Northern California Regional Manager – Reef Check California Program

Reef Check seeks a marine biologist with extensive California dive survey experience to help maintain and grow our rocky-reef ecosystem monitoring program in Northern California. The Northern California Regional Manager position is full-time and will entail extensive travel throughout Northern California for training and dive surveys, and occasionally, outside the region. During April to October, survey and training work will usually occur on weekends when volunteers are available. This position will be home-based in or near Fort Bragg, Mendocino County.

We seek an outstanding leader who is passionate about marine conservation, self-motivated and is able to inspire volunteers and work independently. The successful candidate will:

1. Recruit volunteers and train divers in the Reef Check California monitoring protocol.;
2. Organize and lead Reef Check surveys of rocky reefs in Northern California;
3. Assist with strategic planning, fund raising and volunteer support activities;
4. Carry out public outreach activities, publicity and represent RC at meetings in the region.

Requirements include:

1. A Bachelors or Masters degree in marine biology or related field;
2. An accredited research diving certification (i.e. AAUS) with considerable research diving experience in northern California waters;
3. Detailed knowledge of the ecology and taxonomy of rocky reef ecosystems in California;
4. Experience teaching recreational and/or research divers (Instructor certification is a plus).

Previous Reef Check survey training and experience leading volunteer divers will be an advantage. Successful candidates will be well organized, have a strong work ethic with a high level of self-motivation and enthusiasm and excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants must have a reliable vehicle and be available to begin this position in March 2018.

Salary commensurate with experience. Medical/dental plan and 401(k) with company match available.

Review of applicants will commence on January 29, 2018.

Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 references via email to: Jan Freiwald: jfreiwald@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