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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The Ocean Health Index project annually seeks several motivated interns to serve as OHI Fellows from January-June (part time) and July-September (full time). This is paid work.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) measures how well oceans are able to sustainably provide the benefits that humans need and desire, such as food and recreation. The OHI has been calculated every year since 2012 for 220 countries and territories and is used to determine how well countries are managing ocean resources. More information is available at

OHI Fellows will be mentored and supported by the OHI team at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UCSB. Fellows will learn about the OHI framework, how to work as a team, and how to weave open data science into marine science and conservation. 

This is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Learn and apply the latest methods of open data science, such as collaborative data analysis, working openly online, and automatic reporting

  • Gain hands-on experience through calculating the annual global Ocean Health Index

  • Advance the approaches to calculating OHI scores and communicating the results

  • Explore and work with a large variety of ecological datasets

  • Gain experience collaborating as a team and communicating scientific process and results through blog posts, social media, and interactive reports

Learn more about the Fellows program >>


  • Must be a current UCSB graduate student

  • Must be interested in working with data to further environmental science

  • Must be organized, motivated, and able to work independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines

  • Must be a problem solver and willing to learn new skills

  • Must enjoy teamwork and collaborative problem solving

  • Preference given to students pursuing a degree in biology, ecology, geography or related field and experience using R/RStudio/GitHub


  • This is paid work from January-September.

  • Fellows will be expected to work 10 hours per week winter and spring quarters for open data science and OHI training, and 40 hours per week in the summer for data preparation and calculating the annual global scores.

  • Fellows will work on-site at NCEAS in downtown Santa Barbara, and will be expected to coordinate with each other to maximize in-person collaboration with each other and the OHI team.

Deadline: Not accepting applications at this time.

Please send your resume/CV and a cover letter highlighting your qualifications to with the subject header “OHI Fellows.” Please name the files like so: Lastname_DocumentType.pdf (example:Smith_CoverLetter.pdf).