[Coral-List] Postdoctoral opportunity in Tropical Ecosystem Management

Stacy Jupiter sjupiter at wcs.org
Tue Mar 9 15:10:34 EST 2010

The Wildlife Conservation Society is currently accepting applications 
for a postdoctoral research fellow specializing in tropical ecosystem 
management for a one year term (with possibility of extension) based in 
Suva, Fiji.

Applications can be made online at:


Closing date is March 24

Please refer to detailed responsibilities and qualifications below:

Position Objectives

..    Coordinate with the Fiji Country Director on the establishment of 
program priorities, strategy, and approaches for ridge to reef 
conservation initiatives in Fiji; provide technical guidance to project 
development and implementation.

..    Assist and when necessary lead on conservation science field trips, 
analysis and outputs for the Fiji Program.

..    Supervise data entry and maintain database of existing and new 
biological and socioeconomic data and coordinate data sharing among 
conservation partners in Fiji and WCS marine programs in the Pacific.

..    Provide mentorship and training to junior WCS-Fiji staff to 
strengthen their technical capacity to interpret and analyze data.

..    Promote biological conservation in the South Pacific among 
governmental agencies, international agencies (where appropriate), 
non-governmental organizations, universities and training institutes, 
and the citizens of the countries of the South Pacific; direct national 
and international attention to the South Pacific region for conservation 
and influence policies that promote their long-term persistence.

Principal Responsibilities

..    In coordination with the Fiji Country Director, assist in 
implementation of ecosystem based management across priority seascapes 
in Fiji via: assessment of land-based threats to coastal and marine 
systems; collection of biological and socioeconomic information to 
design protected area networks; and development of protocols for 
community-based adaptation to climate change.

..    Supervise field and office work of local staff to ensure a sound 
scientific approach. Boost capacity of local staff to interpret and 
effectively communicate scientific results.

..    Help ensure proper collection, analysis, and publication of 
existing and new field data resulting from the program. Raise the 
profile of the WCS conservation effort in Fiji through the dissemination 
of project results widely in the peer-reviewed and popular literatures.

..    Ensure smooth collaboration and support on a scientific level with 
a range of organizations on the ground in Fiji.

..    Assist with efforts to secure additional funding for the project, 
working with the Fiji Country Director and WCS staff in New York.  
Participate in project fundraising and grant reporting.

..    Work with the Fiji Country Director and team to achieve the vision 
and goals of the WCS-Fiji ten year strategic plan. Help achieve and 
monitor progress against conservation strategies and outcomes through 
scientific support to communities, NGO partners and Fiji government.

..    Advance the goals of WCS and the Marine Program, including 
promoting marine biological conservation in the South Pacific to donors, 
governmental agencies, non-government organizations and in the general 
population through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, 
writing, and general communication.  Direct national attention to 
important sites for conservation and influence policies that promote 
their long-term persistence and raise the profile of WCS in the region.

..    In coordination with the EBM Project Director, liaise with other 
parts of WCS through the Marine Program, other regional and 
cross-cutting programs of WCS and other WCS staff and supporters: 
trustees, executive staff, policy staff, Public Affairs, Animal Health 
Program, Science Resource Center, Curatorial departments, Exhibits and 
Graphics, and Education.

..    Contribute to, enlarge and uphold the Society's policies towards 
Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the 
handicapped and other protected groups.


A Ph.D. in ecology, marine biology, conservation planning or the 
equivalent.  Expertise in coral reef ecosystems in the South Pacific, 
database management (e.g. with Access software), statistics and 
principles of experimental design, GIS/remote sensing, and protected 
area science strongly preferred.  Experience managing field conservation 
projects, budgets and staff.  Ability to train and build capacity in 
field research, marine conservation biology, and data management. 
Willingness to travel extensively in sometimes remote areas of Fiji and 
observe cultural protocols.  Familiarity with marine conservation issues 
in the South Pacific, and a commitment to landscape/seascape 
conservation and to the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Stacy Jupiter, Ph.D.
Fiji Country Program Director
Wildlife Conservation Society
11 Ma'afu Street
Suva, Fiji Islands

(m) (+679) 994 6272
(w) (+679) 331 5174

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