[Coral-List] Job Posting – Coral Restoration Foundation: Reef Restoration Associate, Temporary Position

Nikkie Cox nikkie at coralrestoration.org
Fri Jan 21 20:07:38 UTC 2022

Hello Coral-list members,

Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is now accepting applications for a Reef Restoration Associate, Temporary position. This position is based in Key Largo, Florida and is a 4-6 month position (April-October 2022).

This position is a field-based team member who will assist in executing CRF’s day-to-day restoration and monitoring efforts. They work closely with the Restoration Program Manager, Coordinators, and fellow members of the Restoration Team to help plan and support operations such as the installation of CRF™ coral nursery structures, nursery maintenance, and outplanting at restoration sites, all while following CRF’s standard operating procedures for restoration activities and data collection. On water efforts involve directing fellow divers and communicating tasks, boat handling, and boat trailering.


This position is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA. Applicants must have a positive attitude while being self-motivated, reliable, and display strong core characteristics as described in CRF’s value statement. This position involves working in a complex underwater environment, maintaining high safety standards while often managing 3-5 additional (sometimes relatively inexperienced) divers. A CRF Team Member is a multi-tasker who is expected to think critically while being intuitive. They are able to adjust unexpectedly to changes and readily solve problems. They must achieve and maintain a high level of spatial awareness, for divers’ safety and in an effort to complete restoration tasks seamlessly.


While the primary purpose of this position is to facilitate diving and field-based tasks, this work is also supplemented with land-based activities designed to support CRF’s efforts. Supplemental task may include (but is not limited to): data entry and management, report writing, nursery structure assembly, inventory of restoration materials, fueling vehicles and boats, and assisting in scuba gear and vessel maintenance. They are also expected to provide day to day task descriptions and updates to the Program Manager via CRF’s master scheduling documents and direct communication.


  *   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.

  *   Strong organizational, communication, planning and analytical skills are critical.

  *   Preference will be given to those applicants SCUBA certified as Dive Master or higher, from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of fifty (50) open water dives; a minimum of thirty (30) of those dives as ocean dives and a minimum of ten (10) boat dives.

  *   Current certifications for: First Aid, CPR and O2 Provider with the certification issued from an internationally recognized agency.

  *   Strong small boat handling and boat trailering experience. Preference to MOCC Certified or Coast Guard Licensed Captains.



  *   Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.

  *   Excellent communications in English, both orally and in writing.

  *   Spatial awareness of surroundings and fellow divers. This means being able to watch and manage dive teams while also being able to accomplish tasks within nurseries and at restoration sites.

  *   Demonstrated experience using MS Office (Word, Excel, Teams and Outlook), Garmin GPS software, and Google products (Google Earth).

  *   Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  *   Acute attention to detail.

  *   Practical experience boating and trailering small boats in the open ocean is preferred.

  *   Experience with SCUBA tank, high-pressure air compressor, gear repairs, and general vehicle or vessel maintenance.


  *   Critical thinking to adapt or modify processes in response to fluid circumstances.

  *   Coordinate multiple tasks with many variables, while working on SCUBA.

  *   Solve routine problems independently; consult Program Manager for unusual or complex problems.

  *   Development of acute spatial awareness and attention to detail while working in the underwater environment is critical.


Work requires high levels of physical exertion and/or physical strain. Must be able to carry 65 pounds and able to lift 35 pounds overhead. This position is expected to perform 3 shallow-water SCUBA dives for up to 5 consecutive days per week. Work environment involves frequent exposure to various elements (sun, heat, wind, rain, cold, etc). Typical workweek is 9am-5pm, 5 days a week, inclusive of weekends. Additionally, a willingness to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

For more information, and details on how to apply, please visit: https://www.coralrestoration.org/_files/ugd/60a969_e33079c259e64f5ca56f896542b0a431.pdf

Nikkie Cox

Reef Restoration Program Coordinator

Coral Restoration Foundation™

(305) 453 7030 | coralrestoration.org


89111 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Florida 33070

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