Coral Reef Alliance

Maui, Hawaii

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details 18.00/hr

Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is seeking a motivated and resourceful individual to support our work on Maui. This is a part time role that will include between 5-10 hours/week of work as needed. This role will support our stream restoration project that is currently planned to finish on May 31st, 2020 with possibility for extension.

This role will ensure the successful execution of a monitoring plan that measures the impact of restoration activities designed to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in Wahikuli and Honokōwai streams in West Maui. The Research Officer will coordinate data collection activities by various parties and ensure protocols are followed to ensure data quality. They will report to the Program Manager who is based in Maui.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • **Execute data collection for identified components of the monitoring plan. These are anticipated to include:
    • Monitoring sediment posts and erosion pins to measure sediment accumulation or loss from stream banks
    • Monitor sediment posts at restoration sites for accumulation or loss
    • Track and log in-stream turbidity data and ensure equipment is functioning properly
    • Photographic documentation of before and after pictures of installed restoration BMPs and monitoring of their performance over time
    • Recording survivorship and growth of plants
    • Collecting and analyzing video footage of streams following during storm events
    • Collecting and analyzing rain gauge and weather station data from partners
    • Collecting and analyzing photographic documentation of brown water events
    • Track satellite data from weather stations and turbidity monitors and upload to data storage website
  • Collect and collate data from partners on an as needed basis
  • Conduct data analysis
  • Develop periodic reports for CORAL and stakeholders as needed
  • Develop a final report (December 2019)

** If the Research Officer is not based on Maui, they must be able to make regular visits to Maui (every 2-3 months, including after significant storms) to ensure data collection is being implemented in line with protocols and data quality standards.

If the candidate is interested to lead the development of a paper, there may be an opportunity to publish project results in a peer-reviewed journal.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

The minimum required qualifications include BA/BS degree in physical science-related field, such as geology, environmental science, fluvial geomorphology and hydrology.

Additionally, the Research Officer must have:

  • Experience with installing, monitoring, and troubleshooting water quality monitoring instruments
    • Field experience with HOBO pressure transducers, turbidity probes, telemetric instrument installation, data loggers, and ISCO sampler units.
    • Experience collecting, preparing, and analyzing water quality data
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills, including developing and maintaining research plans and coordinating with multiple collaborators.
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work proactively; ability to complete tasks independently, efficiently, and in a timely manner; and the ability to work effectively with a remote team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with individuals from a variety of disciplines, cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to work in hazardous steep terrain, hiking over several miles to project sites in all types of weather ranging from very hot and dry, to cold and rainy
  • ***Ability to mobilize on short notice in order to document and capture storm events
  • Ability to safely drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over steep unimproved roads
  • The position requires the successful candidate to have a valid U.S Driver’s license and good driving record
  • The position requires that the successful candidate be able to perform field work in hot dry and sometimes wet conditions in the mid slope region, as well as the ability to swim, snorkel and lift 50 lbs.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work in situations of flux; ability to work in a fast turn-around environment
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to take ownership for wide-ranging responsibilities while exhibiting the utmost professionalism and discretion
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including mornings, evenings, and weekends with willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Willingness to work in a home office
  • Someone based in West Maui preferred. Must be based in Hawaiʻ
  • Authorized to work in the USA

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ability to think analytically and problem solve and a willingness to ask questions
  • Commitment to process excellence, efficiency and accountability
  • A sense of humor, commitment to candor and desire to be a part of a collaborative team
  • Patience and exceptional listening skills
  • Energetic, hard-working, and a team player
  • Presents a positive, enthusiastic, professional image both internally and externally
  • Discretion with confidential information

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Research Officer may work in variable weather conditions, at remote outdoor locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, coastal and marine environments and vessels, and under physically demanding circumstances that may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. Work conditions may require international and domestic travel including to remote island areas, the mainland US, neighboring and other islands or nations. Additionally, the work may be performed independently without day-to-day supervision.

COMPENSATION AND WORK-SCHEDULE: Competitive wage. Estimated between 5 and 10 hours per week. Some weeks there may be a heavier load than others depending on where we are at with project execution. There may be a possibility for work beyond 10 hours per week depending on the candidate’s interest and skills.

ABOUT THE CORAL REEF ALLIANCE

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO focused on saving the world’s coral reefs. This year marks CORAL’s 25th anniversary of combining science-based solutions with effective community-driven conservation. CORAL is actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and using that information to develop conservation strategies to give corals around the world the best chance of surviving climate change. To discover more about CORAL’s work to save the world’s reefs, visit us at www.coral.org.

OUR WORK IN HAWAIʻI

CORAL has more than a decade of experience working in the Main Hawaiian Islands on coral reef conservation. Currently, our work focuses on our Clean Water for Reefs Initiative, with an emphasis on preventing land-based sources of pollution from entering streams and groundwater which eventually lead to the ocean.

In West Maui, our work focuses on restoring natural filtration processes within watersheds. We take a “ridge to reef” approach to restore the natural function of an ahupua‘a (watershed) to filter stormwater and absorb nutrients, sediments and other chemicals. At the shoreline (makai), we provide guidance to shoreline property owners, the tourism industry, and Maui County on how to implement reef-friendly landscaping using low impact design (LID) to naturally filter stormwater before it reaches the ocean.

Further mauka in the midslope region, we recently launched a major multi-stakeholder project to restore streams and watershed function to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients flowing to the ocean. We are working with farmers, Hawaiian communities, local nonprofits, private businesses, and the government to pilot watershed restoration techniques that combine modern technology with native vegetation and traditional agricultural practices, such as wetland taro patches (loʻi kalo). We are collaborating with experts to measure the effectiveness of these approaches and we will share these results and implementation procedures to help inform restoration efforts statewide.

Over the next few years, CORAL plans to leverage the success, knowledge and partnerships we have developed through our conservation projects to scale our impact across the Main Hawaiian Islands.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please submit in one document to jobs@coral.org with Maui Research Officer in the email subject line:

  • A cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position. If you are a current graduate student, please state how this position can be integrated into your research and list your main supervisor(s)
  • Resume
  • A technical writing sample that you wrote within the past two years. This can be a report, a university assignment or journal article.

Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant. The position will be open until filled, an immediate start date is preferred.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS POSITION            

Please contact Jennifer Vander Veur, Program Manager at jvanderveur@coral.org 

The Coral Reef Alliance is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive full consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, health status, or national origin.

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