[Coral-List] TNC Volunteer Job Posting

Lisa K. Terry lisa.terry at tnc.org
Sun Dec 31 09:24:50 EST 2017

Hi Jim/Coral List admins-Happy new year! Hoping to post the following job posting on coral list and I had some technical difficulties when I tried this last year... hopefully it works this time. Would love to get it posted ASAP since the position closes on Jan 12. Thank you for your help!


The Nature Conservancy in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is hiring 2 coral restoration technician volunteer associates, an unpaid position with travel reimbursement. Applications must be in by January 12, 2018 and position runs from Feb to June 2018. This is a dive heavy position with hands on work in coral restoration. To apply go to careers.nature.org and search for job ID 46014. Thank you for sharing with any potential applicants!


Coral Restoration Technician Volunteer Associate

Science Technician I

Science / 850001


February 1, 2018-June 29, 2018

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has supported the conservation of coral reefs and the restoration and recovery of the endangered elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (A. cervicornis) corals in the US Virgin Islands since 2009..

The project is currently seeking two (2) full-time volunteers to work from February 1, 2018 - June 1, 2018 possibly until June 29, 2018 depending on funding availability.  The Volunteer Associate will assist with aspects of the project including nursery maintenance and reef restoration efforts.  Volunteers will be supervised by the Principal Investigator and will work 7 hours a day, 5 days per week (35 hours per week).  Although this is an un-paid volunteer position, TNC will provide housing and reimbursement of airfare and meal expenses following TNC's travel SOP's.

Duration & Location: This is a short-term (4 month) volunteer associate position based on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.


The Volunteer Associate provides administrative, research, project management and other general assistance to program or preserve staff in the operation of a coral restoration project on St. Croix, USVI. This may include some or all of the following:

  *   Gathers and synthesizes data relating to coral restoration and conservation implementation and/or activities.
  *   Assists in coral nursery maintenance and outplanting activities.
  *   Assists in the maintenance of equipment, boats, and dive equipment.
  *   Completing tasks independently within assigned timeframes.
  *   Managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  *   Performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
  *   Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  *   Assists in the maintenance of boats and dive equipment. Demonstrated ability to safely operate a small powerboat preferred. Must have working knowledge of safety guidelines for operating a boat and must follow all state, local and federal regulations specified for the operation of the motorized watercraft. Must follow recommended safety guidelines and precautions specified for said work.
  *   Resolves routine issues independently.
  *   Develops resolution plans with supervisor for unusual or complex issues.
  *   Works under close supervision and receives specific and detailed instructions for required tasks and results expected.
  *   Addresses issues with supervisor that affect others' work or the overall program.
  *   Consults supervisor on unspecified or unusual issues.

  *   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.
  *   Formulate ideas and communicate clearly with others, both orally and in written form.
  *   Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.


*         Maintains project records.

*         May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.

*         May assist with program budget development and monitoring.

*         May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:

  *   require physical exertion
  *   require working on unstable platforms and inclement weather
  *   present occasional possibility of injury
  *   require long hours in isolated settings


  *   Associates Degree in marine sciences, natural resources, environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6-months experience.
  *   Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  *   50-100 SCUBA dives minimum.
  *   SCUBA certification and qualified to meet AAUS Dive Safety Standards (www.aaus.org<http://www.aaus.org>). Scientific diving experience preferred..  Must have Rescue Diver certification prior to starting the position.
  *   Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  *   Database management skills including report production.
  *   Ability to repeatedly lift up to 40 lbs.
  *   Current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen First Aid Certifications and Diving Medical Exam preferred.
  *   Valid US driver's license.


*         Field experience.

  *   Knowledge of Caribbean stony corals species, survey experience, and ability to identify critical threats to coral reef ecosystems.
  *   Ability to work as part of a team to achieve identified project goals and objectives

*         Ability to assist with program budget development and monitoring.

*         Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.

*         Supervisory skills.

*         Time management skills.

Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing.  Actively listens to others.  Fosters open exchange of issues.  Is timely with information.

Flexibility & Innovation
Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work.  Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.

Interpersonal Savvy
Maintains positive working relationships.  Contributes to productive partnerships inside and outside the organization.  Understands team member roles and values the contributions of others.  Effectively deals with conflict.

Open to Learning
Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement.  Employs strengths effectively.  Willingly shares knowledge with others.  Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement.  Adjusts behavior/performance as needed.  Views mistakes as learning opportunities.

Organizational Awareness
Understands the basics of our business.  Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy.  Knows how/why things work inside TNC.  Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.

Produces Results
Takes Initiative.  Focuses on priorities.  Strives for excellence.  Is dependable and accountable for results.  Persistent in the face of obstacles and meets deadlines.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

Coral Restoration Technician Volunteer Associate
TNC Volunteers
US Virgin Islands

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**Disclaimer: Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the sender and do not necessarily represent those of the company.

Lisa Kirkley Terry
Coral Nurseries and Restoration
Dive Safety Officer

lisa.terry at tnc.org<mailto:lisa.terry at tnc.org>
(340) 718-5575 Office
(340) 244-5051 Cell


The Nature Conservancy
Caribbean Program
USVI Office

3052 Estate Little Princess
Christiansted, VI

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