Job Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

Department:                      County Administrator

Pay Grade:                          319

FLSA Status:                       Exempt


The primary function of this position is to provide coordination and technical expertise for planning and construction of artificial reefs and habitat restoration projects. Program coordination includes reef conservation, artificial reef management, and advancement in the County’s environmental protection, climate resilience, and sustainability initiatives. Public outreach for the artificial reef program and administrative duties includes preparing permit applications, project management, and monitoring grants and contracts.


  • Development, implement, and maintains a long-term offshore and nearshore reef program acting as a liaison and facilitator between local, state, and federal officials, consultants, contractors, and the public.
  • Applies for and ensures all state and federal permitting requirements are met and coordinates with permitting agencies.
  • Follows all County purchasing requirements and serves as grant and contract manager for coastal planning and marine construction contracts.
  • Documents performance of work for reporting and compliance purposes while following all established laws and regulations.
  • Attends and participates in different committees and working groups interfacing with counterparts of artificial reef construction and marine habitat restoration.
  • Performs field inspections to ensure compliance with specifications and plans.
  • Conducts research, analyzes data, prepares reports, and provides recommendations on artificial reef issues.
  • Preparation and administration of grants, contracts, and Board agenda items.
  • Preparation of annual budget.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures of related programs and projects.
  • Develops, manages, and ensures adherence to policies and procedures for maritime and dive operations, including an emphasis on safety and compliance.
  • Creates Public relations materials and guidebooks to assist the public in understanding rules and regulations and the locations of artificial reef and habitat restoration projects.
  • Performs other related job duties as assigned.
  • In the event of special, emergency, or disaster situations, employee may be required to work schedules other than those for which they are regularly scheduled in any capacity deemed appropriate.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s preferred. Major(s) preferred: Marine Biology, Environmental Studies, Planning or Coastal Engineering, or related field. 3 years minimum of prior related work experience. Additional applicable prior work experience and education may substitute for other requirements.

Special Qualifications:

Open water Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) Diving Certification and experience. or  Advanced Open Water SCUBA certification or higher preferred. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to organize work around broad organizational goals and processes.
  • Ability to analyze and make recommendations on how to improve the operational performance of the organization.
  • Ability to perform professional-level work dealing with data, people, and technology that relates to administrative, technical, scientific, engineering, accounting, legal, or managerial skills.
  • Ability to determine the appropriate level of resources to meet the organization’s needs.
  • Ability to determine policies and procedures that will ensure the success of our operation.
  • Ability to provide updates to senior managers, elected officials, and other community groups or organizations.


The work is mostly sedentary and occasionally heavy which requires exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Work also requires activities aboard small to large offshore boats to inspect marine construction activities and operate field sampling equipment. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
  • Visual Acuity 2: Including color, depth perception, and field vision. 
  • Visual Acuity 3: Visual Acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observation of facilities or structures.
  • Visual Acuity 4: Have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.


Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity and responsiveness to changes that include goals, priorities, and needs of the organization and position.

Monroe County has the right to revise this job description at any time. This

 description does not represent in any way a contract of employment.

E.O.E.  Monroe County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability or military service in employment or the provision of services.

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