Reef Restoration Associate – Temporary; Coral Restoration Foundation

Job Title: 
Reef Restoration Associate – Temporary
Job Location: 
Key Largo, Florida
Full-Time / 4 to 6-month position

We are looking for a field-based team member who will assist in executing the Coral Restoration Foundation's™  day to day restoration and monitoring efforts at the height of our field season. They work closely with the Restoration Program Manager and restoration team to help plan and support operations such as: the installation of Coral Restoration Foundation™ coral nursery structures, outplanting at restoration sites, all while following Coral Restoration Foundation's™ standard operating procedures for restoration activities. On water efforts involve directing fellow divers and communicating tasks, boat handling, and boat trailering.


While the primary purpose of this position is to facilitate diving and field-based tasks, this work is also supplemented with land-based activities designed to support Coral Restoration Foundation's™ efforts. Supplemental task may include (but is not limited to): nursery structure assembly, inventory of restoration materials, fueling vehicles and boats and assisting in scuba gear maintenance. They are also expected to provide day to day task descriptions and updates to the Program Manager via Coral Restoration Foundation's™ master scheduling documents and direct communication.


This position is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA. Applicants must have a positive attitude while being self-motivated, reliable, and display strong core characteristics as described in Coral Restoration Foundation's™ value statement. This position involves working in a complex underwater environment, maintaining high safety standards while often managing 3-5 additional (sometimes relatively inexperienced) divers. A Coral Restoration Foundation™ team member is a multi-tasker who is expected to think critically while being intuitive. They are able to adjust unexpectedly to changes and readily solve problems. They must achieve and maintain a high level of spatial awareness, for divers’ safety and in an effort to complete restoration tasks seamlessly.





  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental Sciences.

  • Strong organizational, communication and planning skills are critical.

  • Preference will be given to those applicants SCUBA certified as Rescue Diver or higher, from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of thirty (30) open water dives; a minimum of fifteen (15) of those dives as ocean dives and a minimum of five (5) boat dives.

  • Current certifications for: First Aid, CPR and O2 Provider with the certification issued from an internationally recognized agency.

  • Strong small boat handling and boat trailering experience. Preference to MOCC Certified or Coast Guard Licensed Captain





  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental Sciences.

  • Excellent communications in English, both orally and in writing.

  • Spatial awareness of surroundings and fellow divers. This means being able to watch and manage dive teams while also being able to accomplish tasks within nurseries and at restoration sites.

  • Demonstrated experience using MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Garmin GPS software, and Google products (Google Earth and calendar features).

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.

  • Acute attention to detail.

  • Practical experience boating and trailering small boats in the open ocean is preferred.

  • Experience with SCUBA tank, high-pressure air compressor, gear repairs, and general vehicle or vessel maintenance.





  • Critical thinking to adapt or modify processes in response to fluid circumstances.

  • Coordinate multiple tasks with many variables, while working on SCUBA.

  • Solve routine problems independently; consult Program Manager for unusual or complex problems.

  • Development of acute spatial awareness and attention to detail while working in the underwater environment is critical.

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