Position: Marine Biologist

Application deadline: Feb 15, 2022, or until filled

Position start date: March 15, 2022 (negotiable)

Term of employment: 2 years with possibility of extension based on available funding and performance


This is a full-time salaried position at Johnston Applied Marine Sciences (JAMS), based in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. JAMS is a growing NGO that focuses on the conservation and restoration of coral reef ecosystems. We conduct independent, applied research and provide scientific support services to local and federal governments and other NGOs. We seek to hire a self-motivated individual who works well independently and as part of a small team and is passionate about environmental stewardship and coral reef conservation.

The Marine Biologist will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects and conduct independent research, but will primarily lead coral reef restoration activities, including asexual and sexual coral propagation, outplanting, monitoring, data management, and reporting.


  • Coordinate, manage, and implement coral reef restoration activities, including maintenance of our ocean-based coral nursery, propagation, outplanting, monitoring, and research.
  • Conduct surveys and assessments of coral reef ecosystems including benthic and fish communities.
  • Data management and analysis
  • Write project reports, grants, and peer-reviewed scientific journal articles
  • Develop research proposals and methodologies
  • Assist with education and outreach activities, including content development for social media and other outlets
  • Coordinate and oversee activities of student interns and volunteers

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Marine Biology or related field
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Project management experience
  • Research experience in marine ecosystems
  • Demonstrated proficiency in scientific writing
  • Experience with data management and statistical analysis
  • High attention to detail
  • Willingness to occasionally work odd hours, including nights and weekends
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • SCUBA certification equivalent or greater to PADI Open Water, with a minimum of 50 open water dives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with coral reef restoration practices
  • Experience with in situ coral and/or fish identification in the Indo-Pacific strongly preferred
  • SCUBA certification equivalent or greater to PADI Dive Master.
  • Experience with photogrammetry and Metashape software
  • Proficiency in R software
  • Proficiency in GIS software and applications
  • Small boat handling and trailering experience, with strong preference for MOCC or Coast Guard Licensed Captains


Annual salary of $36,000 – $42,000 plus benefits, including paid holidays and vacation. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for three professional references via email to Dr. Lyza Johnston at ljohnston@jamssaipan.com