Location: St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Union/Salary: US $40,000.00 per annum
Start Date: Open
Deadline Date: July 30, 2004
This position includes professional advanced biological and scientific work engaged with the collection, measurement, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of natural and physical ocean phenomena. The Marine Resource Biologist is expected to use considerable judgment and independence in the performance of his/her duties. Work is reviewed for consistency and adherence to established policies. The Marine Resource Biologist will serve to coordinate ongoing collaborative monitoring and assessments for the St. Croix East End Marine Park (STCEEMP), develop and expand programs where necessary, support ongoing monitoring and assessments outside the park as needed, build and manage a comprehensive database, prepare analysis or relevant datasets, perform syntheses of related datasets, utilize this information to advise future monitoring efforts, and assist in developing management strategies.
RESPONSIBILITIES (Not all inclusive)
· Coordinate collaborative monitoring efforts for the St. Croix East End Marine Park (STCEEMP); · Assists with ongoing marine resource monitoring and assessment studies; · Identifies monitoring and assessment needs to develop/improve current efforts; · Build and manage a comprehensive database for park management and other marine resource management activities; · Analyzes existing databases related to marine resource management; · Synthesizes information derived from different databases; · Write grants to build territorial capacity for the management of marine resources;
.Serves as a scientific advisor to the USVI, Point of Contact for the US Coral Reef Task Force, and the Virgin Islands Marine Park Advisory Committee.
FACTOR 1 - KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION
Considerable knowledge in analytical and computing skills, strong writing skills; Considerable knowledge and experience with analyses of large datasets; Considerable knowledge of Caribbean marine life; Considerable knowledge and experience with GIS database development and management. Ability to prepare routine field protocols for ecological assessments; Ability to exercise effective communication and work with groups from diverse background; Ability to work independently while meeting established timelines.
FACTOR 2 - SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:
Work is performed under the direction of the Director, Coastal Zone Management. The Marine Park Coordinator may delegate work, and he/she may receive immediate supervision by either the Marine Park Coordinator or the St. Croix staff from Division of Fish and Wildlife. The Resource Biologist will have minimal supervision and will be expected to work both independently (e.g. database analyses) and also collaboratively within DPNR.
FACTOR 3 - GUIDELINES:
Guidelines include departmental policies, procedures, scientific literature where applicable, records of previous projects, Federal Rules, Regulations, Pamphlets, etc.
FACTOR 4 - COMPLEXITY:
Work is advanced at this level and involves full responsibility for executing plans, and programs.
FACTOR 5 - SCOPE AND EFFECT:
To provide information that will be beneficial in alleviating major problems within the marine ecosystems; which in turn will improve cultural conservation or other management and industry practices.
FACTOR 6 - PERSONAL CONTACTS:
Contacts include co-workers, general public and agency representatives, federal agencies, US Coral Reef Task Force, and others.
FACTOR 7 - PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:
To provide information relative to marine ecosystems programs, as well as to elicit cooperation in the gathering of data and the manner of collecting and reporting such.
FACTOR 8 - PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The work requires bending, stooping, standing, swimming and scuba diving in order to conduct research and achieve desired objectives.
FACTOR 9 - WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in marine ecosystems, laboratories, open sea and an office.
Master's Degree from an accredited institution in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Fisheries Biology, or a related field of study; plus two (2) years relevant experience; or, Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Fisheries Biology, or a related field of study, and five (5) years relevant experience; or, Two (2) years at the Fisheries Biologist II level.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS:
Scuba diving certification is required of all applicants/employees assigned to this position. Small boat operation is required.
FOR MORE INFROMATION, CONTACT:
Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Coastal Zone Management; St. Croix East End Marine Park Mr. Conrad E. Knowles, Park Coordinator at (340) 773 - 1082 ext. 2204 or Mr. Juan Figueroa, Human Resources Coordinator at (340) 773 -1082 ext. 2210 Fax No. # (340) 773 - 3343
or Mail Resumes to;
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & NATURAL RESOURCES
Division of Coastal Zone Management
St. Croix East End Marine Park
No. 45 Mars Hill
Rainbow Plaza, Frederiksted
St. Croix, USVI 00841