Climate/Marine Protected Area Associate

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, is seeking a Climate/Marine Protected Area Associate.

The Climate/Marine Protected Area Associate will provide support to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to enhance climate change assessment and adaptation actions across the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the nation’s MPAs. Focus areas include supporting climate vulnerability assessments, synthesizing and disseminating information on climate change impacts, identifying and developing adaptation actions (including habitat restoration), supporting climate education and outreach, and green operations across NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.  

The climate associate serves as part of a core team supporting implementation of the ONMS Climate Resilience Strategy under the direction of the ONMS Climate Team and will report to the On-Site Coordinator.

This position will be based in NOAA’s ONMS headquarters office in Silver Spring, with the potential for some telework or remote work.

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is committed to a culture of inclusion, equity, and belonging.  We are dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse staff.  We honor experiences, perspective, and unique identities, and welcome the contributions that you can bring to the dedicated team.  With a diverse team of employees, we can grow and learn better together and achieve our mission to protect the health of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes for current and future generations.

What You’ll Do

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Develop science-based reports for ONMS and partners that enhance the incorporation of climate information into Sanctuaries management:

●    Support ONMS’ Climate Team and its working groups, including organizing meetings, following up on action items, and preparing reports and other products.

●    Support virtual, web-based learning exchanges for ONMS to aid on-site staff and partners in the incorporation of climate change considerations into sanctuary management.

●    Support national marine sanctuaries in their climate vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning

●    Develop a restoration opportunities database for ONMS to document restoration opportunities within and near sanctuaries to facilitate development of funding and partnerships

●    Assess US and ONMS authorities of relevance to the governing and deployment of marine carbon dioxide removal technologies and develop recommendations for the application of ONMS permitting authorities to these technologies

●    Support activities with the ONMS Maritime Heritage Program and sites with a maritime and/or cultural heritage focus to identify next steps to identify and address climate impacts for cultural resources.  

●    Support the development of climate communication and education products for Sanctuaries by serving a writer, editor and reviewer (as needed) for products.

●    Responsible for other deliverables related to climate change and MPAs as identified by the MPA Center/ONMS.  

Who You Are

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or earth sciences, environmental sciences, or policy, plus at least two years of specialized work experience related to two or more the following: 

•    Analyzing climate impacts and adaptation in the marine or coastal environment

•    Science and management of marine protected areas, including management of natural and cultural resources

•    Coordinating multi-disciplinary marine planning and management efforts

•    Communicating technical and/or environmental information verbally and in written format.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in biology, ecology, or earth sciences/environmental science

Why You Will Love Us

•    Dedicated and passionate staff committed to marine and Great Lakes conservation.

•    Two weeks paid annual leave, plus paid time off the week between December 25 and January 1; and 12 paid holidays

•    Two weeks paid sick leave

•    Health Benefits: Medical with an FSA option; dental, and vision

•    Foundation paid Life and Disability Insurance

•    Preparing for the Future: 403(B) with employer contribution after one year of service

•    Transportation subsidy

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