Coastal Management Fellowship

The NOAA 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. Up to nine fellows are placed with state coastal programs every year. The program matches postgraduate students to work on projects proposed by state coastal zone management programs and selected by NOAA. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Placement for the Coastal Management Fellowship positions is fully integrated into the placement process with the Digital Coast Fellowship positions. Candidates 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 Coastal Management Fellowship Projects

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.