NOPP Fellowship Opportunity


SPRING FELLOWSHIP: January-June/July 2018; APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 2017

FALL FELLOWSHIP: June/July-December 2017; APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2017

HOURS: Full Time

RATE: $16/hr

LOCATION: Arlington, VA & Tysons, VA

The NOPP Fellow Program is designed to give soon-to-be or recent MA or MS graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to address ocean science and policy communication challenges and coordinate activities that play a role in marine and coastal policy development, research efforts, partnership development, and STEM outreach. This position offers exposure to individuals in the Federal system who organize, develop, and lead the Nation’s ocean policy and research directives, while providing an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in governmental activities relating to ocean science, technology, and education. Fellows will regularly engage with representatives from Federal agencies including the Navy, ONR, NOAA, BOEM, USGS, DOE, DOI, NSF, EPA, USACE, and their partners, to support project development efforts, as well as attend meetings with the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. The Fellow will also contribute to the knowledge-base for responsible decision-making and gain exposure to a broad range of marine research efforts such as improved forecasting technologies, climate change issues, autonomous aerial and underwater vehicles, technology development and integration, biodiversity monitoring, sea ice modeling, acoustics, Arctic systems, coastal processes, offshore environmental monitoring, and many other topics that enhance our knowledge and stewardship of the Nation’s oceans and coasts, and their resources.

• Social media outreach and analytics.
• Engage with the NOPP staff to continue streamlining and improving program protocol and operations, and project tracking and reporting.
• Work as part of the NOPP Office staff in providing technical and meeting support to the NOPP Committee and IWG-FI co-chairs and members, all of the associated subgroups, and the ORAP.
• Monitor, attend, and produce policy briefs on relevant Federal agency, non-profit, and Congressional briefings and hearings.
• Develop communication materials and assist in maintaining the NOPP website.
• Professionally interact with high-level Federal agency staff from the SOST in support of NOPP initiatives and National Ocean Policy objectives.
• Provide assistance to the Program Manager and Program Coordinators in organizing and maintaining updated documents, coordinating outreach and social media activities, tracking and research of NOPP activities.
• Must be able to work full-time (40 hours/wk) during regular operating hours.

• Recent (or soon-to-be) MA or MS graduate with a focused interest and academic background in Science Communications, Marine Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Marine Science, or other relevant fields that pertain to the objectives and activities under NOPP.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, with preference given to those familiar with governmental communications and protocol.
• Very strong organizational and time management skills.
• Strong skills in social media, specifically Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize efficiently and effectively.
• Problems solving and research skills.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a close-knit team.
• Must be a US citizen.
• Enthusiasm and a basic understanding of current issues in marine environments, ocean science and technology research, ocean science education and outreach, and/or marine policy.

To apply, please email a single PDF document by the specified deadline, which includes the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • 2-page writing sample
  • Two references
  • List of applicable course-work

Application package should be sent to Dr. Barbara Bischof, NOPP Program Manager at Please specify “NOPP Fellow – <Your Last Name>” in the subject line.

Download a PDF copy of the full job description here