Onboard Education Outreach Officer/Teacher at Sea

Want to sail on the JR as an educator/outreach officer? 

JOIDES Resolution Onboard Education/Outreach Officers sail on board the ship to share the science story with students, families, and the general public. We welcome applications from K-12 classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, social media experts and anyone who can make a good case for themselves! Selected applicants will 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. Onboard Education/Outreach Officers for travel to and from the ports of call, and a stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP. Onboard Education/Outreach Officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The selected individual(s) will also be flown to a 3-day training session prior to their expedition. Non-U.S. applicants will be directed to their country IODP office but are still encouraged to apply.

Applications are not currently being accepted. Watch this space for upcoming opportunities to apply as an Onboard Outreach/Education Officer. You can learn more about the next five expeditions at the links below:

Expedition 362: Sumatra Seismogenic Zone, 6 August - 6 October 2016

Expedition 363: Western Pacific Warm Pool, 6 October - 8 December 2016

Expedition 366: Mariana Convergent Margin, 8 December 2016 - 7 February 2017

Expedition 367: South China Sea Rifted Margin A, 7 February - 9 April 2017

Expedition 368: South China Sea Rifted Margin B, 9 April - 9 June 2017

When applications open, you will need to complete the application through our new on-line application portal. During the application process, you will be asked to rank the  expeditions in which you are interested. Our application has the following components:

  • a completed application form
  • an up-to-date C.V.
  • a recommendation letter
  • contact information for two additional references
  • a one-page proposal for what projects you would like to do while on-board
  • answers to several short essay questions
  • a letter of support from your administrator if needed

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

Also, watch our video about being an Education/Outreach Officer here.

Any questions can be sent to scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu.





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@ldeo.columbia.edu and she can put you in touch.






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