Job Opening: Reef Renewal Technician

The job opening Reef Renewal Technician is closed for all applicants.

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is a non-profit organization which mission is to protect and assist the reefs’ natural recovery restore coral reefs in Bonaire by:

  • propagating, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically diverse corals
  • developing new and innovative ways to restore reefs that are supported by research collaborations and shared worldwide
  • training, engaging, and inspiring the community locally and internationally through volunteering, educational events, and outreach
  • demonstrating that through community efforts there is still hope for coral reefs.

For this job opportunity, RRFB is seeking to hire a new restoration technician in partnership with SECORE International. The collaboration between these two non-profit organizations will allow the successful implementation of sexual and asexual coral propagation simultaneously, increasing the chances of large-scale restoration success. Through science, education and the engagement of local and international communities, this program focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to aid the recovery of coral reefs.

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Diver tests a collection net designed to collect staghorn gametes at Jeff Davis Memorial.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Restoration Technician (RT) will be a full-time position with Reef Renewal based in Bonaire. The RT will work within the team of RRFB daily, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). During the coral spawning season, the RT will focus on overseeing larval propagation efforts in Bonaire, operating directly under the supervision SECORE’s Caribbean Restoration Coordinator (RC). Other than overseeing SECORE’s larval propagation efforts in Bonaire, the RT will actively participate in both RRFB’s and SECORE’s restoration and outreach activities under the direct supervision of the COO throughout the year.

Duties

  1. Under direct supervision of SECORE’s RC, RT will be assisting with the implementation of SECORE’s larval based restoration efforts on Bonaire. This includes being involved in gamete collections, setup and maintenance of coral rearing in situ basins (CRIBs), in- and ex- situ larval rearing, outplanting of recruits, and monitoring at outplanting sites.
  2. Assisting with experiments, fieldwork, and technology development to further restoration efforts on Bonaire.
  3. Under direct supervision of RRFB’s COO, RT will participate in restoration efforts including the maintenance of coral nurseries and outplant sites.
  4. Play an active role in outreach and education of both RRFB’s and SECORE’s restoration efforts to both local and international communities.
  5. Be responsible of SECORE’s data collection, analysis, and reporting in Bonaire. Assist in the same tasks when required for the RRFB team.
  6. Play an active role in SECORE’s regional capacity-building program. This includes participation in the organization of workshops and training events that are held in Bonaire and potentially at other locations.
  7. Maintain communications with RC and COO, providing updates and reports as needed or requested.
  8. Assist the Research Scientist (RS) in Curaçao with experiments, fieldwork and lab work when required.
  9. Maintain a working knowledge of current technology, research and science relevant to the duties in the position. This may include publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with other RRFB/SECORE personnel and associates and/or presenting at relevant conferences and events.
  10. Provide oversight and supervision to graduate students, interns, and volunteers.
  11. RT will also perform other duties and responsibilities as may be reasonably requested or required by RC, OC or RS.
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Qualifications

  • degree in a related field (e.g., marine ecology/biology, aquaculture, environmental sciences), preferably with field experience in coral spawning and larval rearing work
  • Experience in (in situ) monitoring, data collection and analysis
  • Scuba dive master or instructor certified from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Passionate about SECORE’s and RRFB’s shared mission to actively restore corals
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in at least the English language. A preference will go to applicants that are also fluent in Dutch and Papiamentu
  • Proficient using MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with boat handling experience
  • Valid passport and driver’s license
  • Able to work in a very flexible environment with changing working hours and time off
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry at least 35 pounds
  • Must be eligible to work in Bonaire

Applicant will carry out both field- and lab-based tasks, directing divers, communicating tasks, which mostly occur under water. This job will sometimes include the ability to successfully supervise groups of divers with various levels of dive skills and certifications. High level of situational awareness for divers’ safety and work efficiency is therefore crucial. This job entails working in a team, as well as independently. The successful applicant is therefore required to have excellent communication skills to his/her teammates, as well as to his/her direct supervisor. Applicants must have a positive working attitude, being self-motivated and reliable, and able to work in an ever changing and rapidly expanding field. Spawning work occurs during evening hours, and therefore flexibility during the spawning season is a key requirement. Working hours and days-off will be determined based on expected coral spawning times.

Application

Please provide a short cover letter that shows your interest to be part of the RRFB team in Bonaire. Present related experience concisely and directly addressing items in this position description. Please also include a detailed resume, when emailing your application to:
francesca@reefrenewalbonaire.org AND k.latijnhouwers@secore.org