FI Seagrass Management Coordinator –

JOB TITLE: Fishers Islands Seagrass Management Coordinator (FISM)
WAGE SCALE: $25 – $30/hour depending on qualifications and experience
REPORTS TO: Executive Director, HL Ferguson Museum
CONTRACT: Part-time, 12 months (extendable depending on funding and performance)
LOCATION: Fishers Island, New York

For a full job description, please visit THIS LINK

The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition is made up of community representatives representing various stakeholder groups. The goal of the FISM Coalition is to establish a community-based conservation program to protect and manage the island’s seagrass beds. Through joint inquiry, co-production of knowledge, shared learning, communication and building of trust, the FISM Coalition seeks to align the community with seagrass management objectives and to develop and implement implemented well-supported actions. Where appropriate, the coalition will partner with state and local governments or other entities to implement specific recommendations.

The FISM Project Coordinator has a multi-faceted role involving capacity building, community engagement and marine resource management planning, education, monitoring and data management. Under the supervision of the Museum‘s Executive Director H. L. Ferguson, the FISM Coordinator is responsible for providing organizational, management and administrative support to advance the seagrass conservation and community engagement activities of the FISM Coalition. Working closely with the chairs and partners of the FISM coalition, the coordinator will raise awareness of the importance of the Fishers Island seagrass ecosystem, threats to its persistence and solutions to increase the resilience of seagrass beds and the community. They will facilitate communication between FISM partners and work towards the development and implementation of an island-wide seagrass management plan. They will keep FISM stakeholders and partners well informed and on track to move forward in the process of assessing and understanding seagrass management issues, and reaching agreement and support for management actions. to protect seagrass meadows. The coordinator will coordinate the implementation of agreed actions, which may involve developing educational or awareness-raising materials, applying for and obtaining permits, and forming necessary relationships and partnerships. To inform management actions and measure their effectiveness, the coordinator will oversee the implementation of existing community-based water quality (URI Watershed Watch) and human use (MPA Watch) monitoring programs on the island. The Coordinator will be based in the island community to draw on the local knowledge and assets that the community brings as well as to understand the unique challenges of Fishers Island.

Please visit HERE for a list of responsibilities and requirements.

Please send your resume, a cover letter detailing how you meet the job requirements and contact details for 3 professional references to: [email protected] before June 1, 2022.

Funding for this position is provided by the New York Land Trust Alliance, a private foundation, with additional support from the HL Ferguson Museum.

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