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The Florida Aquarium

Coral Restoration Manager

Position Summary

The Coral Restoration Manager is a proven coral conservation leader responsible for the management of the Coral Conservation Program’s (CCP’s) grant/permit processes and reporting, reef restoration coordination, and coral/marine invertebrate dispositions, health inspections, and release activities.  The position isHR based at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation Campus, located in Apollo Beach Florida.  This leader must have experience working with a wide variety of coral experts and possess exemplary management skills. This position is also responsible for working closely with partners from a variety of universities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations, representing The Aquarium in regional working groups and the reef restoration community, and identifying new partnership and funding opportunities.  Communication and organizational skills are paramount and this individual will have an established ability to manage collaborative partnerships and the capacity to develop strategic processes and protocols. The ability to work in a dynamic environment requiring flexibility and creativity is also critical.

The Coral Restoration Manager will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating with partners and reef restoration practitioners to ensure that coral offspring produced have a disposition plan.

  • Preparing state and federal scientific research, collection and release permit applications, and meeting all associated monitoring and reporting requirements.

  • Managing animal acquisition and disposition paperwork with Animal Registrar.

  • Working with partners and CCP Manager and Senior Scientist to identify and process new funding sources and grant opportunities.

  • Assisting with grant writing, data management, and reporting.

  • Acting as a lead in restoration fieldwork and scientific diving activities with reef restoration partners and working with Marine Operations to ensure safe and organized fieldwork as needed.

  • Serving on numerous working groups for reef restoration activities in Florida.

  • Assisting with coral spawning events, gamete collection and larval rearing.

  • Participating in developing annual budgets, strategic plans, and maintaining accurate accounting records.

  • Providing presentations to public and private audiences both digitally and in person to spread knowledge of CCP activities.

  • Remaining current with developments in the field of coral restoration.

  • Working with partners to develop and participate in ongoing projects that are relevant, goal-specific, and in direct support of the aquarium’s mission.

  • Assuring behavior consistently meets the FLAQ values of Respect, Trust and Excellence.

  • Identifying and solving obstacles with projects and tasks in a team setting.

  • Performing all other duties as required.

Experience Required

Education Requirements and Technical Skills • Bachelor’s degree required in marine sciences, biology, zoology or related fields; Master’s degree preferred with a strong emphasis corals and marine invertebrate • Minimum 4 years of experience in coral reef restoration activities in the field, with a strong emphasis on coral outplanting techniques, reef restoration activities in Florida, and associated permitting processes. • Experience with coral gamete collection, larval rearing, and settlement of stony corals highly desirable • Proficiency in identification of Caribbean stony corals • Strong understanding of techniques used to transport, fragment, attach, identify, and outplant stony corals • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software • Excellent recordkeeping and data curation skills • Scuba certification and AAUS scientific diving experience required. • Boating skill or the ability to work and manage equipment and research on a vessel preferred

Further Comments

Experience with coral gamete collection, larval rearing, and settlement of stony corals highly desirable


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How to Apply

To learn more and to apply please visit

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 8136661060

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