[Coral-List] Biologist/Ecologist Position-Puerto Rico

Jill.Meyer at noaa.gov Jill.Meyer at noaa.gov
Mon Apr 17 09:40:16 EDT 2006

Coral Community-

Just wanted to share the employment opportunity below.  Please feel 
free to forward to colleagues.  


Jill Meyer
Program Manager
IM Systems Group

Biologist/ Position


I.M. Systems Group (www.imsg.com), a contractor to the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seeks an individual to serve 
as a Biologist/Ecologist.  This individual will work with the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s), Caribbean Field 
Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Protected 
Resources Division of the Southeast Regional Office.  The field office 
is located in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

The NMFS Protected Resources Division works to protect threatened and 
endangered species and their habitat, including through interagency 
consultations pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act 
(ESA) of 1973.  In addition, the Southeast Regional Office 
participates in NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the 
goal of which is to sustain and restore valuable coral reef 
ecosystems, including associated marine systems such as seagrass beds 
and mangrove wetlands.  The Caribbean Field Office, in addition to its 
ESA responsibilities, is responsible for managing the U.S. Caribbean 
component of the NMFS’ Southeast Regional Office’s portion of the NOAA 
CRCP.  For more information about the CRCP, please visit 
http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov.  For more information about the 
Southeast Region of the NMFS, please visit http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.

Position Duties:			

•Facilitate the identification and implementation of activities to 
restore and protect marine habitats of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin 
•Provide day-to-day management and oversight of projects funded 
through NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) 
•Ensure that all documentation for CRCP projects is complete, 
including permits; matching fund requirements for grants are met; 
projects are realized in compliance with applicable environmental 
laws; project deadlines are met; and products are in keeping with 
project scopes of work.  
•Conduct outreach and education on NOAA Fisheries Service-related 
marine resource conservation initiatives
•Participation as a review team member for CRCP grants, monitoring 
grant awards, and Provide technical assistance in the areas of marine 
resource conservation and planning, restoration ecology, and fisheries 
•Coordinate with local and federal partners to draft proposals to 
further CRCP goals in the U.S. Caribbean.


•Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in 
biology, ecology, or marine biology that included at least 30 semester 
hours in biological and aquatic sciences, natural resource management, 
conservation biology, coral reef biology, or restoration ecology.
•Strong background in coral reef science and associated systems such 
as mangroves, coastal wetlands, and seagrass beds, marine biology and 
ecology, and restoration ecology
•Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability 
to communicate effectively with non-scientists, in both English and 
•Knowledge of theory, principles, and methods of natural resource 
management as it relates to the protection and restoration of the 
marine ecosystem, associated fishery resources, and endangered 
•Experience in education and outreach, especially as they relate to 
the promotion of resource stewardship through community involvement. 
•Ability to communicate natural resource information via written 
products and oral presentations.
•Experience in research, monitoring, and project evaluation.
•Experience in programmatic coordination, management, and oversight.

•Familiar with the CRCP and have worked in the U.S. Caribbean
•Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of 
marine resources.  

Other Information:

•This is a temporary position (funded through March 2007) that may be 
extended subject to the availability of funds
•Travel to project sites throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin 
Islands is required although the position involves mainly office work 
with a minor field component
•No relocation expenses can be provided

The vacancy announcement is open until filled.  The target start date 
is early June. The salary for this position is the low to mid $40,000s 
commensurate with experience.  Qualified candidates may apply by 
emailing a cover letter, resume, a technical writing sample, and 3 
references (MS Word format strongly preferred) to the following email: 
jobs at imsg.com and meyerj at imsg.com with the subject heading: NOA06003 - 

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