[Coral-List] Coral Reef Ecology Biologist Position at Mote Marine Laboratory, FL Keys

Erinn Muller emuller at mote.org
Tue Apr 14 10:05:57 UTC 2020

*Primary Function:*The Coral Reef Ecology Biologist will be primarily 
responsible for overseeing the collection of field data pertaining to a 
large scale, NOAA funded coral restoration project. The goal of this 
project is to determine how ecological parameters change when reefs are 
restored at scale.

*Primary Duties:*

·Produce photogrammetry maps of restored and non-restored reefs in 
collaboration with the Coral Monitoring and Assessment team, including 
the collection of field photos, curation of data, and production of 
final maps using Agisoft Metashape and state of the art camera equipment

·Analyze photogrammetry maps for changes in benthic cover (including 
corals) and physical landscape (e.g. rugosity)

·Conduct /in situ /ecological surveys of reef associated fish 
communities using target reefs

·Conduct experiments with benthic settlement tiles on target reefs

·Assist with coral husbandry within the land-based nursery as needed 
(handling coral fragments to remove algae and other organisms).

·Conduct propagation of corals using the “micro-fragmentation” technique

·Assist with field-based restoration activities including maintaining 
the in-situ nursery, coral propagation and outplanting

·Assist with data collection, report writing, data entry, and curation

·Assist with outreach and education activities as needed

·Additional various duties related to the daily operation of a full 
service marine laboratory

*Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:*

·Bachelor’s degree in the marine or biological sciences from an 
accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred.

·Ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license.

·Ability to obtain AAUS dive certification.

·Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated 
and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

*Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:*

·Ability to identify Florida stony corals and coral reef fishes.

·Ability to work outdoors, for long hours, in tropical climate.

·Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs required.

·Ability to perform extended dive surveys while maintaining survey accuracy.

·Familiarity with Agisoft Metashape, or ability to quickly learn new 

·Familiarity with underwater camera systems, including maintenance and care.

·Normal hours are 8 hour work days M-F; however, weekend and evening 
hours may be required at times.

* Location:* Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef 
Research and Restoration, Summerland Key, Florida

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a 
cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for 
three references, before *May 1, 2020* to HumanResources at mote.org 
<mailto:HumanResources at mote.org>.Alternatively, a single package of all 
requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: 
Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 
34236.Anticipated start date:*June 3, 2020*

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment 
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender 
identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other 
protected category.

Erinn Muller, PhD
Science Director, International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration
Staff Scientist, Program Manager
Coral Health and Disease Program
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941)-388-4441 x310
Treasurer - International Society for Reef Studies

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