[Coral-List] TNC Reef Resilience Project Manager Position Open - Deadline October 15

Stephanie Wear swear at TNC.ORG
Thu Sep 23 10:54:52 EDT 2010

Job #12475 Reef Resilience Project Manager ­ See below for information on
·       Graduate degree in marine science-related field and 2 years related
experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
·       Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including
staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
·       Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific
information and preparing reports on findings.
·       Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite Software.

As part of the Global Marine Team¹s Reef Resilience Project Team, provide
technical and managerial support to the NOAA-TNC partnership whose shared
goal is to effectively conserve valuable coral reef ecosystems in the United
States, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands through conservation science and
planning, on-the-ground implementation activities, monitoring, and measuring

The Reef Resilience Project Manager works with the Director of Coral Reef
Conservation, Project Coordinator and TNC Field staff to implement the
Program¹s global reef resilience activities and to manage elements of the
overall National Partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and NOAA¹s
Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP).  This Partnership began in October
of 2009 and continues until September 2013.

S/he will play a key role in implementing Reef Resilience Capacity Building
activities, including the development and implementation of new approaches
to capacity building among coral reef managers throughout the world,
translating new coral reef science and management applications into easily
accessible management guidelines, and strengthening and expanding reef and
MPA manager peer networks and learning opportunities to support
comprehensive reef management.  S/he will help to develop and implement
training of trainers programs, facilitate manager learning exchanges, manage
an online course for managers, develop and implement innovative
communication and learning tools, track and report on progress in the field,
and help update the Reef Resilience Toolkit on an annual basis.

His/her overall project management responsibilities will include maintaining
strong collaborative relationships with the NOAA CRCP staff, ensuring
reporting requirements for projects are met for the Partnership overall, and
that TNC field project managers are well informed of their responsibilities
and obligations as recipients of funding through the National Partnership.
S/He will represent the Global Marine Team and the National Partnership
within the Conservancy and at regional/national meetings.

S/he is supervised by the Director of Coral Reef Conservation who serves as
the project¹s Director.


·      Manage the annual work plan, budget, and reporting processes for the
NOAA Partnership and ensure a high quality and timely submission.
·      Maintain effective communication between the Global Marine Team and
TNC field programs, as well as between TNC and the NOAA CRCP, including
facilitating meetings in-person and remotely.
·      Provide technical guidance to field staff and partners focused on
coral reef conservation.
·      Enhance the Resilience Practitioners Network through a variety of
innovative communication tools (e.g., facilitating webinars, virtual social
networking) and learning approaches.
·      Contribute to  development of curriculum and implement training
programs for MPA professionals as well as ³train the trainer² programs
·      Facilitate peer-learning exchanges among coral reef managers from
diverse backgrounds.
·      Manage implementation of a virtual training program (online course)
for managers
·      Assist with content and structural updates to the web-based Reef
Resilience Toolkit (www.reefresilience.org).

·      Graduate degree in marine science-related field and 2-4 years related
experience with a coral reef conservation focus or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
·      Managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads
and finances.
·      Knowledge of tropical marine resources and their conservation needs.
·      Knowledge of current trends and practices in coral reef conservation
and climate change at regional and global scales.
·      Ability to collect, manipulate, analyze, and interpret scientific
data and prepare reports of findings.
·      Ability to synthesize, interpret and communicate scientific
information to influence conservation practice.
·      Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering
quality results.
·      Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word, Excel,
Web browsers, Access, Sharepoint) and ability to use provided computer
technology to enhance the quality of work.
·       Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in
English. Spanish fluency is desirable.
·       Peer reviewed publication record desirable.
·       Experience developing and implementing training programs.
·       Experience working with large and small NGOs in international
·       Ability to work within a decentralized team environment.
·       Able to complete independent tasks as assigned.
·      Cultivates and develops creative ideas to improve conservation
·      Anticipates, analyzes, diagnoses and solves complex ecological
·      Compiles and organizes scientific data with attention to detail.
·      Analyzes situations, evaluates alternatives and implements solutions..
·      Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes
to adapt to changing circumstances.

·      Makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and
·      Work affords opportunity to act independently on assigned tasks.

·      Designs and implements strategic activities relative to program area..
·      May supervise a small staff of technicians, interns and/or volunteers
on a project basis.
·      May manage a grant or contract.
·      May negotiate and contract with vendors.

·      Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to
convey information in easy to understand formats.
·      Ability to work cooperatively with a number of staff and external
parties, sometimes under pressure, in order to complete project work and
goals in a timely manner.
·      Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to
conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.
·      Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people,
including scientists, field staff and others, providing and obtaining needed
·      Demonstrated experience writing grants.
·      Ability to simplify and explain complex scientific data to general

·       Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines
·       Work typically requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical
·       Fieldwork involving snorkeling and SCUBA
·       Ability to travel extensively to off-site meetings and
internationally for up to 30% of the time.  Travel will occasionally occur
on weekends.
This is a term-limited position that ends September 30, 2013 unless extended
by TNC
Applications will be accepted at www.nature.org/careers until October 15,
2010.  All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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