The California Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the NOAA Marine Debris Program - California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship. Part of the NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, the Marine Debris Program (MDP) mission is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris. The MDP has a California Regional Coordinator based in Oakland who supports local marine debris initiatives through coordination across the state, guides implementation of the California Ocean Litter Strategy (OLS), and identifies and addresses the needs of the marine debris community. The Marine Debris Extension Fellow will support the MDP’s work in California and assist the MDP and the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) with the implementation of the OLS.
The extension fellow will be mentored by the MDP California Regional Coordinator and become part of a dynamic team of California Sea Grant extension specialists. Extension specialists work with state and federal agencies, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and members of the California coastal community to identify emerging marine resource problems and opportunities, conduct applied scientific research, and share findings with stakeholder groups. The extension team has the expertise and resources to work with, support, and connect the extension fellow to appropriate stakeholders based on the project (i.e. fishing community, researchers, K-12 educators). California Sea Grant also has several extension specialists working directly on marine debris issues.