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 14 voting seats. The 10 voting non-governmental seats include Commercial Fishing; Community-at-Large Marin; Community-at-Large San Francisco/San Mateo; Community-at-Large Sonoma/Mendocino; Conservation (two seats); Education; Maritime Commercial Activities; Maritime Recreational Activities; and Research.

The four voting governmental seats represent the California Natural Resources Agency, National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The advisory council also includes a non-voting, non-governmental Youth seat and four non-voting, governmental seats including the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Sanctuary Advisory Council Handbook

Current Vacancies (10):

Commercial Fishing (Primary) - 1 vacancy
Commercial Fishing (Alternate) - 1 vacancy

Commercial Fishing Seat Description/Qualifications

  • Familiarity and affiliation with fishing organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Knowledge of commercial fishing activities within the sanctuary region;
  • Breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries law, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary;
  • Ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the fishing (commercial, recreational, or both) industries;
  • Availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Community-At-Large San Francisco/San Mateo (Primary) - 1 vacancy
Community-At-Large San Francisco/San Mateo (Alternate) - 1 vacancy

Community-at-Large Seat Description/Qualifications

  • Reside in the area affected by the sanctuary;
  • Proven ability to communicate with members in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Experience and/or knowledge regarding marine or Great Lakes management and resource protection issues in the sanctuary;
  • Experience and/or knowledge regarding public uses and activities in the sanctuary;
  • Freedom to express views and cast votes without consideration of any expectations held by an employer or other organization with which the member is affiliated; and
  • Availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees

Conservation (Primary) - 1 vacancy
Conservation (Alternate) - 1 vacancy

Conservation Seat Description/Qualifications

  • 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 Commercial Activities (Primary) - 1 vacancy

Maritime Commercial Activities Seat Description/Qualifications

Seat Description

The advisory council consists of ten voting non-governmental seats, including a Maritime Recreational Activities seat and a Commercial Fishing seat, in addition to the Maritime Commercial Activities seat. While there will be overlap between these three seats in respect to commercial and maritime activities, the Maritime Commercial Activities seat will focus on activities related, but not limited to, commercial shipping and maritime transportation in the sanctuary, harbors catering to commercial maritime in the sanctuary, and maritime law and policies as they relate to the sanctuary.

Qualifications

  • 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;
  • Breadth of experience and knowledge regarding law, policies, and practices related to commercial maritime activities affecting the sanctuary;
  • 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.

Maritime Recreational Activities (Alternate) - 1 vacancy

Maritime Recreational Activities Seat Description/Qualifications

  • Familiarity and affiliation with maritime recreational activities/industry in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Understanding of the links between maritime recreational activities/industry, sanctuary resources, and human activities;
  • Breadth of experience and knowledge regarding law, policies, and practices related to recreational maritime activities affecting the sanctuary;
  • 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.

Youth (Primary) - 1 vacancy
Youth (Alternate) - 1 vacancy

Youth Seat Description/Qualifications

The youth seat (ages 14-17) is a non-voting seat that represents the youth segment of the community.

  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age at time of application;
  • Attend a school (including home schools) in the area affected by the sanctuary;
  • Proven ability to communicate and network with other students within school (and/or
  • other home schooled students) and in other schools within their community;
  • Possess an interest in sanctuary resource protection and management
  • Have experience and/or knowledge regarding public uses and activities in the sanctuary;
  • Be able to travel to and attend council meetings and retreats (youth or parent provides
  • transportation);
  • Provide written recommendation from one or more teachers; and
  • Serve a maximum of two years, until they reach their 18th birthday, or graduate from
  • high school, whichever comes first.

How to Apply

Deadline to apply is Monday, August 15, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. 

Letter to Potential Applicants

Application Form

Youth Application Form

Please submit your completed application form, and any attached statements or documents, to

jordan.gorostiza@noaa.govby the given deadline.