Cheryl Woodley Cheryl.Woodley at noaa.gov
Sun Feb 13 12:16:58 EST 2011

*Coral Reef Technician*


The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is seeking an 
experienced, recent graduate student with field expertise in coral reefs 
for the position of Coral Reef Technician.

*Position Overview:
*The Coral Reef Technicianhas primary responsibilities to 1) conduct 
benthic assessments to and/or fish assessments to characterize coral 
reef community structure and coral reef resilience during the /Global 
Reef Expedition("GRE")/ 2) analyze of data, photos and information 
collectedduring the Expedition, and 3) develop products based on these 
data that will assist managers in conserving their coral reef 
resources.The Coral Reef Technician will be based in Washington DC , and 
is expected to accompany the team during each of the research missions 
undertaken during the GRE, a multi-year research and education program 
of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (a U.S.A. non-profit, 
public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation headquartered in the Washington, 
D.C. Metropolitan area).The successful applicant will serve as one of 
the core members of the scientific team involved in the GRE and will 
report to the Chief Scientist.

*Goals and Objectives:
*As Coral Reef Technician, your primary goals and objectives are to 
compile and analyze data and images collected by the science team during 
previous, current and future expeditions, conduct SCUBA assessments of 
coral reef organisms, and develop products that will be useful to our 
constituents, the public, and key stakeholders of coral reefs in the 
countries we visit during the GRE. Working in close coordination with 
the Living Oceans Foundation staff, the Coral Reef Technician will 
advance the Foundation's priority coral reef conservation issues by 
characterizing the status and trends of coral reefs, threats affecting 
these ecosystems, and factors and processes that enhance global coral 
reef resilience.The successful applicant will have the unique 
opportunity to conduct reef assessments from a state-of-the art research 
platform (The Golden Shadow) and study and explore remote coral reefs 
around the globe.

*Duties and Responsibilities *

·Conduct field assessments using belt transects to characterize 
population dynamics and condition of corals, algae and fishes and/or 
resilience assessments using a standardized approach

·Assist in establishing permanent study sites and characterizing those sites

·Assist other scientists in collection of oceanographic data and data 
relevant to coral reef resilience

·Compile data, photographs and other information, enter relevant 
information into spreadsheets

·Analyze data and photoquadrats using appropriate programs and 
statistical analysis,

·Develop reports, informational tools and publications from the data 
collected during the GRE,

·Assist the Director of communications and other staff in developing 
effective messages on priority coral reef research and conservation 
issues based on the research results for communication through news 
releases, website articles, blogs, progress reports, film, and other 

·Compile and catalogue a photo and video archive containing imagery 
collected by various GRE sciences

·Assist the LOF GIS technician in the development of maps and other GIS 

*Minimum Qualifications/Requirements:*

·Master's degree (Ph. D. preferred) in marine science with a focus on 
coral reefs

·Knowledge base in coral reef conservation issues and coral reef resilience

·Field expertise in coral reef assessments

·Knowledge of coral identification for both Caribbean and IndoPacific 
reef building corals and/or fish species identification for these regions

·Proficiency in word processing, database and spreadsheet applications 
and use of statistical analysis tools

·Excellent and proven written communications skills (peer-reviewed 
publication record

·Ability to take initiative, work under pressure with limited 
supervision and work comfortably in a fast-paced and fluid environment 
with multiple projects, multiple stakeholders and frequent deadlines

·Ability to travel internationally up to 30% of time and physically 
qualified to be aboard ships and small vessels

·SCUBA certified as an advanced open water diver; NITROX certification 

·Training and certification in first aid, CPR, Oxygen administration, 
and current DAN Insurance

*Compensation:*We offer a competitive salary based upon level of 
experience and excellent benefits package, including a generous 403(b) 
plan and flexible benefits options.

*To Apply: *Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references 
and copies of relevant publications to the attention of the Chief 
Scientist at:lofjobs at gmail.com

Cheryl Woodley, Ph.D.
Coral Health and Disease Program

Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research
Hollings Marine Laboratory
331 Fort Johnson Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.762.8862 Phone
843.762.8737 Fax
cheryl.woodley at noaa.gov

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