Field Station Manager; The Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Job Title: 
Field Station Manager
Job Location: 
Little Cayman, Cayman Islands
Duration: 
Full Time - Permanent
Description: 

JOB VACANCY

THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN MARINE INSTITUTE

FIELD STATION MANAGER

Reports to: Director of Operations

Application Period: Open October 1st, 2017 - until filled

Start Date: Immediately

Summary

The Field Station Manager is responsible for the effective day to day operations at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI). The position is available for a seasoned professional with at least 10 years of professional experience in marine operations. The successful candidate will manage and maintain the physical facilities, equipment (boats, SCUBA, vehicles, Coral Reef Early Warning System – CREWS), and renewable energy and composting systems (including passive and PV solar). The individual will support field station personnel by providing logistical support for scientists and groups which use the research station including: Universities, local schools, and citizen science groups. The individual will facilitate programs and maintain excellent working relationships with scientists and students of all ages while they are visiting the facility. He/she will improve the sustainable practices and will assure safe marine and dive operations. The Field Station Manager will help implement the organization’s strategy to become the leading marine research institution in the Caribbean.

We seek a strong operational leader who can assure safety, excellence, and who is capable of providing field support for leading marine scientists and universities. The individual should have experience working with various communities at both the local and international government level, as well as sponsorship community relations.

CCMI is an independent non-profit organization within the Cayman Islands with a scientific mission to make impactful discoveries that will lead to healthy oceans and vibrant coral reef ecosystems. We maintain a well-equipped marine field station on Little Cayman, with year-round visiting and residential research and education programs. All Little Cayman employees work a 6-day week and as a professional employee you may be required to work long hours especially during the high season.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement the annual maintenance plan for the facility and grounds, keeping boats, vehicles, and dive equipment renewable energy, and composting in excellent repair, conducting repairs and maintenance in-house when possible
  • Implement the highest level of safety standards including all in-water activities, boat and dive operations, facilities and insurance
  • Enforce Emergency Management program to minimize risk to staff and visitors including for all on water activities and for major storm and hurricane preparations
  • Enforce and develop sustainable practices including reducing water/energy use and minimizing waste disposal and introducing new potential technologies
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade all utilities (e.g. phone, electricity, internet, water, sanitation)
  • Responsible for station inventory (e.g. food, office supplies, kitchen and dorm supplies)
  • Track activities and provide operational information and statistics to our development team
  • Assure the CREWS buoy is maintained
  • Provide logistical support for the educational and scientific groups
  • Assist with scheduling facilities for annual visits
  • Schedule vehicles and equipment for visiting groups
  • Manage permitting as needed for seasonal, part-time, and full-time operational staff; resulting in complete time, effort, and management reports
  • Assist with office administration personnel, management of interns, and operations personnel
  • Provide Director with quarterly activity and budget reports
  • Receive and ship supplies and equipment (e.g. barge, airport), including all customs, duty, permits, and fees
  • Ensure all insurance and licensing is up to date

Benefits and Salary:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • Work permit fees covered
  • Benefits include financial contribution to health insurance, and a 5% matching pension plan after a full-year of employment, vacation pay, and meals at the field station when present

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or 10 years of equivalent experience in marine operations
  • Capable of being a strong leader with excellent decision-making skills
  • Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot, and maintain all systems at a remote field site, including boats, vehicle, dive compressor, solar, utilities, computers (IT systems), and other off-the-grid systems
  • SCUBA certified (Instructor or Divemaster level certification), extensive boat handling experience, and good working understanding of scientific research operations
  • Ability to manage budgets, work on several projects simultaneously, and manage priorities accordingly
  • Experience coordinating efforts and establishing excellent working relationships in a small community, with government agencies, and with board members
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office; working knowledge of QuickBooks

To Apply:

For consideration, please forward resume and letter of interest along with salary requirements to: jobs [at] reefresearch.org.

Carrie Manfrino, PhD President Central Caribbean Marine Institute http://reefresearch.org

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