Program Manager – Reef Check Tropical Program

The Reef Check Foundation is seeking a mid-career coral reef entrepreneur to run the Tropical Program that is focused on coral reef conservation. Our core work is community-based ecosystem monitoring using the EcoDiver monitoring package. The ideal candidate will be a coral reef ecologist who also has business experience preferably in the dive or tourism industry. The Program Manager will be responsible for maintaining and growing Reef Check's global survey network of teams in dozens of countries, ensuring that annual trainings are available wherever they are needed. In addition, the Program Manager will be responsible for introducing and selling new educational products to dive shops and resorts worldwide via tradeshows.

Minimum qualifications include:
• Masters degree in coral reef science and publications
• 5 years work experience, including work in the dive/tourism industry or a coral reef NGO
• Evidence of entrepreneurship and ability to work independently
• Proven record of securing funding through grant proposals and/or business plans
• SCUBA diving skills and significant experience conducting research and/or teaching diving
• Passion for coral reef conservation and available to start in April 2018
• International experience and foreign language skills are a big asset

Reef Check is a 20-year old, award-winning reef conservation organization focused on California rocky reefs and tropical coral reefs. This position is based at the main office on the water in Marina Del Rey, California. Note that while this position is open to international applicants, if you do not currently hold a US work visa, the timing and uncertainty associated with the visa application process are a disadvantage.

This position will require international travel. Salary commensurate with experience. Medical/dental plan and 401(k) with company match available. Review of applicants will commence on March 10, 2018. Please send CV, three references and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position to Jenny Mihaly at rcinfo@reefcheck.org

Volunteer Positions

Reef Check is looking for help from volunteers to help with a variety of projects, as well as those with experience in the following areas:

  • Public Relations
  • Outreach
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Office Administration
  • Membership
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Marketing & Sales

If you are interested in volunteering at our office in Los Angeles, please fill out our volunteer form or email rcinfo@reefcheck.org.

Community Outreach

Reef Check Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with ocean education and outreach at its office in Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey and at various events in Southern California. Click here for details.

Volunteer Testimonials

"Hi my name is Alina and I am an undergraduate at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA studying Environmental Biology. Interning at Reef Check allowed me to explore various career paths I have been considering all at the same time. I have wanted to pursue a career in the non-profit sector since I was in high school, and Reef Check has given me a firsthand look at what this means. I gained invaluable experience working closely with the director of development, the program director and the executive director of Reef Check. I learned about networking, public relations, marketing, fundraising, community outreach, the logistics of running educational programs, the logistics of running a retail space, and even got to spend a day snorkeling! If you are interested in the environmental field but don't know where to start, Reef Check is the place to go!"
- Alina Nakano

"Upon completion of my pre-veterinary undergraduate degree, I found myself falling in love with the ocean and its inhabitants through my work at a marine wildlife rehabilitation center and my new-found passion for scuba diving. In 2013, I met Gregor at the Scuba Show in Long Beach, California and once I learned about Reef Check I was determined to be apart of their incredible mission to conserve the world's reefs! During my last 3 years with Reef Check, I have taken on many roles including media development, education and outreach coordinator, fundraising and event support and even was able to connect with Reef Check International teams while in Southeast Asia. My active role in this global organization has provided valuable experience to support my career development as a conservationist, and now a graduate student of Cornell University's Department of Global Development. I am continually inspired by Reef Check's positive impact on the planet, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Reef Check Foundation for many years to come."
- Marilyn Brody