Assistant Marine Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Kamuela, HI, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.




The Assistant Marine Coordinator performs and participates in marine conservation operations including the maintenance, management, development and coordination of conservation programs. This position is funded through June 30, 2021.




The Assistant Marine Coordinator (AMC) coordinates with staff and partners to ensure the community support and implementation of marine conservation management plans and strategies on Hawaii Island. The AMC maintains preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, removes exotic species, supports partners’ conservation efforts, and/or monitors and researches marine resources in coordination with TNC’s marine science team. The AMC also provides administrative and logistical support for the Hawaii island marine team as needed.





  • Supports on-island preserve and marine resource management, including but not limited to invasive species removal, native plant restoration, coral restoration, volunteer management, outreach and educational events.
  • Supports on-island research activities with marine science team, including data collection, logistics, scheduling, preparation, execution, and data management for biological, water quality, reef resilience and other monitoring as needed.
  • Supports technical, administrative and professional staff on project management, training and development.
  • Works directly with local communities, coastal businesses, landowners and government partners to support collaborative conservation management and policy initiatives.
  • Provides logistics support for meetings and workshops.
  • Provides administrative support for the Hawaii Island Marine team, including contracts, purchasing, trainings, and safety planning.
  • Reports on grant deliverables for funders and shares lessons learned with partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and fundraising targets.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy programs/preserves. 





  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in marine natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working closely with a variety of partners, including media, government officials, community partners, landowners, businesses and scientists.
  • Experience applying science to decision-making.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Exeperience with knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, marine management and natural resource preservation in Hawai'i.
  • Experience snorkeling for 3 hours at a time in challenging weather conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.  


  • 1 – 2 years experience managing marine ecosystems with Hawaiian values and cultural practices and/or practitioners.
  • AAUS Scientific Diver certification.
  • Experience managing volunteers or entry level staff.
  • Ability to recognize native species to complete preserve management activities and underwater surveys.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.




This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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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