California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship 2013-2014

The California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship is a unique educational opportunity for postgraduates who are interested in extending research information to help manage marine resources in California. The California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship Program matches highly motivated and outstanding postgraduate students (people who are near completion or have completed a graduate degree since January 1, 2011 from a California university) with “Hosts” in state and federal agencies in California, and offers Hosts the expertise and skills of highly motivated and trained scientists.  The program provides recent graduates with a 2-year long “on the job” experience working with the Host agency staff and California Sea Grant Extension Program (SGEP) academics ( to conduct research and outreach needed to implement marine and coastal resource policies and programs in the state of California. Under the guidance of an assigned California SGEP Academic and Host Supervisor, the Fellow is expected to help develop solutions to high-priority coastal and marine issues and disseminate information through diverse extension methods. 

2013-2014 Fellowship with California Coastal Commission

The person selected for the 2013-2014 California Sea Grant Extension Fellowship will work with the California Coastal Commission, as their host agency, on a range of regulatory and planning projects related to climate change adaptation on the California coast. The goal of this project is to help provide coastal communities with information to make better informed decisions related to global warming and sea level rise, and ultimately develop and implement customized solutions to the hazards and climate change challenges which threaten their environmental, economic, and social well-being.   The Coastal Commission is involved in several multi-agency efforts to enact climate change adaptation and to address the climate change policies that arise from the Commission’s regulatory and planning actions under the California Coastal Act. The selected Fellow will be a member of the Coastal Commission staff team who will help: develop policy and regulatory guidance; work with local governments on vulnerability assessments; prepare model language for local coastal program updates; and participate in outreach and education projects related to sea level rise and adaptation to climate change. As much as possible, the detailed assignments of the selected Fellow will be customized based on the special skills and interests of the candidate chosen.

Location and Length of Assignment

This position will be located at Coastal Commission Offices in San Francisco. The length of the fellowship assignment is 24 months (nonrenewable). This year’s fellowship will begin in April 2013, but other schedules may be arranged. Each fellow will receive $40,000 per year in stipend for the 24-month assignment (~$3,333/month). Additional funds will be made available annually to the Fellow for health insurance reimbursement (up to $2,000/yr) and up to $5,000/yr for travel and supplies associated with the Fellowship. 


A complete application will include:

  1. Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12 pt. font).
  2. A personal education and career goal statement that emphasizes the applicant's interests and abilities, and the applicant's expectations of the fellowship experience in the way of career development (1000 words or less).
  3. Two letters of 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. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts.

How to Submit Application

Please upload an electronic copy of all application items. The electronic version of your application must be submitted as PDFs using the California Sea Grant submission link:

Please make sure to include your last name in the file names for each section of the proposal (e.g., Smith_statement.pdf or Smith_cv.pdf). Once submitted through the website, PDFs may not be edited. To change a PDF, it must be deleted and resubmitted.

IMPORTANT: Contact us at to obtain a password to use the website link BEFORE submitting any files.

IMPORTANT: To preserve confidentiality, letters of recommendation could be posted directly by the letter writers. Please share the login information you receive with your letter writers to enable them to post their letters. Letters of recommendation cannot be viewed, edited, or deleted by any applicant once posted.

For electronic files larger than 6 MB, contact to make other arrangements.

Application deadline: February 20, 2012 (submission site closes at 11:59pm)

Selection Criteria

After applications have been received and reviewed by SGEP and the Host, finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

(1) Content of the Letters of Recommendations of student (15 percent of total),

(2) Academic record and performance (25 percent of total),

(3) Quality and relevance of the applicant's personal education and career goal statement (35 percent total), and

(4) Additional relevant experience related to: diversity of education, research and publication record, outreach experience, extra-curricular activities, honors and awards, and interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills (25 percent of total).

An Extension Fellowship will be awarded after the Host and SGEP interview finalists.

Time Table

February 20, 2013: Applications due at the California Sea Grant Office

March 18-22, 2013: (approximate): Interviews for selection of finalists by California Sea Grant

April – May 2013: Fellowship begins

For further information, contact:

Susan Hansch, Chief Deputy Director California Coastal Commission, Phone: (415) 904-5244 direct line and voice mail,

Theresa S. Talley, Coastal Specialist, Sea Grant Extension Program. Email:, Phone: (858) 534-4600

California Sea Grant part of NOAA's National Sea Grant network of university-based programs.

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