Dive into Science Program Coordinator

Reef Check Foundation seeks a Program Coordinator for our Dive into Science scuba training and marine biology education program in southern California. This part-time position is based in the Los Angeles area working remotely from a home office and traveling to program sites. The Coordinator will implement courses, lesson plans, and educational programs for students in Reef Check’s Dive into Science program.

Primary Responsibilities
● Implement and teach Dive into Science marine science curriculum and scuba courses
● Teach marine science curriculum and meet with participants for lessons and field trips
● Organize and shepherd multiple cohorts of students through the multi-year curriculum
● Communicate with partner organizations and collaborators

● PADI Divemaster or Instructor certification
● Bachelor’s degree and experience developing and implementing informal education programs
● Experience working with under-resourced underprivileged populations, youth and/or tribal communities
● Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to execute on several projects simultaneously while managing details and meeting deadlines
● Ability to work independently and recommend and implement solutions
● Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with experience working with our student demographic from underserved or tribal communities
● The ideal candidate would have a demonstrated commitment to the environment and advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice & Access (DEIJA) practices.

Youth and young adults from underserved or tribal communities often have little access to the ocean environment, let alone ways or opportunities to explore it. This lack of access and experience creates a disadvantage when it comes to their future educational or career choices. The Dive into Science program provides students an education in marine science and conservation through scuba training and subsequent diving experiences. The program highlights the possibilities that can come with acquiring a skill such as diving. It teaches scientific methods by training students as Reef Check Citizen Scientists and providing opportunities for them to actively collect data in the kelp forest habitat along the West Coast of North America. The combination of skills, experience and community service will open their minds to what is possible and provide them with skills and confidence to achieve their goals.

The Coordinator will report to and work in close collaboration with Reef Check’s Education Program Director and Executive Director to implement this program. Compensation will depend on qualifications and experience and range from $24-$28/hour. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. For more information about Dive into Science visit reefcheck.org/dive-into-science-program.

Application Instructions
Please submit cover letter describing your scuba and informal education experience, resume and 3 references in one document via email to: Morgan Murphy-Cannella, Education Program Director, mmurphycannella@reefcheck.org by June 14.