[Coral-List] CCMI Filed Operations Manager

CCMI manager at reefresearch.org
Sun Jun 22 12:20:08 EDT 2014


Field Operations Manager for the Little Cayman Research Centre, located at Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.

 START DATE:  August 1, 2014

REPORTS TO:  President of CCMI


The Field Operations Manager is responsible for the effective day to day operations of the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC) of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI).   The successful candidate will manage and maintain the physical facilities, manage field station operational personnel, establish and maintain controls on field station budgets, and provide support for diverse research and educational programs.  The incumbent will provide the technical oversight to maintain the highest level of field operations for the laboratories, dive and boat operations, solar, composting, water catchment system, and scientific equipment including the CCMI/NOAA- Coral Reef Early Warning System buoy based at Little Cayman.   This position requires a diverse individual who can maintain excellent community, local and international government, and sponsor relations.   We seek a strong operational leader who can assure safety, excellence, and who is capable of providing field support for leading marine scientists and universities.   CCMI aims to become a world-class marine research institute in the Caribbean.  CCMI is an international, independent non-government organization with U.S., UK. and Cayman Islands status and maintains well-funded internal research and education programs.  The Field Operations Managers reports directly to the President.  All Little Cayman employees work a 6 day week and as a professional employee you may be required to work long hours especially during the high seasons. 



Manage the business of the field operations -- develop and manage the field station budget, reconciliations, invoicing and managing revenues, and maintaining strict budgetary controls – in conjunction with the research, education, and executive teams to meet CCMI strategic goals
Schedule facilities, vehicles and equipment for visiting groups
Manage the annual maintenance plan for the facility and grounds, keeping boats, vehicles, and dive equipment in excellent repair, conducting repairs and maintenance in-house
Maintain the highest level of safety standards including all in-water activities including boat and dive operations, facilities and insurance
Manage and hire as needed seasonal, part-time and full-time operational staff, conduct annual reviews for operations staff
Manage office admin and HR personnel
Provide operational information and statistics to our Account and Grant Coordinator
Manage time and effort reporting for supervised staff
Establish Emergency Management program to minimize risk to staff and visitors including for all on water activities and for major storm and hurricane preparations.
Provide President and Board of Directors with reports as required 
Provide support for the educational and scientific groups
Enforce and develop sustainable practices including reducing water/energy use and minimizing waste disposal and introducing new potential technologies
Develop a sustainable garden using compost, gray water, and other eco-friendly approaches
Oversee construction and capital development projects, including all logistics, permits, customs, inspections, installations, start-ups, and other related activities
Develop short- and long-term facility and operation plans/budgets
Secure funding and donations for facility and operations (e.g. furniture, appliances, tools, machinery, equipment, walk-in freezer, building materials, boat/engine parts and services.)
Responsible for station inventory (e.g. food, office supplies, kitchen and dorm supplies)
Receive and ship supplies and equipment (e.g. barge, airport), including all customs, duty, permits, and fees.
Maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade all utilities (e.g. phone, electricity, internet, water, sanitation)



·      Competitive salary commensurate with experience

·      Work permit fees

·      Benefits include financial contribution to health insurance, and a 5% matching pension plan,  vacation pay, some meals at the field station.


Minimum qualifications include:

·      Capable of being a strong leader with excellent decision making skills.

·      Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain all systems including computers (IT) at a remote field site, including boats, vehicle, dive compressor, solar, utilities, and other off-the-grid systems.

·      Diver certified (min Instructor or Divemaster certification), extensive boat handling experience, and good working understanding of scientific research operations.

·      Ability to manage budgets, work on several projects simultaneously and to manage priorities accordingly.

·      Experience coordinating efforts and establishing excellent working relationships in a small community, with Government agencies, and with Board members,

·      Bachelor’s degree (preferred) and 5 or more years experience in marine operations management at a remote field site or similar management and operational experience.

·      Background in marine science, coral reef ecosystems, environmental education, and/or conservation a plus.

·      Familiarity with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of QuickBooks a plus

 For consideration, please forward Resume and Letter of Interest along with salary requirements to: ccmiapplications at reefresearch.org.

 Closing Date:  June 30, 2014.

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