Job Announcement: CORAL Science Fellow

Marina Cole mcole at
Fri Jan 4 13:58:52 EST 2002


The Coral Reef Alliance: Founded in 1994, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is
a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping coral reefs
alive around the world. With assistance from over 10,000 supporters, CORAL
promotes coral reef conservation by working with the dive industry,
governments, local communities and other organizations to protect and manage
coral reefs, fund conservation efforts and raise public awareness.

Specific programs include the Coral Parks Program, the recently established
International Coral Reef Information Network (ICRIN) public education
campaign, the Dive Operators Certification Program, the Microgrants Program,
the Bonaire Dive Festival, Dive In To Earth Day, and maintaining an
international network of coral reef conservation groups.  Headquartered in
Berkeley, California, CORAL also has staff in Bonaire and Carlsbad, CA.
Visit CORAL¹s award-winning website at

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The CORAL Science Fellowship was created with an
Environmental Science Program Grant from Environmental Defense and funding
from the International Coral Reef Action Network, of which CORAL is a
founding member.  The purpose of the fellowship is to provide CORAL with the
³state of the science² on coral reef ecology and to help translate that data
into powerful conservation messages for non-scientists, both within CORAL
and for general use with CORAL¹s target audiences of divers, other coral
reef organizations, and policy makers.

CORAL is leading a major four-year, global public awareness program on coral
reefs ­ known as the International Coral Reef Information Network (ICRIN) ­
and will be helping hundreds of organizations around the world develop and
distribute their own public awareness materials on coral reefs and will work
with the media to create broad and localized public awareness of coral reef
issues.  The Science Fellow will serve as the scientific expert for these

The Science Fellow will be supervised by the Executive Director and will
liaise with Dr. Rod Fujita, CORAL Board member and senior scientist at
Environmental Defense as well as other coral reef scientists on the CORAL
Science Advisory Board, which the Science Fellow will create and manage.
During the first year the Science Fellow will:

* Review collected education and outreach materials for errors and gaps and
identify areas where coral reef ngos could be using science more effectively
to advance their arguments. Prepare a report identifying most common
scientific claims, mistakes and gaps and create a list of ³basic principles²
upon which new awareness and education materials should be based;

* Create a CORAL Science Advisory Board, using scientists already on CORAL¹s
Board and Advisory Boards as well as a broad range of noted scientists in
the field;

* Prepare one or two page science briefing papers on important coral reef
issues for important decision-makers in coral reef areas;

* Adapt five science briefing papers to create short stories for media

* Assist CORAL staff in maintaining current coral reef scientific
publications and papers for its in-house library;

* Identify areas where further coral reef conservation research is needed
and help identify programs and scientists and graduate students that might
be willing to take on that research.


_ A Ph.D. in coral reef ecology;
_ Strong writing skills and an ability to translate scientific jargon into
compelling narrative for the non-scientist;
_ Ability to interact and communicate with multiple constituencies, such as
science advisory board, staff, and other coral reef ngo¹s;
_ Excellent research and library skills;
_ Ability to discern themes and trends and distill into key points.

A plus:
_ Experience in communications or media work;
_ Ability to thrive in a non-profit organization that values teamwork,
cooperation and communication; sense of humor.


The Coral Reef Alliance
2014 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Fax: 510-848-3720
Email:  jobs at
(no calls, please)

Ideal Start date:  March 2002

Position Open Until Filled

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