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Coral Reef Management Fellow

Nova Southeastern University

Dania Beach ,  Florida

Primary Purpose: The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) and the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC). There are seven U.S. states and territories participating in this program: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Coral Reef Management Fellows are placed in state and territorial natural resource management agencies (the host agencies) in each of these jurisdictions every other year where they work on specific projects related to coral reef conservation. Although fellows are employed through NSU, they are essentially working for the host agencies and should consider their on-site fellowship supervisors to be their direct managers.

The fellowship program's mission is two-fold:
1) Provide coral reef management support in each participating jurisdiction by placing highly qualified individuals whose education and work experience meet each location's specific coral reef management's needs; and,
2) Provide individual fellows with professional opportunities and training in coastal and coral reef resource management.

This specific two-year position is a partnership with the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) in Guam. The host agency for the 2018-2020 Coral Management Fellowship is BSP located in Hagatna, Guam. BSP's responsibility is to undertake any planning activity that is not being carried out or that is not the function of another state department. The mission of the BSP is to ensure that Guam's resources are effectively used for the benefit of present and future generations by ensuing consistency among various plans, policies, and programs.

The Guam Department of Agriculture, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, the Guam Department of Parks and Recreation, the Guam Visitors Bureau, and the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association to address recreational use impacts on Guam's coral reefs by developing and implementing an outreach campaign for natural resource managers and visitor industry leadership and a training program for on-the-ground visitor industry staff.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Develop and implement an outreach campaign for natural resource managers and visitor industry leadership. During the first year of the fellowship, Guam's coral fellow will develop and implement an outreach campaign targeted to natural resource managers and visitor industry leadership to build relationships, garner support, and gather feedback on a training program for on-the-ground visitor industry staff who have direct contact with tourists (to be implemented in the fellow's second year).
a. Conduct a literature review of studies on recreational use impacts on coral reefs, management and outreach efforts that have been conducted to mitigate these impacts, and a history of recreational use impacts and related management and outreach initiatives on Guam and elsewhere in U.S. coral reef jurisdictions.
b. Develop and deliver presentations targeted to local reef managers and visitor industry leadership covering basic coral reef ecology, the status of Guam's reefs, the importance of coral reefs to Guam's visitor industry, marine preserve regulations, how recreational use can impact coral reefs and how these impacts can be mitigated with reef safe practices, and the plan for a training program for visitor industry staff the following year.
c. Create outreach materials, to include brochures and/or factsheets, to supplement presentations delivered to visitor industry leadership and reef managers.

2. Develop and implement a training program for on-the-ground staff in the visitor industry. During year one of the fellowship, the fellow will use information garnered from the literature review and feedback from meetings and outreach with reef managers and visitor industry leadership to develop a training program targeted to on-the-ground staff in the visitor industry who have direct contact with tourists, with the goal of reducing the impacts of recreational use on Guam's reefs. By the end of year one, the fellow will complete a plan, structure, and timeline for the training program, which will be implemented in year two.
a. Create a plan, structure, and timeline for the training program, including development of training materials (including presentations and outreach materials, such as brochures, factsheets, and posters) targeted to on-the-ground visitor industry staff.
b. Plan and execute monthly training sessions for on-the-ground visitor industry staff (workshops, in-water events, and/or presentations) and hold at least two formal or informal training sessions for long-term visitor industry staff to train them to deliver the training program in the future.
c. c. Conduct at least one training activity to improve coordination and team capacity. Produce a summary report on the training program, including lessons learned and templates for future workshop/training delivery, and evaluate program implementation.

Marginal Job Functions:

1. Support Guam Coral Reef Initiative activities related to recreational use impacts and outreach and education efforts.
a. Participate in U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Outreach and Education Working Group meetings and calls.
b. Assist with coral reef outreach and education events, including student presentations, public information displays and similar events.
c. Provide support for other Guam Coral Initiative activities such as reef monitoring and review of projects and proposals related to recreational use and other threats to coral reefs.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Experience in graphic design and development of outreach materials and webpage content and familiarity with word processing software (including spreadsheets), database management, and graphic design programs (e.g. PhotoShop, InDesign).

2. Ability to work collaboratively in a team and with groups of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.

3. Demonstrated oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and experience in public speaking, networking, and building partnerships.

4. Experience working in an island community, preferably on Guam.

5. Flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and ability to overcome challenges.


1. Ability to conduct field work including hiking, swimming, snorkeling, carrying loads up to 40 lbs. over uneven terrain.

2. Must be willing and able to conduct field work in all weather conditions.

Required Certifications/Licensures: Valid Driver's License

Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Major (if required): Marine Biology, Biology, or Environmental Science

Required Experience: Two (2) years related experience in outreach, education, and/or communications for coral reef management.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience swimming and snorkeling on coral reefs.

2. Previous experience with or in the tourism industry.

3. Knowledge of Guam coral reef species and ecology.

4. Previous experience working as an environmental educator and/or developing and implementing training programs related to coral reefs.

5. Experience in community-level planning, organizing, or leadership.

6. Prior experience working on Guam.

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