Onboard Education Officer/Teacher at Sea

Want to sail on the JR?  We are now accepting U.S. applications for Education Officer on Expedition 356: Indonesian Throughflow.

Expedition 356 runs from 31 July - 30 September 2015. It will explore a 5 million-year history of the Indonesian Throughflow, Australian Monsoon, and subsidence on the northwest shelf of Australia. The Indonesian Throughflow (ITF) is a critical part of the global thermohaline conveyor. It plays a key role in transporting heat from the equatorial Pacific (the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool) to the Indian Ocean and exerts a major control on global climate. The complex tectonic history of the Indonesian Archipelago, a result of continued northward motion and impingement of the Australasian Plate into the Southeast Asian part of the Eurasian Plate, makes it difficult to reconstruct long-term (i.e., million year) ITF history from sites within the archipelago. The best areas to investigate ITF history are downstream in the Indian Ocean, either in the deep ocean away from strong tectonic deformation or
along proximal passive margins that are directly under the influence of the ITF.

International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 356 will drill a transect of cores over 10° latitude on the northwest shelf (NWS) of Australia to obtain a 5 m.y. record of ITF, Indo-Pacific Warm Pool, and climate evolution. Coring the NWS will reveal a detailed shallow-water history of ITF variability and its relationship to climate. It will allow us to understand the history of the Australian monsoon and its variability, a system whose genesis is thought to be related to the initiation of the East Asian monsoon and is hypothesized to have been in place since the Pliocene or earlier. It also will lead to a better understanding of the nature and timing of the development of aridity on the Australian continent.

For more information about Exp. 356, click here.

Application deadline: 3 April 2015

Applicants must be U.S.-based. Application form can be downloaded below.

JOIDES Resolution Education Officers sail on board the ship to share the science story with students, families, and the general public. They have the opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition’s science party and translate the exciting science happening on board through creation of blogs, videos, social networking sites, live ship-to-shore video events and development of educational resources. Successful applicants will be creative, flexible, friendly and hardworking. Some geoscience background is helpful. All expenses for U.S. Education Officers for travel to and from the ports of call, and a stipend, are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP. Education Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition.

Want to read our three-year evaluation report about the Education Officer experience? Download it below!

Any questions can be sent to scooper@oceanleadership.org.





Want to see who's on board now, or been on board recently? Read about current, upcoming, and recent past Education Officers. Would you like to talk to them to find out what this experience is like? Contact Sharon Cooper at scooper@oceanleadership.org and she can put you in touch.






JR Education Officers Three Year Review summary report.pdf394.15 KB
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