NOPP Science & Policy Communications Fellow

Arlington, Virginia
Mar 13, 2017
Apr 12, 2017
Career Level
Student / Graduate
Education Level
Job Type
Relocation Cost
No Relocation

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 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 government, and its partners, 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 agencies as the Navy, NOAA, BOEM, USGS, DOE, DOI, NSF, EPA, USACE, among others. The Fellow will gain exposure to a broad range of efforts that include topics such as improved forecasting technologies in a changing climate, autonomous aerial and underwater vehicles, technology development and integration, biodiversity monitoring, sea ice modeling, acoustics, Arctic programs, and many other topics that enhance our knowledge and stewardship of the ocean and its resources.

Responsibilities and Duties:
•    Social media outreach and analytics.
•    Engage with NOPP staff to continue streamlining and improving program protocol and operations.
•    Work as part of the NOPP staff in providing technical and meeting support to the IWG-OP and IWG-FI co-chairs and members, all of the associated subgroups, and the ORAP.
•    Monitor, attend, and summarize relevant 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 the 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, 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 for ocean science and technology research, ocean science education and outreach, and/or marine policy.

The successful applicant will have a solid understanding of current issues in marine systems sciences and knowledge of environmental management issues and trends, as well as a solid grasp on ocean science and technology and developments. This program is meant to provide the successful applicant with exposure to marine policy development and the Federal ocean governance structure and its activities towards achieving National science and technology research goals. Tasks range from website development to supporting NOPP working groups, to monitoring legislative developments in ocean-related policy, to representing the NOPP at meetings. Interest in Federal ocean governance structure and its activities in Federal ocean science research efforts and policy development is a must. Enthusiasm for resourceful and team-oriented multi-tasking and the ability to coordinate and track a wide variety of activities are essential.

How to apply:

Please email a PDF packet that includes a cover letter, resume or CV, a 2-page writing sample, two references, and a list of applicable course work to Dr. Barbara Bischof, Program Manager at Please specify “NOPP Fellow – [Your Last Name]” in the subject line.