[Coral-List] [Job Posting] The Nature Conservancy: Coral Aquaculture Supervisor - US Virgin Islands (St. Croix) - Deadline May 24

Ashlee Lillis ashlee.lillis at TNC.ORG
Fri May 17 12:12:48 UTC 2019

A reminder that The Nature Conservancy is recruiting a Coral Aquaculture Supervisor to join our team in the US Virgin Islands (details below) - there is one week remaining to apply.

To apply visit careers.nature.org and search for job number 47592. All applications must be submitted by May 24, 2019.

POSITION TITLE: Coral Aquaculture Supervisor

LOCATION: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands


The Coral Aquaculture Supervisor provides technical expertise and supervises land-based aquarium facilities for coral husbandry and manipulative experiments, including maintenance of associated tools, equipment, mechanical systems. They are charged with ensuring functioning of the seawater systems, and maintenance of coral collections. The Coral Aquaculture Supervisor will be responsible for feeding, water quality testing, maintenance of tanks and life support systems and appropriate record keeping. They ensure that aquaria facilities are maintained and upgraded in accordance with local and federal laws and permitting requirements as well as coral program requirements. The Coral Aquaculture Supervisor works closely with the USVI Coral Manager and local and international partner organizations to ensure that aquaria facilities match the current and future needs of the Caribbean Coral Strategy, including the development of innovative approaches to coral propagation and facilitation of cross-site learning among the coral conservation community.


The Coral Aquaculture Supervisor leads development and operations of land-based nursery aquaria facilities at TNC's Estate Little Princess property on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. They are responsible for the maintenance and management of aquaria systems and ensuring the well-being of reared corals and experiments in the facility.


* Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.

* Support the creation of coral restoration tools and other materials for sharing within TNC and globally.

* Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and acquiring building permits for facility development.

* Supervise staff, or help plan, direct or convey work instructions to work groups, including other staff or volunteers.

* Maintain project records and ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements, including ensuring all activities are conducted under appropriate biological research and collection permits.

* May resolve management problems independently or as delegated; will work primarily with infrequent direct supervision.

* Due to location in USVI and program needs, may perform field work on SCUBA or snorkel as a part of larger TNC dive team, including coral nursery work, reef monitoring, and donor and staff excursions.

* May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances

* Bachelor's degree and 3 years' experience in marine science, aquaculture, conservation, or similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Experience designing and managing aquaria in a public aquarium or research laboratory.
* Experience operating and/or repairing various types of relevant equipment and machinery. (e.g.; aquarium pumps, filters, seawater intake, and tanks).
* Knowledge of coral propagation and husbandry and water chemistry management.
* Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete coral collections.

* Experience working with electrical, plumbing, and fiberglass.

* Experience coordinating teams to complete complex projects (e.g., construction and repairs).

* Experience managing and training staff or volunteers.

* Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, scientists.

* Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

* Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

* Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

* Must have valid driver's license and good driving record.

* 5 years' experience managing aquaria facilities in a public aquarium, aquaculture or research laboratory
* Knowledge of current coral propagation techniques including microfragmentation and facilitated sexual reproduction.
* Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
* Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
* Current qualifications to meet AAUS Dive Safety Standards (www.aaus.org). Scientific diving experience preferred.
* Working knowledge of coral reef biology and conservation strategies.
* Ability to complete tasks independently and manage diverse activities under deadlines.
* Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

Dr. Ashlee Lillis,
USVI Coral Manager| Caribbean Division | The Nature Conservancy

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