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Coral Reef Management Fellow - USVI - 992770

Apply Now Job Number: 500154
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 - USVI - 992770
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 the USVI is the Division of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) within the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). The position is located on the island of St. Croix at the St. Croix East End Marine Park (STXEEMP) office.

The three goals of this coral fellowship are to:

1. With the emergence of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in the USVI in 2019, the major goal is the successful coordination of the Coral Disease Strike Team, which provides in-water treatments in the East End Marine Park and support groups performing disease interventions across St. Croix and assistance to partner organizations working in disease treatment to support continued management strategies with regards to coral disease treatments throughout the territory.

2. Support of ongoing watershed improvement activities throughout the territory, including snorkel-based monitoring and water quality management.

3. Support DPNR in the planning and implementation of the 2022 U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting, which will provide the fellow with an incredible professional development opportunity to work with coral reef managers and practitioners from both the Atlantic and Pacific basins.

The Fellow will also support resource management activities, helping to develop and attend awareness events with staff, speaking with school groups, providing input on or editing Park materials, and representing the Park at public events.

1. Acts as the primary lead for coordination of coral disease intervention treatments on St. Croix, acting as both the leader of the Field Interventions sub-team of (Virgin Islands Coral Disease Advisory Committee) VI-CDAC and the coordinator for volunteer diver disease response (Strike Teams).

2. Plays a key role in VI-CDAC discussions determining key sites, techniques, and approaches to reduce the impact of SCTLD in priority areas on St. Croix with the support of DPNR leadership.

3. Serves as head liaison between DPNR-CZM and volunteer organizations such as the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation to schedule and coordinate treatments at treatment sites in St. Croix.

4. Assists in coordinating the training of any new volunteers/personnel for organizations within VI-CDAC implementing coral disease treatments.

5. Interfaces with Strike Team field leads to retrieve relevant data, photos and field reports and maintain the established VI-CDAC Field Interventions sub-team datasets, specifically coral disease treatments and colony fate tracking databases, including QA/QC of data entries, analysis of trends, and production of summary reports as needed, and ensure access is provided to all VI-CDAC partners.

6. Provides a minimum of 4 outreach products focused on raising public awareness of coral treatment techniques, such as presentations, infographics, and social media content.

7. Works with Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator (CRIC) and DPNR staff to plan the USCRTF meeting in the USVI, including participating in the Watershed working group and one other working group of interest, representing the USVI to provide partners with planning updates, coordinating logistics, meetings, setting agendas, and travel.

8. Assists DPNR staff in the execution of monthly, snorkel-based surveys and sampling of the 6 sites pre-determined within the EEMP to evaluate sediment accumulation on the reef as a result of the ongoing infrastructure projects (e.g., transect surveys and the installation and recovery of sediment traps/tubes).

9. Maintains USVI specific USCRTF Watershed Partnership Initiative Priority Ecosystem Indicators datasets and provide summary reports as needed.

Marginal Job Functions: The Fellow will work with CRIC, EEMP Coordinator, EEMP Staff as needed, including assisting with maintenance of the Watershed Partnership Initiative Priority Ecosystem Indicators datasets, providing summary reports as needed, execution of outreach events (e.g., Visitor Center or Park Events, Citizen Science programs, assisting with watershed, beach, shore or snorkel-based field work) and contributing input for any wider territorial coral reef efforts, working groups, or VI-CRAG meetings/initiatives.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: 1) Experience, through an internship, fellowship, or employment in environmental science or natural resource management
2) Experience in community organizing/engagement and/or coordination of conservation initiatives and working with a wide variety of stakeholders
3) Experience managing and analyzing scientific datasets
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 that hasn’t been edited by anyone but the applicant
5) Experience in meeting planning and facilitation
6) Proficient with PC computers and Microsoft Office software
7) Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
8) Proven time management skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks at once


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): Social, natural, marine or environmental science
Required Experience: Bachelor's degree in 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 in coral reef management

2. Experience living and working in another culture or in an island community (Caribbean preferred)

3. Experience swimming and snorkeling on coral reefs

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

5. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
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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