[Coral-List] Reef Restoration Job at the Dominican Republic

Diego Lirman dlirman at rsmas.miami.edu
Mon Apr 5 13:49:37 EDT 2010

Dear Colleagues,

The Punta Cana Ecological Foundation in partnership with Counterpart
International will be hiring a reef restoration coordinator to work on an
Acropora propagation and restoration program in the Dominican Republic.

The full posting is included here. Please feel free to disseminate and


Scope of Work:

The Coral Reef Restoration Research Coordinator will serve as the main
focal point and administrator of Acropora restoration activities in the
Dominican Republic.  This person hired will oversee and maintain
restoration activities underway in Punta Cana, Monte Cristi, and Sosua,
and will be responsible for coordinating and supporting research efforts
amongst local and international researchers and institutions.

The main roles and responsibilities are as follows:

•Participate in a one week Coral Restoration and Propagation training
course at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science in Miami, Florida, US
•Conduct coral reef surveys to assess the status, abundance, and
distribution of wild Acropora populations and reefs and associated
•Stabilize and expand Acropora coral nurseries by replacing faulty or
degraded construction materials, constructing new frames or tables where
appropriate, and installing underwater signage and marker buoys
•Conduct outplanting activities with nursery-reared corals
•Monitor the nurseries and collect data continuously following protocols
outlined in the Coral Gardens Field User Manual
•Assist in the design and creation of educational and awareness materials
on the importance and purpose of the coral nurseries
•Travel quarterly to Coral Garden sites in Sosua and Punta Rusia/Monte
Cristi, providing training, oversight and direction to local coordinators
in coral garden techniques and methodologies
•Support the Coral Restoration Research Fellowship Program, providing
logistics and support to selected candidates
•Coordinate all travel and field logistics for site visits of restoration
sites in the Dominican Republic by local and international scientists
(University of Miami, University of Puerto Rico) and Counterpart
•Prepare materials and give presentations as needed for annual coral
restoration training and community outreach workshops
•Assist the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation marine coordinator in
providing education and restoration activities for guests, homeowners,
Puntacana Resort & Club employees, local fishermen, visiting universities,
and volunteers.

Required Skills:

•Bachelors degree in Marine Sciences at minimum
•Diving Certification and Experience
•Valid Driver's License
•Boat handling skills
•Data collection and Database management
•Analytical and quantitative ability
•Computer skills
•Knowledge of  GIS preferred
•Good identification skills for Caribbean coral reef  and fish species
•Language ability – fluent in English, conversational in Spanish (at minimum)
•Ability to work long hours in the field
•Ability to pass physical exam


A competitive salary package will be offered according to the applicant's
level of experience.  The successful candidate will be provided year-round
lodging and meals amongst staff quarters on the property of the Punta Cana
Resort and Club.  A benefits package will supplement the annual salary,
covering vacation, bonuses, medical insurance, life insurance, and a
pension fund, amongst other benefits.

Interested candidates please submit your CV to Maria Del Carmen Desangles
(mdesangles at puntacana.com) and Dr. Diego Lirman (dlirman at rsmas.miami.edu).

For any questions in regard to this position, please contact Dr. Lirman
through email only

Diego Lirman, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy.
Miami, FL 33149
tel: 305-421-4168
fax: 305-421-4600
email: dlirman at rsmas.miami.edu

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