[Coral-List] REEF position opening

Lad Akins Lad at reef.org
Wed Jan 20 08:22:07 EST 2010

HI all,


Please see this new position opening at REEF.  Instructions for application
are at the bottom of the posting.






REEF Outreach and Field Operations Position




The Reef Educational Environmental Foundation, REEF, is a marine
conservation organization that uses trained volunteer scuba divers and
snorkelers to survey and track fish and some marine invertebrate
populations, similar to successful birdwatching programs. REEF also leads
special projects related to invasive marine species, spawning aggregations,
and artificial reefs..


For more information, please visit our website at  <http://www.reef.org>
www.REEF.org.  REEF currently has a full and part-time staff of six, an
active five-member Board of Trustees, and thousands of volunteers throughout
the US, Caribbean, and beyond. REEF is headquartered in Key Largo, FL, with
a Pacific Office in Seattle, WA.  Applicants for this position will be based
in the upper Florida Keys.


Duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:


Assisting the Director of Special Projects to:

a.      Continue coordination and development of exotic species program with
such duties as training and leading volunteer groups, organizing and
conducting workshops, managing sightings database, assisting with data entry
and project summaries, maintaining communications, initiating and seeking
funding for new program initiatives.

b.      Continue coordination and execution of artificial reef projects with
duties including organizing scheduling and conducting artificial reef
assessments, presenting project results, follow-up communications with
funders and participants, initiating and developing new partnership projects

c.      Continuing coordination and leadership of REEF Field Survey Projects
with duties including organization and leadership of volunteer survey
projects, preparation and follow up with participants and host operations,
production of summary reports and communications.


Working with staff and Directors to maintain and develop dive industry
relations and programs including:

a.      Promoting REEF membership and other partnerships through dive
industry and consumer trade venues

b.      Maintaining communications with current and prospective partners

c.      Conducting workshops and seminars for interested partners

d.      Development and maintenance of partner programs and materials. 

e.      Help organize and promote the Great Annual Fish Count, a
promotional, month of July event to involve dive retailers and individual
divers in REEF's Fish Survey Project


Communicating with the diving public, industry and REEF membership by:

a.      Writing articles and press releases for print and web dive
publications and promoting REEF news and articles on a regular basis.

b.      Supervising the building and maintaining a "Fish Watchers" web site
designed to excite and involve divers in Fishwatching and REEF. Promote to
potential advertisers the site and secure profitable advertising. 


Key Attributes and Skills to be Considered 

Position Requisites

               a. Bachelor's degree in Marine Science or related field.

b. Familiarity and experience with the diving industry (Although active
scuba diving is not a part of the job description, knowledge and
participation in the sport is important as volunteer data gathering relies
on this activity, consequently having an open water dive certification will
be an important consideration.)

        c. Strong writing and verbal communication skills.

d. Excellent computer skills and experience in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and
web development and maintenance.

e. Knowledge of and commitment to environmental protection and/or marine
conservation and the mission of REEF.

f. Strong customer service, stewardship, and relationship building

        g. Creative, diplomatic, well-organized and attentive to detail.

        h. Self-starter who takes initiative and is able to problem solve.


Compensation for the position includes a salary commensurate with experience
and in the range of non-profit pay scales (35k-40k), along with standard
employee and health benefits.   This position will require some travel,
evening and weekend work.  Interested applicants should send a resume, cover
letter, and 2-3 writing samples to: jobs at reef.org.  The successful applicant
will be expected to reside in the upper Florida Keys and work out of the
John Lockwood REEF Headquarters.


Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) to
administer advertising, selection, employment, compensation, promotion,
training, layoff, recall, and benefits at all levels without regard to race,
gender, color, creed, national origin, age, political affiliation, marital
status, sexual orientation, physical, mental or sensory disability, or any
other basis prohibited by law. REEF strictly prohibits any sexual, racial or
other forms of discrimination prohibited by law.




Lad Akins

Director of Special Projects


P O Box 246

Key Largo  FL  33037


(305) 852-0030 work

(305) 942-7333 cell

Lad at REEF.org


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