Council Recruitment

A woman and three men standing in front of a display of sanctuary maps
New council members posing with the sanctuary superintendent just after their first meeting. (Image: FGBNMS/Drinnen)

May 3, 2021--Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for four (4) seats on its advisory council, a community-based group of individuals that provide advice for sanctuary management.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following council seats:  Commercial Fishing (1 seat), Dive Operations (2 seats), and Recreational Diving (1 seat).

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 3-year terms.

Individuals, who have been a federally registered lobbyist in the two year period before the proposed appointment date for any advertised council seat(s), may not be selected as an advisory council member or alternate.

Application materials may be downloaded below:

Application Cover Letter (80kb)

Application Form (217kb)

Council Roles (167kb) - This information is also available on our Council Seats page.

Council Charter (796kb)

Submit completed applications to Leslie Clift by Fax: 409-621-1316


Mail: NOAA Flower Garden Banks NMS
4700 Ave. U, Bldg 216
Galveston, TX 77551

**For privacy purposes, please DO NOT email council applications.

Applications for this recruitment cycle are due June 7, 2021.

For further information please email or call 409-356-0386, or mail to Leslie Clift, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551.