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.

Knauss Fellowship

OPEN

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

Important dates and deadlines

Friday Feb. 22, 2019 5pm: applications due to Hawaii Sea Grant
Feb. 1, 2020 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 2018.

Applicants must be graduate students as of Feb 22, 2019 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: http://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss

Read full announcement HERE

Coastal Management Fellowship

OPEN

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

Peter J. Rappa Sustainable Coastal Development Fellowship

CLOSED

APPLICATIONS DUE: Thursday, March 15, 2018

To continue the spirit and good work of long-time coastal sustainability extension agent Peter Joseph Rappa, the Sea Grant College Program of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology has created a memorial fellowship. The Sustainable Coastal Development (SCD) Fellow will be 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 including the Center of Excellence for Smart Building and Community Design and the Center of Excellence for Climate and Coastal Science and Resilience.

Hawai‘i’s communities statewide are engaging their natural, social, and built environments in efforts to better manage issues that affect their livability, sustainability and resiliency. The SCD Fellow will further their knowledge and understanding of sustainable coastal development 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.

One of the Rappa Fellows will be placed with the City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency this year and one fellow will be placed on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus at Hawai‘i Sea Grant.

Potential project/work topics:

In cooperation with the City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (www.ResilientOahu.org):
Conduct research and data collection in support of Honolulu’s development of a Resilience Strategy under the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program; Conduct research on municipal highly reflective, blue, and/or vegetated roof codes, ordinances, and incentives; Conduct research on municipal tree planting campaigns and review municipal tree/urban forest ordinances; and/or Conduct research on municipal open space and green infrastructure analyses and investment plans. Develop a Hawai‘i Coastal Dune Restoration Manual to teach residents and land stewards the methods and procedures for restoring and/or managing coastal dunes. Apply NOAA runoff, impervious surface, and habitat modeling tools in the context of the Ala Wai Watershed to support the Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration and the UHM SMART Ala Wai Project (Strategic Monitoring and Resilience Training in the Ala Wai Watershed).

The SCD 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 SCD Fellowship

Location:

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, School of Ocean, Earth Science, and Technology (SOEST) or City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

Supervisor:

Dr. Darren Lerner, Director, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

Length of Fellowship

8-weeks full time (40 hour/week) summer fellowship (June-August)

Stipend:

$5,500

Application components

Cover Letter (2 pages maximum)
The cover letter should describe the applicant’s goals with an emphasis on what the applicant expects from and can contribute to the Rappa Fellowship program
Resume (2 pages maximum)
Unofficial transcripts
Two reference letters

Application Submission:

Please submit via email to:

Maya Walton, Program Leader

University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program

waltonm@hawaii.edu (link sends e-mail)

(808) 956-6992

Download announcement HERE

Selection of finalists

Finalists will be selected by a review panel and will be contacted for interviews during the week of April 2, 2018. Final decisions will be made by April 15, 2018 and all applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the following week.