The Fisheries Collaborative Program is at the forefront of research-driven and globally-significant fisheries initiatives. With fieldwork sites throughout California and labs in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and La Jolla, our teams work in some of the state’s most beautiful and important regions, where the balance between conservation efforts and resource management are paramount to a sustainable future.

Whether you are looking to make meaningful contributions in your professional research career or discover your passion for fisheries science through a hands-on student internship, we invite you to join our team. Together, we can make an impact on the Earth’s vital freshwater and marine resources.

Current Opportunities

CoastWatch Specialist (Can also apply through the Specialist Pool below.) More info here.

Ongoing Opportunities

Pool recruitments are used to fill openings for academic research positions as they become available.

Project Scientist Pool

Specialist Pool


As the Field Crew Lead for the Carmel River Restoration team within the Fisheries Collaborative Program (FCP), I worked in the Carmel River and its tributaries capturing and PIT-tagging steelhead and rainbow trout, and establishing and maintaining PIT-tag antenna arrays throughout the watershed to estimate fish densities and monitor fish movement. The experience and connections I gained while working with FCP were invaluable and led me to my current position as a Fish Biologist for NOAA Fisheries, where I conduct Endangered Species Act consultations throughout coastal California. Dereka Chargualaf