[Coral-List] REEF Lionfish Program Coordinator open position

lad akins Lad at reef.org
Tue Apr 14 12:17:42 EDT 2015

Hello Listers,


Apologies for cross postings.  Please see the info below announcing a
Lionfish Program Coordinator position opening at REEF, based in our Key
Largo, FL headquarters.  Feel free to circulate appropriately.


All the best,





REEF Lionfish Program Coordinator


Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a non-profit, marine
conservation organization, is seeking to hire a Lionfish Program Coordinator
to manage REEF's Invasive Lionfish Control Program activities. REEF conducts
marine life education programs and field research, and is one of the largest
citizen science programs in the world. REEF programs engage the public
through unique partnerships with private, governmental, NGO, scientific, and
educational sectors. This position will focus on addressing invasive
lionfish in the broader tropical western Atlantic through education,
outreach, research and control.


Position Description and Responsibilities

Duties will include organization, management, and oversight of lionfish
research, education/outreach, and control programs, and other related REEF
activities. This staff member will work collaboratively with other REEF
staff and interns, and will be based at REEF HQ in Key Largo, FL. Priority
tasks and duties will include, but not be limited to:

*         Organizing and scheduling research activities for existing and
future lionfish research grants.

*         Managing data from lionfish research projects.

*         Conducting public education and outreach through talks, workshops,
and demonstrations.

*         Working with REEF's Education and Communication Manager to
incorporate lionfish into public talks, webinars and news media.

*         Representing REEF at local and out of town events including trade
shows, symposia and media events.

*         Organizing, securing sponsorship and managing REEF Lionfish Derby
events locally and abroad.

*         Managing the REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby Program

*         Developing a strong coalition of support among a broad spectrum of
constituent groups, including print, radio, and electronic media. Developing
and maintaining a contacts database and relationships with key partners.
Working with other REEF staff to develop and post appropriate media content
for press releases, social media outlets, websites and electronic forums,
and REEF's e-newsletter. 

*         Managing the REEF Lionfish Facebook page, and assisting with other
REEF social media avenues.

*         Working with staff in identifying new research priorities and
related funding sources. 

*         Assisting in grant writing and fundraising events.

*         Working as part of the REEF team to assist in other REEF related
activities, duties, and functions.



Bachelors or higher degree in marine biology or related field.  Experience
in coral reef field research, including fish identification, survey
methodologies and lionfish collecting and handling. Excellent organizational
and public speaking skills. Proficiency with computers and software.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the preparation
of scientific publications and reports. Highly positive attitude and
aptitude for working as a self starter in a face paced non-profit
conservation organization. Strong interest in ocean life, marine
conservation, and citizen science.  Desire to make a difference.  Ability to
work in a diverse team and collaborate across multiple disciplines.
Experienced scuba diver is preferred, although diving is not a required job


Position Term, Compensation, and Work Environment

This is a year round, full time, permanent position. Starting salary $27,000
with possible merit increases.  Benefits include contribution towards health
Insurance, accrued paid time off (PTO), option for flex-time work weeks, and
7 holiday days per year. U.S. and International travel may be required, as
well as some weekend, holiday, and after hours work.


The position will be based at REEF's Headquarters in Key Largo, Florida, a
1913 historic conch-style house converted into offices, a retail area, and
classrooms. Headquarters staff includes the Director of Operations, Director
of Special Projects, Store Manager, Lionfish Program Coordinator,
Communication and Education Program Manager, Trips Program Manager, interns
and volunteers. Work environment is casual. Four additional staff - Director
of Science, Membership Development Coordinator, Volunteer Fish Survey
Project Program Assistant, and Outreach Coordinator - are located in remote
offices. This position will report to the Director of Special Projects.


How To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief
writing sample (no more than three pages) to Martha Klitzkie, Director of
Operations, at  <mailto:Martha at REEF.org> Martha at REEF.org. Applications will
be considered starting March 31, 2015, and position will be open until


Organization Background:

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) was founded in 1990 as a way
to educate scuba divers and snorkelers in marine life identification and to
utilize their marine life sightings. Patterned after the successful Audubon
and Cornell birding programs, REEF has grown into a 58,000 plus member
organization with programs in place throughout the western hemisphere.
Primary among these programs is the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, enabling
marine enthusiasts to conduct surveys and submit sightings data from
throughout the Tropical Western Atlantic, coastal North America, Tropical
Eastern Pacific, Hawaii, and South Pacific. Data are managed by REEF staff
and made available to researchers, scientists, managers, and the public free
of charge via REEF's on-line database at  <http://www.REEF.org>
www.REEF.org. To date more than 190,000 marine life surveys have been


In addition to the Fish Survey Project, REEF maintains a large and active
diver education program with standardized course materials for each of its
survey regions. Strong partnerships within the diving industry and effective
outreach provide opportunities for thousands of divers to learn about marine
life and take part in surveying activities throughout the year. REEF manages
the July month long Great Annual Fish Count; the Grouper Moon Project -
researching grouper spawning aggregations; the Exotic Species Program -
addressing the impact and control of non-native marine fish species,
particularly the human-induced invasion of Indo-Pacific lionfish into the
Tropical West Atlantic; Special Projects - assessing fish population changes
in and around marine reserves and on and around newly developed artificial
reefs; printed and e-newsletter communications; and, several week-long field
survey and data gathering expeditions. REEF maintains strong partnerships
with federal, state, and local government agencies as well as other US based
and international agencies, NGOs, and business entities. 


REEF is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



Lad Akins

Director of Special Projects

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)

P O Box 370246

98300 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo  FL  33037

(305) 942-7333 cell

(305) 852-0030 work

www.REEF.org <http://www.REEF.org> 


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