[Coral-List] New IMSG Position in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Coral Reef and Coastal Program Specialist – Management Liaison

Dana Wusinich-Mendez dana.wusinich-mendez at noaa.gov
Thu Sep 2 09:51:24 EDT 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Please distribute this job opportunity widely.

Full announcement provided below and located at 

NOA10041 - Coral Reef and Coastal Program Specialist – Management Liaison*

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 Puerto Rico 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 in San Juan, Puerto 

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 Puerto Rico.  The 
incumbent will be responsible for supporting activities under both 
programs, including the oversight of NOAA’s CRCP and CZM grants to 
Puerto Rico, thus ensuring that projects funded by each national program 
complement each other within Puerto Rico.  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.  Frequent travel within Puerto Rico is required, and 
several annual trips to other locations, including NOAA headquarters in 
Silver Spring, Maryland, are expected.  


      The contractor’s duties will include, but not be limited to the 

    * Serving as the primary liaison between the national CRCP and CZMP
      and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico programs
    * Communicate national policies and guidance from NOAA to Puerto Rico
    * Communicate Puerto Rico coral reef and coastal zone management
      program needs and priorities to NOAA headquarters and other
      program components
    * Assist the Puerto Rico coral program with the CRCP’s ongoing
      capacity assessment
    * Act as the NOAA Liaison  for the  development, review, on-line
      processing, and monitoring of Coral Reef Management and Coastal
      Zone Management grants
    * Support  development and implementation of 309 Enhancement Grant
      Assessment and Strategies, review and approve changes to CZM
      programs; and assist in periodic evaluations of CZM programs.   
    * Support CRCP and CZM 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 Puerto Rico
    * Assist with the implementation and integration of select Puerto
      Rico coral reef and coastal zone management projects
    * Build partnerships with governmental, non-governmental, academic,
      and community organizations toward shared conservation goals
    * Assist in the development and coordination of a Puerto Rico coral
      reef advisory group  
    * Providing Puerto Rico, and, where appropriate, the U.S. Virgin
      Islands and Florida, programs with specialized technical and
      management  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; Capacity building
      and Adaption to the effects of climate change on coral and other
      marine resources
    * 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 to which this position will report  


 *Minimum Requirements: *

    * Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish, and strong
      communication skills
    * 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 a coral
      reef-related or integrated CZM management position
    * 2 or more years of experience working on or with small island
      states, preferably in Puerto Rico or other Caribbean islands
    * 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
    * 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 developing, negotiating, and managing individual grants
      (as the grant recipient) and/or administering grant programs (as
      the grantor)
    * Experience working in a matrix organization and/or 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 
<mailto:jobs at imsg.com> with the subject heading: *NOA10041 – Puerto Rico 
Management Liaison**.  *Please include your salary expectations in your 
cover letter.  The salary range for this position is 55-65k.

/IMSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ /and Veteran friendly/.

Dana Wusinich-Mendez
Atlantic and Caribbean Management Liaison
NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
75 Virginia Beach Dr. - Room 308A
Miami, FL 33149

tel: 305-361-4477
fax: 305-365-4104

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