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Opportunity: Ocean Policy Specialist, NSF

Location: Arlington, Virginia

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has an announced they will hire an Ocean Policy Specialist. The Ocean Policy Specialist supports achieving the goals and core strategies of NSF’s Strategic Plan, as well as those of the Division of Ocean Sciences within the Directorate for Geosciences.


The goals are: 1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering; 2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society; and 3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employs include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

The Ocean Policy Specialist provides ocean policy, governance, and operational support to the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences, interagency committees within the Executive Office of the President, and community advisory entities. Ideally, the Ocean Policy Specialist will have knowledge of ocean or ocean-related science and technology fields and issues; understanding of ocean or ocean-related science and technology policy and governance; experience with ocean or ocean-related policy analysis, development, and/or implementation; familiarity with the interplay between science and policy and the ability to communicate across these areas; exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to coordinate and track multiple, simultaneous activities; and skill in technical writing. The Ocean Policy Specialist will have an undergraduate degree in a physical or natural science or related science field (including but not limited to oceanography, marine science, ecology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, or geology), and may have a graduate degree in one of these fields or ocean or environmental policy. (*“Ocean” covers ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes)

The position is full time Federal (not contract, detail, IPA, etc.), and is open as either permanent or temporary. The two announcement links below are identical with the exception of permanent Federal versus temporary Federal status. Applicants may apply to either or both announcements.

For more information and to apply, click the appropriate link below:

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