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Coral Reef Management Fellow - Guam - 992774

Apply Now Job Number: 500150
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 - Guam - 992774
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 Guam National Coral Reef Management Fellowship is Guam Department of Agriculture (DOAG), located in Mangilao, Guam. The Fellow’s work will focus on developing a cohesive, stakeholder-driven coral reef restoration strategy for Guam. The Coral Fellow will provide support for ongoing Guam Coral Reef Initiative (GCRI) activities and projects while working closely with GCRI managers and staff to implement program goals.

The four goals of Guam’s 2022-24 Fellowship are to:

1. Develop a cohesive restoration action plan for Guam, based on the Manager’s Guide to Coral Reef Restoration Planning and Design
2. Develop educational materials and conduct outreach with decision makers, natural resource managers, and the public regarding the restoration action plan
3. Assist with coral reef restoration efforts at priority sites around Guam
4. Assist the Guam Coral Reef Response Team with removal of invasive and nuisance species that threaten coral reef health

1. Creates a holistic, stakeholder driven Guam Coral Reef Restoration Action Plan, through five steps:
a. define scope and objectives
b. select sites for restoration
c. review and revise objectives
d. identify restoration action options
e. evaluate and select restoration actions.

2. Leads a restoration planning team of 5-7 local coral reef managers and researchers and host at least two stakeholder workshops, including meeting coordination, document preparation, etc.

3. Develops educational materials targeted to decision makers, natural resource managers, and the public, including brochures, fliers, posters, factsheets, booklets, videos, website content, Facebook posts, etc.

4. Disseminates outreach materials and provide outreach at events in Guam.

5. Educates decision makers and natural resource managers on the action plan, including development and dissemination of an executive summary of Guam Coral Reef Restoration Action Plan.

6. Assists members of the Guam Reef Restoration and Intervention Partnership (GRRIP) with snorkel-based coral reef restoration activities as needed.

7. Leads at least one snorkel-based coral reef restoration activity for the public.

8. Assists members of the Guam Coral Reef Response Team with removal of invasive/nuisance species, including tracking reports for Eyes of the Reef Marinas, assisting with planning community events for algal removal and participating in algal and crown of thorns removal activities.

Marginal Job Functions: Provide general support, as needed, to the GCRI and partners including, but not limited to: assisting in the planning and development of proposals related to seagrass and mangrove ecosystems, conducting coral reef education and outreach activities, and assisting with development of outreach materials for related projects.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Knowledge of and direct experience with the conservation of coral reef ecosystems
2) Quantitative abilities and familiarity with statistical analyses
3) Ability to work collaboratively in a team and with groups of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds
4) Strong oral and written communication skills that, on request, can be supported by examples of experience in writing, reviewing, and editing (grammar and punctuation) information of a scientific and/or technical nature
5) Skills in public speaking, networking and building partnerships
6) Proficient with PC computers and Microsoft Office software
7) Experience working in an island community, preferably on Guam
8) Flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and ability to overcome challenges


1. Ability to conduct field work including hiking, swimming, snorkeling, carrying loads up to 40 lbs. over uneven terrain.

2. Ability to drive motor vehicles for a couple of hours, if needed.

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 relevant experience.


Master's degree in a related area of study and at least one (1) year of experience.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Experience swimming and snorkeling on coral reefs
2. Graphic design skills and/or previous experience creating outreach and education materials
3. Knowledge of Guam’s coral reef species and ecology
4. Previous experience in environmental education and/or outreach
5. Previous experience in restoration ecology
6. Experience in community-level planning, organizing, and/or leadership
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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