Job Opening: Monitoring & Science Coordinator

Monitoring & Science Coordinator

Background:  The mission of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) is to promote wise stewardship of water quality and living resources of the Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta.  Established as part of the Clean Water Act and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency and its state and local partners, MBNEP helps lead local efforts to preserve ecological integrity in coastal Alabama.

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program brings citizens, local governments, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners together to protect and restore things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama:  Access, beaches, fish and wildlife, environmental health and resiliency, heritage and culture and water quality. The Estuary Program is a non-regulatory organization, administered by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, that coordinates monitoring and research, restores natural habitats, and educates residents and visitors on how to be better stewards of our coastal environment. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs around the country that are working to safeguard and improve the health of some of our nation's most important coastal waters. The Estuary Program achieves results by closely collaborating with many partners to accomplish our shared goals of protecting and restoring things that people value most about living in coastal Alabama. The program’s restoration and conservation work is dictated by its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. For more information about the program and its management plan, visit

The CCMP is a watershed-based action plan presenting a broad range of strategies to be pursued by federal, state, local and private organizations for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of Mobile Bay’s coastal resources.  MBNEP’s role in its implementation is to partner with many different stakeholders, locally, regionally and nationally, to initiate actions identified in the CCMP, coordinate and communicate local needs and actions on a regional and national level, and to improve understanding about this unique estuarine ecosystem and its role in sustaining coastal Alabama’s environmental and economic health.  Program activities include measuring status and trends of ecosystem health, ecosystem restoration, building community capacity and increasing citizen environmental stewardship. 

Responsibilities:  The Monitoring and Science Coordinator has the following responsibilities: Lead the coordination of monitoring activities including implementing the Mobile Bay Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework and restoration monitoring activities (baseline and post-construction); coordination with the Science Advisory Committee and regional entities to ensure consistency with other monitoring guidelines throughout the Gulf; and Provide staff support for the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) including assistance with development and communication of data related to baseline conditions through habitat, SAV, restoration projects, volunteer monitoring and other data sets.

Qualifications:  Job requirements include a minimum of a B.S. in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Biology or other related focus) and 5+  years of experience in environmental monitoring, coordinating monitoring programs, or other related field; Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals and groups; experience in the use of Geographical Information Systems is a plus; Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, monitoring data, and remote sensing products; Ability to respond effectively to common inquiries or complaints from citizens, government agencies, or academia; Ability to effectively present information to top management and government agencies

Salary Range:  Negotiable        Job Location:  118 North Royal St., Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602

Closing Date:  May 3, 2019.  A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Employment Application (REQUIRED) may be downloaded from the DISL website ( or requested by phone, fax, or email.  Return application along with cover letter and resume to:  Ms. Roberta Arena Swann, Director, or email kbarfoot@mobilebaynep.comThe Mobile Bay National Estuary Program/Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  DISL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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