[Coral-List] Job Opening: Field Station Manager Central Caribbean Marine Institute - Little Cayman

Carrie Manfrino manfrino at reefresearch.org
Mon Oct 30 10:16:37 EDT 2017

    Reports to: Director of Operations
    The Field Station Manager is responsible for the effective day to day operations at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI). The position is available for a seasoned professional with at least 10 years of professional experience in marine operations. The successful candidate will manage and maintain the physical facilities, equipment (boats, SCUBA, vehicles, Coral Reef Early Warning System – CREWS), and renewable energy and composting systems (including passive and PV solar). The individual will support field station personnel by providing logistical support for scientists and groups which use the research station, including universities, local school groups, and citizen science groups. The individual will facilitate programs and maintain excellent working relationships with scientists and students of all ages while they are visiting the facility. He/she will improve the sustainable practices and will assure safe marine and dive operations. The Field Station Manager will help implement the organization’s strategy to become the leading marine research institution in the Caribbean.
    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. The individual should have experience working in community, local and international government, and sponsor relations. 
    CCMI is an independent non-profit organization within the Cayman Islands with a scientific mission to make impactful discoveries that will lead to healthy oceans and vibrant coral reef ecosystems. We maintain a well-equipped marine field station on Little Cayman, with year-round visiting and residential research and education programs. 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.
    Implement the annual maintenance plan for the facility and grounds, keeping boats, vehicles, and dive equipment renewable energy, and composting in excellent repair, conducting repairs and maintenance in-house when possible..
    Implement the highest level of safety standards including all in-water activities, boat and dive operations, facilities and insurance
    Enforce Emergency Management program to minimize risk to staff and visitors including for all on water activities and for major storm and hurricane preparations.
    Enforce and develop sustainable practices including reducing water/energy use and minimizing waste disposal and introducing new potential technologies
    Maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade all utilities (e.g. phone, electricity, internet, water, sanitation)
    Responsible for station inventory (e.g. food, office supplies, kitchen and dorm supplies)
    Track activities and provide operational information and statistics to our development team
    Assure the CREWS is maintained
    Provide logistical support for the educational and scientific groups
    Assist with scheduling facilities for annual visits
    Schedule vehicles and equipment for visiting groups
    Manage permitting as needed for seasonal, part-time and full-time operational staff, complete time and effort reports
    Assist with office admin, manage interns and operations personnel
    Provide Director with quarterly activity and budget reports
    Receive and ship supplies and equipment (e.g. barge, airport), including all customs, duty, permits, and fees
    Ensure all insurance and licensing is up to date
    Benefits and Salary
    Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
    Work permit fees
    Benefits include financial contribution to health insurance, and a 5% matching pension plan after a full-year of employment,  
    vacation pay, meals at the field station when present.
    Master’s degree or 10 years of equivalent experience in marine operations
    Capable of being a strong leader with excellent decision-making skills
    Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain all systems at a remote field site, including boats, vehicle, dive compressor, solar, utilities, computers (IT systems) 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 manage priorities accordingly
    Experience coordinating efforts and establishing excellent working relationships in a small community, with government agencies, and with board members
    Familiarity with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of QuickBooks
    To Apply:
The position is open and will be filled by January 1.  We will be reviewing applications beginning Nov 15.
 For consideration, please forward resume and letter of interest along with salary requirements to: jobs at reefresearch.org.

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