Marine Biologist II; Division of Coastal Resources Management, CNMI

Job Title: 
Marine Biologist II
Job Location: 
Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Full-time, 5-years+
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Salary will commensurate with experience.


May 31, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is identified.


The CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management is seeking to hire a full-time *Marine Biologist II* to work in the Long-Term Marine Monitoring Program (LTMMP).  The LTMMP assesses and monitors the health of coral reefs and associated marine habitats across the CNMI. The data collected by the LTMMP provide crucial information on the natural and anthropogenic stressors impacting marine ecosystems, the factors contributing to reef resilience and vulnerability, and the efficacy of specific management actions. This information then feeds into adaptive management strategies. The successful applicant will provide support for all LTMMP activities and related projects. United States citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is required.


  • Assist with all aspects of in-water ecological surveys, including planning, preparation, and data collection.
  • Data management and analysis.
  • Assist in the writing and preparation of reports, scientific manuscripts, and grant proposals.
  • Assist with boat and gear maintenance.
  • Participate in public education and outreach activities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, permit/EIS review, environmental damage assessment, permit site inspection, and other research to address management issues


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field, plus one year of professional experience.
  • Experience with ecological data analysis and statistics.
  • SCUBA certification level equivalent to PADI Open Water, *plus* 50 logged dives
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English
  • Must be comfortable on small boats on open water


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Marine Biology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related field
  • SCUBA certification level equivalent to PADI Rescue Diver
  • Experience researching or working on coral reefs and related ecosystems, preferably in the western Pacific region
  • Experience with taxonomy and *in situ* identification of western Pacific coral reef organisms, particularly food fishes
  • Experience with marine monitoring methodologies, particularly stationary point counts (SPCs) for fish population assessments and belt transect surveys.
  • Experience with database management
  • Experience with geographic information systems


Please email, as a* single PDF document*, a cover letter, CV or resume, names and contact information for three professional references, and a copy of terminal degree OR unofficial transcripts to David Benavente (davidbenavente [at], CC Fran Castro (francastro [at] Alternatively, hard copies of all documents can be sent to David Benavente, Division of Coastal Resource Management, P.O. Box 10007, Saipan, MP 96950.

For full consideration, all application materials must be received by 4:30pm ChST (UTC+10) on May 31, 2017.

For questions or clarifications, please contact David Benavente at davidbenavente [at] or (670) 664-8312.

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