With guidance from the DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) Manager and Assistant Manager, this position provides technical assistance and leads the planning and implementation of local action strategy projects focused on Awareness and Appreciation (AA) for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), and AA-related CRCP projects as identified in the CRCP Strategic Plan and reports to the DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program Manager.
As the CRCP Regional Communications Liaison, works with the CRCP Manager, DEP Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP) and DEP Press Office staff to develop and transmit press releases, articles, newsletters, social media, and other media vehicles for the CRCP and SEFCRI. Primary CRCP contact for media and public inquiries. Leads the planning, coordination, and implementation of communications-related response teams as part of the RCP southeast regional communications including, but not limited to, the CRCP, disease response, etc. This position provides leadership and guidance for CRCP public interaction, including speaking events, outreach materials, public meetings, and site tours. The incumbent is responsible for soliciting, writing, and submitting articles for the weekly Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Internal Reports, attending regular conference calls, and/or other DEP leadership requests. The position also ensures that agency communications-related direction and press information is disseminated and clearly explained to the RCP Southeast Region staff.
Leads the planning and implementation of LAS projects identified in the AA section of the SEFCRI and any AA-related CRCP projects as identified in the CRCP Strategic Plan. Leads coordination of CRCP and SEFCRI involvement and participation in community events. Serves as a speaker to inform and educate the public and other groups about the Southeast Florida coral reef ecosystem and SEFCRI. Leads development and implementation of a communications and outreach strategy to support the SEFCRI and CRCP including development, presentation, and distribution of effective outreach products and messages (e.g. exhibits, websites, brochures, etc.) across a diverse range of stakeholders. In close coordination with the Office of Technology and Information Services and RCP staff, this person is responsible for managing updates and maintenance of the CRCP and SEFCRI-related websites.
Prepares scopes of work, develops and manages grants and contracts, oversees contractors, and associated progress reporting and financial tracking for all assigned projects. Maintains program and project files and records. Compile information/data, develops, tracks, and maintains databases, prepares progress and financial reports, and facilitates annual review (and revision, if needed) of assigned core programs and projects. Organizes, facilitates, and participates in SEFCRI-related workshops and meetings. Ensures meeting minutes are recorded for all assigned program/project meetings and prepares meeting summaries. Assists with CRCP and SEFCRI programmatic and strategic planning.
Works with numerous partners in both the public and private sectors to further the state's efforts in protecting coral reef resources in Southeast Florida. Works collaboratively, fosters effective communication and exchanges information with intra- and interagency staff, SEFCRI Team members, stakeholders and the general public. Work collaboratively and exchange information with CRCP staff, SEFCRI Team members, and all interested stakeholders. Maintain and establish new partnerships with a variety of stakeholder groups including resource users, NGO’s, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Where appropriate, represents the DEP, RCP, CRCP, and the SEFCRI Team. Attends all necessary DEP, RCP, CRCP, and SEFCRI meetings and functions. Attends training programs (where funds allow). Assist with education and outreach activities, as needed. Periodic weekend and evening work may be required to support CRCP outreach activities.
Position is essential to provide assistance in the event of an emergency at the DEP field offices, including pre-storm preparation, post-storm clean-up and replacement of stored goods to ready field office for operation after a storm; or other services assigned.
Regular local travel throughout Southeast Florida and occasional long-distance travel.
Snorkel or SCUBA dive as required to assist with field work.
Other duties as assigned.
The following knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, are required for the position:
Communications, outreach, and media relations experience, including development of communication strategies, media campaigns, press releases, and articles. Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and general marine science or coastal resource management. Ability to identify the hard coral and reef fish species of Southeast Florida.
Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to a diverse range of stakeholders. Strong math and analytical skills. Excellent organizational, writing and editing skills (both technical and colloquial). Ability to be flexible, multitask, and meet tight deadlines. Ability to manage multiple, multi-year, concurrent projects. Ability to work in a team setting and independently. Ability to work independently and complete tasks with attention to detail under minimal supervision. Ability to determine work priorities, ensure proper completion of work assignments. Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with a diverse range of people. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Excellent public speaking and meeting facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to maintain a valid Driver License. Ability to travel regularly. Proficiency with PC computers, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is required. SCUBA diving certification and at least 60 dives experience is required.
Knowledge of graphic design and photo editing is preferred. Experience with Microsoft Access is also preferred.
Nitrox certification, and experience as a diver for marine science related field work is preferred. Skill in small boat handling and trailering, or the ability to acquire these skills is preferred.
Other job-related requirements for this position: A Bachelor’s Degree with a major in one of the marine environmental sciences or biological sciences or communications, and two years of professional experience in a marine environmental program is required. A Master’s Degree in one of the marine environmental or biological sciences is preferred. Regular local travel throughout Southeast Florida and occasional long-distance travel.
For state employment, or promotion within, the State of Florida requires that male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 are to have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) prior to their 26th birthday or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov