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Watershed Coordinator

About Division of Coastal Resources Management

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Division of Coastal Resources Management houses both the State Coastal Zone Management Program, and the State Coral Reef Conservation Program. Established on 11 February 1983 by Public Law 3-47 within the Office of the Governor, and reorganized under the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) under the Governor’s Executive Order 2013-24, the DCRM program was established in order to promote conservation and wise development around our coastal resources.


Nature of Work

The Watershed Coordinator’s primary role is to manage watershed restoration projects in Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The Watershed Coordinator will work in priority watersheds and carry out watershed management projects as it relates to coral reef protection efforts in the CNMI. The employee in this position will lead implementation projects identified in the CNMI’s Management Priorities, Land-Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP), and Local Action Strategies (LAS) under the Coral Initiative (CRI) Program.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate watershed projects on Saipan in priority watersheds identified through water quality integrated reports, Watershed Working Group meetings, and Conservation Action Plan (CAP)/Watershed Management Plan (WMP)
  • Assist with CRI outreach for citizens interested in volunteering in watershed management and conservation projects, with a focus on building awareness and support for restoration intervention in Achugao;
  • Contribute in building local community and agency support and involvement in natural resource and coral reef conservation and management measures by conducting community meetings, creating best management practice guidelines, and existing as a liaison for standing and ad-hoc CNMI interagency natural resource groups, including the Watershed Working Group (WWG)
  • Complete support and logistical tasks as necessary including identifying funding, reviewing past work, procuring supplies, releasing and reviewing proposals, and working with contractors as necessary;
  • Meet and coordinate with partner groups, tracking the progress of activities, summarizing monitoring data and preparing reports;
  • Coordinate with the point of contact (POC) on the development of grant proposals related to watershed protection, tracking and reporting on expenses and progress related to CRI funded projects’
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the DCRM Director.


  • Bachelor’s Degree: Environmental Science/Studies, Natural Resources Management, Planning, Marine/Terrestrial Biology, or other related field.
  • Four (4) years of project management experience in work relevant to natural resources, environmental planning or coordination, community watershed planning, assessment, or implementing nonpoint pollution program.
  • A Master’s Degree with two (2) years experience may be substituted.

Application instructions - Academic Transcripts - Criminal Record Clearance (Valid for 1 year from date issued from state of residence) - Valid Driver's License or Valid ID - Proof of Registry with Selective Service System, if applicable - CNMI Employment Application Form - Immigration Card/Passport - Other Proof of Licenses, Certificates, or documents as applicable upon request

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