[Coral-List] Job Announcement: Coral Reef and Coastal Programs Specialist in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Steven Thur steven.thur at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 9 13:36:00 EDT 2009

Coral Listers,

This is a re-post of a job announcement that was circulated to the coral 
list about a month ago.  We are still seeking qualified applicants 
before beginning interviews in the near future.  Please pass this 
announcement to anyone that you believe may be interested, and encourage 
them to apply quickly.  Working on coral and coastal issues for NOAA in 
the USVI- what could be better???

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management Programs, 
through our contract firm I.M. Systems Group (IMSG), is seeking a 
program specialist to serve as the management liaison with the United 
States Virgin Islands.  The position will physically be located on 
either St. Thomas or St. Croix, and is organizationally housed within 
NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.   The full 
vacancy announcement is pasted below.  IMSG will be accepting 
applications until this position is filled, and there is no citizenship 
requirement for this position.  Please pass this announcement to all 
individuals that may be interested, and direct all queries concerning 
the position to IMSG at jobs at imsg.com.

*Coral Reef and Coastal Program Specialist -- Management Liaison*_
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG, http://www.imsg.com) is seeking a Coral 
Reef and Coastal Zone Program Specialist to serve as a Management 
Liaison to the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) 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 either St. Thomas or St. Croix.

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 the USVI.  The 
incumbent will be responsible for supporting activities under both 
programs, and ensuring that projects funded by each national program 
complement each other within the USVI.  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, to be determined based on priority needs identified by 
coral reef managers in the USVI.  Frequent travel between islands in the 
USVI is required, and several annual trips to other locations, including 
NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, is expected.
The contractor's duties will include, but not be limited to:
..    Serving as the primary liaison between the national CRCP and CZMP, 
and the territorial programs:
-   Communicate national policies and guidance from NOAA to the USVI
-    Communicate USVI coral reef and coastal zone management program 
needs and priorities to NOAA headquarters and other program components
-    Assist the USVI coral program with the CRCP's ongoing management 
prioritization and capacity assessment processes
-    Support the  development, review, processing, and monitoring of 
Coral Reef Management and Coastal Zone Management grants
-    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 USVI
-    Assist with the implementation and integration of select USVI coral 
reef and coastal zone management projects
-    Build partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic, 
and community organizations toward shared conservation goals
..    Providing USVI, and potentially Puerto Rico and Florida, programs 
with technical 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
..    Participating on behalf of the CRCP, CZMP, or OCRM on internal NOAA 
and external working groups, councils, and committees
..    Supporting general activities for the relevant Divisions and Office 
in which this position will report to 

_*Qualifications: *_  
Minimum Requirements: *_
..    Master's degree (highly preferred) or bachelor's degree with 
equivalent additional experience in a relevant discipline such as marine 
science, biology, marine or environmental management or policy
..    2 or more years post-graduate work experience in coral reef-related 
or integrated CZM management positions, with a strong coral reef 
management focus
..    2 or more years of experience working on or with small island 
states, preferably in the Caribbean
..    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, coastal 
management issues, and strategies for their conservation
..    Ability to work well 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: _*
..    4 or more years post-graduate work experience in coral reef-related 
scientific or management positions
..    2 to 3 years of program development and project planning experience
..    Experience working in a matrix organization and/or demonstrated 
ability working in team settings
..    Experience working on multi-lateral, regional, or international 
environmental initiatives
..    Experience in a governmental work environment

_*To Apply:*_
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The salary 
for this position is commensurate with experience.  Qualified candidates 
may apply by e-mailing a cover letter, resume, and three references (MS 
Word format strongly preferred) to: jobs at imsg.com with the subject 
heading: NOA09035 -- USVI Management Liaison. IMSG is an equal 
opportunity employer.


Steven Thur, Ph.D.
Coral Reef Conservation Program
Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
N/OCM, SSMC4, Rm. 10404
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

email:  steven.thur at noaa.gov
phone:  301.563.1147
fax:  	301.713.4387

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