Postdoctoral position - Marine Programme Coordinator

The Marine Programme Coordinator is a leading role to develop marine 
related research and conservation efforts of Osa Conservation, a 
regional non-profit conservation organization in the Osa Peninsula 
region, of Costa Rica. The organization is 14 years old. Its mission is 
to conserve the extraordinary biodiversity of the Osa region and to 
utilize OC facilities and programs to engage students, professionals and 
the broad public with biodiversity conservation.

OC has offices in Washington, DC, Puerto Jimenez, and operates several 
field research stations and other facilities on 2500 hectares of private 
land that includes old growth rainforest, marine coastal habitats, 
wetlands and agricultural landscapes.

The Marine Programme Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the 
development of OC’s Marine Conservation Programme. Key duties include 
leading and carrying out science-led conservation initiatives (with a 
specific focus on Marine Protected Areas), fundraising, building 
institutional partnerships, mentoring, and managing staff in a team-
based system. This high-energy, demanding position reports to the 
Conservation Science Director. The organization is in a growth phase, 
has a strong science-base and pursues data-driven conservation solutions 
and program designs. The ability to multi-task by organizing and 
managing a complex set of operations and facilities is essential. The 
base of operations is the Osa peninsula and an enthusiasm for living in 
the humid tropics is a must.  Travel regionally is required. 

The salary will be commensurate with other professional non- profit 
salaries paid in Costa Rica. 

General responsibilities include:
1.      Project Implementation: lead innovative marine conservation 
efforts, and introduce this to the regional community in Osa.
2.      Financial Performance and Viability: Develops and manages 
resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the restoration 
and rewilding program.
a.      Responsible for ongoing fundraising and managing the resources 
necessary to support the program goals: and assisting both the 
Conservation Science Director and other project staff in these efforts.
3.      Education and Outreach Strategy: 
a.      Works with directors and staff to ensure that the mission is 
b.      Responsible for Osa Conservation’s image by being active and 
visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, 
civic and private organizations.
4.      Program Operations: 
a.      Responsible effective administration of operations.
b.      Responsible for the retention of competent, qualified staff.

Professional Qualifications:
•       Willingness to live in the Osa. Preferably someone with at least 
three years’ experience working in marine conservation in Latin America.
•       A higher graduate degree (MSc, MRes or PhD) in a relevant 
discipline – Marine Ecology, Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Marine 
Protected Areas.
•       The ability to communicate and collaborate with scientists, 
policy professionals and decision makers Experience working with local 
tropical communities, preferably in Latin America.
•       Evidence of scientific and popular writings (scientific papers, 
social media and blogs included)
•       Statistical skills and experience using R, GIS and spatial 
statistics skills.
•       Transparent, charismatic  and high integrity leadership
•       12 months or more nonprofit experience
•       Experience of and compatibility with field conditions in the wet 
•       Willingness to participate in budget preparation, analysis, 
decision-making and reporting
•       Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, 
program development and task facilitation
•       Ability to convey the strategic vision of the programme to 
staff, volunteers and donors
•       Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique 
to nonprofit sector
•       Skills to collaborate with and motivate donors and staff  
•       Strong written and oral communication skills
•       Ability to meet reporting and submission deadlines
•       Ability to interface and engage diverse stakeholders
•       Demonstrated ability to mentor, manage and collaborate with 
•       Strong public speaking ability
•       Bilingual command of English and Spanish

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•       Planning and operation of project budget.
•       Spearhead support for the creation of a new million acre Marine 
Protected Area in the pacific south of Costa Rica.
•       The creation and development of impactful education and training 
activities about Marine Conservation.
•       Lead and develop marine conservation and monitoring initiatives 
related to restoration and rewilding in the marine environment.
•       Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations 
and utilize those relationships strategically.
•       Report to and work closely with the Conservation Science 
Director to seek their involvement in fundraising and to increase the 
overall visibility of the organization, and related projects.
•       Contribute to maintain a high-performance field team with 
excellent morale and commitment
•       Oversee and participate in weekly operations and science team 

Please contact Dr Andrew Whitworth (Science Director) with a current CV/Resume and short 1-2 
page cover letter by the 18th February. Please use ‘Marine Programme 
Coordinator’ in the subject line. Successful applicants will be 
contacted for interview.

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