Marine Conservation Associate

The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a $10 million grant under a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to carry out the Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP). The overall objective of the CMBP is to reduce threats to marine-coastal biodiversity in priority areas in the Caribbean, including high biodiversity ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Marine managed areas and sustainable fisheries are the two key pillars of the program. The bulk of investments under CMBP are being directed toward a set of four targeted seascapes, including the Pedro Bank and Southwest Coast of Jamaica.


The Marine Conservation Associate will provide wide-ranging support to the Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP) in Jamaica, focusing primarily on coordinating and implementing a set of select conservation-related activities carried out at the site and seascape level in the Pedro Bank and Southwest Coast of Jamaica Seascape. Assigned activities will fall under major strategies that have been developed in the seascape, such as coral restoration, promotion of ecotourism, strengthening the management of targeted fish sanctuaries, and promoting sustainable fisheries. The Marine Conservation Associate will work very closely with other members of the CMBP Team in Jamaica (Seascape Supervisor and Seascape Coordinator), regional technical staff and regional staff in the CMBP’s Program Management Unit. This position reports to the Jamaica Program Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Marine Conservation Associate will be directly responsible for the following areas of work in particular:

(i) Provide direct implementation support, coordination and technical advice on site- and seascape-level activities covering protection, science, marine managed areas, fisheries, resource management, and community engagement for the Pedro Bank and Southwest Coast of Jamaica Seascape (the Seascape). Within these broad areas, an initial focus will be on supporting coral restoration, promotion of ecotourism, and strengthening the management of targeted fish sanctuaries (marine protected areas). (ii) Support select activities at the national level. (iii) Provide support for and preparation of major deliverables (contractual obligations) required by USAID for the Seascape, including annual work plans, semi-annual technical reports, quarterly financial reports, annual progress reports, and reports on indicators included in the Performance Management Plan (PMP); (iv) Support strong community relations for the Seascape, involving close liaison and coordination with TNC’s main local partners (e.g. C-CAM, BBFFS, BREDS). (v) Write and edit, as needed, select communication materials in order to fulfill the program’s contractual obligations to USAID and meet other TNC and external communications needs. (vi) Provide additional support as needed.


  • Work with TNC team toward shared CMBP goals.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Support budget development and tracking.
  • Draft, negotiate and manage contracts.
  • Communicate CMBP plans and progress (written, verbal, presentations).
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BSc, and 5 years of experience in natural resource management (ideally marine / coastal conservation) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Relationship building skills to facilitate effective partnerships (e.g. government officials, NGOs, community groups, scientific researchers, educators, and rural communities).
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Track record of completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).



  • Knowledge of marine / coastal conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Knowledge of ecotourism and coral restoration issues.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation and management of coastal and marine resources and natural resource preservation.
  • Familiarity and experience with methodologies and tools related to the social science and economics dimensions of natural resources management.
  • Previous experience implementing projects funded by U.S. federal grants, particularly USAID funding.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in integrating people and nature, ecosystem-services and conservation, community-based resource management, participatory planning, and livelihood development in and around protected areas.
  • Proven ability to write professional reports, assessments, proposals, fact sheets, letters to government officials, and other professional level communications.



Term: This position has an end date of September 30, 2017; an extension may be considered, but is not guaranteed.


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