Want to sail on the JR as an Onboard outreach officer?


JOIDES Resolution Onboard Outreach Officers sail on board the ship to share the science story with students, families, and the general public. We welcome applications from classroom teachers, informal science educators, artists, videographers, writers, journalists, 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 and outputs for non-specialists.

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 $10,000 stipend are paid by the U.S. Science Support Program for IODP.  (If necessary, in the current pandemic, the training may be virtual.) 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. This is usually held at IODP TAMU in College Station, Texas.

During the application process you will be asked to rank the expeditions in which you are interested in participating. Also, after successful outreach activities conducted from shore during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are open to applicants indicating a preference for working from onshore only, complementing our offshore officers. Please indicate your preference for onshore only / offshore only / no preference in the application form. Stipends for onshore only participation will be decided based on workplans developed.

We are currently accepting applications to participate as an Outreach Officer on the following Expeditions:

Expedition 401 Mediterranean-Atlantic Gateway Exchange. 10 December 2023 – 9 February 2024. For this expedition, the Co-Chief Scientists are especially interested in applications from videographers or sound recordists.

Expedition 402 Tyrrhenian Continent-Ocean Transition. 9 February – 8 April 2024

The deadline for applications is January 13, 2023.

The goals of the Onboard Outreach Program are to:

  • Raise awareness of IODP
  • Promote and support IODP science.
  • Inspire and promote STEM learning
  • Utilize IODP data in classrooms
  • Increase diversity


Please review the application requirements (listed below), then go the USSSP Application Portal to submit an online application to the Onboard Outreach Program. 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 describing projects aligned to the goals of the Onboard Outreach Program that you would like to carry out while sailing.
  • answers to several short essay questions
  • a letter of support from your administrator if needed

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

Read blogs by our former Onboard Outreach Officers for advice on the application process and how the experience has enhanced their profession after sailing

For Educators – Alejandra Martinez, Expedition 360

For Videographers – Lisa Strong, Expedition 330 and 354

For Science Communicators – Lucas Kavanagh, Expedition 360

Also, for reference, please read our Three Year Summary/Evaluation report of the Education/Outreach program.

Any questions can be sent to Carol Cotterill (ccotterill@ldeo.columbia.edu) or Sharon Cooper (scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu).





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