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 a motivated and resourceful individual to support our work on Maui. This is a part-time role that will include between 5 to 10 hours per week of work as needed. This role will support our stream restoration project that is currently planned to finish on January 31st, 2020.
This role will ensure the development and successful execution of a monitoring plan that measures the impact of restoration activities designed to reduce sediment and nutrient pollution in Wahikuli and Honokōwai streams in West Maui. Execution of the monitoring protocols will be conducted in part by researchers, government agencies, CORAL staff and local contractors. The Research Officer will coordinate data collection activities by various parties and ensure protocols are followed to ensure data quality. They will work with the Technical Operations Manager who is based in Maui and the Associate Program Director, who is based in Oakland, California.
*If the Research Officer is not based on Maui, they must be able to make regular visits to Maui (every two to three months) to ensure data collection is being implemented in line with protocols and data quality standards.
The minimum required qualifications include BA/BS degree in a physical science-related field, such as geology, environmental science, fluvial geomorphology and hydrology.
Additionally, the Research Officer must have:
**If based on Maui, the Research Officer will support data collection. Otherwise, the Research Officer will work with the CORAL team to ensure adequate storm response data collection is implemented by a local partner or contractor.
Temporary, Independent Contractor. Estimated between 5 and 10 hours per week. Hours will vary throughout the project. There may be a possibility for employee-status work depending on the candidate’s interest and skills.
TBD. Estimated between 5 and 10 hours per week. Some weeks there may be a heavier load than others depending on where we are at with project execution.
There may be a possibility for work beyond 10 hours per week depending on the candidate’s interest and skills.
Please submit in one document with the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org with Maui Research Officer 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.
If you have questions about this position, please contact Jos Hill, Associate Program Director, at email@example.com.