2018-2019 Fellowships (APPLY TODAY!)

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Deadline to apply is March 7, 2018.

Fisheries Business Resilience Fellow

Host Organization: Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Location: Homer, AK

Fellowship Start/End Dates: Approximately mid-May through December 2018 (with flexibility for fishing season commitments); roughly 10-25 hours per week.

Fellowship Subject: Seafood Business

Fellowship Project Description:

The KBNERR fellow will aid fishermen and fishing businesses in preparing for climate change impacts by integrating the best available science into business strategic planning. The fellow will review and assist with the development of a Fisheries Business Resilience Index that will include Alaskan fisheries business planning resources, current and historical fisheries resilience strategies, existing vulnerability assessments and climate change impacts to fisheries. The fellow will work with staff at Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR) and project partners to foster relationships between research and industry, conduct interviews and focus groups with Kachemak Bay fishing businesses, and ensure that the final self-assessment and resources meet Alaskan business needs. The fellow will have an opportunity to assist with distribution of the final project materials, including the Alaska Fisheries Business Resilience Index, through a workshop with fisheries businesses in late fall 2018. This project also provides a great opportunity for a fellow to host additional trainings in their communities, strengthening local businesses and advancing climate preparedness to ensure long-term fishery resilience and community stability.

About the Host:

Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) conducts research and monitoring in watershed, coastal and marine environments, and shares findings with area planners, resource managers, and the public to contribute to the understanding of coastal system responses to human and natural disturbances. Coastal Training Program staff provide training and technical assistance to local stakeholders to support successful coastal management strategies. Kachemak Bay NERR is a state-federal-local partnership administered by the Alaska Center for Conservation Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with input from the citizens and agencies represented on the Kachemak Bay NERR community council.

KBNERR Mission: Enhancing understanding and appreciation of the Kachemak Bay estuary and adjacent waters to ensure that these ecosystems remain healthy and productive.


Fisheries Policy and Community Engagement Fellow

Host Organization: Koniag, Inc.

Location: Kodiak, AK

Fellowship Start/End Dates: Approximately March through December 2018 (with flexibility for fishing season commitments), roughly 10-20 hours of work per week.  

Fellowship Project Topic: Fishing Community Culture, Sustainability and Well-Being.

Fellowship Project Description:

Koniag, Inc. works in conjunction with the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum (the Forum) in an effort to eliminate barriers to entry for young fishermen, with an emphasis on restoring commercial fishing as an economic cornerstone in our island villages. The fellow would assist Koniag and the Rural Leadership Forum with fisheries advocacy efforts at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and State of Alaska Board of Fisheries. Potential policy areas for engagement include the IFQ Committee, bycatch, Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management, and the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act. The fellow will engage in policy related research and outreach, and will lead development of a tool to better track issues and advocacy efforts. The fellow will also work with community partners (e.g., rural tribes, cities and Alaska Native Corporations) to provide support of the regular meetings of the Koniag Fisheries Work Group and Forum fisheries work sessions (held three times per year). This fellowship opportunity provides hands-on learning and engagement with critical policy issues and advocacy efforts shaping life and community well-being in the Kodiak Archipelago.

About the Host:

Koniag, Inc. is a regional Alaska Native Corporation formed under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Koniag, Inc. has approximately 3,900 Alutiiq Shareholders. Our region encompasses the Kodiak Archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska and a portion of the Alaska Peninsula. The communities in our region have traditionally been dependent on fisheries resources for subsistence and commercial purposes for centuries. The Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Leadership Forum is a consortium of community leadership from the small, coastal, and fishery dependent communities of Akhiok, Chiniak, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie and Port Lions. The Forum is a project of the Kodiak Island Housing Authority who provides financial support for participant travel and the Forum’s coordinator/facilitator. The Forum meets three times a year in September, January and April to work on regional issues in support of long-term community sustainability. Over the past 14 years and through its work sessions and advocacy, the Forum has had a positive impact on a number of key areas identified as necessary for community sustainability.


Fisheries Research Analyst and Outreach Fellow

Host Organization: Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association

Location: Anchorage, AK, But fellow may be located anywhere in Alaska.

Fellowship Start/End Dates: Approximately April to October 2018; roughly 5-10 hours per week.

Fellowship Project Topic: Fishing Community Culture, Sustainability and Well-Being.

Fellowship Project Proposal: 
Wheelhouse is an education and community app, designed specifically for the Alaskan maritime workforce. The fellow will assist and support Wheelhouse to identify and work with content providers for the app’s educational tracks. The position will translate content into Wheelhouse design form and create benchmarks (levels) for course work. The position will identify the best ways for users to record expertise for documentation. The fellow will concentrate heavily on preparing for Wheelhouse’s launch of a pilot curriculum, and help recruit users in the commercial fishing fleet to test the beta product. The fellow will also help monitor the user experience and track feedback from early adopters providing real time information to the apps social channels.

About the Host: Wheelhouse is a dynamic software product that serves as the central hub of information, communication, and connection for developing and supporting the workforce in Alaska’s ocean economy.


Seafood Marketing Coordinator

Host Organization: Cook Inletkeeper

Location: Homer, AK (Fellow must be located in Homer)

Fellowship Start/End Date (can be approximate): Approximately March 2018 through December 2018 (with flexibility for fishing season commitments); roughly 10-25 hours per week

Fellowship Project Topic: Seafood Markets

Fellowship Project Proposal:

Cook Inletkeeper’s Kenai Peninsula Food Hub (http://www.kenaifoodhub.org/) offers residents of Homer, Soldotna, Seldovia and now Anchorage with the convenient option to order produce, meat, seafood, flowers and more from April to November. Each weekend growers update the website with what’s fresh and available; orders open, then deliveries are made to a centralized location where residents can pick up their goods assured that their food is fresh, their carbon footprint is greatly reduced, and all of their hard-earned income stays right in the community. The fellow would support these efforts in the following ways: The fellow will support these efforts in the following ways: 1) Identifying and supporting Alaskan fishermen who are looking to direct market to their home communities of Homer, Seldovia, Kenai/Soldotna or Anchorage through the Food Hub; 2) Researching opportunities to diversify and bolster seafood value and consumption by better utilizing fish “waste” and/or bycatch; 3) (Co)hosting replicable informational sessions for fishermen interested in direct marketing; 4) Developing communication standards for available seafood products and surveying Food Hub participants about best practices; and 5) Creating seafood marketing materials for the Food Hub, such as narratives of participating fishermen.

About the host:

Cook Inletkeeper is a community-based nonprofit organization that combines advocacy, education and science toward its mission to protect the Cook Inlet watershed and all the life it sustains. Since its inception in 1995, Cook Inletkeeper has established itself as a reputable voice for conservation efforts in a region with a rapidly growing human population and, subsequently, many competing interests. Our vision is for clean water, healthy habitat and strong communities in Cook Inlet. Community members engage with this vision through the Kenai Peninsula Food Hub, which doubled its sales between 2016 and 2017, and is set to continue its pattern of growth.

Cook Inletkeeper’s Mission: Protecting the Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains.


Rural Fisheries and Community Development Fellow

Host organization: Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association

Location: Juneau, AK, but fellow may be located anywhere in Alaska

Fellowship Start/End Dates: Approximately May to December 2018 with flexibility for fishing season commitments; roughly 10-15 hours per week

Fellowship Project Topic: Fishing Community Culture, Sustainability and Well-Being

Fellowship Project Proposal:

Working closely with APICDA staff, the fellow will have the opportunity to engage in fisheries regulatory work as well as community-scale projects designed to support food security, energy stability and job opportunities in APICDA’s six communities. The fellow will research and conduct outreach to our local fishers associations, residents and industry partners on pertinent state and federal fisheries issues, and help formulate organizational positions that will support community protections and the mission of the CDQ program. APICDA has a number of projects planned for 2018 that the fellow could elect to participate in, including, a community greenhouse project, business modeling for a fish handling facility, a hydroelectric resource assessment and a mariculture pilot project.

About the Host:

APICDA represents six remote communities in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands and is one of the smallest and most geographically disperse CDQ groups. Many of our residents are of Aleut heritage, maintain traditional and customary lifestyles and are intimately connected to their lands and waters. Our community members identify as harvesters and participate in small boat salmon, P. cod and/or halibut fisheries. As part of our mission to increase economic viability and social health in our communities, APICDA has supported a diverse portfolio of investments that have attempted to capture the unique characteristics of our communities and vision of our residents. In partnership with our fishers associations and local entities, we have developed shore-side processing plants, tourism programs, invested in quota and vessels and sponsored scholarship programs and cultural camps. APICDA continues to strive towards providing meaningful returns back to our communities and being responsible stewards of our fisheries resources.

APICDA Mission: The CDQ program was developed to support fisheries related economic development in Western coastal Alaska communities. The program is mandated to provide opportunities for eligible communities to directly participate and invest in fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, help alleviate poverty and support economic development and social programs.


Community Supported Fishery Fellow

Host Organization: Ecotrust

Location of Host Organization: Anchorage, AK

Fellowship Start/End Dates: Approximately early/mid April to October/November 2018. Flexibility for fishing season commitments; hours per week also flexible.

Fellowship Project Topic: Seafood Markets

Fellowship Project Proposal: Ecotrust seeks a young fishing fellow to coordinate an Anchorage-based “Know Your Fisherman” fair and support other seafood business/markets activities. The “Know Your Fisherman” fair will be modeled on Community Supported Agriculture fairs in other communities designed to educate consumers on the variety of alternatives for purchasing local produce. Currently in Anchorage, consumers now have a mosaic of options to choose from when buying local seafood with a number of community supported fisheries and direct marketers serving the region. The event will bring them all together in one place, increase visibility of the local seafood movement in the region, and strengthen connections between consumers and the fishing industry.

The fellow will also provide critical communications support to two important nationwide fishery networks: The Community Fisheries Network (CFN) and LocalCatch.org. With overlapping but related missions, the CFN and Local Catch both play important roles in the community fisheries movements in the U.S. The CFN and LocalCatch are working to integrate their efforts more closely, and the fellow will help execute harmonized communications including social media and e-newsletters for the networks.

About the Host:

Ecotrust’s role is to innovate, invest, and inspire in ways that create well-being for people and the places they live.

We are:

An incubator for social enterprise, designed to identify and test deep innovation; A capital vehicle for investing in promising innovations, both to prove concepts and to scale them; A growing constellation of public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations designed to inspire change around the world.

In the fisheries space, Ecotrust works to support stronger, more resilient fishing communities that have the political, social and financial capital to benefit from the fisheries off their shores, to serve as effective ecological stewards, and to adapt to a rapidly changing climate. We aim to transform seafood markets and bolster values-based fishing businesses in the Pacific northwest in a manner that strengthens local communities, supports long-term ecological integrity, and contributes to robust economies and thriving local food systems.

Ecotrust Mission: To inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.


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