The non-profit organization Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) -Sint Maarten’s mission is to protect the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action.
EPIC is seeking a Project Coordinator for the project “Restoration of Key Biodiversity Areas of St. Maarten.” The Project Coordinator is responsible for the successful completion of project objectives (see below) and meeting grant requirements.
Successful applicants should possess
- Strong communication and writing skills
- Project management experience
- Educational outreach experience
- Knowledge of environmental issues, particularly those of the Caribbean
Term: 1 July 2017 – 28 February 2018
Location: St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies
Compensation: Gross monthly salary of U.S.D. $3,521.05 (may vary with Euro exchange rate). Government benefits will be deducted from gross earnings. Housing provided.
Employee must obtain a temporary residency permit.
- Submit an updated Education Log Excel file by the 5th of each month which includes number of participants, age group, topic of discussion or activity, and number of evaluations completed.
- Submit a report by the 5th of each month which outlines activities and accomplishments during the previous month.
- Submit a standardized timesheet by the 5th of each month.
- Be available to meet by phone weekly as needed.
- Assist with program development and evaluation.
- Developing program narrative and input to proposals, annual reports
- Other tasks as required by supervisor
- Write up formal transfer agreement for responsibility of restoration sites which is signed by leaseholders/owners.
Responsible for implementation of all Project Coordinator activities outlined in the BEST Grant Agreement. Ensure that outcomes and deliverables are completed as outlined in the Project Logical Framework of the BEST Grant Agreement. Activities of the Project Coordinator include:
1. Human Resources (10%)
- Assist contractors in site assessments and establishing site appropriate restoration plans.
- Hire two technicians.
- Manage technicians, interns, and volunteers, ensuring they meet their objectives.
2. Restoration (30%)
- Source, purchase, and be responsible for plants, amendments, tools, and all resources necessary for restoration.
- Recruit and guide volunteer citizen-scientists to assist Technicians with site preparation, planting, mulching, watering, and monitoring survivorship of terrestrial restoration areas.
- Coordinate with landscaping companies to plant when additional staffing is needed.
- Ensure terrestrial restoration sites are monitored using standardized methodologies weekly and wetland sites bi-weekly for three months to assess survival rates. This should involve citizen-scientists.
- Consult with professional to identify solutions as needed to improve plant survivability and ensure those solutions are implemented.
3. Outreach (40%)
- Conduct outreach (presentations, activities, field trips, and volunteerism) among schools, government departments, civic groups, and businesses focused on the themes of habitat restoration, habitat conservation, and the value of biodiversity.
- Develop presentations based on biodiversity, restoration, and the BEST project objectives.
- Measure the success of the program through ongoing participant evaluations resulting in at least 50 evaluations.
- Direct a media campaign, including press releases, interviews, social media, and Public Service Announcements which convey the importance of biodiversity, promote the project, and encourage civic engagement.
- Design and order promotional materials (water bottles, stickers, etc.) and distribute to volunteers and partners.
- Invite colleagues on island and in the region to visit restoration sites and share best practices and lessons learned in order to build capacity for similar restoration projects in other locations.
- Produce a short video summarizing the project, which highlights the value of biodiversity and native species, available on EPIC’s YouTube channel for distribution and provided to local and regional media outlets, as well as during educational presentations. This could be outsourced via volunteers, competitions, or contractors.
- Write final site assessment and report at the completion of the project period to demonstrate survival rates, changes in flora and fauna, and lessons learned.
- Submit final report to BEST as per requirements outlined in BEST Grant Agreement.
- Disseminate findings through online and traditional media and online forums including an Eco-Index listing, regional listserves, and, where feasible, at conferences.
- Interpretive signs
- Map out interpretive trail and sign locations.
- Recruit and approve designs for interpretive trail signage.
- Order interpretive trail signs and place them.
4. Advocacy (10%)
- Establish online groups (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) to galvanize communities to advocate for protected areas and biodiversity conservation. Promote actions such as letter-writing campaigns, community events, meetings, and online campaigns.
- Communicate directly with appropriate government entities to promote formal protection of proposed conservation zones through letters of support from stakeholders and personal meetings.