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Marine Resource Coordinator

Okaloosa County

Fort Walton Beach ,  Florida

Plans, coordinates programs, and seeks funding related to coastal recreation, product improvement, sustainable marine fisheries, waterfront utilization, artificial reefs and environmental protection and restoration initiatives.


  • Oversees management of artificial reef program; includes permitting and deployment.
  • Plans, develops, and implements programs to protect, enhance, and restore marine, estuarine and other environmental resources.
  • Researches and seeks opportunities to obtain grants related to all coastal recreation, environmental protection and restoration, sustainable marine fisheries, waterfront utilization, and artificial reef projects; prepares grant applications and administers projects.
  • Plans, develops, and implements programs to enhance commercial and recreational fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling through initiatives such as Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD's) and artificial reef projects.
  • Establishes and nurtures productive working relationships with regulatory entities such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the US Corps of Engineers who have direct influence on county projects.
  • Collects pertinent environmental data to assess the overall status of resources.
  • Develops educational and outreach programs for various aquatic, marine and estuarine-related topics.
  • Applies knowledge of principles, practices, methods and terminology of marine resource management to areas of responsibility.
  • Plans, reviews and coordinates activities to assist in ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations and permitting requirements as related to the department's marine resource activities.
  • Assists in establishing pertinent policies and procedures, setting and maintaining the department's budget; provides reports and other data documenting activities in areas of responsibility.
  • Assists management as needed on various marine/coastal/estuarine issues.
  • Must be able to meet work schedule and attendance standards.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Bachelor's degree in one of the environmental or natural sciences, or a closely related field; supplemented by a minimum of three (3) years of project management experience in planning, program evaluation, research, and analysis with an emphasis on marine and estuarine systems, including artificial reefs; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Master's degree preferred. Knowledge and experience of the unique Northwest Florida marine ecosystems and the regional marine community is preferred. Must have excellent writing, public speaking and organization skills. Must be computer literate and possess a valid driver license.


Physical Requirements: Tasks are essentially sedentary, with periodic walking and standing over rough and uneven surfaces, and ascending and descending ladders, stairs, ramps, etc. Must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Requires full range of body motion, to include bending at the waist and full use of lower extremities and back muscles. Requires excellent levels of equilibrium to prevent falling when walking or standing on uneven surfaces. Requires the ability to operate modern office equipment, to include computers, copy machines, facsimiles and related peripherals. Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and /or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. Requires the ability to perform duties for several consecutive hours on a vessel in the open water.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of documentation, engineering plans, maintenance projects, site data, and equipment utilized.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information; includes issuing and receiving assignments, instructions and/or directions. Requires the ability to tactfully and effectively interact with the public and with co-workers.

Language Ability: Requires ability to read a variety of records, reports, policy and procedure manuals, codes, professional journals, etc., in moderately complex to highly technical terminology. Requires the ability to read blueprints, plans, and specifications. Requires the ability to enter data into computer and prepare reports, correspondence, etc., using prescribed formats, and adhering to all rules of grammar, spelling, diction and punctuation. Requires the ability to communicate effectively in Standard English.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical and scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret a variety of technical instructions in written, mathematical or diagrammatic form; to make independent judgments; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation. Requires the application of moderate to long range planning principles and techniques. Requires the application of principles of influence systems and synthesis functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to issue and follow verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical and/or professional languages used within the parameters of the job.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to add and subtract totals, multiply and divide, use decimals and determine percentages; determine weight; compute discount, profit and loss, ratio and proportion; interpret graphs; perform statistical calculations.

Forms/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, and visually read various information.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes using modern office equipment.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items including computer keyboards, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with frequent deadlines. Requires the ability to exercise consistent tact and courtesy in frequent contact with various professionals, county personnel and the public. Requires the ability to avoid violent behavior that threatens the safety of other employees or the public.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to hear and understand communications through telephone and radio.

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