[Coral-List] Job Announcement: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Steven Thur steven.thur at noaa.gov
Wed Sep 30 09:02:50 EDT 2009

Coral List-ers,

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Zone Management Programs, 
through our contract firm I.M. Systems Group (IMSG), is seeking two 
program specialists to serve as management liaisons for the Territory of 
Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  The 
positions will physically be located on Guam and Saipan, CNMI, and are 
organizationally housed within NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal 
Resource Management.   The full vacancy announcement is pasted below and 
can be found on IMSG's website.  IMSG will be accepting applications 
until the positions are filled.  This is a readvertisement of similar 
positions that were announced in early July.  Please pass this 
announcement to all individuals that may be interested.  Note that 
applications should be sent directly to IMSG.

/***Coral Reef and Coastal Programs Specialists -- Management Liaisons
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management*

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG, www.imsg.com) is seeking two Coral Reef 
and Coastal Zone Program Specialists to serve as Management Liaisons to 
the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands (CNMI) for the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management 
(OCRM), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA).  One position will be located on Guam and one on 
Saipan, CNMI.

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 incumbents will serve as 
liaisons between these two national programs and the coral reef 
conservation and coastal zone management programs in Guam and CNMI.  
Lead liaison responsibilities for each jurisdiction will fall to the 
incumbent stationed in each jurisdiction.  However, the two will assist 
each other and members of a small team in the Pacific to provide support 
to these jurisdictions.  The incumbents will be responsible for 
supporting activities under both the CRCP and CZMP for each 
jurisdiction, and ensuring that projects funded by each national program 
are complimentary within each jurisdiction.  In addition, the incumbents 
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.  Travel between Guam and the CNMI is required, and several 
trips annually to NOAA offices in Hawaii, Maryland, and elsewhere are 
expected.  There is no citizenship requirement for these positions.

The contractors' duties will include, but not be limited to:
..    Serving as the primary liaison between the national CRCP and CZMP, 
and the territorial programs:
o    Communicate national policies and guidance from NOAA to Guam/CNMI
o    Communicate Guam/CNMI coral reef and coastal zone management 
program needs and priorities to NOAA headquarters and other program 
o    Assist the Guam/CNMI programs with the CRCP's ongoing management 
prioritization and capacity assessment processes
o    Support the  development, review, processing, and monitoring of 
Coral Reef Management and Coastal Zone Management grants for Guam/CNMI
o    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
o    Advise senior CRCP and CZMP leadership on endeavors, projects, and 
partnerships that would be of benefit in the territories
o    Assist with the implementation and integration of select Guam/CNMI 
coral reef and coastal zone management projects
o    Build partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic, 
and community organizations toward shared conservation goals

..    Providing Guam/CNMI, and potentially Hawaii and American Samoa, 
programs with technical assistance in various topical areas related to 
coral reef and coastal zone management such as:
o    Marine protected area design or management
o    Watershed management or land-based sources of pollution abatement
o    Social science research or monitoring
o    Communications and outreach
o    Coral reef or coastal zone governance, law, or policy
o    Project management

..    Participating on behalf of the CRCP, CZMP, or OCRM on internal NOAA 
and external working groups, councils, and committees

..    Supporting activities of the parent Coral Conservation Division, 
Coastal Programs Division, and Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource 


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
..    Two or more years post-graduate work experience in coral 
reef-related or integrated CZM management positions, with a strong coral 
reef management focus
..    Two or more years of experience working on or with small island 
states, preferably in the Western Pacific region
..    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, strategies 
for their conservation, and coastal management issues
..    Ability to work 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:
..    Four or more years post-graduate work experience in coral 
reef-related scientific or management positions
..    Two to three years of program development and project planning 
..    Experience working in a governmental work environment, matrix 
organization, and/or demonstrated ability working in team settings
..    Experience working on multi-lateral, regional, or international 
environmental initiatives


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: NOA09030 -- Management Liaison Guam/CNMI.  In your cover 
letter, please indicate the location/s you would like to be considered 
as an applicant.  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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