[Coral-List] New NOAA (IMSG) Position in Guam: Coral Reef and Coastal Program Specialist- Management Liaison

Kathy Chaston kathy.chaston at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 6 19:24:14 EST 2011

Dear Colleagues:

Please distribute this job opportunity widely.  Apologies for any 

The full announcement is provided below and located at 
*_NOA11002 -- Management Liaison_**_Guam_*

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG, www.imsg.com) is seeking a Coral Reef 
and Coastal Zone Program Specialist to serve as a Management Liaison to 
the Territory of Guam for the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource 
Management (OCRM), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA). The position will be located on Guam.

OCRM houses the headquarters of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program 
(CRCP, www.coralreef.noaa.gov) and Coastal Zone Management Program 
(CZMP, www.coastalmanagement.noaa.gov). The incumbent will serve as the 
primary liaison between these two national programs and the coral reef 
conservation and coastal zone management programs in Guam. The incumbent 
will be responsible for supporting activities under both the CRCP and 
CZMP for Guam, and ensuring that projects funded by each national 
program are complimentary. In addition, the incumbent will be 
responsible for providing technical assistance in a relevant field, such 
as marine protected area design and/or management, watershed management, 
social science research and monitoring, or communications and outreach. 
Travel between Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 
is required, and several trips annually to NOAA offices in Hawaii, 
Maryland, and elsewhere are expected.


The contractors' duties will include, but not be limited to:

·Serving as the primary liaison between the national CRCP and CZMP, and 
Guam programs:

·Communicate national policies and guidance from NOAA to Guam

·Communicate Guam coral reef and coastal zone management program needs 
and priorities to NOAA headquarters and other program components

·Assist the Guam program with the CRCP's ongoing capacity assessment

·Support the development, review, processing, and monitoring of Coral 
Reef Management and Coastal Zone Management grants for Guam

·Monitor Guam's Coastal Program compliance with CZMA requirements; 
identify changes to the Guam Coastal Program and work with OCRM to 
process and formally incorporate program changes into Guam's program; 
and assist with any evaluations of the Guam Coastal program.

·Support strategic planning efforts, including identifying priority 
topics and geographic areas, developing program and project performance 
measures, and evaluation of historic, current, and potential future CRCP 
and CZMP projects

·Advise senior CRCP and CZMP leadership on endeavors, projects, and 
partnerships that would be of benefit in the territories

·Assist with the implementation and integration of select Guam/CNMI 
coral reef and coastal zone management projects

·Build partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic, and 
community organizations toward shared conservation goals

·Providing Guam and where appropriate CNMI, Hawaii and American Samoa, 
programs with

specialized technical and management assistance in various topical areas 
related to coral reef and coastal zone management such as: Marine 
protected area design or management; Watershed management or land-based 
sources of pollution abatement; Social science research or monitoring; 
Communications and outreach; Coral reef or coastal zone governance, law, 
or policy; Project management; Capacity building, and Adaption to the 
effects of climate change on coral and other marine resources

·Participating on behalf of the CRCP, CZMP, or OCRM on internal NOAA and 
external working groups, councils, and committees

·Supporting activities of the parent Coral Conservation Division, 
Coastal Programs

Division, and Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

* Qualifications:*

**_Minimum Requirements:_

·Master's degree (highly preferred) or bachelor's degree with equivalent 

experience in a relevant discipline such as marine science, biology, 
marine or environmental management or policy

·Two or more years post-graduate work experience in coral reef-related 
or integrated CZM management positions, with a strong coral reef 
management focus

·Two or more years of experience working on or with small island states, 
preferably in the Pacific region

·Demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the technical fields listed 
in the job responsibilities section of this announcement

·Understanding of coral reef ecosystems, their threats, strategies for 
their conservation, and coastal management issues

·Ability to work independently and cooperatively with a range of 
individuals that are geographically separated and that represent a range 
of different cultures

·Ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to shift 
priorities as needed

·Fluency in oral and written English, and strong communication skills

·Experience coordinating efforts and projects with multiple partners

·Technical proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

_Strongly Desired:_

·Four or more years post-graduate work experience in coral reef-related 

or management positions

·Two to three years of program development and project planning experience

·Experience working in a governmental work environment, matrix organization,

and/or demonstrated ability working in team settings

·Experience working on multi-lateral, regional, or international 
environmental initiatives

* To Apply:*

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified 
candidates may apply by e-mailing a resume, a cover letter explaining 
how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, and the 
contact information for three references (MS Word format strongly 
preferred) to:

jobs at imsg.com with the subject heading: *_NOA11002 -- Management 
Liaison_*_**_*_Guam._*The salary range for this position is $50,000 - 
$65,000; however, if your qualifications exceed the minimal 
qualifications your application will be considered.Please include your 
salary expectations in your cover letter.

IMSG offers an outstanding benefits package including company paid 
medical benefits and three weeks paid time off.

/IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ /and Veteran friendly./

Katherine Chaston, Ph.D.
Pacific Coral Management Liaison&  Watershed Management Specialist
NOAA Office of Ocean&  Coastal Resource Management
Pacific Services Center
737 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808 525-5372
Fax: 808 532-3224

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