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.

2019-2021 State Projects

Six projects were selected for the 2019-2021 fellowship, and are located at six state coastal management agencies. A summary of and the location of each project follows.

Location Host Agency Project Proposal Project Goal
Two Harbors, Minnesota Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program Data, Tools and Resources to Address Minnesota’s Coastal Erosion (PDF) Provide data, tools and resources to area practitioners and landowners tackling Lake Superior erosion in Minnesota.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire New Hampshire Coastal Program Keeping New Hampshire’s Coast Afloat: Financing Mechanisms for Resilience in Vulnerable Coastal Communities (PDF) Advance alternative funding mechanisms to support on-the-ground adaptation and resilience in coastal New Hampshire communities.
Trenton, New Jersey New Jersey Coastal Management Program Equitable Community Resilience: Metrics and Methods for Coastal Hazards Planning (PDF) Identify measures or frameworks for evaluating community resilience, develop a method for equitable community resilience planning, and suggest integration of these findings with state initiatives in New Jersey.
Albany, New York New York State Coastal Management Program Setting the Scene: Using Visualization for Effective Coastal Community Resilience Planning (PDF) Develop a scenario planning tool (potentially utilizing VR or AR), that will support three goals: community and regional resilience planning, local waterfront revitalization planning, and improved federal consistency review.
Portland, Oregon Oregon Coastal Management Program The People’s Coast: Public Access for Vibrant and Sustainable Oregon Coastal Economies (PDF) Improve the availability of public access information for planning efforts and to encourage public enjoyment of and appreciation of the Oregon coast.
Madison, Wisconsin Wisconsin Coastal Management Program Linking Great Lakes Professional and Geospatial Networks to Promote Resilient Coastal Communities (PDF) Apply geospatial technologies and resources developed by WCMP partners, NOAA Digital Coast, and others to Great Lakes coastal hazard issues, culminating with a self-guided project to develop a multi-hazard vulnerability viewer.