ocean protection ambassadors

The future sustainability of life on earth and the health of our planet is inextricably linked to the health of our ocean. Global concern regarding environmental degradation and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems has led to urgent calls for countries to meaningfully protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030 (30x30) to preserve what remains of ocean biodiversity and restore the ocean to abundance. Young ocean advocates around the world play a key role in advancing these ocean protection goals.

In 2024, the Ocean Protection Ambassadors (formerly OceanEcho 30x30 Fellows) will equip eight youth leaders ages 17-22 with funds and training to design and execute campaigns mobilizing communities to help advance ocean protections and achieve the goal of protecting 30% of America’s waters by 2030 (30x30). EarthEcho is partnering with the National Ocean Protection Coalition to offer this unique opportunity for youth leaders to play an active role in achieving the 30x30 ocean goal.

Deadline extension - Guam Applicants: Applications for Ocean Protection Ambassadors from Guam will be accepted through Friday, March 8 at 11:59pm EST. All other positions are closed at this time.  

To apply, please review the full role descriptions and application details for each region below:

Applications are open to young people ages 17-22 who reside in the specified region throughout the duration of the program. To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your interest in the Ocean Protection Ambassadors and any initial ideas you may have for a campaign to support the 30x30 goal, along with a resume, to Sean Russell at gensea@earthecho.org by February 29, 2024.

The 2024 Ambassadors will receive campaign planning guidance and training from EarthEcho International and mentorship from partners including Conservation Law Foundation, Friends of the Mariana Trench, the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium. The Ambassadors program is made possible with generous support from the National Ocean Protection Coalition.