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Community-based Monitoring Manager

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.

POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based on Hawaiʻi Island

Conservation International (CI) was founded in 1987 and works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Since 2011, CI’s Hawai‘i program has partnered with individuals, community-based organizations, researchers, businesses, and natural resource management agencies to support equitable and effective marine management and sustain seafood production and consumption using the tools presented in traditional knowledge, science, and policy. CI Hawai‘i’s current projects range from supporting the perpetuation of traditional fishing and environmental observation practices to working with resource managers, policy-makers, and local industry leaders to find opportunities for collaborative action to improve the health of our ocean and the communities and livelihoods that depend on it.

The Community-based Monitoring Manager will oversee and implement small to moderate-size CI Hawaiʻi conservation projects and collaborations focused on creating systemic changes to elevate the use and formal inclusion of Indigenous (Hawaiʻi) and local knowledge into ocean management and decision-making policies in Hawaiʻi. Current and future projects emphasize place-based and collaborative marine management efforts that engage diverse voices and perspectives to develop solutions to fisheries and marine management challenges in Hawaiʻi. This position oversees project planning, implementation, tracking, and reporting on deliverables and project status. The Community-based Monitoring Manager works across CI and within Hawaiʻi to build and nurture strong relationships with lineal descendants, community members and organizations, NGOs, and agency partners to advance program initiatives focused around environmental monitoring and data collection. The Manager’s efforts will advance equitable and effective environmental monitoring and management systems for Hawaiʻi and contribute to the achievement of CI's Hawaiʻi vision and mission. The position will be based on Hawaiʻi Island.

The Manager works closely with senior leadership to ensure project results meet project standards and project deliverables are completed on time and within budget. They establish project work plans including staffing and capacity building needs and may supervise up to three lower-level employees. Duties are performed under general direction.


Key Responsibilities

  • Co-design and support the implementation of environmental monitoring programs in Hawaiʻi with community, cultural practitioner, and agency partners.
  • Engage in individual and collaborative research on Indigenous knowledge (Hawaiʻi) creation, protection, and application in contemporary local, state, and federal marine management systems.
  • Collaborate with community, NGO, and agency partners to advance the inclusion of and formal use of diverse data sets from a variety of community-based, NGO, and agency sources and collaborations in place-based management action and decision-making.
  • Ensure partner/stakeholder standards and interests are respected , represented, and incorporated into project activities and deliverables. Review for compliance with partner/donor agreements.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversee the overall implementation of assigned project(s) activities.
  • Integrate kuanaʻike and papa hana Hawaiʻi into community-based monitoring and collaborative efforts with agency partners.
  • Cultivate and nurture new and existing relationships with community, NGO, and agency partners.
  • Manage the preparation of narrative and financial reporting summaries.
  • Collaborate on program and project fundraising activities.
  • Monitor project progress and provide technical advice on the project’s management.
  • Represent CI and function as a key project information source and advisor.
  • Collaboratively support a diverse set of projects included in CI Hawaii’s portfolio as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Periodic travel to various project sites, program offices, and other CI office locations.
  • Comfortable working out of doors for extended periods.
  • Ability to work outside the normal work schedule to meet project deadlines.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



  • 4 years of field experience in marine science, fisheries science, ecology, environmental studies, environmental management, community planning, or other conservation-related disciplines. Bachelor's degree in a conservation-related discipline is a plus (not required).
  • 4 - 6 years of related work experience in project management including planning, budgeting, implementation, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience with building relationships and facilitating a variety of partnerships with community and Hawaiian lineal descendant members/groups, ocean resource users, Hawaiʻi-based NGOs, and Hawaiʻi resource management agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in traditional knowledge (Hawaiʻi) use and application in contemporary resource management.
  • Experience leading or participating in data collection, curatorship, and analysis using interdisciplinary methodologies and technologies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the perpetuation of cultural and local practices and principles (Hawaiʻi), especially related to subsistence seafood harvest and resource stewardship.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask, set priorities, and deliver quality results.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under general supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft programs.


  • Documented experience and work with and within Indigenous Hawaiʻi and local communities to advance equitable resource management.
  • Conversational Hawaiian language skills
  • Broad knowledge of current marine conservation issues, priorities, collaborations, and opportunities in Hawaiʻi.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and identify creative solutions.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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Conservation International is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility-committed employer. We are proud to have a diverse, global workforce where employment decisions are based on qualifications, experience, position requirements, business needs, market conditions, merit, and other legitimate nondiscriminatory factors.

US Compensation: This position is in the Manager pay band $61,694 - $114,574 of CI’s pay structure. Individual compensation is determined by a number of factors including, but not limited to, budgetary considerations, market factors, candidate qualifications, skills, and experience. This range represents a good faith belief of a competitive salary range for this position. This range applies to US compensation only. Please find a list of our US benefits here.