[Coral-List] Job Announcement: Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Scientist/Project Manager
lara at ecoadapt.org
Mon Mar 9 11:44:49 EDT 2009
*Coastal Adaptation to Climate Change Scientist/Project Manager *
*Job Description *
EcoAdapt seeks an individual to coordinate a project focused on
synthesizing, promoting, and supporting climate change adaptation action
in coastal regions throughout North America. Working with other EcoAdapt
staff members, this individual will ensure that project goals are met in
a comprehensive and timely manner.
The project goals are: 1) to create a synthesis report of climate change
adaptation action to date in coastal communities throughout North
America; 2) to create and support a network of individuals from
governmental agencies, universities, the private sector, and NGOs that
are engaged in marine resources management in North America and
interested in climate change adaptation; 3) to use the outcomes of the
project to engage the broader community (resource managers, conservation
practitioners, government officials, foundations, educators,
researchers, etc.) in the development of adaptation projects and
partnerships at a number of venues including national and regional
conferences; and 4) to initiate a long-lasting collaborative and
evaluative structure upon which future adaptation efforts can be built.
This project will fit into the broader goal of EcoAdapt to develop the
vitally needed field of climate change adaptation. EcoAdapt aims to
achieve this by filling four critical gaps:
1. Creating the state of the science of adaptation by bringing together
a critical mass of adaptation thinkers in order to achieve the
intellectual capital and network necessary to create this new field.
2. Building capacity in the area of adaptation with existing
conservation practitioners and resource managers through collaboration
and professional training.
3. Building capacity in the area of adaptation with the next generation
of conservation practitioners and resource managers by working with
colleges and universities to engage students and post-doctoral researchers.
4. Implementing adaptation strategies with all partners who are ready to
do so but need technical support to make it happen.
*Tasks and Responsibilities:
Project management *
-Manage all day-to-day and long-term activities associated with this
project, including coordination and management of other EcoAdapt staff
working on the project.
-Responsible for quarterly reports to funder and ensuring that project
deadlines are met.
-Provide project information and summaries as needed for other venues
(e.g. EcoAdapt Board of Directors meetings).
*Project Activities *
-Coordinate the creation and maintenance of a database of people,
projects, and publications relevant to the project by surveying the
peer-reviewed and grey literature and on-line resources, and
communicating via phone, email, and in person with relevant partners in
municipal, county, state and federal government, as well as NGOs and
-Consolidate findings into synthesis report, including making
recommendations and identifying opportunities. Create a directory of the
participants for an adaptation network.
-Help to build a network of individuals from governmental agencies,
universities, the private sector, and NGOs that are engaged in marine
resources management in N. America and interested in climate change
-Use the outcomes of the project engage the broader community (resource
managers, conservation practitioners, government officials, foundations,
educators, researchers, etc.) in the development of adaptation projects
and partnerships at a number of venues including national and regional
-Work towards a long-lasting collaborative and evaluative structure upon
which future adaptation efforts can be built.
-Some travel required
-This position reports to the Director of Projects.
-Masters degree or higher in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Marine
Science, Coastal Management or Policy, or closely related field.
-2-3 years work years experience working in the areas of marine
conservation, climate change, or adaptation, preferably including on the
ground implementation of adaptation projects.
-Strong knowledge of climate change adaptation science and climate policy.
-Able to work independently and as a team member with initiative,
motivation, flexibility, and attention to the accuracy and timeliness of
projects and tasks.
-Excellent technical writing and communication skills as evidenced by
technical presentation at scientific meetings and conferences and
publication in peer-reviewed journals.
-Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to the general
public or non-scientists as evidenced by presentations in community
meetings or non-majors college classes, or published works geared
towards non-technical audiences.
-Demonstrated success in managing and coordinating multi-year projects.
-Strong analytic and project management skills.
-Preference will be given to candidates also fluent in Spanish, French,
*Place of work:* Seattle
*Compensation*: Full-time. Compensation commensurate with experience.
Generous benefits package.
*Closing Date*: Open until filled
*Start Date:* As soon as possible
*Term*: This full-time position is funded through June 2010. The
possibility of extension is dependent upon funding.
*To apply:* send CV, one-page letter of interest, writing samples, and
names and contact information for three references to
careers at ecoadapt.org with the subject line "Coastal adaptation
position." Please, no phone calls.
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