[Coral-List] REEF Invasive Species Program Coordinator position

lad akins Lad at reef.org
Mon Apr 16 12:18:56 EDT 2018

Hello All,

Apologies in advance for cross posting.

Please see the following position opening at REEF.

All the best,



REEF Invasive Species Program Coordinator

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a non-profit, marine
conservation organization, is seeking to hire an Invasive Species Program
Coordinator. REEF conducts marine life education programs and field
research, and coordinates 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, scheduling, and participation in 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, securing sponsorship, and managing REEF Lionfish Derby
events in the US and abroad.
*	Managing the REEF Sanctioned Lionfish Derby Program.
*	Conducting public education and outreach through talks, workshops,
and demonstrations.
*	Organizing and scheduling research activities for existing and
future lionfish field research.
*	Managing data from lionfish derbies and related research projects.
*	Working with other REEF staff to develop and post appropriate media
content for press releases, social media outlets, websites, electronic
forums, and REEF's e-newsletter.
*	Managing the REEF Lionfish Facebook page, and assisting with other
REEF social media avenues.
*	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 social media,
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 fast-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 full-time, one-year term position, with possibility of conversion
to a permanent, long-term position, based at REEF's Key Largo, FL
headquarters. This is an entry-level position and salary is commensurate
with experience. Desired start date is May 01, 2018. Benefits include health
care reimbursement, accrued paid time off (PTO) at a rate of 20 days per
year, option for flex-time work weeks, and 7 paid holiday leave days per
year. U.S. and International travel will be required, as well as some
weekend, holiday, and after-hours work. The position will report to REEF's
Director of Special Projects.


The position will be based at REEF's Key Largo, Florida, campus including a
historic 1913 office building, new interpretive center and classroom, and
outdoor education area. The REEF team includes 5 staff based at the Florida
Headquarters, 3 remote staff, and 6 interns.  Headquarters staff includes
the Director of Operations, Director of Special Projects, Education and
Facilities Manager, Trips and Communications Program Manager, Volunteer fish
Survey Project Coordinator, interns and volunteers. The REEF HQ work
environment is casual.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and brief
writing sample (no more than three pages) to  <mailto:Lad at REEF.org>
Lad at REEF.org. Applications will be considered starting April 16, 2018, and
position will be open until filled.


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 65,000 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 230,000 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) 852-0030 work

(305) 942-7333 cell

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


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