OFFICE FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT


Coastal Management Fellowship


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. In 2012, the program was expanded to include Digital Coast Partnership organizations as hosts. Up to six fellows are placed with state coastal programs every year and up to three fellows are placed with Digital Coast partnership organizations every other year, in even years. The Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship program matches postgraduate students to work on projects proposed by the host 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 program also provides fellows with professional mentoring and training.

Placement for the Coastal Management Fellowship positions is fully integrated into the placement process with the Digital Coast partner organizations. Candidates will apply to the Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship program as a whole, and selected candidates will be eligible to interview with both the state coastal programs and the Digital Coast partnership organizations at the fellowship matching workshop.

2020-2022 State Projects

Six state coastal management programs were selected as hosts for the 2020-2022 Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship. A summary of the projects, hosts, and locations is listed below. Descriptions of this year’s Digital Coast Fellowship project opportunities are also online. Candidates apply to the program overall and then interview with the organizations they choose (both state coastal programs and Digital Coast partners).

Location Host Agency Project Proposal Project Goal
Oakland, California California State Coastal Conservancy California State Coastal Conservancy’s Wetland Recovery Project (PDF) Help implement, track, and evaluate a visionary regional plan to restore southern California’s wetlands, the Regional Strategy 2018, as well as support a community-based wetland restoration grant program in order to increase coastal wetland resilience that benefits all people in California.
Dover, Delaware Delaware Coastal Programs A Roadmap to Protection: Understanding the Costs of Adaptation (PDF) This project will develop a decision-tree process for communities, homeowners, business owners, and land stewards to follow on actions they can undertake to mitigate flooding impacts from sea level rise and coastal storms; and the subsequent outreach and education on the process.
Hagatna, Guam Guam Coastal Management Program Update the Draft Seashore Reserve Plan in Conjunction with Partner Agencies in Order to Have the Plan Submitted through the Guam Territorial Planning Process for Adoption (PDF) Advance a sustainable and vibrant coast through marine planning and effective administration of natural resource-related laws, programs, and policies.
Annapolis, Maryland Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Service Resilience and Public Recreational Lands in Maryland: Developing Strategies for On-the-ground Climate Adaptation (PDF) Identify and implement new technical guidance and on-the-ground climate adaptation best practices for several Maryland Department of Natural Resources land unit sites in order to assist land managers in ensuring the long-term resilience of our ecosystems, infrastructure, recreational uses, and public access.
Austin, Texas Texas Coastal Management Program Implementation and Improvement of the Texas Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Program (PDF) Implement water quality management measures along the Texas coast through stakeholder engagement, data analysis and communication, and strategic programmatic review.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program Updating the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) Management Plan to Recover and Improve Coastal Resilience in the U.S. Virgin Islands (PDF) Produce an updated St. Thomas East End Reserves 5-year Management Plan through a transparent, inclusive, and fully informed process in order to provide managers and partners with a prioritized set of actions that protect the social and ecological communities of St Thomas.