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Ocean Acidification Outreach Internship

NOAA and USCB Marine Science Institute

Brief Job/Internship Description:

The Ocean Acidification Outreach Intern will work with scientists and communicators to create
regionally specific “Ocean Acidification Outreach In A Box” toolkits tailored for diverse
stakeholders who want to learn about the latest OA research. These toolkits will include outreach
materials most appropriate for various US regional (Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Southeast,
Northeast and Pacific Islands) audiences and venues and will include actions that audiences can take
to adapt to and mitigate this environmental change. By equipping OA scientists and communicators
around the nation with effective, consistent and solution-focused messages that make ocean
acidification understandable, stakeholders will better understand OA science and be empowered with
stewardship actions.
Job posting dates: September 6th, 2018 until filled
Location of position: Ocean Science Education Building 514, UC Santa Barbara
Job start date: Mid to late October 2018
Job end date: September 27th, 2019
Percent time of work: 25% (approximately 10 hours per week, but can vary through the school
Pay rate: $20 per hour


• Interview scientists and communicators from different regions to determine needs and
requirements for OA toolkits
• Obtain images and multimedia files, editing if needed, and create web-ready content
• Design and write activity descriptions for toolkits and create materials for outreach activities
utilizing strategic framing elements developed by National Network for Ocean and Climate
Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)
• Purchase supplies, organize and track materials lists for each of the kits for ease of future
• Create and finalize at least 4 toolkits to distribute to the different regions
• Develop a Powerpoint presentation for a Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for
Communicators and Educators (SOARCE) webinar


This position requires approximately 10 hours/week between the hours of 8am to 5pm on weekdays.


• Current MS or PhD student in marine science, environmental management, education and/or
science communication, or related field. Advanced undergraduates with appropriate skills
and experience may also be considered.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Highly organized with the ability to work independently
• Self-motivated, creative, innovative and comfortable working with a diverse team in a fast-
paced collaborative environment
• Demonstrable proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite; graphic
design and video editing skills preferred

Opportunities and Benefits:

• Travel supported to work with NOAA scientists and/or communicators in one region and/or
participate in a professional development training opportunity
• Mentoring by NOAA CINMS and Ocean Acidification Program Education Coordinators to
support intern in project and professional development
• Establishment of working relationships with NOAA ocean acidification scientists and
communicators in various sites around the nation
• Insight gained into tools and approaches to engaging and empowering ocean acidification
stakeholders in different US regions

Organization Information:

Through education, conservation, science, and stewardship, NOAA's Channel Islands National
Marine Sanctuary provides protection to the area’s natural and cultural resources. NOAA's Ocean
Acidification Program seeks to better prepare society to respond to changing ocean conditions and
resources by expanding understanding of ocean acidification, through interdisciplinary partnerships,
nationally and internationally.
Contact Information:
To apply, please submit your letter of interest, resume, 1-2 writing or education activity samples,
and 1-2 design/multimedia samples (optional) to:
Laura Francis and Jennifer Bennett-Mintz

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and top ranked candidates will be interviewed inmid to late October 2018.


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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) works to prepare society to adapt to the consequences of ocean acidification and conserve marine ecosystems as acidification occurs. Learn more about the human connections and adaptation strategies from these efforts.

Adaptation approaches fostered by the OAP include:


Using models and research to understand the sensitivity of organisms and ecosystems to ocean acidification to make predictions about the future, allowing communities and industries to prepare


Using these models and predictions as tools to facilitate management strategies that will protect marine resources and communities from future changes


Developing innovative tools to help monitor ocean acidification and mitigate changing ocean chemistry locally


On the Road

Drive fuel-efficient vehicles or choose public transportation. Choose your bike or walk! Don't sit idle for more than 30 seconds. Keep your tires properly inflated.

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Make energy-efficient choices for your appliances and lighting. Heat and cool efficiently! Change your air filters and program your thermostat, seal and insulate your home, and support clean energy sources

By Reducing Coastal Acidification

Reduce your use of fertilizers, Improve sewage treatment and run off, and Protect and restore coastal habitats

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You've taken the first step to learn more about ocean acidification - why not spread this knowledge to your community?

Every community has their unique culture, economy and ecology and what’s at stake from ocean acidification may be different depending on where you live.  As a community member, you can take a larger role in educating the public about ocean acidification. Creating awareness is the first step to taking action.  As communities gain traction, neighboring regions that share marine resources can build larger coalitions to address ocean acidification.  Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Work with informal educators, such as aquarium outreach programs and local non-profits, to teach the public about ocean acidification. Visit our Education & Outreach page to find the newest tools!
  2. Participate in habitat restoration efforts to restore habitats that help mitigate the effects of coastal acidification
  3. Facilitate conversations with local businesses that might be affected by ocean acidification, building a plan for the future.
  4. Partner with local community efforts to mitigate the driver behind ocean acidification  – excess CO2 – such as community supported agriculture, bike & car shares and other public transportation options.
  5. Contact your regional Coastal Acidification Network (CAN) to learn how OA is affecting your region and more ideas about how you can get involved in your community
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