Reef Restoration Program Associate 



Reef Restoration Program Associate


JOB TITLE:                          Reef Restoration Program Associate

SALARY:                              Commensurate on experience

LOCATION:                         Key Largo, FL

SUPERVISOR:                     Restoration Program Manager, Coral Restoration Foundation

SUBMISSION:                     Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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APPLICATION MATERIALS                        
  1. Cover Letter that speaks to your interest to be a part of CRF restoration efforts and what you can bring to this dynamic team (limit 2 page).
  2. Resume presenting related experience concisely and directly addressing items in this position description (limit 3 pages).
  3. Contact information and relationship to applicant for a minimum of three references. Please note, if applicants are formerly associated with CRF, referees should come from outside the current CRF Team.
  4. All application materials should be submitted in one PDF document saved as: Last name.first of submission. For example: Doe.Jane.05-01-2017

The chosen candidate should embody the core values of CRF. This includes the ability to be team-oriented, and able to work with a diverse group of staff, interns, volunteers, donors and community members.

CRF Values Statement: CRF is driven by action and results. CRF believes that through education and innovation, we provide hope for coral reefs and future generations. We act with honesty, respect, and integrity at all times as representatives of the organization. CRF promotes a positive working environment that values teamwork, education, and financial stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.
  • Open Water SCUBA Certified, from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of thirty (30) open water dives; a minimum of fifteen (15) of those dives as ocean dives and a minimum of five (5) boat dives. SCUBA certified as Advanced Diver or higher.
  • Current certifications for: First Aid, CPR and O2 Provider with the certification issued from an internationally recognized agency.
  • Small boat handling and boat trailering experience. Preference to Coast Guard Licensed Captains.

This position is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA. Applicants must be motivated, reliable, and display strong core characteristics as described in CRF’s value statement. This position involves working in a complex underwater environment, often managing 3-5 additional (sometimes relatively inexperienced) divers. A CRF team member is a multi-tasker who is expected to think critically while being intuitive. They are able to adjust unexpectedly to changes and readily solve problems. They must achieve and maintain a high level of spatial awareness, for divers’ safety and in an effort to complete restoration tasks seamlessly.

This position is a field-based team member who will assist in executing CRF’s day to day restoration efforts. They work closely with the Reef Restoration Program Manager to help plan and support operations such as: the set up and long-term management of all CRF coral nurseries, outplant sites, and monitoring efforts, while following CRF’s standard operating procedures for restoration activities.  On water efforts involve directing fellow divers and communicating tasks, boat handling and boat trailering.

The main purpose of this position is to facilitate diving and field-based tasks; however, this work is also supplemented with land-based activities designed to support CRF’s efforts. This includes (but is not limited to): nursery structure assembly, inventory of restoration materials, fueling vehicles and boats, and assisting in scuba gear maintenance. They are also expected to provide day to day task descriptions and updates to the Program Manager via CRF’s master scheduling documents and direct communication. Additionally, they may be asked to provide ad hoc reports and to contribute to preparing reporting documents.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences.
  • Excellent communications in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Spatial awareness of surroundings and fellow divers. This means being able to watch and manage fellow divers while also being able to accomplish tasks within nurseries and at restoration sites.
  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Garmin GPS software, and Google products (Google Earth and calendar features).
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience boating and trailering small boats in the open ocean is preferred. In lieu of practical experience, applicant should demonstrate the confidence in learning a new skill sets.
  • Experience with SCUBA tank, high pressure air compressor, gear repairs, and general vehicle or vessel maintenance.
  • Critical thinking to adapt or modify processes in response to fluid circumstances.
  • Coordinate multiple tasks with many variables, while working on SCUBA.
  • Solve routine problems independently; consult Program Manager for unusual or complex problems.
  • Development of acute spatial awareness and attention to detail while working in the underwater environment is critical.

CRF operates with a small full-time staff. CRF relies on seasonal college interns as well as local volunteers to accomplish its mission and work effectively on the water.  This lean operation, along with a diverse and unified team, is crucial to our success. Being an effective team member includes setting a positive example for the interns and volunteers, both on and off the water. It requires the sustained ability to work harmoniously with the CRF team, interns, volunteers, and the public, including the donors, partners, and media.

This job includes an ability to:

  • Successfully supervise diverse groups of divers with various levels of dive skills and certifications.
  • Clearly articulate tasks through verbal communication and visual demonstration.
  • Communicate with internal and external contacts to seek or convey information and coordinate critical activities.
  • Participate in public speaking events and create presentation materials.
  • Consistently demonstrate professional, positive, and approachable attitude/demeanor and remain discrete.

Work requires high levels of physical exertion and/or physical strain. Must be able to carry 65 pounds and able to lift 35 pounds overhead. This position is expected to perform 3 shallow-water scuba dives for up to 5 consecutive dives per week. Work environment involves frequent exposure to various elements (sun, heat, wind, rain, cold, etc). Typical work week is Monday through Friday, 9-5pm, however a willingness to travel and work flexible hours and weekends is essential.


Coral Restoration Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To download a pdf version of the position description, click here.