Job titleRestoration Technician

Posting date: 12/15/22

Closing date: Open until filled; review of applications will begin December 29, 2022

Employment type: Full-time

Location: Saipan, MP 96950

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and contact information for two to three professional references to Dr. Lyza Johnston at Please include the job title in the email subject line.

*Must be a United States citizen or otherwise legally permitted to work in the U.S. to apply.

About JAMS

Johnston Applied Marine Sciences (JAMS) is an independent research and conservation organization based in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. island territory located in the western North Pacific Ocean. At JAMS, we are a small but growing team of passionate individuals dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and sustainable management of coral reefs and associated ecosystems. We conduct independent research, actively restore coral populations, and provide scientific support services to local and federal governments and other NGOs.

Job Summary

JAMS seeks to hire a Restoration Technician to assist with large-scale coral restoration efforts on Saipan, including land and ocean coral nursery maintenance, asexual and sexual coral propagation, outplanting, and monitoring. This is a field-intensive position that requires the ability to spend full days diving off of small boats in open ocean conditions, potentially in inclement weather. An ideal candidate will be passionate about environmental stewardship and coral reef conservation, responsible, self-motivated, and able to work well as part of a small, dynamic team. This is an entry level position with ample opportunity for on-the-job training and professional development. If you live in the Mariana Islands and are interested in a career in marine science, conservation, or natural resource management but feel you do not meet the minimum requirements for this position, please reach out to learn about other training opportunities such as summer internships and workshops. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with coral reef restoration activities, including maintenance of our ocean and land-based coral nurseries, outplanting, and monitoring
  • Maintain and manage field gear
  • Small boat maintenance
  • Conduct coral reef ecosystem surveys and assessments
  • Assist with data entry, management, and analysis
  • Assist with report writing
  • Assist with education and outreach activities, including content development for social media and other outlets

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • SCUBA certification equivalent to PADI Open Water Diver
  • Must be comfortable on small boats in open ocean conditions in potentially inclement weather
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and navigate uneven/unsteady footing
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of normal work hours including nights and weekends

Other Desired Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree or higher
  • Scientific diving experience
  • Experience conducting biological surveys
  • Experience with coral and/or fish identification in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Experience with data management and statistical analysis
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience operating and trailering small boats

Salary Range

$23,000 – $36,000


  •  Employer sponsored health care
  •  Paid holidays
  •  Generous time-off policies
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Partial relocation expenses

Johnston Applied Marine Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, regardless of skin color, national origin, sexual orientation, reproductive status, marital status, gender, gender identity/expression, past or present military service, genetic information, disability status, or any other protected status. All employment decisions will be based on organizational needs, job requirements, individual qualifications, and performance.