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About this fellowship:

The Florida Coastal Office/Florida Sea Grant Fellowship is designed to provide a post-graduate who majored in environmental science or policy with the opportunity of hands-on experience in state government. The fellow will be hired as a UF employee and then will work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office for a period of 1 year – with possible extension pending available funding. The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $40,000 plus $5,700 for the successful applicant to use in work-related travel expenses.

Eligible Applicants:

Any student who has graduated from a Florida university in the last two years with a master’s, Ph.D. or J.D. degree in environmental science or policy, or who will complete their degree by December 2016.

Coastal Fellow Overview:

The Fellow will primarily work in Tallahassee in the central operations location of the Florida Coastal Office.  Travel to and work in southeast Florida for multiple days will be required.  Work will be conducted in office settings with opportunities for field resource management experiences with statewide scientists.  The Fellow will participate in regular office operations, team meetings, planning, and decision-making.

The Fellow will provide coordination and logistical support for Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) activities and the 2017 Annual Meeting. The inaugural FCMP Annual Meeting held this past May brought increased awareness of the program and highlighted various projects the program has funded throughout the state.

The Fellow will also provide partial support for planning and executing the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting in 2017 in southeast Florida. The USCRTF meeting draws attendees from many of the jurisdictions, representatives of 12 federal agencies and 7 states and territories, as well as many conservation organizations, academics, and other stakeholders. The focus of the meeting is to communicate about the condition of coral reefs and develop strategies for effective management.

The Fellow will provide consultation, coordination, and implementation services to include, but not limited to assistance with organizing, negotiating, and preparing the following for each of the two events:

  1. Coordinate and facilitate various pre-conference planning meetings. Ensure meeting summaries are taken and tasks are assigned and completed in a timely manner;
  2. Coordinate the selection, negotiations and contract agreement finalization with the meeting(s) facility;
  3. Develop and administer a webpage for information and registration;
  4. Lead registration of attendees via e-mail and website and e-mailing confirmations and information, maintaining a database of registrant information; providing periodic updated lists of registrant information (including field trips registration) and hotel reservations to meeting hosts;
  5. Arrange logistics associated with sponsored receptions and “meeting breaks”;
  6. Arrange transportation logistics (buses/shuttles) to/from the hotel/meeting site, to/from receptions, and to/from field trips (# and locations to be determined), including assisting with the coordination of field trips and sponsors of field trips;
  7. Assist with the printing of agendas, name badges for registered and unregistered attendees, place cards, brochures, signs, banners, meeting photos, briefing books, printed updates, as approved;
  8. Provide on-site logistical management prior to and during the meeting;
  9. Lead registration of exhibitors, coordinating exhibit arrangements with the venue, coordinating logistics with exhibitors, shipping, set-up etc.; ensuring exhibit break-down and meeting cleanup completion;
  10. Ensure transport/shipping of all materials to the meeting site; arranging for storage of shipped materials, including exhibits, as needed;
  11. Coordinate with local visitors bureaus to raise awareness about the meeting;
  12. Provide logistical assistance to attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors;
  13. Complete other tasks as assigned by supervisors.

Application & Deadline:

To apply for this fellowship, submit all application materials to Melissa Macarages at on or before 3:00 pm on Thursday September 30, 2016. All required materials must be received before that deadline or your application will not be considered.

Submitted directly by the applicant as PDF files:

  1. Your current resume
  2. A 2-page career statement in which you describe your educational career to date and explain how this fellowship experience will help you to achieve your career goals. Please indicate in the statement what unique attributes you have that will make you an asset to the Coastal program.

Submitted directly to us by the issuing university:

  1. Graduate transcripts – mail to Florida Sea Grant, 803 McCarty Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

Submitted directly to us as an email attachment from the letter writers:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. One must be from your faculty advisor.

Applications will be reviewed in early October and we anticipate conducting interviews near the end of that month in Tallahassee with the top applicants. The desired starting date is on or before January 1st.

Workplace Location
Florida Coastal Office
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 235
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Fellowship Supervisor
Kevin Claridge, Director

Supervisor of Record at University of Florida
Karl Havens, Director
(352) 392-5870