[Coral-List] Position Announcement: FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Program Coordinator

Walczak, Joanna Joanna.Walczak at dep.state.fl.us
Sat Apr 12 10:52:45 EDT 2014

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is currently hiring an OPS ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST II for its Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Program.

How to Apply:  http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-698568&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any

Title:  Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Coordinator

Salary Range:  $38,000 - $40,000

Location:  Miami, Florida

Job Close Date:  April 25, 2014

Anticipated Start Date:  05/5/2014

Minimum Qualifications:  Master's degree from an accredited institution in Natural or Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or a related field. Possess a nationally recognized scuba diver certification with at least 75 dives including experience as a diver for marine science related field work. Maintains current medical approval for diving. Meets the diving and/or snorkeling validation requirements in accordance with the DEP Underwater Operations Manual within six (6) months of hire. Valid Driver's License. Proficiency with PC computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and ArcGIS.

Preferred Qualifications:  Master's degree from an accredited institution in Natural or Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field and two (2) years of experience in resource management, coral reef ecosystems, resource damage assessment, or emergency incident response. Experience using Habitat Equivalency Analysis, and/or in regulatory enforcement. Basic CPR/first aid and small boat handling and trailering experience. Possess a nationally recognized Advanced scuba diver certification (with at least 75 dives), including Scientific Diver qualification or the ability to achieve this qualification.

Other Information:  This is a grant funded Other Personnel Services (OPS) position with anticipated refunding. Potential for transition to long-term granted funded Full Time Equivalent (FTE) position within 3 months. Although renewal of grant is expected, position is contingent upon renewal of grant..

Required Licenses/Certifications and Other Specific Requirements of Law:  Scuba Diver Certification; Valid Class E Florida Driver's License.

Job Responsibilities: See full position description by following the How To Apply link above.

Leads the planning and implementation the CRCP Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Program, and RIPR-related local action strategy projects as identified in the CRCP Strategic Plan and the Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impacts (MICCI) focus area of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI).

Responsible for leading coordination and implementation of management options and activities to prevent damage to SE FL reef resources from anchoring and groundings, including implementation of the recommendations for reef injury response preparation and coordination priorities identified in the SEFCRI "Rapid Response & Restoration for Coral Reef Injuries in Southeast Florida" document.

*       Periodic weekend and evening work may be required to respond to resource injury incidents and support CRCP activities.

*       Responsible for being the 24/7 reef injury emergency contact.

*       Regular local travel throughout southeast Florida. Occasional long-distance travel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and general marine science or coastal resource management. Knowledge of ecological and resource management terminology, principles, and methods with emphasis on coral reef ecosystems. Experience with incident reporting and response programs, natural resource injury assessment and restoration, with emphasis on coral reef ecosystems. Knowledge of, and experience with, Habitat Equivalency Analysis and regulatory permitting preferred. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to environmental programs. Ability to formulate policies and procedures and prepare technical reports.

Excellent math and analytical skills. Excellent organizational, and writing and editing skills (both technical and colloquial). Ability to be flexible, multitask, and meet tight deadlines. Ability to manage multiple, multi-year, concurrent projects. Ability to work in a team setting and independently. Ability to work independently and complete tasks with attention to detail under minimal supervision. Ability to determine work priorities, ensure proper completion of work assignments. Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with a diverse range of people. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Excellent public speaking and meeting facilitation skills.

Please do not respond to this email.  For assistance, with the application process call 877-562-7287.

Thank you,


Joanna C. Walczak, M.S.
Southeast Regional Administrator
Florida Coastal Office
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, Florida 33138
Phone: 305-795-2111
Fax: 305-795-3470
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