Coral Reef Ecology Specialist

  • ERT
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Feb 18, 2018
Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Wildland and Forest Fire Control

Job Description

ocation:Job Code:1866


Position Description
Will assist in the review of water development projects to determine their potential impact on coral reef ecosystem resources under Endangered Species Act (ESA) or Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Management Act (MSA) mandates; provide technical assistance and field support in the areas of coral reef ecosystem conservation and planning, restoration ecology, and fisheries science/ecology/management; and coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef points-of-contact and other appropriate entities on NOAA Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC) regional activities to address fisheries-related priority goals and objectives, including local action strategies. Will work closely with partners including the Regional Fishery Management Councils, Southeast Fishery Science Center (SEFSC), jurisdictional management agencies, and other university and fisheries stakeholders; provide support for State and Territory efforts to develop and manage marine protected areas (MPAs) or other applicable jurisdictional coral reef protection measures (Florida) and to build State and Territory management capacity with potential to join the national network of MPAs or relevant coral reef protection networks; and assist with the CRCP plan to address the adverse impacts of fishing.

Required Skills
1 year of specialized experience directly related to marine habitat resources. Requires a strong background in education and outreach, including at least 5 semester hours in communications, education, speech, or public speaking, or experience in the promotion of resource stewardship through stakeholder engagement, or equivalent experience. Must have demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with non-scientists; fluency in English and Spanish - reading, writing, and speaking; and proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Design Standard software suite. Experience with environmental laws and regulations and/or permitting; experience in research, monitoring, proposal writing and evaluation, and/or project evaluation as it relates to the marine environment and the ability to work in field settings that will require hiking and snorkeling, required. Must have a demonstrated ability to work independently and comply with project deadlines.

Must be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.

BS in Marine Science/Biology, Fisheries Science, Ecology, related field or equivalent.



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