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Project Manager

Sea Turtle and Coral Reef Conservation Program

Maui Ocean Center Narine Institute


Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (MOCMI), a nonprofit organization based in Maui, Hawai’i, mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release threatened and endangered sea turtles, maintain a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals and to provide educational opportunities in conservation and the marine sciences.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline

  • Conservation-minded behavior

  • Strong leadership and management skills

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with sea turtles

  • Strong language and communication skills (written and oral)

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Possess a professional attitude and appearance

  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and holidays

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Should possess aptitude for various environmental monitoring techniques/methods ● Ability to prioritize work assignments

  • Should be comfortable in and around the ocean

Job Responsibilities

  • General​

    • Responsible for supporting institutional and departmental missions as well as meeting the goals established by Conservation Committee and MOCMI Board of Directors

    • Responsible for following established policies and procedures

    • Able and willing to be reached during nonworking hours for emergencies

    • Responsible for completing assigned work in an efficient and timely manner

    • Responsible for equipment, supplies, and personnel associated with field projects

    • Responsible for operating within assigned project budgets

    • Develops and maintains relationships with stakeholder and partner organizations

    • Motivates community members to participate in MOCMI conservation activities and projects

    • Attends select community and stakeholder meetings to foster relationships and build community relations

    • Responsible for recruitment, training, and management of volunteers

    • Participates in monthly Conservation Committee meetings

    • Participates in weekly meetings with Chair of Conservation Committee

    • Prepares monthly progress report for Board of Directors

  • Stranding Response and Rescue

    • Respond to reports of live and deceased sea turtle stranding events. Duties will include:

      • Fielding of calls from the public regarding stranded sea turtles

      • Coordination of beach and on-water response to injured, impaired, or expired animals

      • Coordinate with NOAA for medical assessment and intake/shipment of animals

    • Oversight of data collection and entry
    • Maintain rehabilitation facility quality standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities
    • Develop stranding response training program for volunteers
    • Interact with and delegate tasks to volunteers
  • Conservation and Research Projects

    • Coordinates implementation of assigned Conservation/Research projects including developing implementation plans, tracking budgets, acquiring resources, cultivating and maintaining new partnerships, and internal and external reporting.

    • Leads conservation programs in and adjacent to target communities and projects

    • Conducts evaluation of project results and preparation of summary reports including financial reporting and summary assessment of results

    • Manages multiple projects at once, requiring ability to address multiple tasks in different project phases

    • Works collaboratively with the Conservation Committee in the preparation of grant proposals

    • Implements special projects as needed

  • Physical Requirements

    • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, sit, kneel, reach overhead, be exposed to extreme heat, ocean conditions, and marine animals.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Position will remain open until filled.


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