Jan 04, 2020
The Nature Conservancy OFFICE LOCATION Nassawadox, Virginia, USA VA405 A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Marine Restoration Specialist works as part of the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) Team supporting all of VCR's work on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Specifically, he/she will organize and lead volunteers on field activities, conduct restoration of oysters, seagrass, and bay scallops, and collect and manage monitoring data for reports and publications. The Marine Restoration Specialist will trailer and captain boats for fieldwork and work closely with VCR partners collaborating on shared projects. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Marine Restoration Specialist will conduct marine ecological restoration and monitoring at the Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) for activities relating to oyster, eelgrass, and bay scallop restoration. They will lead annual monitoring of oyster reefs and oversee management of oyster monitoring database. The Marine Restoration Specialist is responsible for organizing and leading volunteers for marine habitat restoration projects and ensuring restoration materials are manufactured or delivered as necessary to support restoration project schedules. They will assist the Coastal Scientist with planning and design of projects, writing reports, and monitoring of eelgrass and bay scallops. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Responsibilities include on-going monitoring of restored and existing oyster reefs owned by the Conservancy, including collection of monitoring samples, processing of samples, data entry and management of VCR's oyster database. In addition, the Marine Restoration Specialist will assist with the construction of artificial substrate reefs overseeing and managing volunteers in the manufacture and field deployment of these materials on large scale projects. He/she will oversee annual collection of eelgrass reproductive shoots by volunteers as well as maintain TNC's eelgrass seed curing facility and bay scallop field nursey. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor's Degree in science related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience Experience operating and trailering boats independently up to 24 feet in length. Experience with GIS software and data to create maps. Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means. Experience with managing complex databases, including data entry and report production. Must have valid driver's license, safe driving record (per TNC's Auto Safety Program) and provide own transportation and personal automobile insurance. Experience working in physically strenuous settings sometimes to the point of physical fatigue, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, and on difficult and hazardous terrain. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of general techniques for constructing oyster reefs in the field. Proficiency in collecting and processing oyster samples for ecological monitoring. Experience managing groups of volunteers in the field Competent at snorkeling in shallow water. Ability to work full days lifting 35 lb. oyster castle blocks. Ability to work as part of dynamic team, managing and prioritizing tasks. Can complete tasks independently within assigned time frames. Able to communicate clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means. Proficient in coordinating information from multiple sources into databases to inlcude data entry and report production. Local knowledge of the Eastern Shore of Virginia seaside, tides, and barrier islands preferred. AUTO SAFETY POLICY This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers . Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record. HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 48378, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 2, 2020. Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact email@example.com . The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law. The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.
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