[Coral-List] Coastal Program Manager in the Nature Conservancy's Virgin Islands Office

James Byrne 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:

                  Conservation Operations
                  Mesoamerica and Caribbean Region
                  St Croix, US Virgin Islands

                  Contact Information
                  Nancy Graff
                  340-773-1613 (FAX)
                  ngraff at tnc.org

                  Job Details
                  Application Deadline

                  1 Position
                  Posted 05/16/07

      Coastal Program Manager

      JOB TITLE: Conservation Practitioner IV
      JOB FAMILY: Conservation
      JOB NUMBER: 450004
      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 Conservancy’s (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 Conservancy’s 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 Driver’s 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 TNC’s 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.

      • Bachelor’s 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
guide activities
      • 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
and/or media
      • 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
generate plans
      • 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

      • 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
program goals
      • 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
needed information
      • 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.

      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

      TO APPLY:
      Please send cover letter and resume to:
      Nancy Graff, Office Manager
      The Nature Conservancy
      3052 Estate Little Princess
      Christiansted, VI  00820
      Fax:  340-773-1613
      Email: ngraff at tnc.org
      No phone calls please.
      Application Deadline:  June 6th, 2007.

      The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


      James Byrne
      Science Director
      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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