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NOAA’s Sentinel site program and habitat blue print – from observation to stewardship

Summary / Description


The NOAA Sentinel Site Program, Hawaiian Islands Cooperative is working to coordinate NOAA offices and to build partnerships with other federal and local partners to address issues related to climate change.  The Cooperative is a compilation of sites that includes Midway and French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, He‘eia on the island of O‘ahu, and a portion Hawai‘i Island.

Habitat Blueprint, like the Sentinel Site Program, is an effort to coordinate NOAA’s efforts, only instead of focusing on climate change, it focuses on the addressing coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation.  The Pacific sites include a portion of Hawai‘i Island and Manell-Geus on Guam.

The NOAA efforts overlap on the island of Hawai‘i, in the north Kona and south Kohala region.  Addressing habitat loss at this scale requires NOAA’s entire expertise portfolio – from science to management to outreach. The first step is determining what work is being done, where gaps exist, and what can be done to address those gaps.

You will be stationed on the island of Hawai‘i and assist in efforts led by local, state, and federal partners as well as non-profit organizations active in the area, in particular The Nature Conservancy. The internship will entail helping staff to successfully advance both initiatives.  Specific work may include:

  • Habitat Blueprint and Sentinel Site Program staff assistance (e.g. marine research; meeting organization; report writing; communicating effectively with engaged agency, non-profit, and community groups to document work taking place in the region and identify gaps);
  • Working with resource managers to identify priority management needs and opportunities for NOAA to support work underway or proposed relevant to program objectives;
  • Assisting with sharing information and identifying spatial solutions through the development of mapping products using GIS; and
  • Coordinating scientific research to address identified management priorities.

Skills Required

• Ability to fulfill multiple concurrent objectives and pay attention to details;
• Ability to work independently;
• Good oral and written communication skills;
• Working knowledge of ArcGIS; and
• Ability to work productively with diverse teams.

Other Information

Internship Location: Kona, Hawaii

Intern Supervisor: Doug Harper / Number of slots available: 0

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