[Coral-List] Position Available - Marine Program Coordinator

Michael Marnane mmarnane at wcs.org
Tue Aug 19 19:17:49 EDT 2003

Position Available: Indonesia Marine Program Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society. 



The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently began a marine conservation program in Indonesia, focusing on research to improve the management of coastal marine resources, with a particular emphasis on coral reefs. The WCS Indonesia Marine Program operates from a base in Bogor, near Jakarta, and presently consists of a small team of local marine biologists, social scientists and administrative staff. The successful applicant will be responsible for the daily management of the WCS Indonesia Marine Program. They will coordinate closely with the Asia-Pacific Marine Program Team Leader and the WCS Indonesia Country Program Director and will report directly to the WCS Marine Program Director who is based in New York.


The primary responsibilities of the successful applicant will be to manage and assist the Indonesia Marine Program staff, to lead in the design and implementation of program activities, to oversee the collection, management and analysis of data, and to serve as liaison between the project and entities including national and local government agencies, partner organizations, stakeholder groups, and WCS's administration. The successful applicant will also be responsible for writing up and disseminating project results to local communities, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and publishing and presenting the results in scientific forums. Additional responsibilities will include assisting in the development of workplans and budgets, identifying, seeking and obtaining sources of funding, and reporting to granting bodies on the work undertaken. Although this position will be largely based in Bogor, a considerable proportion of time each year will be spent working at remote field locations.


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, is an internationally recognized organization dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and ecosystems. WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 300 conservation projects in 53 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America.  WCS works with national governments, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and dedicated individuals to increase understanding and awareness of the importance of wildlife though the establishment and strengthening of protected areas, conducting scientific research, strengthening national governmental organizations and NGO capacity, and training the next generation of conservation professionals.


Essential Criteria:

1. A minimum of Masters degree (or equivalent) in marine science or marine ecosystem management.

2. Excellent interpersonal skills.

3. Good written and oral communication skills.

4. Fluent in, or ability to quickly learn, Bahasa Indonesia, and familiarity with Indonesian culture.

5. Demonstrated experience in team management.

6. Knowledge of coral reef biology and ecology.

7. Demonstrated skills in designing sampling programs and managing and analyzing datasets.

8. Ability and willingness to spend extended periods of time living under field conditions.


Desirable Criteria:

1. Demonstrated experience liaising with a range of stakeholders, including: fishing communities, local, provincial and national government agencies, and non-governmental agencies.

2. Knowledge of cultural and political issues in Indonesia relevant to the management of coastal marine resources.

3. Demonstrated experience in the management of marine conservation projects.

4. Demonstrated ability to undertake program budgeting and develop program workplans.

5. Demonstrated experience in seeking and obtaining funds, and reporting to donors and granting bodies.

6. Demonstrated ability to write up, publish and disseminate research results.

7. Certified and proficient in scuba diving.

8. Demonstrated experience in fieldwork, with skills in one of the following: coral or invertebrate identification, fish identification, socio-economic data collection.


WCS is an equal opportunity employer. The WCS Indonesia Marine Program Coordinator position is full-time, with a two-year contract that includes medical insurance and vacation. Stipend is commensurate with experience. 

Applications should be sent to Ms. Rebecca Cerroni via email at rcerroni at wcs.org by September 30, 2003. Please use "Indonesia Marine Program Coordinator" in the email subject heading.

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