Sea Level Rise Manager

Located in Southwest Florida, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and caring for Southwest Florida’s coastal ecosystems. 


SCCF is searching for a dynamic leader to build a highly visible, robust sea level rise and climate change program for the islands of Captiva and Sanibel within their larger regional systems. A demonstrated (1) ability to build consensus in communities; (2) deep knowledge of scientific literature on climate-related topics; (3) comfort speaking to technical and lay groups, including decisionmakers; (4) strong background in writing, both technical and popular.  The Sea Level Rise Manager will be responsible for leading SCCF’s charge to create lasting, resilient communities on the islands of Captiva & Sanibel.


This is a new position funded, in part, by the Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD). While this position will report solely to SCCF, it is expected that the successful candidate provide expertise and support to CEPD’s Executive Director and Board of Commissioners. CEPD has the legislative authority and obligation to create a resilient beach and bayside for Captiva Island. Working with partners such as the Captiva Community Panel, City of Sanibel, Florida Gulf Coast University, and University of Florida, to name a few, SCCF’s SLR Manager will be a leader using science and community outreach to help our islands achieve resilience.  


Job Duties

·       Attend climate-related working-group meetings as SCCF’s representative.

·       Host scientific and policy forums and meetings for the general public.

·       Raise SCCF’s and CEPD’s profiles on local and regional climate efforts.

·       Lead the charge of creating a comprehensive adaptation plan for our islands in their regional systems.

·       Obtain external research and resilience planning grants on behalf of SCCF and at times CEPD.

·       Publication in media/SCCF materials is a must, publication in scientific journals is strongly encouraged.

·       Advocate for science-driven solutions to resilience on Captiva and Sanibel

·       Educate the general public through classes, videos, and written media


·      Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred in climate/resilience-related field

·      A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

·      Successful grant writing and publication record strongly preferred

·      Public speaking is a must—to general and expert audiences. Successful candidate must be very comfortable in front of audiences and media when appropriate.

·      Proven commitment to environmental conservation.

·       Knowledge of Southwest Florida’s complex natural systems strongly preferred.

·       Highly organized and detail-oriented are musts

·       Team player, always willing to pitch in to get projects done.

Salary & Benefits

SCCF offers competitive salaries, health/dental insurance, 401k match, and generous paid leave.

We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workplace and strongly encourage applications from candidates underrepresented in environmental sciences and policy. 

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