External Opportunities

A continuously updated list of external research funding and green job opportunities geared towards students, faculty, and other people in the Earth Common’s network.

Last updated March 13th, 2023

Research Funding

  1. Combat Unsustainable Fishing through implementation of CITES listings.
  2. Prevent the extinction of the most imperiled sharks and rays by enhancing legal protections in priority countries.
  3. Enhance Marine Biodiversity by creating and redesigning Marine Protected Areas to include shark conservation measures.

The Small Grant Fund supports these objectives by providing grants that do not exceed $25,000 and are 18 months in duration. Annually, we have $250,000 available for Small Grants, which typically allows us to make up to 10 grants per year. There is no guarantee that the submission of a Small Grant proposal will lead to funding.

Comments are being solicited for Draft Strategy Document to advance greenhouse gas monitoring and information systems.

The National Coastal Resilience Fund will award approximately $140 million in grant funding to enhance coastal communities’ natural defenses against severe weather and flooding. Pre-proposal due April 12, 2023 by 11:59 PM ET.

The program will provide up to $20,000 to support projects on environmental issues led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Ecological Services Program provides Federal financial assistance on a competitive basis to states, landowners, educators, non-profit organizations, researchers and other potential partners to secure information about candidate and other at-risk species to avert listing of species pursuant to the ESA, and to help conserve the ecosystems upon which these species depend. The principal objective of this Candidate Species Conservation funding opportunity is to accomplish conservation tasks for high priority candidate species (based on our annual Candidate Species Assessments) or other at-risk species in the United States, such that identified threats to the species may be reduced or eliminated.

NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Releases Upcoming Topics for the Program’s 2023 Solicitation. NSF’s Convergence Accelerator has published a Dear Colleague Letter, DCL (NSF 23-066) to make the research and innovation community aware of the convergent research topics selected for the program’s upcoming 2023 solicitation. The program, within the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships or TIP, supports use-inspired solutions toward societal impact.


March 30 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Event hosted by Xylem at the Reservoir Center, for students to meet with and talk to some amazing young leaders in the field.

Green Jobs

his position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Natural Resources Administration, Watershed Protection Division, Restoration Branch. The primary role of this position is to perform stormwater assessments and related duties in support of the operation of the RiverSmart Homes program. The position requires working with residential property owners while conducting stormwater assessments, explaining techniques to control non-point source pollution, effectively communicating the benefits of lot-level stormwater practices, assessing properties and suggesting the appropriate best management practice, entering information into a GIS-based tracking system, and coordinating with grantees and contractors to ensure that stormwater practices are installed appropriately. The deadline to apply is February 23. For more information, visit this webpage and search for the role using job ID 20737.

The mission of Casey Trees is to restore, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. Casey Trees is looking for a Communications and Events Assistant to fulfill all event logistics, communications, and tracking. Reporting to the Communications and Events Manager, the Communications and Events Assistant is responsible for logistical, communications, and marketing support for Casey Trees’ volunteer and educational events. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and the position is open until filled.

Paid year-long fellowship focusing on environmental advocacy and organization.

GoBe consultants are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Marine Mammal Consultant to join and lead our our growing Marine Mammal team! As part of APEM group, you will be working across some of the largest and most exciting development projects in the UK energy sector.

As a key member of our team, you will be responsible for providing expert advice, data interpretation, and reporting for assessments related to marine mammal ecology, impact assessments, and related technical studies. You will also be responsible for managing projects and delegating tasks to more junior members of staff, as well as providing mentoring and guidance.

The Marine Spatial Planning Coordinator will effectively coordinate and manage the Climate Resilient MSP Project including the progress on the MSP process in Palau with the Palau Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment, the capacity building component and work with other national, regional and international stakeholders on improving coordination on MSP in the Pacific. Closing Date: 26 March 2023 at 11:59pm (Fiji time)

Currently recruiting two experienced Fisheries and/or Marine Conservation Officers (one in the Africa region, one in the Asia region) with a passion for supporting data-driven learning and decision-making. These positions will play an integral role in our evolving operations supporting field teams and partners with community-based fisheries management and conservation. Closing date for applications: 26th March 2023.

Looking for a multi-channel communication strategist with a proven record of accomplishment of PR and media work, story mining, creative story telling as well as excellent writing and content creation skills. This position will serve as Communications point-of-contact for all internal and external inquiries (Comms, Development, partners, and media) as it relates to IFAWs Marine Conservation program at large. The post holder will champion the Program through the overarching Communications goals of brand awareness, fundraising and thought leadership.

At least one fellowship is awarded each year to individuals whose work will contribute to our knowledge of natural and cultural resources within Cape Cod National Seashore, and of the relationships of these resources to the local communities in which they are found. Applications must be received by March 24, 2023. 

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