Climate & ecosystems coordinator

About the Position

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) is seeking to hire a Climate & Ecosystems Coordinator to manage and grow a portfolio of work on emerging issues that affect ecological integrity, coastal resilience, livelihoods, and human health in coastal and ocean environments of the Northeastern U.S. A particular focus will be advancing and integrating existing initiatives addressing Ocean & Coastal Acidification (OCA), specifically the Northeast Coastal Acidification Network and the Ocean Acidification Information Exchange. Additionally, the position will scope and develop new initiatives related to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), Marine Heat Waves (MHWs), marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR), and other issues, including the intersections of those issues with one another and with OCA. For all of the issues considered, the position will also determine how to most effectively capitalize on and evolve the regional ocean observing systems managed by NERACOOS to better track critical climate and ecosystem indicators. Across this portfolio of work, the position will work at the intersection of ecosystem science and end-user engagement.

Primary Responsibilities

Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN)

  • Organize regular meetings of the NECAN Steering Committee and the NECAN thematic work groups (education & outreach, science, management & policy, and industry).
  • Continue the popular NECAN webinar program by recruiting speakers, publicizing events, and synthesizing outcomes.
  • Lead the development of a Regional OCA Monitoring Plan in collaboration with the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and other partners, and work to begin its implementation.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other events as part of the national system of Coastal Acidification Networks (CANs) and other initiatives organized by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP).
  • Plan and execute research, monitoring, and user engagement activities at regional and national scales in collaboration with OAP, other CANs, and other partners.
  • Coordinate and support outreach activities such as workshops, webinars, and educational collaterals.
  • Maintain the NECAN implementation plan, website, and newsletter.

Ocean Acidification Information Exchange (OAIE)

  • Manage the OAIE online platform, including responding to new member requests, tracking technical issues, managing work of the site developer, ensuring regular member updates, and other tasks.
  • Work with web developer to implement website transition to new content management system and website improvements that better serve the community.
  • Grow the community of OAIE users by publicizing the platform through social media channels, OCA-related events and publications, direct outreach to prospective users, and other tactics.
  • Foster community engagement on the OAIE platform with content, both directly and by encouraging members to share questions, ideas, and news of interest to the community.
  • Organize the OAIE community through teams convened through the platform.
  • Convene and organize quarterly meetings of the Steering Committee.
  • Work closely with OAP and CANs to identify ways that OAIE can better serve the community of practitioners focused on OCA.

Applying Instructions: Submit CV, 1-page cover letter, and contact information for three professional references as a PDF to Rob Cardeiro ( The search committee will review applications beginning February 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

NERACOOS, 25 January 2023. More information.

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