Job Oppening: Program Specialist, National Geographic Society

Work as an integral member of the Education Programs team, assisting in the development and management of instructional programs for students, teachers and informal educators. This position will aid in the creation of new marine science curriculum for classroom teachers and informal educators, handle logistics for our multi-day Teacher Academy each summer, assist in the organization and access to ocean education materials on education department website, and potentially conduct outreach to educators on NGEP education programs at conferences. Ocean education materials produced in NGEP will range from complete curricula, to collections of lesson plans, activities, teaching posters, family guides, videos, toolkits, and other resources.

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VitalVenture from GMRI

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant has just launched a new online education resource, VitalVenture, an interdisciplinary watershed education curriculum that engages Maine students in grades 5-8 with a series of locally relevant, issue-based Watershed Experiences that deepen conceptual understanding and connection to place.

Each Watershed Experience includes a series of authentic, inquiry-based learning activities in which students observe, ask questions, investigate, take action, and deepen their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. Sustained over four grades, VitalVenture Watershed Experiences provide students with a continuum of authentic, inquiry-based learning.

VitalVenture supports and extends the science skills and concepts students are introduced to during GMRI’s LabVenture! (5/6th grade) program and prepares students for practicing these skills in Vital Signs (7/8th grade). These programs and curriculum provide the tools and resources for teachers to ignite students’ interest in science and get them invested in locally relevant environmental issues.

The development of these Watershed Experiences was lead by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant and 31 Maine middle school educators. Watershed Experiences contributed by Maine Sea Grant are based, in part, on the Penobscot River Watershed Program, a collaborative project of Maine Sea Grant, the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center, and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, working in partnership with Old Town Elementary School and the City of Old Town. VitalVenture is funded through the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) Program.

National Maritime Art Contest

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Immersion Learning™ – a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc. – are calling all artists for their second annual national marine art contest, this year themed “Mariners help save our seas”. Students may submit their creations through May 7.  Submissions should focus on the marine environment and the work mariners—those who work on ships—do to protect it. Each entry must be an original, two-dimensional piece done on 22-inch by 28-inch white poster board.

The art contest is open to students ages 5 to 13 in schools and at Immersion sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including Boys & Girls Clubs and other after-school settings. Immersion Learning is a dynamic, hands-on science education program that provides schools and informal learning organizations with the opportunity to host interactive science experiences for students in grades 4 through 8.  For complete contest rules and guidelines, go to

Long Island Sound Educators’ Conference

Long Island Sound Educator’s Conference April 30, 2010 at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kevin McBride, Associate Professor

University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology

“The Cultural Ecology and Native History of Long Island Sound”

Hands-on Workshops and field trips;  Exhibit area with information, handouts, displays and more

Conference flyer

Registration Website

Job Opportunity: Coastal Researcher, Massachusetts

Salem Sound Coastwatch has an immediate Job Opening: Coastal Researcher (Water Quality and Habitat Assessment) A Master’s Degree or higher is preferred, but at least completion of a Bachelor’s Degree. Applicant must demonstrate from past experience that he/she can work independently on a research project, can develop, implement, analyze data, and write reports.
Experience with the following is a plus:

  1. Salt marsh science and monitoring – in particular, macroinvertebrate identification
  2. Marine invasive species identification
  3. Water quality monitoring – in particular, familiarity with YSI instruments

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NOAA Social Media

NOAA is using social media tools to share information on whale disentanglements, sea turtle rescues, underwater volcanoes, oil spills, marine debris, corals, dam removals, fisheries management, weather and climate, and more. Media used includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Podcasts, and RSS Feeds. NOAA Social Media

Google Ocean Showcase

features multimedia tours of shipwrecks and underwater mountains, surf and dive spots, and more. The tours incorporate more than 1,000 images and video from a variety of sites and scientific organizations, and include underwater topographical maps, narration, and photos. Google Ocean Showcase