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Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellowships

2011-12 Natural Resource Policy Fellow Chris Eardley

Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2014-2015 Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to give a student first-hand experience in natural resource policy at the state level. In so doing, the student will contribute to policies that will benefit natural resource managers, stakeholders, and user groups. The Natural Resource Policy Fellowship will place one graduate student fellow in an Oregon state agency for one year, starting between March 2014 and June 2014, depending on the needs of the student and agency. The student chosen for the fellowship will interview with Oregon state agencies to find the best fit for the student and the agency. If funding permits, more than one opportunity may be filled.

Application Deadline:  Closed.  Next deadline: Winter 2015.

Who May Apply

Eligible applicants are graduate students from any university located in Oregon who have completed their degree within the eighteen (18) month period prior to the time of the fellowship application deadline (after September 2012) or are within one year of completing their graduate degree. Preference will be given to those who have completed their degree or will have completed by the start of the fellowship. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest and experience in marine/coastal natural resource policy.

Fellowship Award

The length of assignment is for one year and is nonrenewable. The official start date of the fellowship can be flexible to accommodate recipient and host agency needs, and can occur between March 2014 and July 2014. The fellowship will pay $31,200 for the year in monthly stipend payments of $2,600; plus $800 for travel expenses and educational supplies (such as books, conference materials, etc.).

Host Agencies for 2014

Governor's Natural Resources Office

ODFW Marine Recreational Catch Reconstruction

ODFW Marine Reserves

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Landscape Conservation Design

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Application Requirements

A complete application will include 5 elements:

  • A current resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)
  • A personal statement of purpose describing your interest and experience in coastal/marine natural resource policy, your future career goals and how the fellowship applies, and the placement in which you are most interested and why (not to exceed three pages, with 1.5 line spacing)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate coursework.
  • A letter of recommendation from your major advisor
  • A second letter of recommendation, by anyone of your choosing familiar with your abilities

Note: the personal statement of purpose and the resume/CV must be in 12 point font with 1” margins.

How To Apply

If you plan to apply, you should notify Oregon Sea Grant no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline (on or by January 24, 2014) by sending a short/simple email expressing your interest to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu. All emails to Oregon Sea Grant regarding this Fellowship should reference “Oregon Natural Resource Policy Fellowship” in the subject line.

The resume/CV, personal statement, and transcripts must be combined into a single PDF document. Please make sure to include your last name in the file name (for example, NRPF_App_Smith.pdf). The PDF application document must be submitted electronically to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu by the specified deadline. Note: if you do not have access to software that allows you to combine the application pieces into a single document, please contact Eric Dickey (contact information below) no less than two weeks before the deadline. Free online and downloadable solutions do exist, as well.

The letters of recommendation should be e-mailed directly by the letter author to Oregon Sea Grant at seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu or mailed to the address below.

Make sure your recommendation writers have sufficient time to get the letter to us by or before the application deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Application deadline: Feb 7, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Pacifc Time

Selection Process

A selection team, usually comprised of Oregon Sea Grant staff, a member of the Oregon Sea Grant Advisory Council and another party (such as faculty or agency staff), evaluates each candidate’s submitted written material based on these criteria: academic ability; communications skills; diversity and appropriateness of academic background; additional qualifying experience (e.g., relevant work experience); support of recommendation letter writers; and, relevance of applicant’s academic background and interests to the available fellowship opportunity.

Top candidates will be interviewed in February. Interviews will be conducted by members of the selection team and by the Oregon Sea Grant director. The selected candidate(s) will interview with potential host agency offices of their choice at the beginning of March. The one-year long fellowship is scheduled to begin between March and July, depending on the arrangement between the student and the host agency.

Oregon Sea Grant strongly discourages any contact between applicants and potential host agencies before the interview process.

Send questions to:

Dr. Sarah Kolesar
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Boulevard, Suite 350
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Fax: 541-737-7958

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