The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to unite communities to save coral reefs. Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—CORAL protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystems.
The Programs team oversees community-driven conservation work and cutting-edge scientific research around the world. We have set an aggressive vision for growth and increased conservation action throughout this decade to address the serious threats affecting coral reef ecosystems and the human communities they support.
CORAL has more than a decade of experience working in the Main Hawaiian Islands on coral reef conservation. Currently, our work focuses on our Clean Water for Reefs Initiative, with an emphasis on preventing land-based sources of pollution from entering streams and groundwater which eventually lead to the ocean.
In West Maui, our work focuses on restoring natural filtration processes within watersheds. We take a “ridge to reef” approach to restore the natural function of an ahupua‘a (watershed) to filter stormwater and absorb nutrients, sediments and other harmful pollutants. At the shoreline (makai), we provide guidance to shoreline property owners, the tourism industry, and Maui County on how to implement reef-friendly landscaping using low impact design (LID) to naturally filter stormwater before it reaches the ocean.
Further mauka in the midslope region, we recently launched a major multi-stakeholder project to restore streams to reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients flowing into the ocean. We are working with farmers, Hawaiian communities, local nonprofits, private businesses, and the government to pilot stream restoration techniques that combine modern technology with native vegetation and traditional agricultural practices, such as wetland taro patches (loʻi kalo). We believe that finding ways to restore the environment that benefits local communities will help us to drive conservation outcomes on a broad scale. We are collaborating with experts to measure the effectiveness of these approaches and we will share these results and implementation procedures to help inform restoration efforts statewide.
Over the next few years, CORAL plans to leverage the success, knowledge and partnerships we have developed through our conservation projects to scale our impact across the Main Hawaiian Islands.
CORAL is seeking an exceptional and resourceful leader to join our team on the Island of Maui as Program Manager. The ideal candidate is a highly organized systems thinker who has the ability to unite a diverse suite of stakeholders around saving coral reefs. This role will be vital to ensuring successful execution of conservation strategies within the Clean Water for Reefs Initiative. The Maui Program Manager will work closely with the Associate Program Director at CORAL Headquarters in California and will act as a liaison between Maui field staff and HQ.
This role has four primary focal areas:
This position is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team working on cutting-edge conservation strategies that will create lasting benefits for coral reefs in Hawaiʻi and across the globe.
Managing and monitoring programmatic activities:
Developing strategy and designing programs:
Writing proposals, educational resources and reports:
The Program Manager will also assist in administrative functions as needed.
The minimum required qualifications at least five years of experience in conservation or resource management, demonstrated success leading community organizing around conservation or resource management issues, and a BA/BS degree in social, biological or physical science. A graduate degree is preferred. Background in stream restoration techniques, low impact design and traditional Hawaiian agriculture is also preferred.
Additionally, the program manager must have:
A full-time, exempt employee who will work closely with the Associate Program Director at CORALʻs headquarters in California.
The program manager may work in variable weather conditions, at remote outdoor locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, coastal and marine environments and vessels, and under physically demanding circumstances that may require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain. Work conditions may require international and domestic travel including to remote island areas, the mainland US, neighboring and other islands or nations. Additionally, the work may be performed independently without day-to-day supervision.
Competitive salary and generous benefits that include medical, dental, vision and disability insurance, 401K match, paid vacation and paid holidays.
Please submit in one document with the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Maui Program Manager” in the email subject line:
Please note that due to the volume of applications expected, we are not able to respond to each individual applicant. The position will be open until filled, an immediate start date is preferred.