Coral Restoration Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Waimea, HI, United States

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12 days ago


Kamuela, Hawaii, USA



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The Coral Restoration Specialist (CRS) supports planning and leads fieldwork that advances coral restoration projects, plans, and methods for the Hawaiʻi Marine Program. This is a full-time position funded for 2 years. This position will be located on West Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Island.


The Coral Restoration Specialist provides technical leadership and support to the Hawaiʻi Marine Team and coordinates and implements coral restoration projects. The CRS leads coral restoration fieldwork, supports planning, fosters cross-site learning among the restoration community, and supplies conservation teams with site or landscape level information relevant to coral restoration. The CRS coordinates community support, collects and manages data, designs and implements field-based projects, manages equipment, sets deadlines, and manages projects to completion. The CRS reports to the Project Manager, and coordinates with staff across the marine and Hawaiʻi programs.


  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Plans, coordinates, and effectively communicates project and fieldwork logistics.
  • Purchases, organizes, prepares, and maintains supplies and equipment.
  • Uses hand and power tools to construct materials and equipment for coral restoration projects.
  • Communicates effectively with staff, volunteers, partners, and communities.
  • Collects, enters, processes, and organizes data.
  • Leads and participates in SCUBA-based fieldwork to implement and monitor coral restoration projects.
  • Will be expected to be certified in basic first aid and CPR to respond to injuries by administering first aid or CPR while working in the field or participating in group events.
  • Supports the Coral Restoration Project Manager in planning and acquiring permits for coral restoration projects.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, with hazardous materials, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in coral reef conservation, science, restoration, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Scientific diving experience with an AAUS institution or other equivalent certification/experience.
  • Experience communicating and engaging with local community partners and other stakeholder groups to lead coral restoration outreach and educational initiatives.
  • Experience conducting coral restoration using current management methods and science.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in coral restoration, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience conducting coral health surveys in Hawaiʻi.
  • Experience with structure-from-motion photogrammetry data collection, processing software, and analysis.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of current trends, partnerships, and practices in coral restoration.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Experience and competence working from and operating vessels.
  • Experience completing tasks independently and on time.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via written, spoken and graphical means.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, web browsers, video conferencing platforms, etc.


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.


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