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.

Job description

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

Marine Science College Courses for High School Students

The Whale Camp, in partnership with Immaculata University in PA, offers two  3-credit college courses this summer.  “Introduction to the Ecology of the Bay of Fundy” (August 1-21) is an examination of this dynamic ecology, between Maine and Nova Scotia, driven by the highest tides in the world. This unique ecosystem is home to many rare whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and puffins. The course includes whale observation with research components, a visit to a puffin colony, kayaking with seals, coastal ecology, exploration of stunningly beautiful Grand Manan Island and numerous trips aboard a 60-foot sailboat for research.

The second course “Authors & Artists of the Sea” (July 4-24) is for students who enjoy expressing themselves in through art and/or creative writing.  It includes many of the elements of the Intro to Ecology course but focuses on students demonstrating their learning and experiences through their art and writing. Students collaborate in the production of a full-color hardbound book which is then given to them upon completion.

The Whale Camp also offers many 1, 2 and 3 week Marine Science, Oceanography and Whale Research programs for any students without college credit.  All adventures are very hands-on, discovery oriented experiences.

Opportunity: Summer Fellowship

COSEE-Coastal Trends is looking to fill a summer teacher research fellowship position for this summer, 2010. The selected teacher will join a research team at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Lab (Cambridge, MD) to study sources of nitrogen in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and create classroom resources based on this research.

Candidates should:
-Currently teach middle or high school science
-Have some background in pedagogy
-Be willing to learn about scientific research, work closely with a small team, and help conduct outdoor summer fieldwork (potentially long, hot, somewhat muddy days)

The fellowship includes:
-$4,500 stipend for 6-week research experience (June 24-August 6) and completion of lesson plans
-Housing at Horn Point Lab during the 6-week experience
-Travel expenses

For more info or to apply,  or contact

New Ocean Portal

The National Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with more than 20 partner organizations, invites you to preview and give feedback on the Ocean Portal. The portal is a new educational tool designed to transport visitors to the coastline, the open water, and the deep ocean through rich, interactive Web content. The site is still a work in progress, and we’re looking for your input to fine-tune it before we launch it publicly.

The portal combines informational articles, lesson plans, and classroom resources with multi-media features such as slideshows, video clips, and flash animation to help bring the ocean to life. As you explore the site, you will also see that topic-specific educational resources appear in context alongside each species, ecosystem, and science page. The site is also multidisciplinary, highlighting not only science but human and cultural connections as well. Dive in and explore.

Share your thoughts by leaving comments or using the feedback form in the upper right-hand corner of each page. You may also email your comments to or connect with the Ocean Portal on Twitter and Facebook.