Learn about Natural Resource Policy at the State Level

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 up to three graduate student fellows in an Oregon state agency or nonprofit for one year. Starting dates will depend on the needs of the student and host office.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Natural Resource Fellowship were due July 12, 2019.
Details about this year's fellowship and how to apply are now available here.

View the recording and slides from the June 21, 2019 informational webinar about current opportunities.

2019 UPDATED Host Descriptions available here (updated June 20, 2019; previous version June 07, 2019 here).

AWARD & ELIGIBILITY

The length of assignment is one year and is nonrenewable. The fellowship will pay up to $36,000 for the year, in monthly stipend payments. The stipend will provide you with up to $3,000 per month to cover expenses during your full-time fellowship, which may include fellowship-related professional development, educational supplies, health insurance, and travel expenses. Open to graduate students and recent graduates with interest and experience in coastal policy from any U.S. university or college (preference will be given to eligible applicants from a college or university with a physical campus located in Oregon). Additional details linked here.

HOW TO APPLY

Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.

NEXT DEADLINE

The next deadline for this fellowship will be in 2020.

 

2018 Natural Resource Policy Fellow

BRYN HUDSON

ASSIGNMENT: As an Oregon Sea Grant 2018 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Bryn is currently working with Governor Kate Brown’s Natural Resource Office. In her role supporting ocean policy, Bryn aids in the implementation and advancement of the Governor's natural resource and environmental agenda, and assists state departments in managing issues and advancing their budget requests and legislative proposals. She provides critical support on a range of coastal issues including coastal water quality, coastal zone management, ocean acidification and hypoxia, sea-level rise, marine renewable energy, planning for rocky shores, invasive species, marine fisheries, research, climate change and more.

EDUCATION: Bryn completed a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and a Minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She recently completed a Professional Master of Science in Environmental Management from Portland State University, where she researched fishing effort shifts and familial succession in Oregon’s nearshore fisheries.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Bryn has many interests surrounding aquatic systems and the socioeconomic relationships that humans have with them. She has primarily focused on various potential economic, behavioral and political impacts of the marine protected area and reserve designation. By creating these cross-disciplinary connections, Bryn’s research has contributed to a greater understanding of the human dimension in Oregon’s ocean conservation policy. She hopes to continue aiding in the development and implementation of equitable natural resource policy.

 

2018 Natural Resource Policy/Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Fellow

ANNE HAYDEN-LESMEISTER

ASSIGNMENT: As an Oregon Sea Grant 2018-19 Natural Resource Policy fellow, Anne Hayden-Lesmeister is currently working with Oregon Sea Grant to support the legislatively mandated Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in its work related to the assessment of Oregon’s marine reserves.

EDUCATION: Anne completed her BS in Environmental Geology with a minor in Watershed Sciences from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), her MS in Geology from Utah State University, and her PhD in Environmental Resources & Policy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in August 2018.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Anne has conducted interdisciplinary and applied research on diverse river systems, ranging from headwater streams in semi-arid settings to large, highly modified rivers that support multiple and sometimes conflicting uses. Her dissertation research focused on using hydraulic modeling and spatial analyses to help stakeholders evaluate whether proposed (but not yet implemented) restoration projects will improve surface-water connectivity in the nation’s largest river swamp, the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. During her fellowship and beyond, she looks forward to learning from and collaborating with diverse stakeholder groups to inform science-based policies that promote resilience for Oregon’s residents and marine ecosystems.

 

2018 Oregon Sea Grant Dungeness Crab Fisheries Management Fellow

BRITTANY HARRINGTON

ASSIGNMENT: Brittany is currently working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop a Dungeness Crab Marine Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for the state of Oregon. This plan will provide a resource analysis and document existing state fisheries management policies and tools as they pertain to the Dungeness crab resource.

EDUCATION: Brittany completed a B.S. in Environmental Science specializing in Marine Ecology at Western Washington University. She recently earned an M.S. in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University, where she researched climate change impacts to the growth, condition, and survival of larval fish in the Alaskan Arctic.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Brittany has a wide range of interests related to the marine ecosystem and fisheries management. Broadly, she has experience with fisheries-related climate change laboratory research, habitat restoration, and community engagement. Through this fellowship, she looks forward to gaining experience with the practical applications of fisheries management and policy. Moving forward, Brittany hopes to focus on the use of collaboration and communication to help bridge the gap between fisheries science and policy to make it more accessible to resource managers and users alike.

 

2018 Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellow (OASE/DEQ/OSMB)

VALERIE STEPHAN-LEBOEUF

ASSIGNMENT: Valerie is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE) Program, and the Oregon State Marine Board. During her fellowship, Valerie is coordinating the 2019 OASE Program and working on a project with OSMB, conducting research and outreach on copper boat bottom paint usage in Oregon.

EDUCATION: Valerie earned her bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in paralegal studies from Boise State University, her master of science in education with a minor in environmental education from Concordia University, and her master of science in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

PROFESSIONAL & RESEARCH INTERESTS: A native of Idaho, Valerie has been a frequent visitor to the Oregon coast for most of her life. She began her work in environmental education and outreach, working with wildlife as a zookeeper, and spent 10 years as a wildlife rehabilitator, working with bears, cougars, primates, ungulates and small mammals. Focusing on humane and sustainable solutions to environmental issues, she was the program manager for a population control and conflict resolution program for beavers residing in a large urban area, and improved native fish habitat by relocating beaver groups into areas needing restoration. She continues her work as an educator and presenter, and as a facilitator for human-wildlife conflict resolution. She has presented at professional conferences in the United States, Canada and Greece, and is pursuing a doctorate in environmental science, focusing on human-marine mammal conflict resolution and the human dynamics of restoration efforts for sea otters along the Oregon coast.

 

Oregon Sea Grant West Coast Ocean Fellow

MARISA NIXON

ASSIGNMENT: Marisa will support both the West Coast Ocean Alliance (WCOA) and the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP) in ocean management, planning and data coordination between tribal, state and federal government partners on the U.S. West Coast.

BIO: Marisa recently moved to Corvallis, prior to which she was a Washington Sea Grant Fellow at the Washington State Department of Health, focusing on issues related to shellfish and environmental health. She has a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and is finishing her Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.