[Coral-List] Job Opening: Watershed Coordinator, CNMI DEQ

Fran Castro fran.castro at saipan.com
Wed Dec 1 00:55:34 EST 2004

Hafa Adai!

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Division of Environmental Quality will be accepting applications for
a Watershed Coordinator in the coming weeks until such time that the position is filled.  Please pass this announcement on to anyone who may be interested.

Please refer to the position description below, and note that you will need to submit a completed employment application form (attached in .pdf format), accompanied by a cover letter outlining how all qualifications are met, college transcripts, resume, a police clearance, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references .  Send completed applications to:  Fran Castro, CNMI DEQ NPS Manager, Application address: CNMI Division of Environmental Quality,  P.O. Box 501304, Saipan, MP  96950; or submit by fax (670) 664-8540 or email: fran.castro at saipan.com.  


WORKING TITLE: Watershed/Land-Based Pollution Coordinator

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

This position will be a full-time employee under the CNMI Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as the Watershed/Land Based Pollution Coordinator. 
The WC will be responsible for coordination of watershed protection as it relates to coral reef protection efforts in the CNMI.  The WC will lead implementation of projects identified in the Land-Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) Local Action Strategies (LAS), as well as other EPA funded projects.  The WC will serve as an alternate member representing DEQ in the Coral Reef Coordinating Committee (CRCC), and Science Advisory Committee (SAC), in the absence of the primary member.  The Coordinator will be responsible for providing information, documentation, and deliverables in a timely manner to DEQ.   The WC’s responsibilities include attending meetings, establishing and maintaining linkage between the community and providing technical information, assisting in the preparation of grant applications, and providing facilitation services as requested.    Coordinates the development of grant proposals related to watershed protection.  Track and report on expenses and progress as it relates to CRI or EPA funded projects. 

The WC will also be responsible in securing funds for and overseeing the implementation of the LBSP LAS, and other projects within the LAS, as well as other EPA funded projects relating to runoff control and minimization.   The WC will use leveraged funding from EPA to conduct awareness campaigns in the Laulau (Saipan) Makpo (Tinian), and Talakaya (Rota) watersheds as identified in the LAS.  These campaigns will aim to create an alliance with the community in the targeted watershed, educating and involving the community in the planning and implementation of LBS projects in their area.   Frequent inter-island travel will be required.   The WC, together with the DEQ Nonpoint Source Manager, Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Nonpoint Source Manager, CRM GIS Manager, and other agency staff, will lead community groups through the development of watershed plans for the three LAS priority watersheds.   WC offer assistance to citizens interested in voluntary approaches to watershed management and conservation in watersheds identified in the LAS and the Unified Watershed Assessment; help to build local community support and involvement in natural resource, coral reef conservation, and management measures.  The WC will work with all relevant stakeholders at the local, regional, and international level. 

Graduation from an accreditied college or university with a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Management or equivalent, plus two (2) years work experience in natural resource management, community watershed planning, watershed assessment or related environmental field. 

For any further inquiries, please contact Fran Castro, DEQ NPS Program Manager.


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Fran Castro
NPS Program Manager
CNMI Division of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 501304
Saipan, MP  96950
Tel: (670) 664-8500
Fax: (670) 664-8540
Email: fran.castro at saipan.com 

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