Sanctuary Advisory Council Applicants

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Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting. Photo: Jennifer Stock/CBNMS

Members representing nongovernmental seats on the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council are appointed by the director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. When an application period is open, announcements listing the seats and how to apply are made on this website, in local media sources, at public Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings, etc.

The Importance of Diversity

Whether within a natural ecosystem or a human community, diversity creates strength and resilience. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries values the remarkable diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience found throughout sanctuary communities, and invites a wide range of individuals to seek membership on our sanctuary advisory councils. With a diverse membership, advisory councils can broaden access to understanding and participation in marine conservation and governance, foster innovation and creative problem solving, and can help advance the mission of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

"National marine sanctuaries are dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of America’s marine and cultural legacy," said John Armor, director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "They are also places where people from diverse backgrounds can find common ground and discuss possible solutions to critical challenges facing the ocean. We welcome and value the wide range of perspectives and expertise that advisory council members bring to the national marine sanctuary system."

Current Vacancies (4)

Fishing - 2 vacancies

Fishing Seat Description/Qualifications

  • Familiarity and affiliation with fishing organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Knowledge of commercial fishing activities within the sanctuary region;
  • Breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries law, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary;
  • Ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the fishing (commercial, recreational, or both) industries;
  • Availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Education - 2 vacancies

Education Seat Description/Qualifications

  • Affiliation with educational institutions or organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with multiple institutions and educators;
  • Direct experience with marine or Great Lakes education programs;
  • Experience, ability, and availability to conduct educational outreach consistent with the goals of the sanctuary and the mission of the council; and
  • Commitment and availability of time to chair and/or participate on the council's education working group or subcommittee.

How to Apply

Deadline to apply is Monday, August 15, 2022 at 11:59PM PST.

Introduction Letter

Application Form

Please submit your completed application form, and any attached statements or documents, to Jordan Gorostiza by the given deadline.