Marine Debris Program Participates in National Ocean Service / Ocean Discovery Institute Career Panel
AUGUST 3, 2020 — On July 21, the Marine Debris Program (MDP) participated in a National Ocean Service (NOS) career panel for the staff, AmeriCorps Fellows, and other volunteers at the Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI).
ODI "uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved communities in San Diego to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders." ODI is also an active partner with the NOAA MDP and California Sea Grant on the "Taking it to the Streets" project, which engages City Heights middle school students to implement urban litter monitoring as part of week-long “Trash Troop” camps (the in-person camps are on hold for the time being).
Seven NOS team members and NOS Acting AA Nicole LeBouef participated on the virtual career panel. Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator, participated from the Marine Debris Program.
Panelists shared information on their backgrounds, educational and career paths, and the diverse career opportunities at NOS. A common theme was that each presenter has had a non-linear career path, with swerves from one focus area to another. ODI will use the information gleaned from the presentations and discussion to inform their programming for students interested in careers at NOAA.
For more information, please contact Sherry.Lippiatt@noaa.gov.