Job Opportunity - Coral Restoration Staff Scientist

Location: Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (IC2R3), Summerland Key, Florida Primary Function: The Coral Restoration Staff Scientist will primarily be responsible for overseeing the Coral Restoration Program’s day to day activities, including managing the implementation of coral propagation within our land-based nursery, outplanting, monitoring and reporting.

Primary Duties:

  • Assist in managing Mote’s coral restoration efforts, specifically focused on utilizing land-based nurseries and microfragmentation processes.
  • Be a leader in Mote’s coral restoration efforts by providing guidance, perspective and initiative for future cutting-edge technologies and applications to keep Mote within the forefront of restoration science
  • Oversee Mote’s coral restoration initiatives funded by the State of Florida, NOAA Restoration Center, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation awards
  • Represent Mote’s Coral Restoration Program within workshops, partner meetings, and collaborative initiatives.
  • Oversee data management of the coral restoration outplanting deliverables and research projects within the scope of funded projects
  • Conduct data analyses, create quarterly reports, and publish peer-reviewed articles on coral restoration science
  • Oversee permit applications and permit reports associated with Mote’s Coral Restoration Program
  • Write grants for additional financial support that further Mote’s coral restoration efforts
  • Additional various operational and administrative duties related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, and assist with outreach and education activities as needed.

Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

  • Ph.D. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university OR a Master’s Degree and 5 years of equivalent experience in coral restoration.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license.
  • Ability to obtain AAUS dive certification
  • Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with aquaculture systems.
  • Experience in stony coral husbandry.
  • Experience in conducting coral restoration research.
  • Publication history appropriate for a Staff Scientist level position.
  • Experience operating vessels up to 25ft (USCG Captain’s License preferred).
  • Ability to identify Florida stony corals.
  • Ability to work outdoors, for long hours, in tropical climate.
  • Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs required.
  • Normal hours are 8-hour work days M-F; however, weekend and evening hours may be required at times.

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm October 31, 2019 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expected Salary: $50,000 - $55,000 per year plus a generous fringe benefits package

For more information visit the Mote Marine Laboratory website

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