Palmyra Science Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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Honolulu, HI, United States

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9 days ago


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA



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The Palmyra Science Coordinator provides support for priority conservation science initiatives for The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Adaptation & Resilience Laboratory (CARL) at Palmyra Atoll. This position is based in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and reports to the Palmyra Science Manager. This is a full-time position funded for 1 year. Extension of the position will be dependent on future funding.

Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, Palmyra Atoll (Palmyra) is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. Palmyra Atoll has 580 acres of emergent land with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands. The atoll is located within a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge out to 12 nautical miles offshore and a Marine National Monument out to 50 nautical miles. The Nature Conservancy owns 230 acres of land and manages this property as the Palmyra Atoll Preserve in partnership with the USFWS. TNC operates research support facilities on the preserve that align our partners around conservation through CARL. CARL builds on the strong foundation of past applied conservation science at Palmyra with three key focus areas designed to provide actionable solutions to global challenges for a world experiencing the increasing effects of climate change: coral reef resilience and restoration, pelagic ecosystem conservation, and tropical island ecosystem conservation.


The Palmyra Science Coordinator (PSC) will progress the strategic priorities of The Nature Conservancy’s Palmyra Program by supporting and coordinating key conservation science projects and initiatives. The PSC will assist the Palmyra Science Manager in managing and supporting the Palmyra Conservation Science Volunteer Program, including recruitment, onboarding, daily communication, tasking, and recognition of volunteers. They will support the Palmyra science team by providing administrative, logistical, and other support, including developing science contracts, science trip planning, project management, planning and facilitating meetings, purchasing science equipment, and other tasks as needed. They will help improve science team effectiveness and workflow by applying project management systems and communications practices. They will respond to science or research inquiries from internal and external science partners, create program materials, and communicate with staff in various programs across the Conservancy, as well as with external partners, donors, and vendors. The PSC will work closely with Palmyra operations staff to ensure good communication and coordination to support key science initiatives, including scheduling science trips and coordinating science budgets and costs with the larger program budget. They will also provide science grant support, including grant proposal writing, submission, and tracking.


  • Assist in the coordination and management of the Palmyra Conservation Science Volunteer Program;
  • Support the Palmyra science team, including science trip planning and coordination, purchasing science equipment, assisting with tasks related to budgets/program finances, and other tasks as needed;
  • Provide science grant and contract support, including requests for proposal (RFPs), negotiating complex agreements, managing grants and contracts (e.g. writing, submission, and tracking);
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development;
  • Travel 10% to 20% of the time and work flexible hours, as needed;
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances; and
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural or environmental sciences or related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience with scientific research principles and scientific writing;
  • Experience coordinating administrative tasks, such as facilitating and documenting meetings, expense and budget tracking, inventory management, preparing communications materials, etc.;
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in writing documents, editing, formatting, and proofreading; and
  • Must have valid driver's license.


  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Experience volunteering or managing volunteers;
  • Experience writing grant proposals for conservation or science projects;
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, and attention to detail;
  • Experience with project management programs, such as Smartsheet;
  • Experience working as part of a team to plan and coordinate projects and meet associated deadlines;
  • Experience with common software applications such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, Zoom, etc.;
  • Experience participating in research and field work; and
  • Experience with work in remote settings.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply for job ID 51717, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on July 15, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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