The NOAA Sentinel Site Program, Hawaiian Islands Cooperative and NOAA’s Habitat Focus Area are NOAA designated sites in the State of Hawaii working to coordinate NOAA offices and build partnerships with other federal and local partners to address issues related to climate change and community resilience.
In addition, time will be spent assisting NOAA and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology as the Hawaii National Estuarine Research Reserve System is launched in He’eia. The NERR was designated by the State of Hawaii in early 2017. The next step is to begin the process of establishing the guidelines and framework for the NERR.
The Sentinel Site Program/Habitat Blueprint are innovative efforts that cover NOAA’s entire expertise portfolio – from science to management to outreach – by determining what work is being done, where gaps exist, and what can be done to address those gaps. NOAA is working with other federal, state, and local partners to bring to bear a wide range of expertise and resources. The NERR focuses on protecting and studying estuarine areas.
The internship will entail helping to develop the Hawaii efforts and to make them a success. Specific work may include:
- Working with resource managers to identify needs and opportunities for assistance;
- Working with NOAA offices to help them connect with the resource managers;
- Helping with field research as necessary;
- Identifying management needs and coordinating the scientific work to address those needs;
- Supporting meetings to gather gaps and document work taking place within the Cooperative.
The intern will work with a wide range of NOAA offices as well as other federal agencies and state and local organizations. He/she will learn about NOAA’s science and management expertise as well as how it works with partners to improve resource and community management.