[Coral-List] Marine scientist position available

Melanie McField mcfield at healthyreefs.org
Thu May 5 21:03:47 EDT 2011

Please see the position available below or attached.

** **Position Available** **

* *

*Marine Scientist*

* **Healthy Reefs Initiative*

The *Healthy Reefs for Healthy People (HRI) *is an international initiative
of more than 30 local, national and international NGOs and academic
institutions working together to improve conservation of the Mesoamerican
Reef Ecosystem (MAR). HRI generates user-friendly tools to measure reef
health and delivers scientifically credible reports to improve
decision-making that effectively sustains socio-economic and ecosystem
well-being. The core product of the Initiative is a biennial *Report Card *on
the health of the MAR. Report Cards are widely disseminated and serve as a
call to action within the region to stimulate enhanced management responses..
In 2011, HRI is expanding the product range to include an *Eco-Audit* of
management actions to complement the natural resource focus of the Report

To respond to the growing role HRI plays in the region, we are expanding our
team to include a new marine scientist position that will serve as the
Principal Investigator for the 2012 (and subsequent) biennial Report Cards.
The marine scientist will report to the HRI Director and work closely with
HRI National Coordinators in Mexico and Honduras, and partners to complete
the 2011 field monitoring season, carry out data analysis and lead the
preparation of the 2012 Report Card. Currently, HRI is headquartered in
Belize City, Belize (two staff), with satellite presence in Playa del
Carmen, Mexico (one staff) and Roatan Island, Honduras (one staff).

*Requirements: *

·   PhD degree in marine science, marine ecology, or related field with at
least five years experience in coral reef ecosystems and management.

·   Publication record, including peer-reviewed scientific journals and
general audience publications.

·   Familiarity with the Mesoamerican Reef region and ability to travel at
least 30% of time.

·   Experience with coral reef monitoring: field work logistics, data
collection, analysis, reporting.

·   Experienced scuba diver with all required certifications.

·   Experience in database creation and management; familiarity with open
access online systems is an asset.

·   Sound GIS skills.

·   Team-player with an inclination for collaboration and capacity building

·   Strong oral and written communication skills.

·   Bilingual skills (English-Spanish) are essential.


This position is available immediately. Funding is secured for the first
three years. Competitive salary and benefit package offered, commensurate
with experience and skills.

*Location: *

Belize City base is preferred, although other locations within the region
(Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala) and southern Florida are negotiable.


For more information contact Melanie McField at mcfield at healthyreefs.org

Visit: www.healthyreefs.org

Melanie McField, PhD
Director, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, Smithsonian
1755 Coney Dr, Belize City, Belize, Central America
tel 501-223-4898   cell 501-610-4899
email: mcfield at healthyreefs.org  www.healthyreefs.org

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