The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship Program is now recruiting candidates for the 2015 - 2017 fellowship program. This program was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduates and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduates 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 (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement. The fellowship positions start in August 2015 and are available in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Puerto Rico. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the state projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found here.

To be eligible for the 2015 fellowship, applicants must complete a masters, doctoral, or professional degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because there are a wide-range of state projects each year. Previous fellows have had degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management, marine affairs, marine science, geology, public affairs, and regional land management. The most important prerequisite is an interest in state-level coastal issues.

Application packages must be submitted to the Sea Grant program office in the state where you earned your degree by January 23, 2015. The Sea Grant office directory is accessible here.