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Job Number: 500148
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
Department: USDI Natl-Coral Reef Mngt RE-A '20
Categories: Research, Service, & Sponsored Programs
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The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC). There are seven (7) U.S. states and territories participating in this program: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Coral Reef Management Fellows are placed in state and territorial natural resource management agencies (the host agencies) in each of these jurisdictions every other year where they work on specific projects related to coral reef conservation. Although fellows are employed through NSU, they are essentially working for the host agencies and should consider their on-site fellowship supervisors to be their direct managers.
The fellowship program's mission is two-fold:
1. Provide coral reef management support in each participating jurisdiction by placing highly qualified individuals whose education and work experience meet each location's specific coral reef management's needs. 2. Provide individual fellows with professional opportunities and training in coastal and coral reef resource management.
The host agency for the 2022-2024 National Coral Reef Management Fellowship in America Samoa is the American Samoa Coral Reef Advisory Group Coordinator (CRAG), based in Pago Pago. The Fellow will conduct coral restoration trials to improve the territory’s understanding of applicable coral restoration interventions and to improve the reef ecosystem function in the village of Aua. The key watershed issue (excess nutrients from cesspools) has been (mostly) mitigated with a sewer system by the local power authority. CRAG believes this drastic improvement in watershed management has significantly improved the conditions necessary for successful coral restoration on the Aua reef.
The three goals of this coral fellowship are to:
1. Continue Coral Restoration Trials in Aua, including monitoring of the existing interventions and beginning new ones.
2. Bolster & Implement Territorial Coral Restoration Plan
3. Grow Outreach and Local Capacity Building in Aua.
The Fellow will also provide CRAG with planning efforts for conservation activities, fieldwork activities, and outreach events and assist with projects and/or activities related to coastal marine activities.
1. Monitoring existing coral restoration sites in Aua and creating at least two (2) new restoration interventions (at least two (2) species, each with at least 120 fragments)2. Conduct monthly rapid swim surveys to inspect all interventions to ensure no unforeseen damage has occurred to the structures or the coral fragments (e.g., damage from boat traffic, strong weather, strong currents); maintain if needed.3. Measure the survival and growth of the coral fragments and transplants; monitoring colony growth and mortality (via snorkel), taking and analyzing water quality samples and temperature data (from HOBO loggers at the site), and reviewing other benthic, bathymetric, and water current data.4. Measure corals and quantify coral and water quality metrics (turbidity, pH, temperature, DO, salinity) using a sonde (and Secchi disk) every 2 months for all restoration sites in Aua Bay and document results in an existing restoration database.5. Synthesize restoration project in a report to include descriptions of the interventions, a timeline, summary of results, and recommendations for maintenance, monitoring, and proliferation to other sites.6. Develop and implement long-term monitoring and evaluation plan for the pilot site.7. Conduct regular outreach in Aua, including monthly communication with the mayor and school- or church-based seminars or field-based monitoring or restoration workshops at least twice each year.8. Using data from restoration trials, work with the Territorial Restoration Team to amend and update Goal 1 of the Territorial Coral Restoration Plan.9. Work to complete the permitting process as possible for the new restoration sites identified in the Territorial Restoration Plan.
Advertised: Jun 04, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 28, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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