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Coral Reef Management Fellow - Puerto Rico - 992771

Apply Now Job Number: 500153
Work Type: Full Time with Full Benefits
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Department: UM-NOAA-Nat Coral Reef Prog RE-A
Categories: Research, Service, & Sponsored Programs

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Job Title: Coral Reef Management Fellow - Puerto Rico - 992771
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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 Puerto Rico is the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER) Coral Reef Conservation and Management Program (PRCRMP) in San Juan.

The two goals of this coral fellowship are to:

1. Promote the use of citizen science to fill coral reef knowledge gaps and encourage local participation in ongoing monitoring of reef health, especially regarding Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD).

2. Facilitate conversations between research, education, rescue, and management groups to maximize collaboration in SCTLD response efforts.

The Fellow will also provide support for ongoing PRCRMP initiatives and projects and will work closely with managers and staff to implement program goals.

1. Identifies areas in Puerto Rico where there are knowledge gaps of SCTLD prevalence and/or general reef condition; including designing and establishing a system of collecting information from citizen scientists and groups of interest that is feasible and useful, with important information regarding local reef conditions, including reports of bleaching, diseases, damage.

2. Networks with stakeholders and organizations in these regions who may have local knowledge or a vested interest in these reefs (dive shops, fishers, student associations, tourism operators, etc.).

3. Establishes a system of collecting ongoing data from citizen scientists and groups of interest that is feasible and useful (provides important information regarding local reef conditions, including reports of bleaching, diseases, damage).

4. Communicates reported information with relevant groups (DNER, agencies, organizations, academia, etc.) and incorporate this information into existing plans for reef response efforts.

5. Promotes awareness and participation in the citizen science program, including developing training materials to ensure resources for interested citizen scientists are available.

6. Assists with planning and facilitates bi-monthly SCTLD response meetings.

7. Assists with maintaining the database of incoming SCTLD reporting and treatment fate tracking data.

8. Attends disease advisory calls in Florida and the USVI and maintain ongoing communication with jurisdictional partners.

9. Uses data collected from citizen science program to update database and GIS layer of hotspots of SCTLD around Puerto Rico.
Marginal Job Functions: The Fellow will provide additional support to the DNER Coral Reef Program management and staff, including support in planning and implementing annual Coral Reef Week, assisting DNER’s response program to high wave energy events and other coral emergencies and preparing reports.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Complete fluency in Spanish with strong oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English. Demonstration of ability to communicate in both languages will be requested
2) Ability to synthesize information in both Spanish and English. Examples of experience in writing, reviewing, and editing (grammar and punctuation) information of a scientific and/or technical nature may be requested.
3) Experience in the design and implementation of tools for gathering data from primary sources, such as survey designs, interviews, focus groups and/or workshops
4) GIS experience with software ArcGIS for illustrating data
5) Experience swimming and snorkeling on coral reefs
6) Experience in public speaking, networking, and building partnerships
7) Proficient with PC computers and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams)
8) Valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Puerto Rico 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:  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree
Major (if required): Social, natural, marine or environmental science
Required Experience: Bachelor's degree in related field, such as such as marine biology, biology, environmental science/policy 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 working with and coordinating volunteer efforts and/or citizen science based initiatives

2. Familiarity with coral reef ecosystems and experience with coral diseases

3. Ability to synthetize information, review, and edit content and grammar of a technical and scientific nature

4. Familiarity with graphic design programs (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)

5. Ability to determine work priorities, and organize time to ensure satisfactory completion of work assignments; communicate effectively with diverse partners; establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse partners and stakeholders; solve problems and make decisions; formulate procedures; prepare technical reports; work in a team setting as well as work independently

6. Comfortable speaking in public, providing presentations, and leading discussions

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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