The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps will be holding a unique opportunity for licensed pilots to apply for a direct-to-flight career pathway into the NOAA Corps.
How did you hear about the NOAA Corps?
As we celebrate Women's History Month, learn about Pamela Chelgren's journey as the first female officer in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps in this profile.
NOAA Corps recruiters will be attending the events listed below in 2023. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details as the event approaches.
Feb. 8 - Boise State Career Fair, Boise, ID, 1000-1400
Feb. 14 - Alabama A&M University Virtual Fair, Virtual, 1100-1500
Feb. 14-16 - Oceanology International, San Diego, CA, 1000-1600
Feb 14 - Colorado State University Career Fair, Fort Collins, CO, 1030-1530
In this NOAA Corps officer profile, we catch up with NOAA Twin Otter pilot Ensign Sarah Cozart, who is currently assigned to the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center in Lakeland, Florida.
How did you become interested in science and aviation?
During the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft flew more than 582 mission hours to collect atmospheric data that is critical to hurricane forecasting and research, passing through the eye of a hurricane 65 times and deploying over 1,700 scientific instruments.
The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps) and the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) have renewed their agreement to work together to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce dedicated to the science and service of our nation.
Through a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed on Dec. 1 by NOAA Corps Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and NNOA President Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, U.S. Navy (Ret), the two organizations will collaborate with the goals of:
NOAA and Kansas State University (K-State) Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus signed an agreement on Oct. 1 to collaborate on a first-of-its kind program to prepare students to serve as officers and pilots with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), one of the nation’s eight uniformed services. NOAA Corps officers pilot NOAA’s specialized aircraft and support a variety of missions, including hurricane research, reconnaissance and surveillance, marine mammal and snow surveys, coastal mapping and emergency response.
In January 2021, U.S. Coast Guard officer Lt. j.g. Rebecca Edmonds, found herself in an unusual situation for a Coast Guard member: serving as an officer of the deck aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship. In the 72nd year of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI), the San Diego-based NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker, one of NOAA’s five fisheries survey vessels, was short-handed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps received significant new authorities to support NOAA’s mission on Dec. 23, 2020, when President Trump signed a bill that will expand and enhance the uniformed service.