[Coral-List] Coastal Program Manager in the Nature Conservancy's Virgin Islands Office
jbyrne at TNC.ORG
Thu May 17 09:43:51 EDT 2007
The Nature Conservancy's Virgin Islands office has a vacancy for a Coastal
Conservation Program Manager:
Mesoamerica and Caribbean Region
St Croix, US Virgin Islands
ngraff at tnc.org
Coastal Program Manager
JOB TITLE: Conservation Practitioner IV
JOB FAMILY: Conservation
JOB NUMBER: 450004
SALARY GRADE: 5
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Science Director, Southeast Caribbean Program
LOCATION: St. Croix, VI
POSITION TITLE: Coastal Conservation Program Manager
The Coastal Conservation Program Manager develops, manages, and
advances conservation programs, plans, and methods for the Virgin Islands
marine species and natural systems. This position provides technical
leadership and support to projects of The Nature Conservancys (TNC)
Southeast Caribbean Program, Mesoamerica and Caribbean Region and Global
Marine Initiative. This may include one or more of the following functions:
Plans and directs coastal science and restoration programs.
Addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual
Fosters cross-site learning among members of the conservation
Supplies conservation planning teams with information, input and
Develops and implements conservation strategies.
Employs a full range of tools to secure public and private support
for TNC conservation priorities.
Furthers the Conservancys strategic goals through securing
protection of marine resources.
Coordinates community support.
Ability to lead the planning and implementation of complex
conservation strategies in the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin
Willingness to participate in state, regional and international
marine conservation planning and guidance activities.
Willingness to travel frequently within the Virgin Islands,
regularly outside the area and outside the U.S.A. Must have, or be able to
obtain, a valid Virgin Islands Drivers License and safe driving record.
Experience organizing, facilitating and reporting on the outcomes of
scientific and informational meetings.
Experience communicating with the general public, agency and private
partner organizations and the media.
Track record of successful public and/or private grant writing and
Willingness to keep up-to-date with emerging scientific information
pertinent to Island conservation.
Ability to analyze, synthesize, and publish results of scientific
studies and monitoring programs.
Experience in using GIS/ArcGIS to accurately analyze, present and
effectively communicate relevant features. .
Ability to articulate the importance of TNCs mission, marine and
coastal conservation issues in the Virgin islands and applicable scientific
information effectively to a wide range of audiences, in writing and in
Experience supervising the work of others. Ability to motivate
people, delegate responsibilities effectively, and secure high quality
results in a team setting that includes technicians, interns, and
SCUBA certification and ability and willingness to engage in
scientific diving tasks in depths up to 90 feet are required. Prior
experience as a scientific diver for a scientific diving program preferred.
Experience with review, comment on and/or development of marine
public policy preferred.
Experience with conservation planning methodologies and planning
team participation preferred.
Experience with the development and management of program budgets
Demonstrated ability to safely operate a small powerboat. Must have
a working knowledge of safety guidelines for operating a boat and must
follow all state, local and federal regulations specified for the operation
of the motorized watercraft. Must follow recommended safety guidelines and
precautions specified for said work.
Other projects as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Bachelors degree and 3-5 years experience in natural resource
management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced
degree and experience in coastal/marine science or conservation preferred.
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and
Ability to communicate and work closely with scientists
Working with media and influential officials, especially
governmental, to improve Conservancy programs outcomes
Familiarity with principles of coastal conservation
Knowledge of ecological management principles
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, natural
resource management and natural resource preservation
Experience in training and curriculum design.
Demonstrated experience communicating effectively with the public
Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while
delivering quality results
Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word,
Excel, Web browsers).
Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical
means in English and other relevant languages
Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting
realistic deadlines and managing timeframes
Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes
to adapt to changing circumstances
Compiles data, resolves disparities, and modifies processes to
Resolves routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to
develop plans for resolution of complex and unusual problems
Cultivates and develops creative ideas to improve conservation
Applies diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices
to a variety of assignments
Negotiates complex agreements in political environments
Identifies and disseminates lessons learned, best practices and
methods, tools, consistencies and inconsistencies across plans
Ability to make sound decisions for TNC is the following areas
(legal, financial, conservation, reputation)
Makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and
Performs tasks with minimal supervision
RESPONSIBILITY/OVERSIGHT FINANCIAL AND SUPERVISORY:
May supervise administrative and professional staff with
responsibility for performance management, training and development.
May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and
volunteers covering a wide geographic area
May need to gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish
Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a
budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors,
assisting with budget development and meeting fundraising targets.
Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external
Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation
partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public
to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy efforts
Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing
to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.
Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people,
including scientists, preserve staff and others, providing and obtaining
Collaborates with a wide range of conservation partners to identify
research needs, present technical concepts at national or international
conferences, and support fieldwork
Provides training for internal and external colleagues on ecological
and conservational scientific principles
Ability to simplify and explain the principles of conservation
science and practices to technical and non-technical audiences
Communicates strategic project goals and objectives.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT:
The Coastal Conservation Program Manager may work in variable weather
conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and
under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:
require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
present frequent possibility of injury
require long hours in isolated settings
Please send cover letter and resume to:
Nancy Graff, Office Manager
The Nature Conservancy
3052 Estate Little Princess
Christiansted, VI 00820
Email: ngraff at tnc.org
No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: June 6th, 2007.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Southeast Caribbean Program/
Interim Director Virgin Islands Office
jbyrne at tnc.org
Tel (340) 773-5575 ext. 206
Fax (340) 773-1613
The Nature Conservancy
Virgin Islands Office
Southeast Caribbean Program
3052 Estate Little Princess
Christiansted, St. Croix
US Virgin Islands, 00820
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