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Pacific Islands Habitat Restoration Specialist

Honolulu HI

Position Description

The Pacific Islands Habitat Restoration Specialist will provide technical assistance and programmatic support to the NOAA Restoration Center on key restoration priorities in the Pacific Islands Region. The efforts will focus on restoring coastal and marine habitat to benefit coral reef ecosystems and the species that depend on that ecosystem. Specific duties include: 

* Assisting in coral restoration activities including data collection, project monitoring using SCUBA-based techniques, and research and development on novel restoration techniques

* Providing technical assistance on Land Based Sources of Pollution issues including the identification of training and technical capacity, knowledge transfer, project tracking, and development of lessons learned

* Supporting research, tracking, and reporting for Natural Resource Damage Assessment cases involving vessel groundings and oil spills, including the development and planning of restoration projects

* Providing technical assistance to partners and potential grantees on technical capacity and training needs in watershed and coral restoration techniques and supporting the development of new initiatives and partnerships

* Supporting environmental compliance through the development of applicable permits for projects and appropriate National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation

* Supporting outreach activities including coordination of public meetings, press releases, events and other outreach activities and products

* Providing data management for project information and coordinate responses to requests for information.


Required Skills

2+ years of specialized experience directly related to marine habitat restoration. Must have knowledge of biological sciences and techniques pertaining to ecology, migratory fisheries, and coastal aquatic habitat. Requires experience that demonstrates knowledge of wetland restoration and the ability to apply ecological principles to habitat restoration and coastal resiliency. Must also have:

* Knowledge of the habitats and resources of the Pacific Island Region

* Demonstrated ability to perform field monitoring and assessment activities to identify and evaluate habitat restoration projects

* Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations related to coastal resources and habitat restoration projects in the Pacific

* Strong organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and competing projects and responsibilities; demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with non-scientists; and the ability to work independently with a strong attention to detail, and be reliable, a self-starter, and self-motivated

* Willingness for occasional travel within the region and the ability to work in field settings that will require hiking, snorkeling and SCUBA

* Ability to become and maintain status as a NOAA diver or a program that has American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) reciprocity

* Ability to attend, present and assist in organization of workshops, conferences, trainings and meetings.

* Ability to obtain and maintain certification of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPF), automated external defibrillator (AED), first aid, and oxygen administration.

* Ability to obtain and maintain requirements for the NOAA Small Boat Program Class I, II, and III vessel operator

* Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe Design Standard software suite


Desired skills include experience with GIS, knowledge and experience in coral reef ecology and restoration, and knowledge and experience in natural resource damage assessment, restoration planning and restoration implementation.

Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to pass a background investigation to obtain a security badge to enter the applicable government facility.



BS in Marine Science/Biology, Fisheries Science, Ecology, related field, or equivalent.



Posted August 9, 2018

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