Iconic Reefs Monitoring and Data Manager ; NOAA Restoration Center

The Iconic Reefs Monitoring and Data Management Manager is a new position based in either Key Largo or Key West, Florida. This position is designed to play a key role in supporting Mission: Iconic Reefs. Specifically, the Iconic Reefs Monitoring and Data Management Manager will serve as the technical lead between NOAA, restoration practitioners and partners, coordinating all data and information management and monitoring activities under Mission: Iconic Reefs within the Florida Keys. Monitoring data and activities will span the full Iconic Reefs initiative, with an emphasis on development of a detailed monitoring program, serving as chair of the Iconic Reefs Monitoring and Research Working Group, coordination of all monitoring efforts, field work associated with the implementation of the monitoring program, and analysis, archiving and presentation of monitoring data and findings, along with additional collaboration on site preparation, coral outplanting, and site maintenance activities. This position will require coordination with the Iconic Reefs Implementation Manager, Florida Keys NMS, and restoration partners. Monitoring tools and techniques include in-water surveys, passive sensors, photomosaics and photogrammetry. The Manager will develop a robust monitoring framework and data management systems and tools that will track, evaluate and showcase restoration progress while also being resilient and flexible as the program grows over the next 20 years.


  • Serve as technical lead to NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the NOAA Restoration Center, coral reef restoration partners and practitioners for coordination and implementation of monitoring and data management activities in coordination with the Iconic Reefs Restoration Implementation Manager and the FKNMS Research Coordinator.
  • Lead and direct the operations of the Iconic Reefs monitoring teams in the collection (and processing) of project-related monitoring data which includes photogrammetry, in-water fish and invertebrate surveys, and environmental data.
  • Chair the Iconic Reefs Restoration Monitoring and Research Working Group.
  • Manage and track all aspects of Mission: Iconic Reefs data and information management and monitoring program in the Florida Keys.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain monitoring tools and data management systems, in close coordination with NOAA and external partners.
  • Track and analyze progress to ensure goals and objectives are met and metrics of success and accountability are captured, managing completion of project deliverables and milestones.
  • Manage simultaneous monitoring efforts from agency, practitioner, and community partners.
  • Help de-conflict monitoring work associated with long term monitoring programs (FRRP DRM, CREMP, NCRMP, ESA-species specific monitoring) and use of these datasets to supplement monitoring data collected specifically for Iconic Reefs effort.
  • Review efficacy and effectiveness of existing coral restoration techniques and novel techniques to scale up outplanting based on monitoring data and work with relevant partners, agencies and experts to identify and develop recommendations on adaptive management/changes in methodologies based on field data.
  • Develop metrics and evaluate changes in the structure and functioning of restored ecosystems as a result of herbivore introductions
  • Support FKNMS Permit Coordinator and Research Coordinator in review of annual report submissions from practitioners.
  • Prepare annual and other periodic monitoring synthesis reports for resource managers.
  • Create and collect content, reports, and visuals that can be used in communications materials to convey information about the Iconic Reefs progress.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences from highly technical to the general public, both written and oral communication.
  • Participate in restoration monitoring and other field work (including SCUBA diving) as needed.
  • Travel within the Keys and elsewhere will be required.

Why You Will Love Us

  • Dedicated and passionate staff committed to marine and Great Lakes conservation, and a fun group who takes its work more seriously than we take ourselves.
  • Generous leave policy.
  • Health Benefits: medical, dental, and vision
  • Foundation paid disability and life Insurance
  • Retirement: 403(B) with 3% employer contribution after one year of service. No match required, 100% vested.

Applications received prior to April 16, 2021 will be preferred.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to insure fair and equal treatment of its employees.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. The Foundation offers a competitive benefits package.

Start Date: May 2021

Organization: NOAA Restoration Center

Job Location: Key Largo or Key West, Florida

Duration: Full-Time

Application Website: Apply here