[Coral-List] Coral management position in the USVI

Jennifer Koss - NOAA Federal jennifer.koss at noaa.gov
Thu Jul 18 20:44:52 UTC 2019


- USVI Management Liaison
Posted Date4 hours ago(7/18/2019 12:54 PM)
Job ID 2019-2054 # Positions 1 Type Full-Time 40 Location VI-Christiansted,
St. Croix Security Clearance Level National Agency Check (Client Initiated)


CSS on contract to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is looking for a
management liaison (also called technical program officer) to support the
implementation of two NOAA programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI): the
Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) and the National Coastal
Zone Management Program. The staff member will be employed by CSS, who is
under contract with NOAA Office for Coastal Management’s (OCM
<https://coast.noaa.gov/>) and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. In
support of the Coral Program, the liaison will deliver regionally relevant
coral conservation services to USVI and its partners. The liaison will also
support the implementation of USVI’s coastal management program approved by
NOAA under the Coastal Zone Management Act. For both roles, the liaison
will provide place-based and regional technical assistance related to
coastal management and coral conservation. *The position will be located on
St. Croix, USVI*.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Serve as the NOAA Coral Reef Management Liaison to the U.S. Virgin Islands:

   - Provide management assistance to USVI’s coral reef management program
   to maintain programs and meet all program requirements
   - Provide technical assistance in the areas of coral reef conservation,
   planning, and management; disease response; restoration ecology; climate
   change adaptation and planning; marine protected area implementation; and
   watershed management.
   - Coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef point of contact (POC) and
   other appropriate agencies and coral reef practitioners on NOAA Coral
   Program activities in the region.
   - Support the USVI Coral Reef POC and Territorial Coral Reef Coordinator
   to update coral reef management priorities for the USVI, support the
   implementation of the identified priorities, and communicate those
   priorities to NOAA CRCP leadership and other relevant programs within NOAA
   working with the CRCP.
   - Work closely with NOAA federal partners to provide support for
   post-disaster assessment, triage, and recovery work, including interactions
   with FEMA and DOI to amass information for Stafford Act policy
   considerations for corals. Provide coordination support and technical
   assistance for the USVI’s efforts to track and respond to the spread of
   Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Territory.
   - Coordinate with federal partners in the development and implementation
   of initiatives in priority areas that are consistent with Coral Program’s
   Strategic Plan.
   - Communicate regularly and sufficiently with NOAA CRCP and OCM
   leadership and involved staff to ensure there is a clear understanding of
   areas of major time investment, priority projects, partner needs, and any
   issues or circumstances that may affect NOAA CRCP and OCM efforts to
   conserve coral reef resources in the USVI.
   - Support annual and triennial Coral Program planning processes,
   including: fielding questions from, and coordinating calls with, potential
   principal investigators and local partners; conducting technical reviews of
   proposals; and providing implementation support to awarded projects.
   - Support development and implementation of initiatives in the USVI that
   support the NOAA CRCP Strategic Plan, local action strategies, and other
   identified strategic priorities for coral reef management and conservation
   in the USVI.
   - Provide support for efforts to develop and manage marine protected
   areas and build management capacity, when appropriate.
   - Conduct site visits or fieldwork to assist or assess Coral Program
   - Coordinate with USVI and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate,
   process, amend, and monitor the cooperative funding agreements; and provide
   technical reviews of other Coral Program funding grants and agreements.
   - Provide guidance to USVI on their responsibility to ensure
   documentation on all coral reef projects, including permits; completion of
   financial requirements and environmental compliance; and adequate
   monitoring of ongoing coral reef management and restoration projects is
   - Assist with the development of the NOAA CRCP Programmatic
   Environmental Impact Statement and programmatic consultations by providing
   information on the types of activities NOAA CRCP has funded in the USVI in
   the past and is likely to fund in the future, and support additional
   environmental compliance requirements as needed for USVI-based activities.
   - Provide information to outreach and communications staff for the
   development locally-tailored coral reef outreach and education materials.
   - Provide support for National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program
   and for the Fellow that is placed in the USVI to facilitate their
   integration into the USVI coral reef conservation community and inform and
   support the development and effective implementation of their work plan.
   - Work closely with NOAA CRCP Fisheries Liaison for the USVI (placed
   with the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office) to ensure effective
   coordination of CRCP-funded efforts in the USVI.

Serve as the NOAA Coastal Zone Management Liaison to the U.S. Virgin

   - Provide support and assistance to USVI’s implementation of its coastal
   zone management program approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

   - Coordinate with USVI and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate,
   process, amend, and monitor cooperative agreements and grants; provide
   technical reviews for other proposals as necessary.
   - Support USVI in the implementation of Coastal Zone Management Program
   activities, including: review and analysis of proposed program policy
   changes; program evaluations required under the CZMA; and the development,
   review and approval of five-year assessments and strategies.
   - Provide subject matter expertise and regional coordination support.
   - Identify USVI’s coastal management program highlights and other
   opportunities to communicate partner success stories.
   - Identify and facilitate programmatic synergies across the Coral and
   Coastal Zone Management programs to enhance execution and results, and/or
   identify joint projects.



   - Master’s degree in coral reef conservation, marine science, coastal
   management, marine resource management and policy or related field *plus*at
   least three years of relevant practical experience
   - Knowledge of and experience with issues confronting coral reef
   - Strong written and verbal communication skills
   - Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
   - Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment
   - Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management,
   colleagues, and external partners
   - Technical writing skills and ability to synthesize technical

   - Ability to pass a National Agency Check (NACI) and maintain it
   throughout the duration of employment.
   - Must be available to start within 3-4 weeks of an offer.


   - Knowledge of, and experience with, the Coastal Zone Management Act and
   the Coral Reef Conservation Act
   - General familiarity with the Endangered Species Act and National
   Environmental Policy Act
   - Experience working with Caribbean coral reef ecosystems, with specific
   experience in the USVI preferred
   - Experience supporting marine resource managers and/or management
   - Experience working with local, state/ territorial and federal
   agencies, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
   - Grants management experience
   - Experience developing and tracking project milestones and strategic

CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation,
national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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*"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it
is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came."*

*~ John F. Kennedy*


*Jennifer L. Koss*

*Director, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program*

*NOS/OCM/Corals - 10410*

*1305 East-West Highway*

*Silver Spring, MD 20910*

*240.338.2161 (cell)*

*https://coralreef.noaa.gov/ <https://coralreef.noaa.gov/>*


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