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North Coast Regional Manager - Reef Check California Program

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The Reef Check Foundation is seeking a North Coast Regional Manager to help maintain and grow our rocky-reef ecosystem monitoring program in northern California. This full-time position will be based in or near Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, and will entail extensive travel and diving in northern California and, occasionally, throughout the state. Reef Check is part of a consortium that is doing baseline monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs) in this region.

The Regional Manager will work closely with the Director of the California program to carry out diver-based subtidal field surveys, schedule and conduct volunteer training and outreach activities, recruit and manage volunteer citizen scientists and will run the day-to-day operations of the program in the region. This position requires extensive scuba diving work and regular work on weekends during the training and dive season (April to October).

Applicants should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in marine biology or related field (or equivalent experience) and an accredited research diving certification (i.e. AAUS) with extensive research diving experience in California’s coastal waters (preferably northern California). The ideal candidate will have detailed knowledge of the coastal rocky reef ecosystem in northern California, good taxonomic skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with recreational divers and academic researchers and experience as a dive leader. A certification as Dive Master or Instructor and experience in the Reef Check monitoring protocol will be an advantage. Successful candidates must have a strong work ethic, be able to work independently, with a high level of self motivation and enthusiasm. We are looking for someone who is an outstanding leader and able to inspire volunteers. The candidate must be organized, capable of working independently and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience managing and leading volunteers will be a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience, please include recent salary history in application. Medical Plan and 401(k) Plan with company match.

Review of applicants will commence on March 15th 2014.

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to:
Jan Freiwald:
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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:

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You can commit some of your valuable time to participate as an outreach volunteer at any of the events listed below, and help educate the public about ocean problems and solutions. Only a few hours of your time can help tremendously, and increase your social network by interacting with like-minded individuals!

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