Monitoring & Science Lead

MBNEP is looking to hire a qualified individual as Monitoring and Science Lead.

Organizational Background: The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) brings citizens, non-profits, government agencies, business and industry, and natural resource managers together to promote the wise stewardship of Alabama’s estuaries and coast. The program does this through efforts to measure the status and trends of environmental conditions, ecosystem and access enhancements and restoration, local capacity building and technical assistance, and citizen education, participation, and involvement. MBNEP is a non-regulatory program of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and one of 28 national estuary programs around the country working to safeguard and improve the health of some of the nation’s most important coastal waters. MBNEP is a servant organization guided by a management conference of over 100 community leaders. Our work is dictated by a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan based on scientific evaluation, citizen input, and conference committee assessment of needs and strategies for action. 

Job Overview: The Monitoring and Science Lead has three primary responsibilities: Lead the implementation of and improvements to monitoring activities guided by the Mobile Bay Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework for restoration activities and system-wide status and trends; development of science communication tools to improve community understanding of environmental issues; and provide staff support guidance for the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) including assistance with development and communication of data related to measuring change in environmental health and how it impacts community health and quality of life.

Essential Functions  

Monitoring Coordination

  • Coordinate Mobile Bay Subwatershed Restoration Monitoring Framework refinement and update to ensure consistency with other established regional monitoring frameworks.
  • Support local and Gulf-wide data management systems for collecting, storing, managing, retrieving, and disseminating data and information flowing from watershed monitoring efforts.
  • Oversee monitoring activities of all restoration projects; synthesize data; and develop communication pieces for public consumption. Work with scientists and contractors to determine what, if any, changes there are in the water quality, sedimentation, flow, biology, and habitat quantity and quality as a result of restoration efforts and watershed management plan implementation.
  • Analyze data generated through the implementation of EPA’s Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol and make recommendations for how to use the data to improve trash abatement activities at the local scale.
  • Oversee environmental assessments across the MBNEP service area ensuring use of best available methodologies and data gathering techniques; review of data for quality control;  manage contractor contracts for performance and product delivery; and communicate deliverables to general public and target stakeholder groups.
  • Lead development of, or review monitoring plans and quality assurance program plan products for MBNEP related projects.
  • Coordinate ongoing MBNEP monitoring activities including the Comprehensive Coastal Sediment Loading Analysis Initiative and Coastal Alabama Hydrologic Modeling Program.

 Tools Development

  • Oversee the development of a watershed condition index as a tool for measuring environmental health at the HUC-12 scale and coordinate its use as part of watershed planning.
  • Refine and implement the stressor evaluation framework on issues of environmental concern and strategize how best to deliver results of evaluations.
  • Develop other science communication tools as necessary to present complex science to the general public to provide them with the means to understand how their actions impact the environment

 Science Advisory Committee Support

  • Support the Science Advisory Committee, including committee make-up and recruitment, organization and scheduling of meetings, distribution of all meeting notices and materials, invitation of speakers and preparation of meeting summaries.  
  • Identify and coordinate SAC recommendations related to data and information gaps and needs focused on key biological and spatial-data assumptions and uncertainties (gaps in data).
  • Prepare and promote SAC recommendations for scalable, standardized, integrated, comprehensive monitoring program and periodic evaluation of program’s effectiveness.
  • Communicate SAC activities through status reports, articles including development of a State of the Bay Report.

Internal/External Relationships

This position will work closely with other members of MBNEP staff and with other DISL staff as appropriate.  This position will maintain ongoing relationships with other government agency resource managers, environmental professionals and scientists.  In addition, this position will work with the different committees of the management conference as needed.

Job Requirements-Experience/Education

Job requirements include a minimum of a M.S. in Environmental Sciences (Ecology, Biology or other related focus) and 5-10 years of experience in environmental monitoring, coordinating monitoring programs, or other related field; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to a wide range of individuals and groups; experience in the use of Geographical Information Systems is a plus; and ability to work with minimal supervision.

Job Requirements- General

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, monitoring data, and remote sensing products; ability to respond effectively to common inquiries or complaints from citizens, government agencies, or academia; and ability to effectively present information to top management and government agencies

Equipment to be used in the performance of the job

The Monitoring and Science Lead must be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; extensive knowledge of internet browsing and information mining.

Non-Essential Functions

MBNEP is a small office and as such, all staff are expected to participate in various aspects of office management including answering of telephones, preparing purchase orders or requisitions, recycling etc.

Salary Range:  $47,991-78,567     Job Location:  118 North Royal St., Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602

Closing Date:  February 14th, 2020. A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Employment Application (REQUIRED) may be downloaded from the DISL website ( or requested by phone, fax, or email.  Return application along with cover letter and resume to:  Ms. Roberta Arena Swann, Director, or email  The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program/Dauphin Island Sea Lab is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  DISL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

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