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Coral Reef Management Fellow - American Samoa - 992776

Apply Now 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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Job Title: Coral Reef Management Fellow - American Samoa - 992776
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Job Category: Exempt
Hiring Range: Commensurate with Experience
Pay Basis: Annually  
Subject to Grant Funding?: Yes  
Essential Job Functions:

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.

Marginal Job Functions: The Fellow will assist with CRAG planning efforts for conservation activities, fieldwork activities, and outreach events and assist with projects and/or activities related to coastal marine activities (e.g., Island-Wide clean ups, Earth Day activities, science fair judging).

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Knowledge of coral reef restoration principles and techniques
2) Direct experience with the conservation of coral reef ecosystems
3) Competence with snorkeling and swimming in lagoon and ocean conditions
4) Demonstrated ability to review and edit content and grammar of a technical and scientific nature, as well as for educational and outreach purposes
5) Demonstrated ability to 1) initiate and complete projects with minimal supervision 2) work effectively and communicate with diverse audiences and 3) interpret technical information and relate it in nontechnical language to local communities
6) Proficient with PC computers and Microsoft Office software


1. Ability to conduct field work including hiking, swimming, snorkeling, carrying loads up to 40 lbs. over uneven terrain.
Job Requirements:  
Required Certifications/Licensures: Valid Driver's License
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
Major (if required): Marine Sciences or related field
Required Experience: Bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences or related field and at least two (2) years of experience in tropical marine science and/or management


Master's degree in a related area of study and at least one (1) year of experience.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Fluency in conversational Samoan language

2. Experience with collecting field data, and data analysis

3. Experience with GIS software and ability to apply basic GIS skills relevant to the project

4. Experience living or working in an island or/and or other remote locations

5. Demonstrated experience working with a diverse series of stakeholder(s) and resource manager(s) and experience coordinating resource management initiatives.
Is this a safety sensitive position? No  
Background Screening Required? No  
Pre-Employment Conditions:  
Sensitivity Disclaimer: Nova Southeastern University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.

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