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The San Juan Bay Estuary Program (ESTUARIO) is seeking qualified candidates to join our efforts to certify citizens in the Coastal Resilience module of the Estuario Citizen Scientist Certification Program. The San Juan Bay Estuary Program (Estuario) is a private non-profit organization that designs, implements, and provides restorative maintenance in order to improve the water quality and ecosystems within its eight municipalities.  Estuario’s mission is to restore and conserve the water quality in the Estuario de la Bahía de San Juan ecosystem as a sustainable hub of social and economic development.

Estuario is the only tropical estuary in the National Estuary Program, providing not only environmental and resiliency programs, but also educational and recreational activities that support thriving communities.

The Estuario’s work is guided by the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). In collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, academic, and business leaders, the Estuario works to restore and conserve water quality in the San Juan Bay Estuary ecosystem. The Estuario works to build partnerships and leverage federal funding for regional-scale restoration, water quality improvement, and resilience-building projects.

Estuario successfully established its Citizen Science Certification Program in 2018, creating a Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program curriculum. The Estuario used the example of its successful Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program to create the Participatory Bird Census module and the Reduction and Characterization of Microplastics module, and launched the Coastal Resilience module this year. Each of these modules is made up of an introductory theory component, fieldwork, and additional workshops to deepen understanding of specific topics. The Coastal Resilience module is focused on tropical coastal ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrasses, and coral reefs, while highlighting the interactions between these coastal ecosystems.

The Estuario Project Coordinator- Citizen Scientist Certification Program will be managed by the Citizen Science and Education Manager, and will work closely with the Project Officer, and the Volunteer Coordinator to certify at least 150 citizens in the Coastal Resilience module.


Certify citizens in the Coastal Resilience module of the Estuario Citizen Science Certification Program

    • Coordinate and carry out virtual or in person workshops, and field trips under the Coastal Resilience module of the Citizen Science Certification Program
    • Conduct field data collection and provide detailed reports of the field trips and activities performed
    • Establish ongoing and effective communication with partner organizations.
    • Coordinate the team’s collaborations and ensure their timely feedback and approval as necessary.
    • Oversee volunteers, and support their progress and completion of the program.
    • Collaborate with the Communications team to promote registration in workshops or webinars.
    • Support Estuario’s relationship with an organization or university to enhance and improve the monitoring program as part of the Citizen Science Certification Program.
    • Anticipate potential roadblocks and provide concrete recommendations for addressing them.
    • Document lessons learned and recommendations for improving the program.


  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Degrees in Water Resources, Ecological and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Forestry, Marine Biology are preferred.
  • Three years of professional experience, preferably in coordinating projects and/or events in the above-mentioned or related fields.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in marine biology
  • The ideal candidate is particularly interested in climate change and adaptation, has previous experience managing green areas, and is physically skilled in swimming, snorkeling, diving, and other marine activities.
  • Certified MBE/WBE (minority and women-owned business enterprise) and other certified minorities and small businesses are encouraged to apply.
  • Exceptional team player who thrives in facilitating collaboration within multi-disciplinary, fast-paced teams.
  • Creative problem solver with a knack for anticipating issues and addressing them in a timely manner.
  • Triage expert who manages time efficiently to deliver on competing priorities.
  • Tactful, engaging, and clear communicator, both orally and in writing, internally and publicly.
  • Astute critical and systems thinker who excels in collecting, compiling, analyzing, and evaluating complex datasets, extracting information, drafting conclusions, and presenting findings in a way that is relevant and helpful to different audiences.
  • Proactive and independent worker with excellent attention to detail without compromising the big picture.
  • Google Business Suite maverick who enjoys keeping everything and everyone organized, on time, on schedule, and on budget.
  • Provide their own personal computer and transportation.
  • Available to start within a week if offer is extended.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume/CV by email no later than October 14, 2022 to: [email protected]. The email must be directed to [email protected], and must specify in the subject the title of the position, “Estuario Project Coordinator- Citizen Scientist Certification Program”. 

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