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Coral Reef Management Fellow - CNMI - 992775

Apply Now Job Number: 500149
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 - CNMI - 992775
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 CNMI is the CNMI Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality’s (BECQ) Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM), based in Saipan, CNMI. The focus of the Coral Fellow will be to help strengthen DCRM’s Long-Term Marine Monitoring Program through recommendations and examples using hydrodynamic model data, acquired in 2017, to model how different reef structures absorb or deflect wave energy within the Saipan Lagoon. Additionally, the Fellow will be developing a CNMI-specific coral bleaching response plan to address acute disturbances of bleaching.

The three goals of this coral fellowship are to:

1. Work with the CNMI Restoration Working Group to develop a Coral Bleaching Dsturbance Response Plan and resilience-based management strategies

2. Develop a monitoring program that will assess long and short-term impacts of coral bleaching

3. Raise community awareness regarding the impacts of climate change on CNMI’s reefs with regards to coral bleaching and ocean acidification

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. Coordinates with relevant agencies, organizations, and individuals to create a CNMI-wide Beaching Response Plan.

2. Literature review of bleaching response and plans.

3. Utilizes the CNMI Restoration Working Group meetings and other stakeholder workshops to gather information for the development of a bleaching response plan, including clearly stated roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the Response Plan.

4. Works with the marine monitoring program and other stakeholders to arrange and instruct workshops and/or field tests to evaluate the effectiveness of the draft Plan.

5. Creates recommendations to Plan based on the workshop and/or field tests.

6. Engages relevant agencies, organizations, individuals, and dive groups to garner support and buy-in for the development of a CNMI-specific Coral Bleaching Response Plan.

7. Works with DCRM’s GIS Specialist to evaluate geospatial data and provide recommendations to assist the staff on how best to utilize datasets of hydrodynamic model(s) and other geospatial data to assess the wave attenuation of CNMI reefs.
Marginal Job Functions: The Fellow will be responsible for providing additional support to DCRM management and staff as needed. Examples include, such as participating in staff meetings, assisting with office tasks, delivering DCRM-related public presentations, assisting with monitoring fieldwork (snorkel-based), and providing assistance with logistics (e.g. planning/support, development of meeting agendas and summaries, etc.) and data gathering/synthesis for associated coral reef management activities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Experience with natural resource management projects and/or conducting management-related research (a relevant advanced degree may substitute for experience)
2) Ability to apply basic GPS and GIS skills relevant to the project
3) Demonstrated ability to review and edit content and grammar of a technical and scientific nature, as well as for educational and outreach purposes
4) Scientific data analysis skills and experience
5) Must demonstrate exceptional ability to review and edit content and grammar of a technical and scientific nature, as well as for educational and outreach purposes
6) Willingness to live on a remote Pacific island without access to some amenities
7) Self-motivated, driven, organized, and willing to work independently and look for/ask for help when needed
8) 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. Must be willing and able to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions.

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. Experience and knowledge of climate change and the associated threats with regards to the marine ecosystem

2. Experience facilitating collaborative meetings with mixed target audiences

3. Experience working in coral reef environments

4. Prior experience living/working in CNMI and/or tropical island communities
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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