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Career Opportunities and Development

Sea Grant is committed to developing a skilled marine and coastal workforce. Sea Grant provides job-based training, research funding to undergraduate and graduate students, internships, and fellowships. In addition, Sea Grant also employs over 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff. 

Current Job Openings

Alaska Sea Grant
Director, open until filled

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Program Manager, applications submitted by May 11, 2018 will receive full consideration
Outreach Program Leader, applications submitted by May 22, 2018 will receive full consideration

Lake Champlain Sea Grant
Part-Time Temporary Watershed Educator, mid-April through May, 2018

Maryland Sea Grant
Science Management and Policy Intern, Applications due May 11, 2018



New Jersey Sea Grant
Part-Time Field Instructors, Open until filled

New York Sea Grant
Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator, Open until filled, review begins February 23, 2018

New Hampshire Sea Grant
Communications Leader, open until filled 

Texas Sea Grant
Natural Resources Specialist, open until filled

Washington Sea Grant
Director, open until filled with priority consideration for applications received by April 27, 2018

National Fellowships

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders and former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Over 1,100 fellows have completed this program since 1979. 

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National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship program provides support for students in postdoctoral programs in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics. The Fisheries-Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics was established in 1999 and is designed to meet ongoing workforce development needs for effective fisheries management. 

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State Fellowships and Scholarships

Sea Grant Program
Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program Alaska Graduate The Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program provides a unique professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in Alaska. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship. Applications are generally due during the winter.
California Sea Grant State Fellowship Program California Graduate Current or recent graduate students in a marine or coastal-related field at a California university at the time of application may apply. Applicants should address their degree of interest and experience in either marine/ coastal science and/or public policy.
Delta Science Fellowship California Graduate, Post-doctoral The Delta Science Fellows Program was established to bring together graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors. Fellows work on collaborative data analysis and research projects applicable to the California Bay-Delta system. The fellowship will provide up to two years of support based on scope/type of projects and contingent upon the availability of funds, for both postdoctoral and pre-doctoral fellows, in the form of a grant. Applications are generally due in Fall.
Coastal Management Fellowship Federal Graduate The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Great Lakes Commission/Sea Grant Fellowship Federal Graduate One fellow will work for one year with members of Great Lakes' science policy and information/education communities to advance the environmental quality and sustainable economic development goals of the Great Lakes states. The fellowship is located at the Great Lakes Commission office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Aylesworth Scholarship Florida Undergraduate and Graduate Aylesworth scholarships are available to students in all Florida universities that participate in the Florida Sea Grant College Program. The Aylesworth Foundation and Florida Sea Grant administer this scholarship program. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Guy Harvey Scholarship Award Florida Undergraduate and Graduate Guy Harvey Scholarship Awards support undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full time at Florida institutions of higher education who are conducting research related to the biology, ecology, habitat or management of fish in Florida's marine environment. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Skoch Scholarship Florida High School Senior This $1,000 scholarship is presented each year to a Florida high school senior who plans to major in a coastal-related field of study at a Florida university or college. Awards based on competition in the State Science and Engineering Fair. Funding for the scholarship is provided by the Skoch family as a memorial to Chuck Skoch who died in an automobile accident in 1995. Applications are generally due in the spring.
Florida Sea Grant Nutrient Dynamics Fellowship Florida Graduate The fellowship provides each of two University of Florida graduate students with $9,500 per year for two years to conduct research in support of a better understanding of how rates of nutrient input influence the structure and function of Florida coastal aquatic ecosystems. Applicants must demonstrate innovative ideas and scholarly excellence.
Florida Sea Grant Scholars Program Florida Undergraduate and Graduate The Florida Sea Grant Scholars Program provides financial support to high-achieving graduate or undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time at Florida universities, in order to support timely and innovative ocean and coastal-related research. Applications are generally due in the fall.
Marine Education Internship Georgia  Recent college graduates The Sea Grant Marine Education internships, maintained through a partnership with the Georgia Sea Grant, are designed for recent college graduates who would like teaching experience in marine science and coastal ecology. The newest Academic Internship Program allows students from other University System of Georgia institutions to earn class credit for their work experience. Interns work alongside scientists and educators of the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service staff to assist in educating the public about marine science. Internships are available to college graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates with majors in environmental studies, marine/natural science, education or other science concentrations may be particularly interested in pursuing these opportunities. Both types of internships are held at the Marine Education Center and Aquarium near Savannah, Georgia, and interns will gain valuable experience and establish networking contacts along the Georgia coast and beyond. Applications are generally due in the spring.
UOG Sea Grant Fellowship Guam Graduate The University of Guam Sea Grant Program will award Master’s Thesis Supplemental Grants in selected areas of Coastal Community Development. These grants provide partial support (up to $12,000) of graduate student research activities with relevance to sustainable coastal development, please see ‘research priorities’ for more detail. Allowed are costs for Master’s Candidate stipends, participation in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to support or expand an existing body of Thesis research. UOG Sea Grant will administer all award funds. In addition, Awardees must participate in UOG SG led outreach education training offered every January.
Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship Hawaii Graduate To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, Hawai‘i Sea Grant created a memorial fellowship. The Sustainable Coastal Development (SCD) Fellow will be involved in aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience and work with the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. Hawaii’s communities statewide are engaging their natural, social, and built environments in efforts to better manage issues that affect their livability and resiliency. The SCD Fellow will work to bring attention to sustainable coastal development through research, extension, and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation.
Summer Student Internship Program Illinois-Indiana Undergraduate  The IISG Summer Internship Program is open to undergraduates enrolled in an institution of higher education. Interns will work closely with our IISG specialists on issues affecting Lake Michigan. Internships can include outreach, education and research components.
Maine Sea Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Studies Maine Undergraduate The program is open to current second- and third-year undergraduate students who have declared majors related to marine or coastal issues at any of the participating undergraduate institutions in Maine (College of the Atlantic, Maine Maritime Academy, University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias, and University of New England). The goal of this scholarship program is to develop a statewide network of undergraduate scholars doing exemplary academic work on marine and coastal issues, and provide participating students with academic and professional development opportunities in their field. Each applicant selected for this award will receive a $1000 scholarship to support tuition or other academic or research-related expenses.
Maryland Sea Grant Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Maryland Undergraduate This summer Maryland Sea Grant will offer fifteen undergraduates the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay — the program is especially designed for students majoring in such fields as biology, chemistry, ecology, physics, engineering, mathematics, and marine and environmental science. During this 12‐week program, each student will work with a science mentor on an individual research project at one of two marine labs located on Chesapeake Bay: the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s (UMCES) Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland, or its Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Maryland Sea Grant Research Fellowships Maryland Graduate Maryland Sea Grant invites researchers who have already received notice of a pending award from the program to apply for funding to support a graduate student as a Research Fellow. Students cannot apply directly to Maryland Sea Grant for a Research Fellowship; interested candidates should contact a principal investigator with whom they wish to study. The application process begins in October of odd years (e.g., 2015) to support Research Fellows beginning February 1 of the following, even year (e.g., 2016.)
Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research Fellowship Maryland Graduate Maryland Sea Grant supports graduate students to conduct research that furthers understanding of the coastal resilience and sustainability challenges faced in Maryland’s Chesapeake and coastal bays regions. We look to support student research that is socially relevant and at the intersection of public engagement and science. For purposes of this fellowship, coastal community resilience and sustainability research may include, but is not limited to, wise use of water resources, climate change adaptation, coastal processes studies, resilience to natural hazards, and resilient coastal businesses and industries, including fisheries and tourism.
CILER Summer Fellowship Michigan Undergraduate and Graduate This fellowship program provides students with an exciting opportunity to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of an individual scientist or professional. Summer fellowships are available in a broad range of fields including Aquatic Ecology, Communications, Outreach and Education, Maritime Archaeology, Data Analysis, Modeling, Marine Instrumentation, Fisheries, Oceanography, and Wetlands/GIS.
Graduate Student Research Fellowship Michigan Graduate Michigan Sea Grant is offering one- to two-year fellowships for graduate students enrolled full-time at Michigan universities who are interested in research relevant to current Great Lakes ecological, habitat or fisheries management issues. This fellowship will provide tuition and stipend support for a student’s research and will enhance academic and professional development opportunities.
Michigan Sea Grant Extension Fellows Program Michigan Graduate The Michigan Sea Grant Extension Fellows Program is designed for Michigan State University master’s or doctoral students interested in engaged scholarship for research and extension engagement within the Great Lakes Region. The program will enable graduate students interested in community-engaged scholarship and outreach and engagement relating to global freshwater fisheries; fisheries and food security; water quality, supply, and human health; Great Lakes commerce and transportation; or telecoupled systems to develop skills for helping decision-makers and other stakeholders to clarify actions or policy options, serving as honest brokers of policy alternatives, on issues important to the sustainability of the Great Lakes Region. The program is sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant Extension, MSU Graduate School and University Outreach and Engagement. Applications are accepted in spring and fall. For more information contact Dr. Heather Triezenberg,, (517) 353-5508, Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Road, Room 305, East Lansing, MI 48823.
Minnesota Sea Grant Internships Minnesota Undergraduate and graduate Minnesota Sea Grant offers internships to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota colleges and universities. Interns apply their knowledge and skills acquired through coursework to help Minnesota Sea Grant fulfill its mission. Interns can work in the areas of outreach, communication, education or research.
Dean A. Horn Award for Undergraduate Study in Marine Research MIT Undergraduate Nomination of candidates is by letter from the student's faculty supervisor and must be accompanied by the student's research report. Students are encouraged to ask their faculty supervisor for a nomination
Brian Doyle Undergraduate Marine Extension Fellowships New Hampshire Undergraduate Fellows spend the summer working with New Hampshire Sea Grant staff seeking to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions regarding our marine resources. These paid opportunities are appropriate for a wide range of majors and lead to students participating in such program areas as fisheries and aquaculture, marine literacy, coastal communities and climate adaptation, and communications. Applications are generally due in the spring.
Undergraduate Ocean Research Program (Tech 797) New Hampshire Undergraduate TECH 797 is a senior design course alternative that offers financial support for projects in the marine area. Interdisciplinary teams of three to five students work with a sponsoring faculty member on his or her research project. During the yearlong course, team members must deal with the corporate, business, and research communities to obtain advice, direction, information, and the equipment and materials required to complete their projects.
North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Reserve's Coastal Research Fellowship North Carolina Graduate This fellowship is supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program. It is designed to foster research within the North Carolina Coastal Reserve system. Proposed work must be conducted within the boundaries of one or more of the 10 sites in the NCCR.
North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center's Coastal Policy Fellowship North Carolina Graduate This semester-long fellowship is designed to foster research addressing a coastal policy issue within the state’s 20 coastal counties. Research and scholarly work conducted under this fellowship should include exploration of the legal implications of the chosen topic.
North Carolina Sea Grant/APNEP Joint Fellowship North Carolina Graduate This fellowship is supported by North Carolina Sea Grant and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP. The opportunity provides funding for graduate students based in North Carolina and Virginia to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management boundary.
North Carolina Sea Grant/DMF Marine Fisheries Fellowship North Carolina Graduate North Carolina Sea Grant offers this fellowship program to provide graduate students the chance to spend a year working with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries on a critical management topic facing important marine resources. It is open to graduate students nearing completion of, or who have recently completed, their advanced degree program at southeastern universities and colleges from Maryland to Texas. Specific fellowship projects provide a professional education and training opportunity while assisting the state on substantive marine fisheries management concerns. Patterned after the Knauss Policy Fellowship, this opportunity is based in Morehead City.
North Carolina Sea Grant/North Carolina Space Grant Graduate Research Fellowship  North Carolina  Graduate North Carolina Space Grant Consortium and North Carolina Sea Grant offer a graduate research fellowship focused on nearshore environs and coastal watersheds. Proposed projects should apply relevant measurement instruments and/or remote-sensing data sources from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or other data sources.
North Carolina Sea Grant/Water Resources Research Institute Graduate Student Research Funding Opportunity  North Carolina  Graduate North Carolina Sea Grant, in partnership with The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) of the University of North Carolina system, provides competitive funding for a special graduate student funding opportunity in specific focus areas. Submitted proposals must justify how the proposed work relates to Sea Grant’s mission and the mission of WRRI. This opportunity is open to full-time graduate students in good academic standing attending an accredited college or university (public or private) in North Carolina.
Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars  Oregon   Graduate Oregon Sea Grant funds an annual Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program to prepare students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. This ten-week program places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. The goal of the program is to offer students professional skills, agency workplace experience and real life practice in marine resource science, policy, management, and outreach, as well as to support agency programs and initiatives. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship Oregon Graduate The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support a graduate student enrolled at any College or University in Oregon while the student is working towards a degree in any field compatible with Oregon Sea Grant's mandate and areas of interest. There are no restrictions on the discipline, which may include, but is not limited to: biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health. Applications are generally due in the summer.
Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellowship Oregon Graduate Oregon Sea Grant will sponsor a State Legislative Fellowship during each Oregon Legislative Session for a graduate student with an interest in marine and coastal issues. Applications are generally due in the fall.
Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship Oregon Graduate This fellowship is intended to give a student first-hand experience in natural resource policy at the state level. In so doing, the student will contribute to policies that will benefit natural resource managers, stakeholders, and user groups. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant Internships Pennsylvania Undergraduate and Graduate Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning can apply for Pennsylvania Sea Grant internships, which are contingent upon available funding.
Science Communications Internship Rhode Island Undergraduate and Graduate Interns will have the opportunity to develop their writing portfolios by providing in-depth stories to be published in our biannual magazine, as well as other media outlets. Ideal candidates will have strong writing and communication skills, as well as the ability to work independently in the field interviewing researchers and community members. This internship is offered for credit or on a volunteer basis. Internships are available in fall and spring semesters, as well as over the summer.
Coastal Fellowship Rhode Island Undergraduate Rhode Island Sea Grant sponsors undergraduate Coastal Fellows through the Coastal Fellows Program of URI's College of Environment and Life Sciences. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Master of Environmental Science and Management Fellowship Rhode Island Graduate Rhode Island Sea Grant supports two students for the academic year from the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) program at the University of Rhode Island to work with scientists in developing solutions to the pressing problems facing coastal and marine communities. Fellows are assigned to a Sea Grant mentor who directs their work. MESM Fellows will develop their major paper project around the issue they work on with the Sea Grant scientists.
Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship South Carolina Graduate The Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship is designed to increase the number of highly trained earth and marine scientists and enable graduate students to conduct NASA-related Earth/marine science research. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Texas A&M University Undergraduate Research:Sea Grant Scholars Program Texas Undergraduate Texas Sea Grant invites undergraduate students enrolled in any discipline at Texas A&M University to submit proposals on marine-related issues in response to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program’s Call for Proposals. Texas Sea Grant will designate up to five Sea Grant Scholars for each academic year. Sea Grant Scholars will be eligible for an additional $1,000 supplement to their research budget for projects related to the marine environment.
Texas Sea Grant College Program's Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program Texas Graduate The grants are intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students currently enrolled in Master's or Ph.D. programs at Texas A&M University in College Station (TAMU), Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) or Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) whose marine- or coastal-related research in any field of study is relevant to Texas, though not necessarily based in Texas. Grants are based on merit and, in part, on the financial needs of the applicant.
Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship Virginia Graduate Supports graduate students engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to Virginia and the VASG strategic plan. Fellows work with an outreach or end-user mentor to ensure that their research results are useful and used by stakeholders. Fellows will be provided with professional development opportunities focusing on science communication, the science-to-management process, adoption of innovation, and other Sea Grant activities. Applications are generally due in the winter.
Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship Washington Graduate This program places four to five graduate students or recent graduates for one year with host offices in Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues. The Hershman Fellowship offers a first-hand experience in crafting marine and natural resource policies and enables fellows to share their academic expertise with state decision makers. Applications are generally due in the spring.
Washington Sea Grant Science Communiactions Fellowship Washington Undergraduate and Graduate Washington Sea Grant Science Communications Fellows work for two academic quarters on a range of communications projects, from writing pieces for our Sea Star newsletter to developing web content. The fellows share marine knowledge with WSG’s many audiences. Along the way, they build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators that break down the barriers between scientific information and public understanding.
J. Philip Keillor Wisconsin Coastal Management Sea Grant Fellowship Washington Graduate     The Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program fund this science-policy fellowship for candidates interested in tackling science and policy challenges related to increasing coastal community resilience across the Great Lakes region. The fellowship is named in honor of a longtime Sea Grant coastal engineering expert Phil Keillor, to celebrate his legacy in building resilience in Wisconsin communities. This fellowship provides a unique educational and career opportunity for a recent graduate who is interested both in aquatic resources and in the policy decisions affecting those resources in Wisconsin. It places a recent master’s or doctoral graduate within a state agency full-time for one year, with the Fellow bringing technical skills to benefit water issues and challenges and receiving valuable real-world science-policy experience from the resource professionals who serve as mentors. This mutually beneficial partnership helps advance science to support policy decisions as well as provides valuable training opportunities for new professionals entering the work force.


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