Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment

2016 Advisory Council Members

The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary seeks applicants for the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC). The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The SAC holds quarterly meetings within the regions of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Bodega Bay.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term.

The advisory council consists of 30 primary and alternate members, including community-at-large (Marin/Sonoma); community-at-large (San Francisco/San Mateo); community-at-large (Mendocino/Sonoma); conservation (two seats); education; maritime activities (commercial); maritime activities (recreational); youth; and research. There are also five governmental seats representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Resources Agency, National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Sanctuary Advisory Council Handbook

Current Vacancies

Conservation Seat (Alternate)

  • Affiliation with conservation or environmental organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with multiple organizations and the broader community of conservationists/environmentalists in the sanctuary region;
  • Familiarity with marine or Great Lakes conservation issues and management approaches affecting the sanctuary;
  • Direct experience working with or representing conservation or environmental organizations, especially those involved with marine or Great Lakes conservation;
  • Experience, ability and availability to conduct conservation outreach consistent with the goals of the sanctuary and the mission of the council;
  • Commitment and availability of time to chair and/or participate on the council’s conservation working group or subcommittee.

Maritime Activities/Commercial Seat (Alternate)

  • Familiarity and affiliation with maritime commercial activities/industry in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Understanding of the links between maritime commercial activities/industry, sanctuary resources, and human activities
  • Ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from maritime industry;
  • Availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Deadline to apply is 03/15/19.

Submit applications to Alayne Chappell, Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator at

Introduction Letter

Application Form