About Billion Oyster Project: Billion Oyster Project’s mission is to restore a sustainable oyster population to New York Harbor and to rebuild a connection to the Harbor by engaging New Yorkers directly in the work of growing and restoring one billion oysters.
Oysters were the keystone species and original ecosystem engineers of New York Harbor. Oyster reefs once covered more than 220,000 acres of the Hudson River estuary. They provided valuable ecosystem services to the region by filtering water, providing habitat for other marine species and attenuating wave energy. Today, oysters are functionally extinct in the Harbor as a result of overharvesting, dredging and pollution. The absence of oysters has impaired our estuary’s ability to clean the water and absorb excess nitrogen; the loss of reefs has reduced protective habitat, destabilized the sea floor and left our shoreline vulnerable to destructive wave action. The Billion Oyster Project aims to reverse these effects by bringing oysters and their reef habitat back to New York Harbor. Restoring oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity. Engaging students and the general public in this work will build a culture of stewardship and a more robust understanding and appreciation of the Harbor for future generations.
About New York Harbor School: Billion Oyster Project’s primary educational partner is Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, also called the Harbor School, a public high school located on Governors Island. This school is unique in New York City, which has 538 miles (866 km) of waterfront, in that it attempts to relate many aspects of its curriculum to the water. The school is part of the Urban Assembly network of 21 college-prep schools in New York City. Harbor School is classified as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school and has six certificated CTE programs in marine science and technology. These are: Aquaculture, Professional Diving, Marine Biology Research, Vessel Operations, Ocean Engineering, and Marine Systems Technology. Harbor School recently launched a new CTE program in Marine Policy and Advocacy. All students are required to choose and complete one of these seven three-year courses of study.
About the Position: BOP’s Restoration Project Managers (RPMs) are responsible for managing site-specific oyster restoration initiatives which are funded by a variety of private, City, State and Federal funded restoration partnerships. The work for these projects is varied and includes contributing to or leading on the following activities: contract and budget development; pre-project surveys; permitting; coordination with the Harbor School CTE programs; procurement; project implementation; collaboration with BOP’s community outreach and public education initiatives; data collection; project equipment maintenance; and reporting.
This RPM will manage multi-year projects with budgets totalling $2.5 million. Deliverables include both internal project management documents as well as mandated reporting deliverables to project partners and funders. The latter includes: implementation plans, field reports, quarterly progress reports in addition to the primary deliverables of each project. This is a writing intensive and deliverable based position that will collaborate across BOP Programs and thus require excellent communication and time-management skills.
This Restoration Project Manager will also work closely with Harbor School teachers, students, and administration as well as with external partners engaged in oyster restoration work. Accordingly, commitment to and experience or interest in education and working with public high school students is highly desirable. Candidate should be comfortable working around the water and on boats on scientific projects.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
● Manage the budget, deliverables and workflow of the project/s
● Coordinate efforts of various BOP programs and Harbor School CTE programs towards accomplishing project goals
● Assist in the application for and management of environmental permits for oyster restoration projects
● Manage procurement of supplies and equipment
● Manage existing oyster restoration grant programs, ensure grant reporting and compliance with grant requirements
● Coordinate with Career and Technical Education teachers, Harbor School and BOP staff, and external partners to organize and implement restoration activities and events such as oyster reef monitoring trips, oyster nursery work days, and volunteer events
● Participate in the planning and design of future reef sites
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Employee is a full-time employee of New York Harbor Foundation d/b/a Billion Oyster Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Position is a full time, year-round position and benefits include health insurance and paid vacation time.
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Required Qualifications and Experience:
● Master's Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Policy or similar
● Experience coordinating projects involving multiple stakeholders, particular those involving marine restoration
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Initiative, ability to work independently
● Excellent organizational skills
● Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with a large and fast-paced team
Billion Oyster Project is fueled by the passion and commitment of the team. Enthusiasm for the work of environmental restoration, public education and environmental justice is an expectation for the position. Candidates should be comfortable working on a team with various stakeholders and delivering on complex, multi-step projects.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and 2 references here