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Ocean Ecosystem Health Program Director / Lead

July 23, 2012


Climate Change Program Director / Lead

- Land Sea (Coastal – Ocean) Program Director / Lead

- Ocean Ecosystem Health Program Director / Lead


These three very unique post are currently some of the niche marine and ocean communities most high profile career opportunities. They are to be followed with expansion of the organizations staff and post doctorate level personnel.


With operations physically based in Monterey and Palo Alto, California (San Francisco Bay Area), the Center for Ocean Solutions is focused on finding practical and enduring remedies to overcome the problems that threaten our oceans. Its mission is to elevate the impact of the natural, physical and social sciences on ocean policy by integrating cutting-edge science and technology with economic, social and political expertise to develop practical solutions to major challenges facing the global ocean. 


They are especially noted for preparing leaders to address these challenges by drawing on a pool of highly respected scholars and collaborating with other academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations to tackle interdisciplinary multi-faceted problems.


They are leading the way to help define and measure ocean health and developing resiliency metrics, including thresholds and indicators to support ocean health. Also working to define and relate and impacts like climate change, unique land sea interactions and ecosystem health. They link that knowledge and technology to needs, resulting in action by government, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and businesses. Striving to serve as a catalyst equipping decision-makers and emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to make decisions that lead to long-term health of the ocean. 


In consideration of this, I often find the best way to locate qualified individuals is through networking with active leaders.  Considering your background, I thought you might know a friend, colleague or associate who would possibly be interested in and could benefit from this exceptional career opportunity.


Climate Change Program Director / Lead


As part of our practice development effort for the organization, we are seeking a Program Director / Lead to develop and drive new climate change initiatives to meet one of the greatest challenges facing our planets’ oceans.


Through its work on Climate Change, the Center for Ocean Solutions strives to develop innovative solutions to enhance ecosystem and human community resiliency to climate change impacts. The organization also seeks to continuously improve the policies governing climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also works in development of research, education and communication strategies to achieve those goals


The individual holding this role would be charged with actively engaging in the expansion and implementation of the Center’s climate change adaption initiative. This initiative will address in the face of a changing climate, how to increase the adaptive capacity (reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience to climate change) at evolutionary, ecological and social scales. So we are ideally looking for an individual with extensive knowledge of climate change and the expected or realized impacts to the coast and oceans. Also, proven understanding and abilities with climate change adaption practices and current research with the ability to ply this towards communication, messaging and education efforts directly and in collaborative environments.


Land – Sea (Coastal-Ocean) Program Director / Lead


We are also seeking a Senior Program Director / Lead to develop and drive new Land - Sea (Coastal - Ocean) Initiatives to meet the greatest challenges facing our planets coast lines and oceans. The organization firmly believes that coastal oceans represent the major interface between humans and the marine environment, making coastal ecosystems the most heavily impacted by human activity. Coastal ecosystems are also some of the most biologically diverse, and include habitats such as kelp forests, seagrass beds, marshes and estuaries, mangrove forests and coral reefs.


These coastal habitats provide many important services, such as sheltering diverse marine organisms, buffering terrestrial habitats from wave action and flooding, and supporting recreation and tourism. Human impacts on the coastal environment include fishing pressure, industrial pollution, habitat modification and agricultural runoff. The Center for Ocean Solutions is taking an interdisciplinary approach to identifying and resolving these challenges


This individual in this role would be responsible for leading and actively engaging in the development and implementation of the Center’s land-sea initiative. This initiative will address how to advance our understanding of the connectivity between coastal and ocean ecosystems and policy tools for reducing the impact of land-based pollution on the ocean. Areas of focus may include: (1) coastal pathogens, (2) ocean acidification and hypoxia in coastal waters, (3) agricultural and other sources of nonpoint run-off, (4) coastal habitat land use changes, and (5) desalination.


The ideal individual would have extensive knowledge of the mechanisms of connectivity between land and sea, the methods used to track the flow of material from land to sea and the interconnected and unique role coastal terrestrial habitats play in the marine ecosystem. This also includes proven understanding of how activities on land affect the health and resilience of coastal ecosystems with carry over into coastal government policy and legal aspects with Clean Water and Coastal Management.



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