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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

NOAA Research is enriched by diverse perspectives, celebrating each other’s unique experience and expertise.


The people of NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research), and the intellectual capability they provide, are its greatest asset. As complexity grows and the pace of change and advancement in environmental science increases, our world-class workforce will continue to be important to the management of weather, water, and climate issues. 

NOAA Research has developed five strategies in response to NOAA’s changing operating landscape and the specific factors influencing the environmental science community. The 2020-2026 NOAA Research Strategy supports the delivery of NOAA Research’s goals and objectives, as well as the advancement of NOAA’s six science and technology focus areas.

One strategy focuses on “Develop the next-generation workforce,” which states:

NOAA Research will grow the leaders of tomorrow. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, NOAA Research will broaden its talent pool to reflect multidisciplinary skill sets. NOAA Research will develop leadership and management skill sets across the workforce to prepare for succession planning and the demands of the future.

Read more about our 2020-2026 Strategy.

Portrait photo of Craig McLean, NOAA Research Administrator "NOAA Research remains committed to implementing programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We can do more to create opportunities for everyone, at all levels. We plan to lead by example and continue to focus on improved diversity and inclusion to make NOAA Research's scientific outcomes even stronger."

Craig McLean
NOAA Research Assistant Administrator


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Mission

Bring awareness to employees, applicants for employment and management about Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity through the following:

  • Empowerment - Consultation services to employees, managers, and applicants.
  • Exposure - Recruitment and outreach activities for short and long-term recruitment.
  • Education - Federal EEO Mandated training, Special Emphasis programs, and Connections newsletter.
  • Evaluation - Monitor employment statistics to prepare reports for NOAA, DOC, EEOC, and OPM.

Message Nicole Mason, EEO Director/Diversity Program Manager

Portrait of Nicole Mason, NOAA Research Equal Employment Officer Director

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) are important concepts to the NOAA Research Leadership. DEIA are not only best practices; ensuring that all of our employees are included is the right thing to do. Diversifying our workforce is a top priority. We participate in various conferences and career fairs. Some of the conferences include: Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), and Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference (BEYA) to name a few.

In addition to participating in the various conferences, we also understand that STEM education is important and must be introduced to students early in their educational journey. To that end, we provide tools and resources for teachers in grades K-12 that includes lesson plans, activities, videos, and classroom-friendly data.

Moreover, employees are encouraged to seek advancement opportunities through the Agency’s leadership program. The Leadership Competencies Development Program (LCDP) is an 18-month program that provides a series of training and learning experiences that will broaden participants understanding of NOAA’s strategic vision, mission, and goals, as well as NOAA’s business processes.

I invite you to consider NOAA Research as a viable option for your next employment opportunity. We are always looking for people like you to help us in our pursuit of DEI and to add your skills to the amazing work that we are engaging in every day.

Nicole's Contact Info: 
P: 301-734-1279 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Policy

Diversity boosts the creativity and breadth of experience, ability, and vision in any organization, and is fundamental in a scientific and collegial organization like NOAA Research. 

NOAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan cover

NOAA's Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan states that, 

“NOAA's unique mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an inclusive work environment that drives employee and organizational performance. NOAA recognizes that a sustained commitment to strengthening diversity and inclusion is critical to enable a future where ecosystems reinforce each other and are mutually resilient in the face of sudden and prolonged change."

Building off the NOAA plan, NOAA Research created its own Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility Strategic Plan. The plan states the following guiding principles for having an inclusive work environment are:

  1. We will treat each other with respect, always, regardless of rank or grade.
  2. Every employee deserves a work environment free from discrimination, disrespect, and fear.
  3. We promote open expression of our individuality and diversity within the bounds of courtesy, sensitivity, and respect, and will promote an environment of professionalism in our facilities.
  4. We will routinely seek to attract diverse talent in our workforce.
  5. We seek to resolve workplace conflicts in a prompt, impartial, confidential, nondiscriminatory, and constructive manner, without fear of reprisal, and at the lowest level through open communication.
  6. All employees are valued and included for the unique contributions they bring to the organization.
  7. Leaders and supervisors have a special responsibility to build and preserve this climate and culture of inclusion and mutual respect for all.
  8. People First, Mission Always.

NOAA Careers

Please visit the NOAA Careers page for more information about employment opportunities. For information about internships, fellowships and other educational opportunities, visit our Student Opportunities page.

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Read Jessica's profile.

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Read LaToya’s profile.

AOML strives to make current and future employees able to contribute their talents in a place they feel welcome, supported, and empowered to support NOAA’s mission.

Visit AOML's career page.

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Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

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