Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Position Descriptions

Class of 2012

Following is a list of positions and hosts available to the 2012 Knauss Fellowship Class. Current choices are posted at https://pier.seagrant.noaa.gov/Public/KnaussPositions.aspx

Foreign Affairs Fellow

Position is located in the International Fisheries Affairs Division, Office of International Affairs, although assignments elsewhere in the Office are likely. Coordinate international issues within NMFS, between NMFS and NOAA, DOS, and with foreign contacts. Liaise with NOAA International Affairs Office and the Line Office International Affairs Offices to identify issues of mutual concern and to receive and coordinate requests for information and assistance. Prepare background and policy papers for international meetings. Maintain and disseminate information regarding international activities. Schedule, develop agendas, prepare background materials and report on meetings of Headquarters and field Directors and staff to discuss international affairs policy issues. Deliverables will include a variety of international communication and reporting products (e.g., demarche cables and meeting reports); briefing books and background papers; policy papers; and talking points for use by negotiators in various international and domestic meetings. It is anticipated that the assignment will focus on revising and updating the U.S. National Plans of Action for Reducing Seabird Bycatch in Longline Fisheries and/or for the Conservation and Management of Sharks; supporting the identification/certification process regarding foreign fishing vessels engaging in illegal, unreported, or unregulated fishing, unacceptable levels of bycatch, or unacceptable shark conservation practices; updating "International Agreements Concerning Living Marine Resources of Interest to NOAA Fisheries;" and supporting our International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna Program.

Desired Background Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to analyze and evaluate information and make informed recommendations. Willingness to engage in multiple tasks with short-term deadlines. Ability to work cooperatively with other staff. Ability/willingness to travel domestically and abroad, as necessary.

Website: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia

Knauss Legislative Fellow—Minority Staff

The Committee on Natural Resources has jurisdiction over the Department of Interior, the ocean and coastal programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the US. Forest Service. The Fellow will be involved in all aspects of the office's work including interacting with and briefing Members and staff, and developing legislation in response to requests from a variety of Member offices. The Fellow will work with the staff of the Subcommittee, the staff of the Full Committee, staff and Members who sit on the Committee, a variety of agency personnel, interested representative of the commercial and recreational fishing communities, the environmental community, academic institutions,scientists, and other interested constituents. The Fellow will be involved in developing background information for hearings, drafting opening statements, talking points, and questions, staffing the actual hearing, and helping with follow-up requests after the hearing. The Fellow will also be involved in developing concepts for legislation, drafting legislation, and following the legislation through the process to potential enactment. The Fisheries Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over all international fisheries agreements and conventions, so the Fellow will have the opportunity to work on issues affecting the world's oceans and fisheries. Our staff attends a number of international meetings and the Fellow will be encouraged to join us. While the Fellow will have the same duties as the rest of the legislative staff, this year is expected to be a learning experience for the Fellow. Our experienced staff will work with the Fellow and the amount and type of work will depend on the abilities and comfort level of the Fellow.

Desired Background Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills. It is very helpful to be able to explain scientific concepts to those who do not have a scientific background, and to be able to explain complex issues in one or two pages.

Website: http://democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/

Program Analyst

This position, based in NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI), will provide the Sea Grant Fellow with a special opportunity to work with NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network, composed of nearly 500 NOAA employees and partners from around the country that are divided into regional teams. The Regional Collaboration Network (RCN) is designed to efficiently bring together the diverse capabilities of NOAA and its partners, promoting partnerships and synergies across Line Offices and state agencies that would not have otherwise emerged. The Fellow will work closely with the National Regional Coordinator, who is responsible for managing the regional teams through frequent interaction with their dedicated group of Regional Coordinators. The Fellow will assist the National Regional Coordinator in strategic development for the Regional Collaboration Network; review, analyze, and compose regional input to national level reports; develop national level communications, briefings, and presentations for the Assistant Administrator pertaining to regional collaboration initiatives; and help maintain the Regional Collaboration Network website. As one of NOAA’s six Line Offices, PPI performs vital corporate functions for NOAA in the form of strategic planning, program evaluation, and cross-Line Office integration and, therefore, engages frequently with NOAA’s senior leadership. PPI is responsible for developing, reviewing, and updating NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP), guiding the Strategy, Execution, and Evaluation (SEE) process for NOAA, managing National Environmental Policy Act coordination for the Agency, and providing guidance on NOAA’s socioeconomic studies. Though the Sea Grant Fellow will primarily support NOAA’s Regional Collaboration Network, he/she will participate in strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation functions as a full member of the PPI team, experience that will prepare the Fellow for a wide range of career paths within NOAA and other Federal agencies. For more information please visit http://www.ppi.noaa.gov.

Desired Background Skills: Prospective Fellows should have a strong interest in one or more of NOAA’s core disciplines: oceanography, fisheries, meteorology, atmospheric science, marine/environmental policy, climate policy, social science, resource economics and should be interested in applying strategic management principles to helping NOAA achieve its mission goals. The Fellow should be capable of balancing multiple initiatives simultaneously and able to work as a part of a small, diverse team.

Website: www.ppi.noaa.gov

Sea Grant Fellow

Congressman Mike Thompson has represented Northern California for more than 20 years. Northern California’s landscapes and natural resources are the economic and cultural cornerstone of the region. Congressman Thompson is committed to protecting and preserving these natural resources in a fair and equitable way, and the Sea Grant Fellow should share that same passion and commitment. The Fellow will concentrate on ocean, salmon, and fishery issues as they relate to California's North Coast and the Nation. The fellow will also have the opportunity to assist with a wide array of natural resources issues before the office, including protection, management, and water use in two of the most important watersheds in the state that impact the Congressman’s district—the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. These rivers are the 2nd and 3rd most productive salmon fisheries in the continental United States. The strength of California’s commercial and recreational fishing industries depends on the health of these watersheds and the Sea Grant Fellow will continue efforts to promote policies that will restore salmon populations. The Fellow would also work with the Natural Resources Legislative Assistant to manage the Congressional Shellfish Caucus and the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus, both of which Congressman Thompson is a co-chair. Additionally, the fellow would have hands-on experience to draft and introduce legislation; cultivate and manage relationships with related State and Federal Agencies, interest groups, Natural Resources committee and other congressional staff; visit Northern California and see the issues first-hand; attend conferences; and update/brief the Congressman on important issues pertaining to ocean and fishery policy.

Desired Background Skills: Candidate must be a self-starter, hard working, highly dependable, and organized, as well as possess strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to work quickly under pressure. Knowledge of the public policy process and the ability to master new issues quickly are preferred.

Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Website: http://mikethompson.house.gov/

NOAA Research—Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE)

Leading edge research in exciting fields such as tornados, hurricanes, climate change, tsunamis and ecosystems provides the foundation for NOAA’s science, service, and stewardship. NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) conducts much of this research and leads the integration of this research across NOAA. The “Go to Team” for supporting OAR’s headquarters is the Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation (PPE). PPE has a long track record of successfully developing and advancing the careers of many talented Knauss Fellows like you. As a member of the PPE team, you will have many challenging, high visibility opportunities within NOAA's senior scientific community. PPE is a fast-paced, action-oriented office in OAR’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. PPE provides advice and assistance directly to OAR's Leaders. Sea Grant Fellow’s in PPE have the opportunity to work directly with OAR leadership on a number of high-profile projects including ecosystems, climate, weather and ocean-related research policy issues. Sea Grant Fellows in PPE are a valued and equal part of the team and work on a number of policy, planning, and evaluation activities that foster leadership development such as strategic thinking, technical credibility, problem solving, flexibility, political savvy, team building, and communicating. Potential projects that would help you develop these core competencies include:

  1. Being on the first team to start implementing recently signed NOAA policies on “Strengthening NOAA’s Research and Development Enterprise”, and “Scientific Integrity”
  2. Providing staff support for the Chair and coordinating the activities of the NOAA Research Council, the internal body charged with providing corporate oversight of planning, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting NOAA’s research enterprise.
  3. Providing staff support for the NOAA Oceans and Coasts Council with a focus on supporting the new National Ocean Policy.
  4. Providing staff support and guidance to OAR Leadership on ocean, coastal, climate, and atmospheric related congressional and science policy matters.
  5. Leading expert review, analysis, and briefings to leadership on emerging science and science policy matters. 5. Contributing to the analysis and reporting of NOAA's research portfolio.

Mandatory Skills: Being passionate about the incredible research NOAA conducts and how it benefits our Nation. Excited about working in a fast paced, high visibility Headquarters environment for the best science agency in the world.

Desired Background Skills: Fellow should be flexible, motivated, dedicated, and possess a sense of humor. The ability to multi-task, attention to detail, and ability to think "outside the box" are essential. The ability to work as part of the team and to meet tight deadlines is also desirable.

Committees:

Website: http://www.oar.noaa.gov/

Communications Specialist

Duties will include conducting a variety of written and oral communication activities that promote NOAA’s preeminence in research and how NOAA science adds value to society. You will have many opportunities to write and edit non-technical written materials, web content, and audio/visual content focusing on NOAA research, science, and technology. You may also prepare feature stories about our award-winning scientists and their achievements. Other duties may involve marketing and educational outreach, including representing NOAA research at public events or trade shows, and planning/conducting constituent affairs roundtable meetings. We work very closely with NOAA's legislative affairs, media relations, and constituent affairs functions. We will work with you to design the ideal developmental assignments to provide the experience you are seeking, and you will complete the internship with strong science communications skills and products to add to your professional portfolio.

Mandatory Skills: Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills are a must. You must be adept at gathering, organizing, and editing written information, and working independently on short deadlines.

Desired Background Skills: The successful candidate will have a knack for taking complex scientific information and clearly and concisely communicating the most important elements of the information to a non-scientific audience. Familiarity with Web 2.0 and Web development skills and social media experience are a plus.

Website: http://researchmatters.noaa.gov/news

Sea Grant Fellow

Working for Congressman Farr will offer excellent opportunities to become involved in a broad range of ocean policy issues. Sam Farr co-chairs the House Oceans Caucus and is recognized as a leader on ocean policy within the House of Representatives, so the position comes with a highly developed portfolio of issues and contacts. The Farr office welcomes the Fellow as a full member of the staff with the complete set of responsibilities and benefits that come with working for a member of Congress. Congressman Farr has hosted a Sea Grant Fellow since 1997 and relies on the initiative of his Sea Grant Fellow to draft and guide legislation through the process, advise him on marine policy issues, and lead House Oceans Caucus activities. Congressman Farr serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is actively involved in advocating for the funding of marine programs and activities (e.g., research, education, exploration, protection). The Fellow will get first-hand experience with the annual appropriations process and the funding of programs within the NOAA budget. There will also be ample opportunity for involvement with specific marine issues, including marine debris, ocean governance, marine sanctuaries, climate change, fisheries management, catch shares, ocean acidification, shark finning, and marine mammals. In all of these efforts the Fellow will have the benefit of mentoring and oversight from an extraordinarily experienced legislative staff and a legacy of Sea Grant Fellows. The Fellow will be given the opportunity to develop invaluable policy-related skills and deliverables during the year in the Farr office. The fellow will prepare speeches on ocean and environmental topics, draft letters on pertinent marine-related issues, write talking points for floor statements and hearings, and keep up-to-date with marine science and policy issues impacting our oceans and California’s 17th Congressional district. The fellow will hone an ability to communicate effectively, develop expertise in analyzing policy issues, gain an understanding of a wide array of Congressional processes, and leave with a variety of writing samples. Perhaps most importantly, the Fellow will be an integral part of Team Farr who carries a large amount of responsibility and not only works closely with Rep. Farr's constituents and other staffers, but also with Rep. Farr himself.

Desired Background Skills: Strong written/oral communication skills; outgoing and creative; comfortable taking a lot of initiative; willingness to work independently with minimal supervision; ability to work productively with a range of people (e.g. constituents, lobbyists, other staffers, agency officials, state and local officials, etc.).

Committees: The Fellow will be Congressman Farr’s primary policy advisor for all ocean and science related appropriations requests and marine environmental issues, and will share responsibility for climate change issues. S/he will work closely with the House Natural Resources Committee staff, House Appropriations Committee staff, and California House and Senate offices to advance ocean policy initiatives and work. The Fellow will also work with the other co-chairs of the House Oceans Caucus to inform Members and staff about matters related to ocean science and policy.

Website: http://www.farr.house.gov/

Legislative Fellow

Hafa Adai! The Office of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo of Guam welcomes the opportunity to host a Knauss Marine Policy Legislative Fellow during 2013 for the First Session of the 113th Congress. Our Fellow will join our legislative team as the Natural Resources Legislative Assistant, and take principal responsibility for environment and fisheries issues. Specifically, our Fellow is responsible for attending all meetings of the Natural Resources Committee and preparing questions, statements and vote recommendations for hearings and markups in the Committee and Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. The Fellow will work with Committee staff and the staff of other offices to advance the Congresswoman’s legislative priorities. Other duties include tracking relevant legislation and recommending bills to cosponsor, assist with drafting legislation, attending meetings with stakeholders and constituents; and working with executive branch officials. Our Fellow is encouraged to pursue other projects and issue areas that contribute to career goals or personal interests. Legislative priorities include eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; protecting coral reefs; sustainable fishing methods for the indigenous communities in the Western Pacific; and securing increased and adequate federal funds supporting ocean and coastal research programs. The Congresswoman’s position as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness in the House Armed Service Committee also provides a unique opportunity to work at the intersection of military and environmental initiatives, including the careful oversight of the Department of Defense's implementation of the ongoing military buildup on Guam and protecting conservation programs on military installations through the Sikes Act.

Mandatory Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills; able to quickly research, comprehend, and explain a wide variety of issues; able to work independently; able to adhere to deadlines.

Desired Background Skills: Understanding of the Endangered Species Act; Interest in Western Pacific region; Knowledge of coral issues and NEPA process
Committees: House Natural Resources; Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and House Armed Services; Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Readiness

Website: http://bordallo.house.gov/

Sea Grant Fellow

The fellow will support Senator Whitehouse’s work on a range of ocean, climate, and fisheries related issues. In this position, the fellow will also work closely with Senator Whitehouse’s staff on other environmental topics as part of the Senator’s Environment and Public Works committee assignment. The fellow will have the opportunity to work on issues directly related to Rhode Island and also national and international issues. Some of the specific issues the fellow may focus on include Atlantic fisheries, marine sanctuaries, ocean governance, ocean and coastal impacts of climate change, marine pollution, ocean acidification, and habitat restoration. The fellow will be expected to meet with constituents and interest groups,attend hearings,and draft talking points, background memos and briefing documents. There will be opportunities to travel to the State.

Committees: Environment and Public Works

Website: http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/

Knauss Legislative Fellow—Minority Staff

The Committee on Natural Resources has jurisdiction over the Department of Interior, the ocean and coastal programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the US. Forest Service. The Fellow will be involved in all aspects of the office's work including interacting with and briefing Members and staff, and developing legislation in response to requests from a variety of Member offices. The Fellow will work with the staff of the Subcommittee, the staff of the Full Committee, staff and Members who sit on the Committee, a variety of agency personnel, interested representative of the commercial and recreational fishing communities, the environmental community, academic institutions, scientists, and other interested constituents. The Fellow will be involved in developing background information for hearings, drafting opening statements, talking points, and questions, staffing the actual hearing, and helping with follow-up requests after the hearing. The Fellow will also be involved in developing concepts for legislation, drafting legislation, and following the legislation through the process to potential enactment. The Fisheries Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over all international fisheries agreements and conventions, so the Fellow will have the opportunity to work on issues affecting the world's oceans and fisheries. Our staff attends a number of international meetings and the Fellow will be encouraged to join us. While the Fellow will have the same duties as the rest of the legislative staff, this year is expected to be a learning experience for the Fellow. Our experienced staff will work with the Fellow and the amount and type of work will depend on the abilities and comfort level of the Fellow. One particular focus of the Committee is mitigation of and adaptation to global climate change, including policies related to alternative energy, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and improving climate science.

Website: http://democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/

EPA National Nutrient Criteria Program Fellow, 2013–2014

EPA’s National Nutrient Criteria Program within the Office of Water, is a highly dynamic program that operates at the nexus of science, risk management, environmental law, and environmental policy. The Clean Water Act (CWA) and its implementing regulations serve as the primary regulatory drivers for the National Nutrient Criteria Program. The program’s principal mission is to derive scientifically-defensible regulatory limits, known as numeric nutrient criteria, that will protect the nation’s waters from the effects of nutrient pollution (primarily an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus). Nutrient pollution is ubiquitous and comes from five general sources: urban stormwater runoff, municipal wastewater treatment, atmospheric nitrogen deposition, agricultural livestock activities, and agricultural row crops. Numeric nutrient criteria become legally enforceable once adopted into a State’s water quality standards legislation and are powerful tools to control nutrients and their sources. The National Nutrient Criteria Program closely engages and works collaboratively with OST’s Standards and Health Protection Division, which focuses on the implementation of water quality standards by States and Tribes. The program also works collaboratively with other CWA program offices across EPA as part of a comprehensive effort to address the nation’s widespread and persistent nutrient pollution problem, including the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (e.g., impaired waters, non-point sources, Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, monitoring and assessment programs) and the Office of Wastewater Management (e.g., point source permitting programs). The National Nutrient Criteria Program also coordinates its programmatic activities closely with 10 EPA regional offices across the nation.

OST’s National Nutrient Criteria Program seeks a fellow to work in a complex and challenging regulatory environment. The ideal fellow will have a strong scientific background, with a working knowledge of modeling, statistics, and/or estuarine ecology. Strong oral and written communication skills will also be helpful.

The fellow will work independently in specific programmatic areas and as part of one or more intra-, inter-, or regional office teams. The fellow’s principal focus will be as a member of EPA’s federal rulemaking team that will be preparing final regulations to establish numeric nutrient criteria for Florida in 2013. EPA’s federal rulemaking effort in Florida is a highly dynamic and complex combination of scientific, policy, and legal issues, often involving groundbreaking work, such as the effort to better understand the downstream impact of nutrient pollution when deriving these numeric nutrient criteria. The fellow will be a member of a technical workgroup that supports the scientific derivation of numeric nutrient criteria for all of Florida’s estuarine and coastal waters. The fellow will also participate in the broader rulemaking team effort, which will include water quality standards implementation and ensuring consistency with CWA regulations and EPA guidance. During the fellowship there may also be opportunities to work on projects of the fellow's interest. Through this variety of roles the fellow will have opportunities to draft scientific and policy documents and provide scientific advice to senior Office of Water management.

The fellow’s portfolio may also include the following programmatic areas: participation on EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Team, participation on the Gulf of Mexico Governor’s Alliance (GOMA) Nutrient Priority Issue Team, liaison to EPA regional offices, technical support outreach to EPA regions and State water quality agencies, reviewing State water quality standards packages, and tracking State numeric nutrient criteria development. The fellow will be encouraged to take advantage of professional training opportunities (e.g., EPA’s Clean Water Act course and Water Quality Standards Academy) and to attend relevant scientific professional meetings (e.g., American Society of Limnology and Oceanography [ASLO], North American Benthological Society [NABS], Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation [CERF], and North American Lake Management Society [NALMS]).

Mandatory Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills. Familiarity with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) also needed.

Desired Background Skills: The ideal fellow will have a strong scientific background, with a working knowledge of modeling, statistics, and/or estuarine ecology.

Environmental Policy Analyst

This position is based in NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI), which coordinates and oversees NOAA’s compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). PPI provides information, training, and advice to other NOAA staff across the agency to ensure that thorough environmental reviews are conducted to understand and evaluate the potential environmental impacts of proposed NOAA actions, and that NEPA is integrated into NOAA’s decision-making process. The fellow will primarily be working with the PPI NEPA team to scope and create an implementation plan for delegating NEPA review and clearance of Environment Assessments to the Line Offices and to create NEPA training materials. The Fellow will also gain experience in implementation of revised NOAANEPA procedures across a spectrum of agency Federal actions, including construction, marine sanctuaries, Fisheries Management Plans, Endangered Species and Marine Mammal research permits, and deployment of buoys and emerging marine instrumentation. As one of NOAA’s six Line Offices, PPI performs vital corporate functions for NOAA in the form of strategic planning, program evaluation, and cross-Line Office integration and, therefore, engages frequently with NOAA’s senior leadership. PPI is responsible for developing, reviewing, and updating NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP), guiding the Strategy, Execution, and Evaluation (SEE) process for NOAA, managing National Environmental Policy Act coordination for the Agency, and providing guidance on NOAA’s socioeconomic studies. Though the Sea Grant Fellow will support NOAA’s NEPA group by assisting with development and presentation of NEPA training modules, guidance and tools to aid NOAA’s application to and compliance with NEPA, he/she will participate in strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation functions as a full member of the PPI team, experience that will prepare the Fellow for a wide range of career paths within NOAA and other Federal agencies. For more information, please visit http://www.ppi.noaa.gov.

Desired Background Skills: Prospective Fellows should have a strong interest in one or more of NOAA’s core disciplines: oceanography, fisheries, meteorology, atmospheric science, marine/environmental policy, climate policy, social science, resource economics and should be interested in applying strategic management principles to helping NOAA achieve its mission goals. The Fellow should be capable of balancing multiple initiatives simultaneously and able to work as a part of a small, diverse team.

Website: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov

Sea Grant Fellow

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is seeking a Fellow to support her active role in the national ocean, environmental, and energy policy conversation and give constituents in Maine a strong voice in the development and implementation of federal regulations that affect Maine’s coastal and natural resource-dependent communities. The Knauss Sea Grant Fellow will work closely with the Legislative Director and other staff in developing, implementing, and building support for legislative initiatives related to ocean, coastal, natural resource, and agricultural issues. This will include supporting coastal communities through protecting working waterfronts by working on legislation like HR 3109, the Working Waterfronts Act. The Fellow will draft legislation, amendments, floor statements, letters to the Administration, constituent mail, and internal memos, as well as monitor active and pending legislation and committee activities. The Fellow will also meet with constituents and organizations while working to build strategic relationships in Maine and DC. The office considers staff, and Fellow, travel to and around the District a vital component of being effective in Washington, and the Fellow will have regular opportunities to travel to Maine to meet with constituents and organizations and to attend important community events. Maine’s First Congressional District is made up largely of southern and mid-coast Maine, including the towns of Kittery, Kennebunk, Portland, Freeport, Rockland, Camden and a number of coastal islands. Congresswoman Pingree lives on one of Maine’s many offshore islands, 12 miles off the coast, in a community of 300 year-around residents – many of them fishermen. Chellie’s unique community and personal background, including decades of organic farming, make her a compelling voice on issues of sustainability, particularly when it comes to our food and the processes by which we harvest it, whether from the ocean or the land. Chellie serves on the Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry and the Fellow will work on developing policies and monitoring the activity relating to this subcommittee. Additionally, she serves on the Armed Services Committee, providing opportunities to work on diverse topics related to energy and conservation policy.

Mandatory Skills: The ideal candidate will be a team player, willing to take on responsibility and able to work quickly and effectively in a collaborative office setting. The candidate should be proactive and entrepreneurial, with strong strategic thinking, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. A sense of humor and a healthy enjoyment of lobster would be a plus!

Desired Background Skills: A strong interest in environmental and marine policy issues including sustainability, an understanding of the role both national and local politics play, and the ability to effectively communicate policy with diverse groups are important to this fast-paced office.

Committees: Congresswoman Pingree is a member of the House Agriculture Committee, where she serves as a strong voice for sustainable agriculture and local food policy. Within the Agriculture Committee, she serves on the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry and the Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture. She also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

Website: http://pingree.house.gov/

Legislative Fellow

My staff and I are actively involved in developing a rational energy policy, increasing national investment in research and development across disciplines in private and public sectors, enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education at all levels, developing the economy of Central New Jersey by building on the R&D base, and improving the technical support for Congress by reviving the Office of Technology Assessment.

Mandatory Skills: The prerequisites for a fellowship in my office include: understanding of scientific issues in particular areas such as education, energy, and technology; excellent writing skills; collegiality, a cooperative, good sense of humor, team-oriented attitude; the capacity to handle multiple, unrelated tasks simultaneously (even with office distractions); the ability to digest and summarize unwieldy information in a concise manner; and personal initiative and independent thought.

Desired Background Skills: Even more important than detailed knowledge in scientific or engineering areas is the eagerness to learn from experts, and the ability to turn that knowledge into policy-relevant form with an appreciation of the political forces at hand.

Committees: Natural Resources Committee; Education and the Workforce Committee

Website: http://holt.house.gov/

Project Manager, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

'The project manager will be responsible for developing, implementing and communicating the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ (ONMS) Travel and Tourism Strategy and support NOS and NOAA efforts in coordinating with the Travel and Tourism Task Force. He/she will be the point person for all matters related to travel and tourism within the sanctuary system as well as NOS. Development of the ONMS Travel and Tourism Strategy will involve extensive research on current sanctuary and NOS endeavors and their connections to the National Travel and Tourism Strategy. To address existing connections, the project manager will liaison with relevant agencies and sanctuary sites and ensure that ONMS efforts are recognized by these agencies and publicized in local arenas. Where connections lack between ONMS programs and the National Travel and Tourism Strategy, the project manager will work with sanctuary sites to develop plans for strategic partnerships with both local businesses and other agencies. As point person for all travel and tourism matters, the project manager will support ONMS as lead on any related data gathering, coordination, project reporting (within and beyond the immediate project team) or other support task. Relevant support tasks will include, but are not limited to, any coordination related to the America’s Great Outdoors initiative and the Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism (FIT-V). This is an exciting opportunity to explore sanctuary connections to the travel and tourism industry in both public and private sectors. The project manager will work with a range of site managers, outreach coordinators and communications specialists to address an issue that will contribute to a national strategy and has the potential to transform the public perception of national marine sanctuaries nationwide. Organization Description The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, manages a national system of fourteen underwater protected areas. Since 1972, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has worked cooperatively with the public and federal, state, and local officials to promote conservation while allowing compatible commercial and recreational activities. No other federal agency is directly mandated to comprehensively conserve and manage special areas of the marine environment like the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Coordination and cooperation among the responsible government agencies is key to successful sanctuary management. Increasing public awareness of our marine heritage, scientific research, monitoring, exploration, educational programs and outreach are just a few of the ways the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries fulfills its mission to the American people. The National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 150,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington State to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The system includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

Website: sanctuaries.noaa.gov

Ocean Policy and Communications Specialist

A position with the Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Coordination Team in the Office of Policy Analysis at the Department of the Interior (DOI)—a work environment with a broad perspective on Interior’s ocean and coastal activities at the Department and at an interagency level. This position is in an office with fun, highly motivated staff, in the historic Interior Building in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. The Office of Policy Analysis (PPA) provides cross-cutting analysis and coordination to support decision-making and policies across this highly decentralized agency. Among other policy issue areas, PPA coordinates the Department's activities related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource management and provides DOI representatives on several interagency ocean and coastal issues. This position is an excellent opportunity to work with staff, senior policy contacts, and administration officials across the Department and across the Federal family. As a member of the National Ocean Council, Interior has been a lead agency (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/about) in developing and implementing the priority objectives, key tasks and milestones of the National Ocean Policy. Interior staff will be leading many of these efforts and supporting the National Ocean Council through diverse activities. DOI is a co-chair of the National Ocean Council’s Ocean Resources Management Interagency Policy Committee, and the US Coral Reef Task Force. Interior also supports regional efforts through active involvement with Federal Working Groups that support all nine Regional Ocean Partnerships (Alliances) and Regional Planning Bodies as created in the NOP. PPA provides staff support and leadership in these activities. This position will work with the Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Activities Team to clarify, connect, strengthen and expand collaborative efforts across the Bureaus, the federal family and with the National Ocean Council. This team coordinates across Interior’s Bureaus to ensure that Interior responsibilities are represented and support local, regional and national programs. Topics include: recreation, tourism, endangered and invasive species, Arctic, energy, conservation, restoration, science, technology and other topics identified as key priorities in the National Ocean Policy’s Implementation Plan. Work will focus on developing a coherent Departmental ocean and coastal presence, supporting regional initiatives, and improving visibility and awareness of Interior programs and responsibilities. Job Responsibilities: This position will provide staff support and guidance through work with senior analysts and communication specialists. We will work with you to design the ideal developmental assignments to provide experience you are seeking. Duties: This position will provide staff support and guidance through work with bureau staff, senior analysts, and communication specialists. Diverse functions across Interior include:

Since this position is in the Office of Policy Analysis, there will be opportunities to support other Departmental initiatives on an as-needed basis.

Mandatory Skills: The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal and writing skills; strong organizational skills; ability of gather and edit written information from a wide array of sources and formats; work independently on short deadlines; be highly flexible and creative with attention to detail; interest in broad ocean, coastal and Great Lakes topics that range from natural resources to policy and societal aspects; enjoy learning through doing; and share an excitement about collaboration, communication and policy implementation.

Website: http://www.doi.gov/pmb/ocean, http://www.doi.gov/ppa/index.cfm, http://www.doi.gov/bureaus/index.cfm