Coral Restoration Specialist

CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management (DCRM)

About the organization

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.


- Lead all aspects of in-water maintenance and repair activities, including short-term implementation planning and logistics, for nursery and out-planting sites, as well as supporting mid- and long-term strategic coral management planning;
- Assist with some aspects of in-water ecological surveys, including data collection for monitoring nurseries and out-planting sites;
- Provide support with other in-water surveys for long-term monitoring sites;
- Facilitate coral restoration planning and project implementation with DFW, OPD, and other agency, private, and non-profit partners;
- Oversee and support data entry, management, analysis, and QA/QC;
- Procurement of necessary supplies and accounts for the project;
- Writing and preparation of reports, scientific manuscripts, and grant proposals;
- Participate in planning, public education, and outreach activities;
- Attend regularly scheduled project management meetings and DCRM staff meetings;
- Support grant reporting and project description development for supplemental applications as needed;
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the DCRM Director, OPD Director, or NFWF Project coordinator, including, but not limited to, environmental impact statement / permit review, site damage assessment, permit site inspection, or research to address management issues; and
- Perform other duties as required and/or assigned.


- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in marine biology, environmental science, aquaculture, or related field with a minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in work relevant to this position;
- Master’s Degree in marine biologist, environmental science, aquaculture, or related field with a minimum of one (1) year of professional experience in work relevant to this position (preferred);
- SCUBA certification level equivalent to PADI open water, plus at least 50 logged dives;
- SCUBA certification level equivalent to PADI Rescue Diver or greater (preferred);
- First AID and DAN O2 certified (preferred);
- Experience studying and/or working on the restoration of coral reefs and related ecosystems, preferably in the western Pacific region (preferred);
- Familiarity with taxonomy of western Pacific coral reef organisms, particularly scleratinian corals (preferred);
- Experience with database management (preferred);
- Experience with ecological statistics (preferred);
- Experience with budgeting and procurement procedures (preferred);
- Able to move to the CNMI in starting early 2021.


$44,000 - $48,000 annually (plus fringe benefits)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please email, as a single PDF document, a cover letter, CV or resume, names and contact information for three references, and a copy of terminal degree OR unofficial transcripts to Janice Castro, DCRM Director ([email protected]), cc Denise Perez ([email protected]). Alternatively, hard copies of all documents can be sent to Janice Castro, Director, Division of Coastal Resources Management, P.O. Box 501304, Saipan, MP 96950.

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