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Coral Reef Management Fellow - Florida - 992772

Apply Now Job Number: 500152
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Location: Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
Department: UM-NOAA-Nat Coral Reef Prog RE-A
Categories: Research, Service, & Sponsored Programs

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Job Title: Coral Reef Management Fellow - Florida - 992772
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 Florida is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Miami, FL. The focus of the Coral Fellow will be leading development and implementation of management and research goals as necessary responses to the current Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) outbreak and also supporting implementation of priorities identified in the Florida’s Coral Reef Restoration Priorities: 2021-2026, with focus on 1) Building Florida’s Coral Nursery Network and 2) Restoring Florida’s Coral Reef.

The three goals of this coral fellowship are to:

1. Support the SCTLD Response Coordinator (RC) in coordinating Florida’s SCTLD Response effort. Update a synthesis of current SCTLD-related information with recommendations for filling research and management action gaps; annually support a technical workshop to review progress in meeting agreed upon response goals and determine updated or new goals.

2. Serve as the point of contact for SCTLD Research information, including coordination of the Disease Advisory Committee (DAC). Provide capacity to the Research Team and/or sub-teams including facilitation to determine research gaps/information needs, identify and/or implement new research or project opportunities, and identify funding sources.

3. Support coral restoration coordination and partner implementation efforts including the SCTLD Restoration Team, State Coral Reef Restoration priorities, Florida’s Coral Reef Restoration Strategy, and DEP’s coral programs.

The Fellow will also provide general support to managing agencies related to the SCTLD response and restoration efforts. Share collective knowledge related to the SCTLD response and restoration efforts with present or future partners and stakeholders.

1. Becomes familiar with current SCTLD research and management actions.

2. Meets with partners to gain understanding of field survey techniques, research projects, potentially contributory environmental variables, experimentation with treatments and other interventions, coral rescue efforts, restoration considerations, and endeavors to enhance capacity and funding to support additional response efforts.

3. Assists in planning and facilitating at least one (1) annual technical workshop for all disease response partners.

4. Serves as the point of contact for all SCTLD research information and support coordination of the SCTLD Research Team.

5. Provides lead coordination and facilitation of bi-weekly meetings of the DAC and assist with coordinating the Executive Coordination Team (ECT) and Steering Committee calls.

6. Leads the review of SCTLD research proposals submitted by partners on an annual basis.

7. Assists in the coordination of the SCTLD Restoration Team.

8. Ensures goals of the Restoration Team are met, and results shared.

9. Stays up to date on in water and ex situ spawning efforts.

10. Assists in the technical review and partner support for SCTLD and restoration related projects.
Marginal Job Functions: The Fellow will work with the RC, ECT, and Steering Committee to share collective knowledge related to the SCTLD outbreak and response effort with present or future partners and stakeholders.. The Fellow will assist the RC in follow-up activities, as necessary.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Knowledge of and direct experience with the conservation of coral reef ecosystems
2) Demonstrated ability to A) initiate and complete projects with minimal supervision; B) work effectively and communicate with diverse audiences, and C) interpret technical information and relate it in nontechnical language to local community concerns
3) Demonstrated experience working with a diverse series of stakeholder(s) and resource manager(s) and experience coordinating large resource management and response initiatives
4) High level of analytical, organizational and planning skills
5) 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 that hasn’t been edited by anyone but the applicant.
6) 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.
7) Proficient with PC computers and Microsoft Office software
8) Valid driver’s license with ability to obtain and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License


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 with ability to obtain and maintain a valid Florida 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 three (3) 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 in coral reef ecosystem research, coral disease and associated coral disease research or response efforts

2. Knowledge of coral reef restoration principles and techniques

3. Knowledge of marine resource management principles and techniques with special emphasis on Caribbean/Atlantic coral reef ecosystems, coral reef ecosystem restoration, coastal resource management, and rapid response activities and strategies

4. Good communicator with ability to translate scientific content into presentations and education and outreach materials, considering the audience knowledge of the topic.

5. Meeting facilitation and public speaking experience

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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