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Marine Conservation Institute believes that diverse voices in leadership are the key to environmental justice and resilience on this blue planet. We are committed to offering career and education resources for ocean lovers from all walks of life.

The following resources have been organized to help those who share our passion navigate their way to a career in marine conservation. Feel free to explore the rest of our website to learn more about what we do, and please consider donating to support our work. Together, we can protect marine life for us and future generations.

Photo: Matt Curnock/Coral Reef Image Bank
Photo: Matt Curnock/Coral Reef Image Bank

Marine Conservation Education and Jobs

Below is a sampling of job boards and resources that identify educational, career, and internship opportunities, as well as helpful information about choosing and developing a career in the marine field. -  The ultimate guide to everything you need to know about starting your career as an Environmental Scientist.

Sea Grant - Marine Science Careers Overview - Introduces a wide range of marine career fields and people working in those fields.

MarineBio Careers - Comprehensive list of marine biology degree programs in the U.S.

Seven Seas Media - Job board for ocean-related positions, articles, and other resources.

Guide to Green Careers - Including career resources, scholarships and degree information, and a curated list of websites for browsing the latest green job opportunities.

ConservationJobs - Job board for environmental conservation.

NOAA Sea Grant Internships and Fellowships - Federal internship and fellowship opportunities.

Open Channels - The community hub for sustainable ocean management and conservation, including job board, articles, webinars, listservs, etc.

Texas A&M Wildlife Job Board - Job board that includes a variety of environmental and wildlife jobs and internships.

WiseOceans - Marine conservation job board with a weekly newsletter.

Resources for BIPOC and/or women:

RAY Fellowship - The RAY Fellowship Program is a two-year paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sector.

NOAA Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program - NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for master’s and doctoral degrees in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply.

McKnight Doctoral Fellowships - The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program is designed to address the underrepresentation of African American and Hispanic faculty at colleges and universities in the state of Florida by increasing the pool of citizens qualified with Ph.D. degrees to teach at the college and university levels.

Scholarships for Women - This website hosts a great compilation of resources for scholarships and grants for minorities and women.

NOAA EPP/MSI Scholarship - The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships.

Women Divers Hall of Fame - Each year, WDHOF awards scholarships and training grants that provide financial and educational support to individuals of all ages, particularly those who are preparing for professional careers that involve diving.

Gates Millennium Scholars - The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.

The Diversity Project - The Diversity Project is a 10-week research intensive educational program designed to increase participation of underrepresented minority students in marine and evolutionary biology through an integrated research experience that combines field work on the colorful and diverse coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific with cutting edge molecular genetic research.

Black Girls Dive Foundation - Provides opportunities for young girls and women to experience life in the water through outreach, scholarships, and education.

Mississippi-Alabama SeaGrant Coastal Science Fellowship for Minority Students - The Coastal Science Fellowship for Minority Undergraduates will allow students to work with scientists, K-12 educators, extension specialists, environmental attorneys or communication specialists. Coastal science fellows will learn how our coastal resources are managed, gain hands-on experience in research, outreach and/or education, and learn about potential career paths.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program - The Conservation Scholars Fund directly supports students who are pursuing a career in conservation through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington, University of Michigan, and UC Santa Cruz.

Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) Network - The National Environmental Professionals of Color Network is a growing community of leaders of color across the USA at work on a vast array of critical environmental issues, from habitat conservation to environmental justice to upstream public health.

C-StREAM - Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement, and Mentoring (C-StREAM) is a program focused on recruiting, advising, and mentoring college students from populations who have been historically excluded from the environmental field and are therefore currently underrepresented in environmental research and management professions.

Stantec Equity and Diversity Scholarship - Stantec committed to providing people in historically underrepresented and Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) groups in STEAM fields with financial aid. The number of scholarships awarded will be based on the specific needs articulated by applicants, and the award values will be a variable range between $1,500 and $10,000. Additionally, there will be 10 paid internships (locations to be confirmed annually) available to applicants.

Maryville University, Women of Color in STEM - Maryville University describes the history of women of color in STEM and provides career, conference, and educational resources.

AIBS Diversity Outreach Directory - The American Institute for Biological Sciences curates a comprehensive list of diversity programs in science, including mentoring, networking, and higher education opportunities.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling Early On: How to Empower Girls in STEM - a Georgia Tech blog with a compilation of resources for girls in STEM

More resources from the Diversity Project - the Diversity Project maintains a list of educational and research opportunities for underrepresented students.

Rose Anemones dot the reef around San Miguel Island, California
Photo: Brook Peterson/Coral Reef Image Bank

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