Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) invites applications for a Fellow to amplify regional work and identify opportunities to improve IOOS’ ability to serve and engage underserved communities. This one-year position will be a telework position.

The candidate/contractor will work closely with the 11 IOOS Regional Associations (RAs) and the IOOS Office to understand and build upon existing efforts, including the development of recommendations. The position is a unique opportunity to support delivery of ocean and coastal information to diverse communities.

Duties will include:

  • Understand existing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) efforts, assess needs, brainstorm additional opportunities at the regional and national level;
  • Compile and maintain an up-to-date list of regional and national activities related to DEIA;
  • Conduct a qualitative assessment of how equitable national and regional IOOS services are and work with RAs, IOOS office, and other to identify opportunities for improvement with the limits of current resources;
  • Identify research techniques and approaches that might be useful for RAs to reach underserved populations, such as co-design of products, diversifying boards, and staff, STEM outreach, workforce development;
  • Identify funding resources to support RA diversity efforts including Federal programs, foundation, and others;
  • Research options for the establishment of an IOOS national program supporting diversity efforts;
  • Explore opportunities to develop relationships between RAs, the U.S. IOOS Office, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)/minority serving institutions (MSIs,) and other organizations;
  • Coordinate and document monthly DEIA calls with IOOS RAs and the IOOS Office for communication, collaboration, training, and tracking;
  • Attend meetings and conferences to learn new tools and techniques and to share with the network; and
  • Make recommendations, including a tiered approach based on existing work tasks and resources, as well as new resources, for:
    • Improving service equity, increasing diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in the IOOS network;
    • Developing long-term activities at both the national and regional levels; and
    • Creating new, and strengthening existing, long-term partnerships.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in science (environmental or social), policy analysis, planning, or similar fields;
  • Experience with working with underserved and diverse communities;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and ability to work independently;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to synthesize information, develop clear and concise written material, and work with a large group to identify workable solutions; and
  • Enthusiasm for delivering coastal data and information to underserved populations.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The position will remain open until the qualified applicant has been selected. The Association will accept applications from both individuals and organizations.

Application deadline: 10 September 2021

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