidate will collaborate on coastal ocean modeling with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coast Survey Development Laboratory (CSDL), which is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Will provide hydrodynamic modeling support, evaluation, and expertise to NOAA's VDatum program. VDatum (vdatum.noaa.gov) is a national vertical datum transformation tool developed by NOAA. Will work with CSDL personnel on the development, evaluation, and reporting of tide modeling by using the ADCIRC model to compute spatially varying tidal datum fields and their associated uncertainties. Will work with a team of scientists across NOAA's National Ocean Service, the candidate will develop these tidal datum products for use in the VDatum software.

Organization: Coast Survey Development Laboratory
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: CSI-TNC Coastal Sustainability Fellow; Northeastern University

The 2018 Fellowship competition will prioritize applicants with research interests related to coastal habitats and nature-based infrastructure for coastal protection and ecosystem restoration. While not exclusive, specific areas of research connected to this priority could include:

• Quantifying, mapping, or valuing ecosystem services (e.g., water quality, fisheries, tourism, climate and hazard risk reduction)
• Policy analysis, scenario modeling, or decision-support for coastal planning and practice

Qualifications: The CSI-TNC Coastal Sustainability Fellows Program welcomes applicants from all fields of study focused on understanding and pursuing coastal sustainability. All applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in a relevant field of natural science, social science, or engineering between September 1, 2015 and 2018.

Fellowship Details & Application Process: The fellowship will provide two years of salary ($60,000 per year) and benefits plus an additional $5,000 each year to support travel for meetings and field research. Fellows will be based at NU’s CSI and Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA, and co-mentored by scientists at CSI and TNC.

Organization: Northeastern University
Job Location: Nahant, Massachusetts
Duration: Full-Time / 2 years
Salary: $60,000 per year
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here
Application Information: PDF icontnc_nu_fellowsad_final.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Plastics Initiative Director; Oceans Conservancy

Trash in the ocean compromises the health of humans and wildlife and threatens those whose livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.  Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas (TFS) Program aims to stop the flow of trash at its source.  Efforts under the TFS Program include the International Coastal Cleanup, science and monitoring of the incidence and impacts of marine debris, as well as managing the Trash Free Seas Alliance® –a partnership of industry, science, and conservation leaders to advance solutions to marine debris.

Ocean Conservancy’s Plastics Initiative works to leverage the resources and partnerships of the TFS program and the Alliance to bring industry, government, and civil society partners together to analyze, identify, and launch solutions reduce plastic inputs to the ocean by half by 2025. Over the past five years, Ocean Conservancy has supported scientific and economic analyses of the major ways plastic waste reaches the ocean. These studies have highlighted that the majority of plastic in the ocean comes from countries with rapidly developing economies and without sufficient waste management infrastructure. As a result of this work, in 2017 Ocean Conservancy worked with Closed Loop Partners to launch Closed Loop Ocean, an initiative to raise $150 million from consumer goods companies and plastics makers to invest in collection and recycling projects in Southeast Asia. Additional projects to provide technical assistance, design behavior change campaigns, and catalyze on the ground partnerships are being developed as well.

Organization: Oceans Conservancy
Job Location: Washington, D. C.
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Environmental Specialist; Integrated Statistics

Integrated Statistics is looking for an Environmental Specialist to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which administers NOAA's programs in the Northeastern United States to manage living marine resources for optimum use. The Habitat Conservation Division (HCD) reviews development projects proposed, funded or authorized by federal agencies, assessing whether these coastal development projects may adversely affect marine, estuarine, or diadromous species or their habitat, conducting technical reviews of the biological effects of these human activities, and recommending actions to avoid, minimize or compensate for these impacts. 

The Environmental Specialist provides assistance in the technical review of BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) actions under the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act of 1953 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including lease sales and site development for oil and gas and wind energy. The resulting technical review will then form the basis for NMFS recommendations to BOEM on how best to avoid, minimize or compensate for impacts to fish resources and their habitats. The technical review includes literature reviews, data analysis, attendance at project meetings, and report generation.
The Environmental Specialist identifies, evaluates, and works to mitigate adverse impacts of energy development projects on fishery habitats, and avoidance of use conflicts with the fishing industry. The Environmental Specialist takes responsibility for reviewing study designs, Environmental Impact Statements, Site Assessment Plans, Construction and Operations Plans, and monitoring plans and providing recommendations on how to avoid, minimize or compensate for adverse impacts to habitats and fisheries resources. The Environmental Specialist analyzes complex data, identifies trends, and provides conclusions to HCD. The Environmental Specialist makes recommendations to HCD for guidance and criteria for assessing OCS energy development projects. The Environmental Specialist writes reports and makes oral presentations before audiences of professional and varied interests.

Duties
The specific tasks include:

  • Reviewing BOEM public notices when published in the Federal Register. Providing technical review of all leasing and project development information related to conservation of living marine resources.
  • Conducting literature reviews to obtain background information.
  • Collecting, compiling, and analyzing data.
  • Drafting responses, reports and reviews.
  • Conducting and documenting site visits.
  • Entering data and conducting quality control reviews.
  • Attending meetings, conferences, conference calls and site visits.
  • Copying documents, compiling records, organizing and maintaining filing systems (both electronic and hard copy).
  • Preparing maps and other geographical displays and analysis.
  • Providing recommendations to HCD on issues associated with conservation of living marine resources.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in marine science, fisheries science, natural resource management, marine policy, ecology, or a related field of study is required. A Master’s degree in such a field is preferred.
  • A demonstrated understanding of policies and regulations for marine habitat protection under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and other appropriate legislation is required.
  • At least three years of specialized work experience in marine environmental impact assessment, such as within a habitat conservation program, or other fish and wildlife management program.

The position is full-time with a rate of pay of $30-33, depending on experience and qualifications. The position has a period of performance of one year, and is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, please email the Integrated Statistics office. 

Organization: Integrated Statistics
Job Location: Gloucester, MA
Salary: $30-33 per hour
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Senior Program Officer; Gulf Research Program

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 in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas. The Program seeks to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation.
The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing and managing one or more of the Gulf Research Program’s programs or projects related to community resilience, health, and well-being with minimal oversight by Director. Develops program or project strategy and budget, and ensures program or project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between board/committee/panel members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff.
The work is a combination of program and grant management and analytical work, requiring broad training in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, anthropology, geography) and familiarity with a range of theoretical approaches, methodologies, and quantitative and qualitative analyses. Experience with primary data collection methods and management of large data sets is also required.

The job’s primary focus will be managing research programs, convening activities (e.g., workshops, meetings), and funding opportunities. Establishes and follows processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operations of a complex function. Assignments are broadly defined and require sound judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge to develop innovative solutions to a full range of complex problems to ensure program’s or project’s success. Incumbent has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Is often responsible for oversight or management of other staff; reports to Director.

Essential Job Duties:

1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading research programs, grant programs, studies, etc.

2. Where applicable assembles committees and guides those committees to achieve their stated objectives. Communicates and coordinates with the committee/panel chair and members. Identifies and gathers research materials. Facilitates the flow of information among committee/panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.

3. Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.

4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers, review panel summaries). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of activity.

5. Where applicable, coordinates with communications staff to develop communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.

6. Manages staff with minimal oversight by Director. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Mentors staff and ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.

7. Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizes expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.

8. Collaborates with experts and stakeholders from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit within and outside the National Academies.

9. With Director oversight, conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.

10. For certain programs managing research or fellowship activities, conducts site visits and ensures current and new facilities meet established criteria. Visits sites where participants are located to evaluate assignment and ensure compliance.

Organization: Gulf Research Program
Job Location: Washington, D. C.
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Acoustics Research Assistant; NOAA’s Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science

CSS is seeking an Acoustics Research Assistant for full-time employment to support NOAA’s Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Beaufort, NC. The primary focus area for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to develop ecosystem assessments and geospatial data products from surveys and experiments conducted using underwater acoustic and optical systems. The output and products will contribute to decision support tools for managing special places like marine sanctuaries and marine reserves as well as understanding the distribution of living marine resources in the context of ecosystem management and ocean planning.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Use established and novel approaches to conduct ecological assessments and experiments using underwater acoustic (scientific fishery echosounders and sonars) and optical systems (stationary, towed or ROV deployed video and stereo video systems).
  • Participate and lead acquisition and analysis of hydroacoustic and optical data from surveys conducted from small research vessels to large research ships in coral and rocky reef ecosystems.
  • Take a leadership role in data organization and management to ensure that data products and metadata are delivered according to project timelines.
  • Substantially contribute to data management, statistical analysis, and development of maps and other spatial data visual tools, co-lead writing and preparation of project presentations, reports, peer-reviewed publications, and outreach to communicate the outcomes in professional and public venues.
  • Travel for field work and extended research cruises is expected.

Qualifications

  • M.S. degree in ecology, biology or oceanography; or B.S. in ecology, marine science or engineering, and 2 or more years of demonstrated relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in software packages that handle spatial data including: ESRI ArcGIS (Pro, Online, &/or Dashboard), and ability to write reproducible code for data handling and statistical analysis in Python or R statistical software packages.
  • Experience with using hydroacoustic and underwater video/optical systems and analysis software (e.g., Echoview, SeaGIS) desired
  • The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, manage time to achieve project objectives to meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a large team located across a wide geographic area.
  • Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.
  • Must be available to start on or about July 1, 2018.

Organization: NOAA’s Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science
Job Location: Beaufort, NC
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Honors Faculty Scholar & Assistant Director for Clean Virginia Waterways; Longwood University

The Cormier Honors College for Citizen Scholars and Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University invite applications for a non-tenure-track faculty position to begin immediately, but not later than August 2018.

We seek a scholar to engage Longwood University undergraduate students in and out of the classroom and also to engage with environmental leaders and fellow citizens through exceptional program management. The successful candidate will have an earned graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred); strong commitment to excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching; serious interest and motivation to manage existing outreach programs, contribute to ongoing research projects, and further community engagement collaborations with students, faculty, staff, and Commonwealth citizens more broadly; experience in successful project management; and genuine commitment to service to the University and local communities.

Organization: Longwood University
Job Location: Farmville, VA
Duration: Full-Time / Part-Time
Application Website: Apply Here
Application Information: PDF iconf0305-honors-faculty-scholar-and-asst.-director.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Research Associate Professor; University of South Carolina

Applications are being accepted for a research associate professor position located at the University of South Carolina Baruch Marine Field Laboratory in Georgetown, SC. This individual will serve as the Manager of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NI-WB NERR) that is headquartered at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory. The NIWB NERR is one in a network of 29 sites around the U.S. and its territories that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Reserves conduct research, monitoring, education and stewardship activities that improve our understanding and management of coastal areas.

Position Description: The Reserve Manager oversees and coordinates operations of the NI-WB NERR, a partnership between the University of South Carolina and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Management activities include regular communication with program coordinators, approving and reviewing budget expenditures, advertising and filling position vacancies as needed, and coordinating reserve activities and facility operations with USC Baruch Institute staff in Columbia and at the coast, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, and with other partners on the Hobcaw Barony property. The Reserve Manager also coordinates with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management to ensure consistency with NOAA requirements and to further site-based and system-wide priorities. Primary responsibilities include preparing and submitting semi-annual reports, tracking and reporting on required performance measures, participating in NERR System-wide (NERRS) meetings and workgroups, coordinating activities with other reserves in the NERRS network, working with staff to update the reserve management plan (every five years), and participating in NOAA program evaluations. The Manager also prepares annual reserve operations proposals and budgets (in collaboration with the program coordinators) that support management goals and objectives outlined in the reserve’s management plan.

Organization: University of South Carolina
Job Location: Georgetown, SC
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $57,156 - $64.855
Application Information: PDF iconni-wb_nerr_managerpositionannoucementmay2018_144075.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Professor and Chairperson; The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michigan State University

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University invites applications for Chairperson. We seek a dynamic, visionary, and inclusive leader who will strategically focus the intellectual resources of our faculty, students and staff to address some of the most challenging natural resource issues confronting society. Over the last decade, the Fisheries and Wildlife faculty has diversified and grown to 43 members who are dedicated to advancing the frontiers of scientific discovery and preparing the next generation of leaders through engaged learning and outreach. Our success is fueled by extensive collaborations across a rich array of disciplines within the natural and social sciences, and through partnerships with management agencies and stakeholder groups. The Department’s size, diversity, and commitment to the land-grant philosophy represents a substantial opportunity for a leader with the vision and desire to grow our impacts across the Great Lakes region, the nation, and the globe. The position is a full-time, 12-month appointment that will include a rank of full Professor with tenure. The expected start date is August 2019 or sooner.

Organization: The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Michigan State University
Job Location: East Lansing, MI
Duration: Full-Time
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Application Information: PDF iconmsufwchairpositiondescription_fullversion.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Administrative and Development Assistant; Satilla Riverkeeper

The Satilla Riverkeeper is a member supported, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and educating about the beautiful and unique Satilla River. The Satilla River is a blackwater coastal river located in Southeast Georgia, with the office stationed in Nahunta, GA (Brantley County). We advocate for the right to swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters for all to enjoy.

Satilla Riverkeeper is seeking a motivated and skilled Administrative and Development Assistant to assist the Executive Director in fulfilling our mission by ensuring ample operating funds are generated for the organization through fundraising and ‘friend-raising’, engaging the public to be good stewards of our water resources, and assisting in day-to-day operations of the Satilla Riverkeeper organization. The Assistant will also participate in effective statewide coalitions working to effect positive change for our water and natural resource
 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Fundraising and Development (60%)

  • Management of membership/donor database (Giftworks)
  • Assistance with fundraising efforts including but not limited to donation appeals, thank you letters, membership renewals, online donation drives, developing major donors.
  • Major assistance in planning, executing, and reporting for events. Typically, Satilla Riverkeeper hosts an oyster roast, fishing tournament, gala, and river clean-up each year. Other events may be added to the calendar as needed.
  • Assist the Executive Director (ED) in researching, writing, tracking, and reporting for grants.
  • Assist the ED in recruiting, managing, and tracking volunteer contributions.
  • Explore new development strategies to support Satilla Riverkeeper’s mission.

 Communications and Public Relations (30%)

  • Produce marketing, public relations, and educational material to explain, promote, and engage the public in the programs and mission of Satilla Riverkeeper.
  • Assist with communications through emails, newsletters, and social media.
  • Assist in website maintenance and content creation.
  • Assist with media relations via press releases.

 Administration (10%)

  • Assist with clerical tasks as needed.
  • Assist with filing, organization, and recordkeeping.
  • Maintain stocks of office supplies.
  • Manage mailings.
  • Assist with general errands as needed.
  • Help maintain a neat and orderly work environment.
  • Additional support for Riverkeeper/ED as needed.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in fundraising or development in a nonprofit is highly preferred, but not required.
  • Independent worker, who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and organized.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Technology-proficient professional, who has experience with digital technology, fundraising software (ideally Giftworks), databases, and Microsoft Office Suite, and is open to learning more.
  • Knowledge of watershed concepts, environmental policy, natural history, or ecology of southeast Georgia, or interest and ability to learn.
  • Takes initiative without being asked, multi-tasks, predicts and prevents problems, meets deadlines, and facilitates efficient and effective organization operations.
  • Team-player willing to contribute to a positive, yet professional, working environment in a mission-driven organization.

Compensation:

This position pays $19/hr. About 20 hours a week, flexible hours, requiring some work on evenings and weekends. Schedule to be set/approved by Executive Director. Some professional development opportunities may be available. Reimbursement for work related expenses, as approved by ED. Telework options available.

Organization: Satilla Riverkeeper
Job Location: Nahunta, GA
Duration: Part-Time: 20hrs/week
Salary: $19/hr
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Oceanographer; NOAA COOPS

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in coordinating across National Ocean Service offices to support the advancement of NOAA’s VDatum models.
  • Lead the compilation and delivery of tidal and geodetic relationships based on bench mark elevations, in order to help update VDatum.
  • Perform geospatial analyses to assess the need for additional data collection to improve model inputs.
  • Using standardized protocols, compute oceanographic products (e.g. tidal and geodetic datums) from water level data and provide tidal and geodetic datums and tidal bench mark elevations to support marine boundary delineation and coastal engineering.
  • In a database environment, identify and resolve deficiencies in water level datasets and metadata required to produce oceanographic products.
  • Assist with the revision of standard operating procedures used to analyze oceanographic data and generate products.
  • Assist with the development of presentations, technical reports, and peer-reviewed publications in areas of expertise.

Qualifications and skills sought for this position:

  • Master’s Degree in oceanography, geodesy, surveying engineering, physical science, geophysics, meteorology, or a closely related discipline, or a Bachelor’s Degree in one of these fields and two years of relevant experience. Knowledge of oceanographic principles, theories, and practices is highly desirable.
  • A demonstrated ability to self-manage workload, collaborate well with others, and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in using a desktop computer and MS Office Suite for analyzing and processing data and developing and editing documents.
  • Strong technical writing skills.
  • General database and query experience and familiarity with GIS are required; Matlab or Python skills are a plus.

Organization: NOAA COOPS
Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Manager, North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Applications are being accepted for a research associate professor position located at the University of South Carolina Baruch Marine Field Laboratory in Georgetown, SC. This individual will serve as the Manager of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NI-WB NERR) that is headquartered at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory. The NIWB NERR is one in a network of 29 sites around the U.S. and its territories that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Reserves conduct research, monitoring, education and stewardship activities that improve our understanding and management of coastal areas.

Position Description:

The Reserve Manager oversees and coordinates operations of the NI-WB NERR, a partnership between the University of South Carolina and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Management activities include regular communication with program coordinators, approving and reviewing budget expenditures, advertising and filling position vacancies as needed, and coordinating reserve activities and facility operations with USC Baruch Institute staff in Columbia and at the coast, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, and with other partners on the Hobcaw Barony property. The Reserve Manager also coordinates with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management to ensure consistency with NOAA requirements and to further site-based and system-wide priorities. Primary responsibilities include preparing and submitting semi-annual reports, tracking and reporting on required performance measures, participating in NERR System-wide (NERRS) meetings and workgroups, coordinating activities with other reserves in the NERRS network, working with staff to update the reserve management plan (every five years), and participating in NOAA program evaluations. The Manager also prepares annual reserve operations proposals and budgets (in collaboration with the program coordinators) that support management goals and objectives outlined in the reserve’s management plan.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in marine or environmental science, coastal resource management, or environmental policy.
  • Knowledge and experience in program development, implementation, evaluation and management with an emphasis on coastal systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences including scientists, policy-makers, educators and members of the general public.
  • Experience implementing policy and managing grants and associated budgets.
  • Strong leadership skills with experience organizing and facilitating meetings for staff and other audiences.

This position is a full-time, grant funded position with a starting date of July 1, 2018. Salary: $57,156 - $64.855, depending on experience. Full benefits provided including annual and sick leave, state retirement, and health insurance.

For additional information and to apply for this position please use this link: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/30044
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. James L. Pinckney, Director, Baruch Institute, at pinckney@sc.edu.

- Position Vacancy: Scientist 5; Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking a Scientist 5 to provide support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), in Long Beach, CA. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species. This position will support the NMFS West Coast Region Sustainable Fisheries Division through the preparation of rulemaking documents and supporting materials related to conservation and management of federal fisheries, protected species, and their habitat.  Additional support will include analyzing environmental review documents and preparing technical reports. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a strong analytical and policy background to contribute to NOAA’s West Coast fisheries management.

Organization: Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA
Job Location: Long Beach, CA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Fisheries Biologist 2; Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking applicants for backfilling a Fisheries Biologist 2 position to provide support to the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA. The incumbent will either provide scientific writing support including assisting in preparation of manuscripts and reports and literature review of climate impacts on Pacific salmon.  Or, will provide modeling analyses in R or METLAB for Columbia River salmon. 
This is a full time position for 884 regular work hours with a performance period beginning ASAP and extending to September 25, 2018. The work may be done remotely at a location convenient to the incumbent and approved by the NMFS Project Leader for this Task Order. 

Duties

  • Assist in the completion of manuscripts and reports in progress, which may involve some analyses in R programming language, and
  • Conduct literature review regarding climate impacts on Pacific salmon and assist in preparing a draft manuscript for peer-review journal

Or

  • Run existing models on salmon survival in MATLAB, update code to reflect new hypotheses or new data, conduct tests of model skill and sensitivity analyses.

Qualifications

Selected individual must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • BS degree, or higher from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order with emphasis in fisheries, oceanography, social science, natural science, mathematics, or hydrology, plus three (3) years of experience in related field. A MS degree may be used to substitute for three years experience. Proven, extensive scientific expertise regarding anadromous salmonid life history, habitat requirements, and limiting factors to survival and productivity in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Technical writing experience completing analyses, reports, or studies addressing Pacific Northwest anadromous salmon and their habitat.

    Or

  • Modeling experience in R or MATLAB for conducting technical analyses and assessment for anadromous salmonids, particularly related Pacific Northwest salmonids.

Organization:  Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) for NOAA
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Position Vacancy: Remote Sensing Specialist/Research Associate; CSS

CSS is seeking a Remote Sensing Specialist/Research Associate for full-time employment to support NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Beaufort, NC. The primary focus area for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to develop geospatial products describing habitats in the coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The products will be generated from a variety of remotely sensed data sources, including satellite imagery, LIDAR, and multibeam sonar. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Use established and novel approaches to interpret and model benthic habitat information and classify seafloor geomorphology from remotely sensed data using a variety of software products. The habitat classification will be informed by field observations including underwater video from drop cameras or remotely operated vehicles and still images collected by SCUBA divers.
  • Take a leadership role in data organization and management to ensure that data products and metadata are delivered according to project timelines.
  • Substantially contribute to data management, statistical model development, organizing meetings and webinars with partners, co-lead writing and preparation of project presentations, reports, peer-reviewed publications, and outreach to communicate the outcomes in professional and public venues.
  • If funding allows, travel to the Florida Keys may be required for partner meetings and field sampling.

Qualifications:

  • M.S. in ecology or biology, with course work in remote sensing and GIS; or B.S. in ecology or related science, and 2 or more years of demonstrated relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in software packages that handle gridded or polygonal data including: ESRI ArcGIS (Pro, Online, &/or Dashboard), digital image processing software such as ENVI, Erdas Imagine or eCognition, and Adobe illustrator.
  • Demonstrated ability to write reproducible code in Python, and/or R statistical software preferred.
  • The successful candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, manage time to achieve project objectives to meet deadlines, and work both independently and collaboratively as part of a large team located across a wide geographic area.
  • The candidate should also have ability to lift equipment less than 40 pounds and demonstrated experience on small boats and navigation with the aid of GPS.
  • Processing of a National Agency Check and fingerprinting will be required.
  • Must be available to start on or about June 1, 2018.

Organization: CSS
Job Location: Beaufort, North Carolina
Duration: Full Time - Permanent
Application Website: https://jobs-css.icims.com/jobs/1891/remote-sensing-specialist/job?mobile=f...

- Position Vacancy: Program Manager; Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board

This job is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Executive Director of the UCSRB. The Natural Resource Program Manager will facilitate processes among partners and stakeholders involved in salmon recovery, and/or forest and watershed restoration.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Manage a large habitat restoration program across the Upper Columbia (UC) region, ensuring successful implementation of projects aligned with the Recovery Plan.
  • Work with partners to ensure the scope and direction of projects within the UC habitat program is on schedule and is well-supported.
  • Facilitate meetings with partners working collaboratively to develop, evaluate/score, design, implement salmon habitat projects, and to accelerate watershed restoration on the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.
  • Write reports, meeting summaries, and other documents as needed.
  • Work with UCSRB team to develop strategies for effective engagement of partners on key issues.
  • Track emerging issues, policies and initiatives related to watershed restoration, and inform/engage key partners as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experienced in facilitating and/or coordinating diverse groups engaged in complex interdisciplinary discussions.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in natural resources, forestry, fisheries biology or related field.
  • Five (5) or more years of relevant professional experience. Working knowledge of salmon recovery in context of the Federal Columbia River Power System is preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team atmosphere.
  • Ability to travel within the Recovery Board service area, and to Olympia and other locations where regional recovery meetings are held.

Organization: Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board
Job Location: Wenatchee, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $62,000 – $68,000
Application Information: PDF iconucsrb_nat_res_program_manager_2018.pdf

- Position Vacancy: Director, Ocean Policy; Center for American Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Ocean Policy with the Energy and Environment team. The Director of Ocean Policy will lead the Ocean Policy team’s work to develop and execute national and regional strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ ocean policy, climate change, and clean energy goals. The Director of Ocean Policy is responsible for developing, researching, and writing major reports; creating strategies to promote the value of science-based management initiatives; establishing and managing coalitions of national and regional partner organizations; implementing communications strategies; and developing relationships and partnerships with ocean champions on Capitol Hill and within the federal government. The ideal candidate will be an experienced team leader with deep organizational relationships throughout the ocean policy world, as well as a deep understanding of ocean issues, politics, and science.

The Ocean Policy team at American Progress focuses on developing science-based policy goals and finding solutions that promote growth of the sustainable blue economy, defined as industries that either depend on or contribute to healthy oceans and coasts. Since the program’s inception in 2011, this focus has led the team to engage in significant work on sustainable fishery management; offshore renewable energy development; coastal restoration and resiliency; and recreation and tourism. The work has been both proactive and defensive—seeking opportunities to advance good policy, making progressive gains where possible, and attempting to prevent rollbacks to positive policies when necessary.

Organization: Center for American Progress
Duration: Full-time
Application Website: https://www.americanprogress.org/about/jobs/450438/director-ocean-policy/

- Position Vacancy: Marine Scientist; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, global climate change, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology and marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects. This position will be located in the PNNL Seattle Office and will report to the Coastal Research Technical Group; however, the staff member will work under the direction of a Senior Program Manager who reports directly to the Director, Marine Sciences Laboratory.

The Marine Scientist will provide research support in the form of literature searches, analyzing existing scientific findings and compiling knowledgeable syntheses, preparing policy and technical position papers, developing work plans, coordinating research projects and proposals with PNNL staff, developing materials, agendas, and reports for meetings and workshops, working collaboratively with scientists and engineers within PNNL and outside the laboratory; and representing PNNL at meetings. The staff member will work under the direction of a Senior Program Manager to enhance PNNL’s capabilities in the interface between science, policy, and resource management. 

The staff member will participate on a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers to develop and implement research projects associated with marine and aquatic systems. Research emphasis will be on projects that support the development of renewable ocean power; management of water resources; role of carbon flux and ocean acidification in the coastal ocean; restoration of coastal ecosystems; and evaluation of technologies to treat shipboard ballast water for the control of marine invasive species. 

Initially, the incumbent will contribute to ongoing research efforts and manage small to medium sized tasks. In time, the staff member will assume more responsibility in task direction and project management. The staff member will be required to work independently, but closely coordinate activities with team members and project managers. Staff member will be expected to lead small sized research teams of one to five people.

The staff member will be accountable for high technical quality of research project work products; and working with teams of interdisciplinary staff; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.

Organization: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Job Location: Seattle, WA
Duration: Full-Time
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: Post-Doctoral Fellowship; Instituto do Mar

The IMAR (Instituto do Mar) opens a call for the selection of candidates with a PhD degree for a post-doctoral fellowship within the EU funded project “Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic: an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation” (H2020-BG-2015-2- 679849-2). The selected candidate will be granted a scholarship for the duration of 12 months, starting October 2018, to develop research activities on the impact of fishing on deep-sea sponges of the North-Atlantic.

Project:
In the deep sea, sponge aggregations are considered to be a hotspot of biodiversity, providing key ecosystem function and services. The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. The candidate will work within the work package that focus on assessing anthropogenic impacts (particularly fishing activities) on sponge grounds. The work will involve using a wide range of techniques to evaluate the impacts of fishing on sponge grounds and their potential for recovery, including the analysis of video footage of impacted and pristine sponge grounds of the North-Atlantic, analyze bycatch and fishing effort data and finally developing dynamic models (e.g. STELLA) to identify ecological tipping points for different ecosystem functions of sponge grounds impacted by bottom trawling but also for predicting recovery trajectories.
The candidate will prepare technical and scientific reports and collaborate in the writing of scientific publications.

Qualifications
The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or equivalent in environmental and or marine sciences. Knowledge of dynamic models and statistical analysis is highly desired. Previous research experience on the effects of fishing on benthic ecosystems is valuable. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with deep-sea ecosystems and fisheries. Additional preferential conditions include: experience in video annotation, analysis of fisheries data, capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams, management and organizational skills.

The selected candidate must demonstrate confidence, learning capabilities and good habits of work. He/She must be motivated, able to work independently, and must demonstrate good collaborative skills and keenness on fulfilment of time tables and dead-lines. Good communication skills in oral and written English are essential.
The work will be based in the island of Faial (Azores - Portugal) and it is mandatory that the candidate lives in Faial for the duration of the scholarship.
Informal enquiries can be made to Christopher K. Pham (christopher.k.pham@uac.pt) and Ana Colaço (ana.colaço@uac.pt)

Organization: Instituto do Mar
Job Location: Faial Island, Azores
Duration: Full-Time; 12 months
Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Fellow; Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a research project on the population ecology and management of Sablefish. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Brendan Connors (DFO Institute of Ocean Sciences), and Sean Cox (Simon Fraser University); key collaborators include Drs. Melissa Haltuch (NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center), and Dana Hanselman (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), as well as Carrie Holt and Sean Anderson (DFO Pacific Biological Station).

Project Overview
Sablefish are a long-lived and commercially-valuable deep-water species that range from Southern California to the Bering Sea. Sablefish are assessed and managed at regional scales (i.e., Alaska, British Columbia and the US West Coast) but are a highly mobile straddling stock with little genetic evidence of population structure across these management regions. The conservation and fishery consequences of this mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management are unknown. The objective of this project is to work collaboratively with an international team of Sablefish scientists to conduct a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) that is based on Sablefish population dynamics and stock structure across their range. We will use the MSE to understand the potential consequences of the mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and management by simulation testing current, and potential future, management procedures (data collection scheme, stock assessment method, harvest policy rules) to quantify their performance against a range of conservation and fishery objectives. The outcomes of the proposed work will provide scientific advice to help advance international fisheries governance by improving our understanding of Sablefish population dynamics and their management implications over the full range of their distribution.
While the focus of the position is on the above research, the position will afford ample opportunity for motivated individuals to lead and/or contribute to other research on groundfish population ecology and management.

Essential Asset Qualifications
Applicants must have completed a PhD in fisheries science or a related discipline within the past three years, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial population ecology and advanced statistical and simulation modelling. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and have a proven track record of publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals. The position is available for candidates of all nationalities but those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.

Organization: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Job Location: Westcoast BC, Canada
Duration: Full-Time
Application Information: PDF iconcanada_postdoc.pdf

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Researcher; Harvard University

Request for Applications for Post-doctoral Research: The use of life cycle analysis (LCA) to improve nutrition sensitive aquaculture

This project is in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Aquaculture Program, for a full-time postdoctoral researcher to be based at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and supervised by Dr. Chris Golden. The postdoctoral researcher will also be co-advised by Dr. Jessica Gephart at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and Robert Jones of the Nature Conservancy. The postdoctoral researcher will identify aquaculture systems that provide maximum nutrition with minimal environmental impacts by integrating nutritional dimensions into aquaculture life cycle analysis (LCA). We will develop the method using published LCA data and use the reviewed studies to identify priority locations and aquaculture systems for further empirical data collection and novel analysis. This project consists of four stages: 1) review and synthesize previous aquaculture LCAs; 2) integrate a nutritional dimension into the reanalysis of previous LCA studies; 3) identify gaps and priority areas to collect data for original LCA studies; and 4) conduct a series of novel LCAs for selected aquaculture species and production types. In doing so, the results of this project will outline aquaculture systems with high potential to positively contribute to environmental conservation, sustainable development, and global human food security.

Organization: Harvard University
Job Location: Boston, Mass
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: $57,000 per year
Application Deadline: Friday, July 20, 2018
Application Information: PDF iconfinal_aquaculture_postdoc.pdf

- Post-Doc Position: Post-Doctoral Fellowship; The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application.

The outstanding early-career scientists in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways: 

1. They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills— directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; AND 
2. They are committed to their professional development—  participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership. 
Recognizing that The Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures—  NatureNet encourages applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. 

The call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities. Read the Eligibility and Award Terms carefully to determine the best fit for your research program. For both programs, applicants should identify a project and mentors from the available list: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/

Full Postdoctoral Fellowship
Applicants will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from our 2019 Partner Universities- Brown University; Columbia University; Stanford University; Science for Nature and People Partnership, University of California – Los Angeles; University of Minnesota; University of Virginia; or the University of Queensland to develop a research program. The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program.

Research Grant
Applicants and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. The Conservancy will distribute grant funds between May and September. Funds are awarded directly to the grantee's institution and may be used by the grantee for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the grantees's research. Salary support is limited to a maximum of three months of the established academic salary (not including IDC).

For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellowship and to apply please visit: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/

Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Job Location: TBD
Duration: 2 years funding
Salary: $20,000 research stipend
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Associate; Mississippi State University

Area of Specialization:  Coastal water quality dynamics and modeling

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Conduct research on spatially and temporally variable water quality dynamics and land cover in Biscayne Bay, Florida, develop situationally appropriate models, write reports and peer reviewed publications, and other duties assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:  PhD in environmental science, engineering, or related field

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with coastal watershed processes, nutrient dynamics, and phytoplankton dynamics

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  GIS modeling, water quality modeling, computer coding, and statistical software

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:  The applicant must have the ability to perform routine office work and field work in inclement weather in the summer climate, including long hours and weekends. Extended periods of time may be spent on-site at Biscayne Bay, Florida.

Restricted Clause:  Contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Instructions for Applying:  Apply on-line by submitting a cover letter, resume, copy of your PhD transcript, and list of three references.

Organization: Mississippi State University
Job Location: Starkville, MS
Duration: Full-Time 12-Month
Application Website: Apply Here

- Post-Doc Position: Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate; Dulvey Lab, Simon Fraser University

A quarter of sharks and rays are threatened with an elevated risk of extinction. Fortunately, rising awareness of the plight of sharks and rays has driven a recent uptick in conservation actions. Despite progress, there is concern that limited resources are allocated appropriately to ensure these actions translate into conservation outcomes, such as halting declines and reducing extinction risk of sharks and rays. Further by 2020, signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity are required to ensure sustainable fisheries (Target 6), that extinctions are avoided (Target 12) and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals Target 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”.

We are hiring two PDF/RAs in population modelling / spatial planning.

Population Modeler Candidate #1 is expected to have a good understanding of quantitative population dynamics and their application to policy-relevant ecological problems. A keen interest in hierarchical modeling, Bayesian methods, and reproducible analyses would be an advantage. An understanding of how information can be borrowed using phylogeny, traits, and geographic structure would be advantageous.

Spatial Planner Candidate #2 is expected to have a good understanding of a wide-range of spatial conservation planning paradigms and methods, including MARXAN, GIS, QGIS. The candidate will develop conservation priorities, based on the knowledge of population trajectory and Red List status for species, aggregated by location and combined with information on conservation management likelihood. An understanding of reproducible analyses and tool development, e.g. RShiny is advantageous.

Organization: Dulvey Lab, Simon Fraser University
Job Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Duration: Full-Time
Salary: CAD$47,000 plus medical and dental benefits
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Application Website: Apply Here

- 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.

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: 2018 National Coastal Conference Resilient Shorelines for Rising Tides; ASBPA

October 30-November 2, 2018
Galveston Island Convention Center and San Luis Resort
Galveston, Texas
Call for Abstracts now available!
Registration opens May 18.

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), in cooperation with the Coastal Zone Foundation, announces the Call for Abstracts for its 2018 National Coastal Conference, Oct. 30-Nov 2 at the Galveston Island Convention Center on Galveston Island, TX.

ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas. The National Coastal Conference provides an opportunity for coastal stakeholders and managers to develop collaborative networks to promote best management practices, while learning the latest science, engineering and policy needed to maintain and improve the health of our beach-front and estuarine shorelines and ecosystems.

This year ASBPA’s conference has a dedicated call for presentations on the day to day operations of public beaches and coastlines. Parks and recreation professionals who manage beaches and coastal areas and are responsible for their general upkeep, profitability, and community engagement are invited to present on their successes and challenges. It is hoped that the scientific, engineering and restoration community can learn about the challenges of a managing a coastline after restoration or between nourishments and coastal managers can learn more about the physical and biological processes that impact their coastline.

Technical, policy-oriented, and “operational” presentations or posters are invited for a broad range of coastal & estuarine ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.

For more information about the conference, go to: http://asbpa.org/2018/03/22/asbpa-2018-national-coastal-conference-call-for-abstracts-due-may-4-2018/

- 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

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

- Tool: Metadata List; Ocean+ Data

Ocean+ Data provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance, including some datasets of regional interest. Resource material can be filtered by category (e.g., biodiversity, ecological status and impact), metadata, factsheets, or themes (e.g., marine planning, ecosystem assessment) and includes contact information for the source organization.

To view the Metadata List page, go to: https://data.oceanplus.org/metadata

- Tool: South Atlantic Conservation Planning Atlas; South Atlantic LLC 

The South Atlantic CPA is a free mapping portal designed to share regional spatial data. Users can overlay multiple layers, create and export maps, and download data. In addition to the Conservation Blueprint, users will find information about connectivity, protected lands, urban growth, and much more.

The Conservation Planning Atlas (CPA) is a science-based mapping platform where conservation managers and LCC members can go to view, retrieve, and perform analyses on spatial information with specific conservation goals in mind.

Three portals have been created for the LCC network:

Spatially explicit datasets, galleries, and maps are available in a hierarchical system:

Data can be searched, viewed, and used in analyses. Additionally, users can upload their own data to their account to be used in conjunction with these datasets.
The CPA provides a platform for LCCs to create galleries to showcase a cohesive collection of spatial information and supporting documentation. Several galleries are being showcased at each portal.

The CPA also allows its users to create groups of members from several organizations who may have the same conservation goals. Within a group, you can perform analyses, upload data, and share information for other group members to use.

The CPA was created in an effort to fulfill the mission of the SALCC: to create a shared blueprint for landscape conservation actions that sustain natural and cultural resources.

For more information about projects related to the South Atlantic LCC, please visit the Projects page on the South Atlantic Conservation LLC’s main website.

If you have questions about the South Atlantic CPA, please email us at southatlanticlcc@gmail.com

- 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: Reducing Coastal Risk with Natural Defenses: The Latest Ecology, Engineering, and Economics of Natural Infrastructure Webinar

Wetlands and reefs serve as barriers, buffers, and breakwaters from rising seas, swell, and storm surge. Until recently, it was not possible to put a value on the flood damages – to people and property – that these coastal habitats avert. This is changing rapidly, however, and recent studies are showing surprising results. Salt marshes can reduce annual flood damages by at least 15 percent. Mangroves can reduce annual flood damages to people and property by 25 percent across the entire nation of the Philippines – a nation that sees more super storms and typhoons than almost anywhere else. And coral reefs reduce up to 97 percent of wave energy that would otherwise hit coastlines, averting hundreds of millions of dollars in flood in flood damages every year. The protection from coastal habitats is cost-effective as well, particularly when compared to built or gray infrastructure such as seawalls or dikes. A new study uses insurance industry-based models to show that every 1 (US) dollar spent on restoring marshes and oyster reefs on the American Gulf Coast reduces storm damages by 7 (US) dollars. This talk will summarize high-level findings from the latest research on the ecology, engineering, and economics of natural infrastructure. Webinar Link

Presented by Mike Beck of TNC and UCSC.

Webinar hosted by 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: 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

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- 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

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- 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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- 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: Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA; Environmental Management

Abstract
Climate change has far-reaching effects on human and ecological systems, requiring collaboration across sectors and disciplines to determine effective responses. To inform regional responses to climate change, decision-makers need credible and relevant information representing a wide swath of knowledge and perspectives. The southeastern U. S. State of Georgia is a valuable focal area for study because it contains multiple ecological zones that vary greatly in land use and economic activities, and it is vulnerable to diverse climate change impacts. We identified 40 important research questions that, if answered, could lay the groundwork for effective, science-based climate action in Georgia. Top research priorities were identified through a broad solicitation of candidate research questions (180 were received). A group of experts across sectors and disciplines gathered for a workshop to categorize, prioritize, and filter the candidate questions, identify missing topics, and rewrite questions. Participants then collectively chose the 40 most important questions. This cross-sectoral effort ensured the inclusion of a diversity of topics and questions (e.g., coastal hazards, agricultural production, ecosystem functioning, urban infrastructure, and human health) likely to be important to Georgia policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists. Several cross-cutting themes emerged, including the need for long-term data collection and consideration of at-risk Georgia citizens and communities. Workshop participants defined effective responses as those that take economic cost, environmental impacts, and social justice into consideration. Our research highlights the importance of collaborators across disciplines and sectors, and discussing challenges and opportunities that will require transdisciplinary solutions.

Authors: Authors: Murray A. Rudd, Althea F. P. Moore, Daniel Rochberg, Lisa Bianchi-Fossati, Marilyn A. Brown, David D’Onofrio, Carrie A. Furman, Jairo Garcia, Ben Jordan, Jennifer Kline, L. Mark Risse, Patricia L. Yager, Jessica Abbinett, Merryl Alber, Jesse E. Bell, Cyrus Bhedwar, Kim M. Cobb, Juliet Cohen, Matt Cox, Myriam Dormer, Nyasha Dunkley, Heather Farley, Jill Gambill, Mindy Goldstein, Garry Harris, Melissa Hopkinson, Jean-Ann James, Susan Kidd, Pam Knox, Yang Liu, Daniel C. Matisoff, Michael D. Meyer, Jamie D. Mitchem, Katherine Moore, Aspen J. Ono, Jon Philipsborn, Kerrie M. Sendall, Fatemeh Shafiei, Marshall Shepherd, Julia Teebken, and Ashby N. Worley

Reference: Rudd, M.A., Moore, A.F.P., Rochberg, D. et al. Environmental Management (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

Link to article: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-018-1051-4

- 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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