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Coral Reef Conservation Program and Coastal Zone Management Liaison for Puerto Rico
The Baldwin Group, Inc., (TBG) on contract to NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, is seeking a management liaison (also called a technical program officer) to support the implementation of two NOAA programs in Puerto Rico: the Coral Reef Conservation Program (Coral Program) and the Coastal Zone Management Program. The staff member will be employed by TBG, under contract with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management’s (OCM) and Coral Reef Conservation Program. In support of the Coral Program, the liaison will deliver regionally relevant coral conservation services to Puerto Rico and their partners. The liaison will also support the implementation of Puerto Rico’s coastal management program approved by NOAA under the Coastal Zone Management Act. For both roles, the liaison will provide place-based and regional technical assistance related coastal management and coral conservation. The position will be located in Puerto Rico.
Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to
In the role of contract liaison for Puerto Rico’s Coral Reef Conservation Program
- Provide management assistance to Puerto Rico’s coral reef management program to maintain programs and meet all program requirements.
- Provide technical assistance in the areas of coral reef conservation, planning, and management; restoration ecology; climate change adaptation and planning; and watershed management.
- Coordinate with jurisdiction coral reef points of contact and other appropriate agencies on NOAA Coral Program activities in the region.
- Coordinate with federal partners on the development and implementation of initiatives in priority areas that are consistent with Coral Program goals and objectives.
- Support annual Coral Program planning process, including fielding questions from, and coordinating calls with, potential principal investigators and local partners; conducting technical reviews of proposals; and providing implementation support to awarded projects.
- Support development and implementation of local action strategies initiatives in coral jurisdictions.
- Provide support for efforts to develop and manage marine protected areas and build management capacity, when appropriate.
- Conduct site visits or fieldwork to assist or assess Coral Program activities.
- Coordinate with Puerto Rico and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor the cooperative funding agreements; and provide technical reviews of other Coral Program funding grants and agreements.
- Provide guidance to Puerto Rico on their responsibility to ensure documentation on all coral reef projects, including permits, completion of financial requirements, and environmental compliance; and adequate monitoring of ongoing coral reef management and restoration projects.
- Provide an interface for Puerto Rico’s work to address coral reef conservation and coastal management challenges.
- Provide information to outreach and communications staff for the development of locally-tailored coral reef outreach and education materials.
In the role of contract liaison for Puerto Rico’s Coastal Zone Management Program
- Provide support and assistance to Puerto Rico’s implementation of its Coastal Zone Management Program approved under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
- Coordinate with Puerto Rico and NOAA’s federal program officer to negotiate, process, amend, and monitor cooperative agreements and grants; and provide technical reviews for other proposals as necessary.
- Support Puerto Rico in the implementation of Coastal Zone Management Program activities, including review and analysis of proposed program policy changes; program evaluations required under the Coastal Zone Management Act; and the development, review, and approval of five-year assessments and strategies.
- Provide subject matter expertise and regional coordination support.
- Identify Puerto Rico’s coastal management program highlights and other opportunities to communicate partner success stories.
- Identify and facilitate programmatic synergies across the Coral Program and Coastal Zone Management programs to enhance execution and results, and/or identify joint projects.
- Master’s degree in coral reef conservation, marine science, coastal management, or related field, plus three years of related experience
- Knowledge of issues confronting coral reef conservation
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Fluent in both Spanish and English (spoken and written)
- Self-starter with ability to work in a team environment
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
- Technical writing skills and ability to synthesize technical information
- Knowledge of, and experience with, the Coastal Zone Management Act and/or the Coral Reef Conservation Act
- Experience working with state and federal agencies, tribes, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
- Experience developing and tracking project milestones and strategic planning
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please email your resume with a cover letter outlining your qualifications to:
Subject: "Coral Reef Conservation Program and Coastal Zone Management Liaison for Puerto Rico"