Location: Silver Spring, MD – Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Supervisor: Vice President
Overview The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Tourism and Recreation Coordinator serves as the national point person for all matters related to travel, tourism, and recreation within the National Marine Sanctuary System. The Tourism and Recreation Coordinator is the team lead on behalf of ONMS on related data gathering, coordination, project development and management, and reporting, as well as other associated support tasks.
Responsibilities Tourism and Recreation Initiatives • Maintain familiarity with relevant programs, initiatives, and activities inside and outside the sanctuary system. • Develop action plan for the program that aligns with priorities in applicable strategic plans and institutional priorities (e.g., ONMS Strategic Plan, National Ocean Service priority areas, Draft ONMS Travel and Tourism Strategic Action Plan, National Travel & Tourism Strategy, etc.). • Develop and maintain action plan for the program that supports recreational tourism. • Promote available responsible recreational opportunities in national marine sanctuaries and strive to ensure these opportunities and ONMS campaigns and activities surrounding recreation and tourism are recognized and publicized in local, regional, and international arenas. • Promote responsible wildlife viewing guidelines. • Coordinate annual national “Get into Your Sanctuary” Day program. • Collate and develop tourism- and recreation-related content for ONMS outreach platforms, in cooperation with the ONMS Outreach staff, including: o Socioeconomics messaging and science communications, o “Visit” pages on sanctuaries.noaa.gov review and improvement (related to content supporting awareness of recreational use opportunities, sustainable practices, visitor services tools, etc.) • Cultivate relationships with contacts involved in travel, tourism, and recreation within and outside the NMS network. o Engage through regular conference calls and in-person site visits. o Participate in tourism and recreation outreach events, meetings, and conferences. • Inter- and Intra-Agency Collaboration
o Coordinate National Ocean Service Rec & Tourism Working Group o Coordinate working groups for Federal Recreation Council and Tourism Policy Council o Facilitate representation of ONMS in development of the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) • Engage with MPA Center to share knowledge regarding compilation of recreation access information and sanctuary recreational uses • Develop and support expansion planning for Blue Star program and Team OCEAN. • Increase program capacity for sustainable management of public recreation areas or conservation areas. • Develop informational tools to communicate socioeconomic benefits of sanctuaries for gateway communities in collaboration with Conservation Science Division.
•Bachelor’s degree in marine/environmental sciences, natural resource management, or parks and recreation is preferred
• Familiarity with programs and priorities of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. • Experience in communicating complex issues for a variety of audiences. • Experience working on interdisciplinary teams and with broad stakeholder groups (e.g., government, private, non-profit, public) at multiple scales (e.g., national, regional, local) and across different applicable industries (e.g., outdoor recreation, recreational fishing, tourism development, etc.). • 5-7 years of program management experience. • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills. • Meticulous attention to detail. • Ability to perform under tight deadlines. • Ability to communicate proficiently both verbally and in writing. • Demonstrated initiative, ability to work both independently and with others. • Flexible team member with a sense of humor and an ability to work quickly and prioritize multiple projects. • Facility with a range of software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database programs. • Ability to travel domestically as needed. • A sincere commitment to our mission.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Experience
About National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is the national non-profit partner for the National Marine Sanctuary System.
Founded in 2000 by America’s most influential ocean conservation leaders, the Foundation raises awareness of and support for national marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries and their vital role in ensuring a healthy ocean.
The Foundation promotes citizen science, research, conservation, education and community engagement to protect coral reefs and marine habitats, preserve places of cultural significance, and conserve our maritime history and heritage.
Whether it’s saving whales, cleaning up marine debris, or inspiring the next generation of ocean stewards, our work starts with great ideas and affects change.
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