FRENCH POLYNESIA REEF RESTORATION MANAGER

Coral Gardeners

Coral Gardeners

Kiawah Island, SC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024

FRENCH POLYNESIA REEF RESTORATION MANAGER

FULL-TIME POSITION

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 12, 2024

OUR PROJECT

The Ocean unites us and our passion is to protect it. Coral Gardeners started in 2017 as a group of young surfers and fishermen coming together to save their home reef. We’re now made up of an international collective of scientists, engineers, creators, and advocates determined to save the reef by revolutionizing ocean conservation and generating collaborative action around the world. We are Coral Gardeners, and we’d like you to join us.

THE JOB

Coral Gardeners is seeking a restoration manager to manage our coral reef restoration efforts. This includes planning, coordinating, and organizing our reef restoration work in French Polynesia, managing multiple teams of coral gardeners, and ensuring compliance with local regulation. The ideal candidate is from French Polynesia (ideally Moorea), speaks Tahitian, French and English, and has experience working in the region, interacting with local government, and has experience writing reports and submitting government forms and applications.

A love of the ocean and ability to work in the water are required. A degree in marine science and hands-on experience in coral reef restoration are additional, but not necessary qualifications.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Team management
    • Directing the reef restoration team in Moorea to conduct in-water reef restoration
    • Coordinating the work and budget of the field teams across French Polynesia
    • Training coral gardeners to become reef restoration managers
    • Develop the scope of works, budgets, and timelines for new reef restoration sites in collaboration with the international development team
  • Field operations
    • Conducting coral reef health assessments and consulting local communities to prioritize restoration sites
    • Setting up in-water nurseries, including obtaining relevant permits and materials
    • Selecting coral species and individuals to ensure species/genetic biodiversity and climate resilience in coordination with the Director of Science
    • Defining transplantation methods that are suitable for local reef conditions in coordination with the Director of Science
    • Working closely with the restoration managers at our Fiji and Thailand branches to apply new methods that improve restoration efficiency and success
    • Coordinate the monitoring of corals in nurseries and at outplant sites to determine their size, health, and survival rate, and work with the Director of Science to adapt the restoration strategy based on those insights
    • Ensure safety of the in-water operations
  • Relationship management
    • Maintaining a good professional relationship with various government agencies
    • Writing quarterly/annual reports to share with funders, partners, and agencies

WORK QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working and living in French Polynesia
  • Experience managing a field team
  • Experience handling French Polyensian regulatory paperwork
  • Fluent in French and English and Tahitian
  • Ideally, a Masters degree in relevant discipline (e.g. marine science, environmental management, biology, coral reef ecology)
  • Ideally, hands-on coral reef restoration experience

PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent organizational skills: plans and manages tasks and responsibilities proactively and independently
  • Creative and innovative: able to adapt to changing conditions and needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills: is able to lead a team in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment
  • Flexible, resourceful, and able to perform in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines

CONDITIONS AND DISCLAIMER

Given the nature of our mission, we are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in saving the reef. We provide a unique and inclusive work environment and an opportunity to work in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

  • Permanent contract
  • Fixed salary with competitive benefits.
  • Start date as soon as possible.

LET’S SAVE THE REEF!