Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship

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APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM HST

To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (Hawai‘i Sea Grant) created the Peter J. Rappa Fellowship (Rappa Fellowship) in memory of Mr. Rappa. Rappa Fellow(s) will be selected and involved in training and research to better understand aspects of coastal sustainability and resilience conducted within several of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Centers of Excellence. Hawai‘i’s communities are engaging their natural, social, and built environments in efforts to better manage issues that affect their livability, sustainability and resilience. The Rappa Fellows will further their knowledge and understanding of sustainable coastal communities through research, extension, and community-based education in topics of coastal smart growth and community planning and their integration with hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation as well as cultural and traditional knowledge of Hawai‘i.

Potential projects for the 2020 Fellowship:
Building equitable partnerships with Rural and Indigenous Communities

  • Conduct research and analysis of intellectual property rights (IPR), practices, and agreements in the context of rural and indigenous communities partnering with research and management institutions for natural resources stewardship. For example:
    • Current intellectual property clauses, agreements, and practices used by institutions partnering with rural and Native Hawaiian communities.
    • IPR practices and policies used by indigenous communities globally with potential relevance or applicability in Hawaiʻi
    • Templates and sample language for agreements that safeguard indigenous culture and traditional knowledge

Growing Sustainable Coastal Tourism in Hawaiʻi

  • Assist with the development of a Sustainable Coastal Tourism Summit which would aim to bring together thought leaders, industry professionals, and researchers conducting work on this topic
  • Research case studies on the development of an office of outdoor recreation. Draft a prospectus of what an office of outdoor recreation would look like in Hawaiʻi
  • Develop a story map for Waikiki
  • Research models for fee structures that would aid on managing tourism

Preparing Hawaiʻi’s built environment for climate shocks and stresses

  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 12 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Launch Residential Hurricane Retrofit Program to Strengthen Properties Vulnerable to Hurricanes
  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 31 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Establish a Storm Water Enterprise Fund to Better Finance Storm Water Management, specifically to prepare methods, contents, and an outline of a “green infrastructure plan.”
  • Conduct background research and data collection in support of the City and County of Honolulu’s implementation of Action 33 of the O‘ahu Resilience Strategy, Keep O‘ahu Cool by Maintaining and Enhancing the Community Forest, specifically to prepare methods, contents, and an outline of a “tree master plan.”

The Rappa Fellow will also gain an understanding of the multifaceted operations of Hawai‘i Sea Grant through shadowing extension faculty and participating in activities as scheduling permits.

Requirements (Who is eligible?)

All full-time undergraduates or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college are eligible to apply for the Rappa Fellowship

Locations:

Hawai‘i Sea Grant office at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus
City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

Supervisor:

Maya Walton, Program Leader, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Length of Fellowship

  • 8-weeks full time (40 hour/week) summer fellowship
  • Begins Monday June 15, 2020 and ends Monday, August 10, 2020

Stipend:

  • $6,000

Application components

  • Cover Letter (2 pages maximum)
    • The cover letter should describe your goals with an emphasis on what you as the applicant expect to gain from and contribute to the Rappa Fellowship program. The cover letter should also describe your specific interest/preference in the potential projects listed above and how your background and experience supports this project.
  • Resume (2 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two reference letters

Application Submission:

Please submit via eProjects by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM HST
https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/eProjects/logn/logn_login.php

Contact for Questions:

Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
waltonm@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-6992

Selection of finalists

Finalists will be selected by a review panel and will be contacted for interviews in April. Final decisions will be made by May and all applicants will be notified of a decision by this time.

Junior or Assistant Extension Agent (Community Planning and Design Specialist) Position #0070121TT

OPEN until 3/13/2020 11:59 PM Hawaii
To apply: Visit the Career Opportunities at the University of Hawai’i website.

Description

Title: Junior or Assistant Extension Agent (Community Planning and Design Specialist)
Position Number: 0070121T
Hiring Unit: University of Hawai?i Sea Grant College Program
Location: Oahu
Date Posted: February 28, 2020
Closing Date: March 13, 2020
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Non Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time (100% FTE)
Temporary/Permanent: Temporary – Not to Exceed: 01/31/2021
Other Conditions: Renewal contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance of duties.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

OPEN

Address:
University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Feb. 21, 2020 5pm: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
Feb. 1, 2021: start date for Knauss Fellowship in Washington DC

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program, which is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Hawai’i Sea Grant. Please contact Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton at 808-956-6992 or waltonm@hawaii.edu. No more than six (6) applicants will be submitted to the NSGO according to criteria used in the national competition. The selection process and notification to Hawaiʻi Sea Grant will be completed by June of 2020.

Applicants must be graduate students as of Feb 21, 2020 to be eligible, but may graduate any time thereafter. Students from natural science, social science, and law graduate and professional programs are encouraged to apply. Any questions on the fellowship or application process can be directed to Hawaii Sea Grant Program Leader, Maya Walton (waltonm@hawaii.edu808-956-6992). Thank you!

For further details, visit: https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Prospective

Read full announcement on Grants.Gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320680

Hawai‘i Sea Grant is Seeking Science Writers

Science writers specializing in coastal and ocean resource management and water resource management needed for Hawai‘i Sea Grant’s biannual magazine Ka Pili Kai, published by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Must possess an understanding of Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands issues. It is helpful if the contractor is based in Hawai‘i or the Pacific Islands, but is not required.

Ka Pili Kai magazine communicates scientific knowledge to people of all ages who are interested in ocean and coastal management. It focuses on the topics such as water resources, coastal and climate science, sustainable coastal tourism, smart building and community design, marine education, and indigenous science, knowledge, and culture. The magazine is geared for ocean and coastal resource managers, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations such as environmental groups, and interested citizens. Please find a copy of our last issue HERE.

  1. The contractor will collect information on a pre-selected topic by interviewing scientists, resource managers, or cultural experts who are involved with the topic of interest. For this particular issue the articles will focus broadly on water resource issues in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. The articles will focus on topics such as water availability and climate justice; drought; legal issues surrounding water rights in Hawai‘i, innovative technologies to reduce water usage; and sustainable technologies in renewable energy and aquaculture.
  2. The contractor will be requested to write one or more of the following:
  3. 600-word profile on an individual
  4. 600-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned
  5. 1,500-word summary of a selected journal article
  6. 2,000-2,500-word story on a specific topic of interest that will be assigned

The target audience includes policymakers, ocean and coastal resource professionals, and interested citizens. The articles should spark the reader’s interest by:

  1. Translating technical scientific information into layman’s terms.
  2. Providing context so the relevance of the information is readily apparent.
  3. Providing interesting quotes from the scientists and other interviewees.
  4. Craft a frame narrative so the article tells an interesting story and holds the reader’s
    attention.

The contractor will also:

  1. Obtain photos and/or figures from the featured scientist(s) or cultural experts related to the findings and write captions for each. Photos and figures should be provided electronically as individual files. Photos should be .jpg or .tiff files with a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi).
  2. Provide managing editor with a preliminary draft for review and work with them to resolve any issues regarding clarity and accuracy.
  3. Submit the final draft electronically in Microsoft Word along with photos and figures to the managing editor within 3 weeks.

The contractor must have sufficient understanding of science and ocean and coastal management to translate complex scientific information and make it interesting and accessible to a broad audience.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a PDF of the following application materials to lknapman@hawaii.edu:

  •    Cover letter
  •    Resume or CV
  •    3 writing samples that demonstrate an ability to translate scientific information in a style that stimulates the interest of an educated audience.
  1. Potential contractors shall supply a lump sum bid for writing one or more of the articles described above.
  2. Contractor is paid per article following satisfactory submittal.
  3. The contractor does not own the copyright to any work or writing produced.

Reply by January 18, 2019, 5:00 pm HST.

Email responses to: lknapman@hawaii.edu

Questions? Please contact Cindy Knapman, lknapman@hawaii.edu, (808) 956-7410

About the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Founded in 1968, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawai’i Sea Grant) is part of a national network of 33 programs that promote better understanding, conservation, and use of coastal resources. Hawai’i Sea Grant works in partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi’s prestigious School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify Hawaiʻi’s critical resource management issues and guide cutting-edge scientific research to address these challenges.

Hawai’i Sea Grant supports an innovative program of research, extension, education, and communication services directed to the improved understanding and stewardship of coastal and marine resources. Realizing the necessity of collaboration to address coastal resource issues, Hawai’i Sea Grant also provides links between academia, federal, state, and local government agencies, industries, and local community members.

E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program
(Grau Fellowship)

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About the Fellowship

In recognition of Professor Emeritus E. Gordon Grau’s service of more than 14 years to the Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawaiʻi (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) and the national network of 33 Sea Grant College Programs nationwide, we have established the E. Gordon Grau Coastal and Marine Resource Management Fellowship Program (Grau Fellowship). This fellowship provides a unique degree-to-work experience to post-graduate students who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources in the State of Hawaiʻi and the management and policy decisions affecting those resources.

Sponsored by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, the Grau Fellowship provides a unique educational and work opportunity for post-graduate students who are interested in coastal and marine resource management and policy decisions affecting those resources in Hawaiʻi. Modeled after the highly successful John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, the Grau Fellowship provides fellows an opportunity to acquire hands on experience in the planning, implementation and management of marine, coastal, and/or watershed resource policies and programs in Hawaiʻi. The program matches highly motivated and qualified recent graduates of graduate programs with hosts in state, federal or municipal agencies and non-profits in Hawaiʻi for a 2-year paid fellowship ($4,833.33 per month).

Eligibility

Graduate students at institutions of higher education in Hawaiʻi who complete their degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or J.D) in fields related to conservation, management, public policy, planning, or law of marine and/or coastal resources after May 1, 2018 and no later than May 31, 2019 are eligible and encouraged to apply. Additionally, applicants who graduated from a high school in Hawaiʻi and who complete their graduate degrees in related disciplines as described above from accredited institutions of higher education outside of Hawaiʻi after May 1, 2018 and no later than May 31, 2019 are encouraged to apply. Applicants should address their interest and experience in either marine/coastal/watershed science, natural and cultural resource management, planning, public policy, and/or law. Fellows must complete all degree requirements before starting the fellowship.

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to increasing the diversity of the workforce in Hawaiʻi. Sea Grant embraces individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, job classifications, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types. Hawaiʻi Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.

Stipend and Expenses

Each fellow will receive a $58,000/year stipend for the 2-year fellowship ($4,833.33/month). Fellows will be responsible for obtaining health insurance and for the tracking and allocation of state and federal taxes as appropriate. Possible travel associated with the fellowship may be covered by the host agency at the agency’s discretion.

Length of Assignment

The length of assignment is 2 years (24 months; non-renewable). The fellowship will begin in early fall between August and September 2019.

Application Process

A complete application will include:

1. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (two pages maximum, 12 point font)

2. A personal education and career goal statement (1000 words maximum, 12 point font)
that includes the following:

-Emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and interests, relevant background and experience, and expectations of the career development experience.

-Describes what the applicant expects to gain from and contribute to the Grau Fellowship Program.

-Describes the applicant’s specific interest/preference in the potential host offices listed.

3. Two letters of professional recommendation, including one from the student’s major professor. If no major professor exists, the faculty member who is most familiar with the applicant academically may be substituted.

4. Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial copies will be accepted at time of application deadline with official transcripts due prior to finalizing awards.

How to Submit Application

Applications should be submitted via email to Maya Walton (waltonm@hawaii.edu) by 5:00 PM HST on Friday, May 17, 2019. Late applications will not be considered. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately from student application materials and sent directly from the letter writers.

Please submit via email to:

Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
waltonm@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-6992

Potential Host Offices for the 2019 Fellowship

Hawaiʻi Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL)

The OCCL in the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources is responsible for overseeing approximately 2 million acres of private and public lands that lie within the State Land Use Conservation District. In addition to privately and publicly zoned Conservation District lands, OCCL is responsible for overseeing beaches and marine areas out to the seaward extent of the State’s jurisdiction. The OCCL also coordinates the Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission and recently completed a Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report.

Desired skills and requisite background for this fellow are:

  • Demonstrated background in climate science, sea-level rise science, coastal science, climate adaptation, planning, policy and/or law
  • Ability to think critically, work in teams, write clearly, coordinate and organize working groups, translate technical/scientific results to non-technical audiences

Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH)

The mission of the Hawai‘i Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai`i. Potential offices within the DOH that the Grau Fellow may engage include the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) and various branches of the Environmental Management Division (e.g., Clean Air Branch, Clean Water Branch, Safe Drinking Water Branch, Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch, and Wastewater Branch). The OEQC facilitates Hawaiʻi’s environmental review process including review and comment of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). The Environmental Management Division is responsible for implementing and maintaining statewide programs for controlling air and water pollution, for assuring safe drinking water, regulation of wastewater, and for the proper management of solid and hazardous waste.

Desired skills and requisite background for this fellow are:

  • Demonstrated background in climate science, coastal science, natural resource management, water management, conservation biology, planning, policy and/or law
  • Ability to think critically, work in teams, write clearly, coordinate and organize working groups, translate technical/scientific results to non-technical audiences

Selection

Selection of finalists (Class of 2019) will be made based on reviews of written application materials and interviews (in person, Skype, or phone). Selection criteria include: academic ability, communication skills, diversity and appropriateness of academic background, clear articulation of career goals and how the fellowship fits in the students anticipated career path, additional qualifying experience, and letters of support.

Timeline

May 17, 2019 (5:00 PM HST): Applications due to the Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Office.

  • Applications should be submitted via email to Maya Walton (waltonm@hawaii.edu) by 5:00 PM HST on Friday, May 17, 2019.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately from student application materials and sent directly from the letter writers.

May 27, 2019 – May 31, 2019 (approximate): Interviews for selection of finalists by Hawaiʻi Sea Grant.

June 7, 2019 (approximate): Finalists are notified of status.

August 2019– September 2019: Fellowship begins (date negotiated between fellow and host agency).

Contact

For additional information about the Hawaiʻi State Fellows Program, please contact:

Maya Walton
Program Leader and Research Coordinator
University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program
waltonm@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-6992

Coastal Management Fellowship

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Address:
University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
2525 Correa Road, HIG #238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Jan 18, 2019: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
August 2019 start date for Coastal Management Fellowship

The Coastal Management Fellowship provides 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. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

How to Apply: Interested students should discuss this fellowship with Maya Walton (link sends e-mail) at 808-956-6992 or waltonm@hawaii.edu. No more than three (3) applicants will be submitted to the NOAA Coastal Services Center. A reminder that students are eligible to apply if they completed or plan to complete their master’s, doctoral, or professional degrees between January 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.

For further details, visit the Coastal Management Fellowship website at: http://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/

Read full announcement HERE