California Sea Grant is expanding their fellowship opportunities for recent Masters and PhD students through a new Extension Fellowship program. As part of the program, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Marine Region will host an Extension Fellow in Eureka, California for two years, to support the creation of an Enhanced Status Report (ESR) and/or statewide management plan for bull kelp and giant kelp. The CDFW will serve as one of the co-mentors for the Extension Fellow, with additional mentorship from California Sea Grant. The Extension Fellow will not only help advance the CDFW and Sea Grant missions, but also will assist in making tangible and quantifiable progress towards creating and implementing an ESR and/or statewide kelp management plan.
The fellowship will include engagement with the dynamic team of California Sea Grant Extension Specialists who 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. Together, the statewide Extension Team will support, and connect the Extension Fellow to appropriate stakeholders (i.e. academic researchers, fishing community, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and K-12 educators). The Extension Fellow will gain on-the-job experience in planning, implementation, and management, providing a unique educational opportunity for recent graduate students interested in outreach, marine resources and the policy decisions that affect them.