[Coral-List] Career Opportunity with The Nature Conservancy

Jan Eber jeber at TNC.ORG
Mon May 18 20:57:34 EDT 2009

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working
globally to protect ecologically important lands and waters for people
and nature.  Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i and an untold distance
from civilization, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine
wilderness areas on Earth.  Palmyra is a 680-acre atoll with 480,000
acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands.  Palmyra is a US
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Refuge out to 12 miles and a Marine
National Monument out to 50 miles.. The Nature Conservancy owns Cooper
Island, and manages the atoll in partnership with the USFWS and the
Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC).

Palmyra's research station supports scientific research by world
renowned research institutions (see www.palmyra-research.org).  Staff
are hired on a rotational basis for approximately 4 months at a time to
run the research station and camp facilities.  Board and lodging are
provided while on-island.  Career Opportunities are available for Field
Station Manager, Chief of Marine Operations, Galley/Housekeeping
Manager, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic/Boat Captain and Assistant
The Field Station Manager (FSM) is responsible for the overall
management, supervision, and safety of Palmyra Atoll operations and
staff.  The FSM is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the
field station facilities and equipment including generators, boats, and
aircraft runway, and the oversight of galley and housekeeping services.
The FSM must lead and manage staff, and act as the primary liaison with
visiting researchers, guests, and visiting vessels' crew and passengers.
The Chief of Marine Operations is responsible for all marine operations
at Palmyra Atoll.  Primary responsibilities include: safe navigation and
operation of a 25' Dive Boat and a 24' rescue boat; coordination and
oversight of marine activity for and with science and donor population,
including but not limited to offshore and lagoon boating, SCUBA diving
and fishing trips; continuous monitoring, upkeep and improvement of
Marine Department safety programs and equipment; management and
supervision of other  Marine Department staff; oversight of and direct
participation in maintenance and upkeep programs for all Marine
Department equipment and facilities. 
The Galley/Housekeeping Manager is responsible for the management and
daily operation of the Palmyra Atoll research station galley and
housekeeping departments.  Accountable for developing and implementing a
plan that ensures: the timely preparation and delivery of high quality
meals to a variety of audiences; the on-going maintenance and
cleanliness of station accommodations and all facilities; the
maintenance and cost effective control of food, beverage and other
operational supply inventories and other duties as assigned by the Field
Station Manager and Palmyra Program Deputy Director.  Overall
responsibility of the department includes: food & beverage, housekeeping
and non-technical maintenance, departmental accounting and budgeting,
administration, supervision, and safety.  Must also support and engage
in community chores and activities and strive to build and maintain a
positive community environment. 

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for field station maintenance
and supports field station operations.  This full-time position is
responsible for upkeep and repairs of all field station facilities
including buildings, roads, and runway; maintenance of water, waste,
plumbing and electrical systems; assists with vehicle maintenance
including boats, trucks, & tractors; trouble-shooting including rust
abatement and painting; assists with maintenance and repairs for diesel,
gasoline and outboard engines, as well as all motorized and
non-motorized equipment.  Responsible for tracking and maintaining
inventory of necessary parts and materials for maintenance operations.
Responsible for daily cleaning and maintenance of selected field station

The Mechanic/Boat Captain is responsible for the maintenance of a 25'
Dive Boat  and skiffs with outboard motors.  This position will  lead on
the routine maintenance of all marine equipment (boats, outboards, scuba
compressor and gear), and will assist with other gasoline and diesel
powered equipment and vehicles at the field station.  This includes
diesel generators, tractors, and a variety of heavy equipment.  This
position spends no more than 50% time acting as boat captain, which
includes the safe navigation and operation of a 25' Dive Boat, while
deploying and retrieving divers.  The Mechanic/Boat Captain also
operates skiffs with 15 hp outboard motors, and trains and observes
station users for independent operation of skiffs. This position spends
50 - 75% time on maintenance/mechinal duties.
The Assistant Cook/Housekeeper is responsible for meal planning and
preparation of breakfast, lunch and dinner for field station guests,
staff, volunteers and visiting vessels.  Responsible for stocking and
rotation of all kitchen inventory, as well as general galley and kitchen
clean-up including dishes, floors, storage areas, refrigerators and
freezers.  Responsible for assisting with set-up and cleaning of all
field station cabins, associated living areas, and recreation areas.
Responsible for laundry service.
TO APPLY: Please complete an online application at
www.nature.org/careers and upload a resume and cover letter.  Cover
letter must outline how you meet the basic qualifications listed.
Review of applications will be on-going as rotations are year round.

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