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Estuario Weekly Update

An estuarine greeting! Through our Weekly Update, we inform of events, projects, activities and capacity-building opportunities available to residents and friends of the communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary watershed. 

Employment opportunities

Stakeholder and Engagement Manager – The Stakeholder and Engagement Manager assists the Executive Director and the Management Conference withengagement, educational, and outreach activities. The position oversees and coordinates Management Conference (MC) committees and pursues new partnerships and funding opportunities; they provide staff support for the Management Conference and serves as a liaison for various external working groups. The Stakeholder and Engagement Manager is expected to plan, develop, and execute communication initiatives, promotions, campaigns, and projects that engage key people, staff, and community cohorts to implement the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) and are aligned with the 5-year strategic plan for the San Juan Bay Estuary Programs (SJBEP).

Senior Project Lead (Juan Méndez Creek Restoration) – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) is seeking qualified applicants for the Senior Project Lead- Juan Méndez Creek position to lead project efforts in coordination with Estuario’s work and its team. This contractor will act as project liaison and will be responsible for leading the technical aspects of the project; carry out the reconnaissance study and develop the report, manage data, support coordination with USACE and carry out any other tasks needed to manage technical aspects for the Juan Mendez Creek Restoration.

Technical Support Consultant – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) seeks a senior level individual or entity with the technical expertise to support and enhanced the water quality monitoring program, systematize and unite environmental data, conduct spatial and temporal analysis, support the development of communication and presentation data tools such as a data dashboard, and develop reports associated with the Regional Collaborative Water Quality Monitoring efforts. 

Project Evaluator – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) seeks qualified applicants for the Project Evaluator contract position to document project efforts of the Juan Mendez Creek Restoration. 

Technical Facilitator – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) seeks a senior level expert/technical to bring support as a Technical Facilitator to lead an analysis of the conditions of the Juan Mendez Creek with the input from the Infrastructure Committee. The technical facilitator is expected to develop and present to the Infrastructure Committee recommendations for the restoration plan using the information gathered throughout the year. 

Field Technician – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) is seeking qualified applicants for the field technician position to conduct a rapid needs assessment, gather data, conduct analysis, document, and present the results of the rapid needs assessment.

Brand Development (Request for Proposal) – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) seeks proposals from qualified firms/individuals for Brand Development to design a brand and communications content for the Juan Méndez Creek Restoration project that will give it visibility and increase the scope of interaction with communities, collaborators, and other stakeholders. The position is a great opportunity for a creatively minded person with graphic design and communications skills to execute from concept to completion. 

Graphic Design (Request for Proposal) – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) seeks proposals from qualified firms/individuals for the creation of a project logo and graphics/ visuals to represent the Juan Mendez Creek Restoration project under the funds of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Technology Consultant (Request for Proposal) – The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership, or Estuario, requests proposals from entities with the technical expertise in technology for the development of a technology platform that integrates a collaborative database and a dashboard that includes environmental monitoring data from Estuario, municipalities, and state agencies. 

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Certification for citizen scientists

Below are the scheduled events for the next two weeks. See more at:

Participatory Bird Census Module:

  • February 8 – Getting to Know the Waterfowl of the Estuary Wetlands; thematic workshop with Eliezer Nieves, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • February 10 – Field trip: participatory bird census; with Coral Avilés and Eliezer Nieves, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Laguna Blasina

Coastal Resilience Module:

  • February 10 – Field trip: planting of coastal vegetation with Andreína Alexatos, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Condado Lagoon
  • February 13 – Coastal restoration of dunes and mangroves; virtual workshop with Andreína Alexatos, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • February 17 – Field trip: planting coastal vegetation for dune restoration; with Andreína Alexatos, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Loíza
  • February 18 – Field trip: ecological assessment of coral reefs; with Daritzel Cintron, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Condado agoon
  • February 18 – Field trip: ecological assessment of seagrasses; with Daritzel Cintron, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Condado Lagoon

Family Day at Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve

This Saturday, February 3, 2024, join us for the next family day at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We will have games, sports activities, interpretive tours, and an outdoor workshop on coral reefs and seagrasses. Don’t miss it! Events begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m., with Cine del Estuario. See more at

Cine del Estuario

After the family day, Cine del Estuario presents: The Little Mermaid (2023); on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaime Benítez Park of the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. The screening will be in Spanish, with English subtitles. This feature is free of cost. Bring your blanket or chair!

Collaborate with Estuario this upcoming Water Quality Day of Puerto Rico

The largest participatory science event on the Island is happening soon! The Water Quality Day of Puerto Rico will be Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We are looking for entities or community groups to support the delivery of monitoring kits and provide training workshops to the participating public, throughout the island. Sign up your group today, here.

Other activities

Microplastics Characterization Field Trip

Last Saturday, January 27th, 5 volunteers joined us on the monthly field trip as part of the microplastics characterization and reduction module of the certification for citizen scientists of the San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership. On this trip, we had the opportunity to monitor the Margarita Channel and the channel towards the Caño Martín Peña, using the Manta Trawl tool. We collected multiple samples of microplastics that will be analyzed, identified, and documented by citizen scientists like you. Join the effort!

We appreciate the commitment of Laura, Yajanny, Kerry, Fabiola, and Stacy, as well as our captain, Kenneth Pastor, for supporting us and always keeping us safe on the journey. Thank you!

P.S.: Remember that to be certified as a citizen scientist you will complete the following requirements: 1 introductory workshop, 1 thematic workshop and 2 experiences/field trips. All the information you need is at We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming workshops and field trips!

Feria de La Goyco

Taller Comunidad La Goyco will have its next fair on Saturday, February 3, 2024. At 11:00 a.m., the efforts of the community campaign Que no toque el piso ni llegue al agua, of Calle Loíza, will be recognized.

Support us with your tax refund

Through your individual contribution in 2024, support the Estuario with your tax return refund. Look for the option “Contribution to the Special Fund for the San Juan Bay Estuary“, on line 1B of the “Refund” box. Read more, here.

Weekly water quality monitoring

Evaluation conducted on Thursday, February 1, 2024. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We recommend avoiding the area that exceeded the Beach Action Value water quality parameter of 70 CFU/100 ML. Have a good weekend!

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