Ecosystem-Based Management Roadmap

Many organizations around the world seek to apply ecosystem-based management (EBM) for the ocean and coast. The new online EBM Roadmap helps policymakers and others determine the defining elements of EBM, how they can move from concept to practice, and how they can advance EBM in their day-to-day work.

Train a Goldfish, Then a Whale

Immersion Learning is challenging kids ages 10 to 14 to a Goldfish Training Contest.  Contestants will create a 2-minute video showing how they trained their fish to perform a unique behavior, using Marine Mammals of the Arctic Program techniques.  The top three entrants will win the chance to be a Beluga whale trainer for a day at the Mystic (CT) Aquarium in February 2010.  Check online for more information.

Build an ROV

Join the Museum Institute for Teaching Science for a lesson in building a remotely operated underwater vehicle, part of the Sea Perch Program.  Free training for K-12 educators will be held from 8:30am to 4pm on January 14 and 15, 2010 at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester MA.  For more information and to register, email Amy Hoffmaster (ahoffmaster@mits.org) before January 1 with the following information:  name, school, school address, phone number, email address, grade level and subject(s) taught, and electronics/robotics experience.

Behind the Scenes at the Ocean Explorium

A School of Adventure – especially for kids!  On Tuesday December 29, 2010 at 7 pm, Explorium aquarists will take young people and their families on a behind-the-scenes tour of their living exhibits. Visit the Ocean Explorium’s website for directions and pricing.

Job Opportunity – Volunteer Coordinator, California

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory, University of California Santa Cruz is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator.  this 45% position involves coordinating the work of about 200 volunteers in visitor hall programs, school/youth programs, aquarium, admissions, Ocean Discovery Shop, administrative support, events, garden, community outreach, special projects, and volunteer council.  A full job description and application are available online.

Job Opportunity – Marine Education Program Director, Texas

The Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas is seeking a primary administrator for their Marine Education Services Program.  Duties include personnel and programmatic administration, securing grant funding, formal and informal education, publicity, and other forms of public outreach, as well as oversight of the Visitor Center including gift shop, aquaria, exhibits, and displays. To apply, go to Posting Number 09-12-03-01-0381

Job Opportunity – Visitor Programs Manager, California

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory, UC Santa Cruz is seeking a Visitor Programs Manager, responsible for education in the exhibit hall/aquarium, including training and evaluating docents, planning and implementing special education events andoccasional enrichment programs such as lectures, outings, and Elderhostels.  A key element is developing increased information exchange between marine science researchers and the public.  A full job description and on-line application are available online.

Job Opportunity – Education Assistant, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve is seeking applicants for a 6-month, part-time education position beginning Spring 2010 with a possible 6-month extension contingent on funding.  Responsibilities will include 1) assisting with the logistics, development and implementation of a professional development workshop for educators, and 2) assisting with the development and implementation of education/outreach programs for audiences of all ages both indoors and out.  A full job description is online; applications received by January 25 2010 will be given preferential review.

Scholarship Opportunities – NSF Robert Noyes Scholarship Program

The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Noyce Scholarship Track provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors graduate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.   The NSF Teaching Fellowship/Master Teaching Fellowship Track supports two groups:  STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master’s degree programs leading to teacher certification, providing academic courses, professional development, and salary supplements while they fulfill a four-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district; and NSF Master Teaching Fellows, providing professional development and salary supplements for exemplary mathematics and science teachers to become Master Teachers in high-need school districts.  Deadline for letters of intent 2/9/10.  An online seminar providing more information about the program and applications will be held Wednesday, 2/3/10; to register for the webinar go to the NSF events calendar.