About NERACOOS

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) spans coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the New York Bight. NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. NERACOOS is also advancing efforts to improve water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems.

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Check out the 2018 Annual Report

Learn more about NERACOOS' partners and projects in this year's report.

 

 

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Job Opportunity: Executive Director of NERACOOS

The key roles of the Executive Director are to lead, manage, and inspire staff, principal investigators, partners, and board members to collectively sustain and improve a regional ocean observing system that is responsive to the information needs of the Northeast. 

The Executive Director is the principal spokesperson for the organization and will travel extensively to represent NERACOOS locally, nationally, and occasionally internationally, and to provide regional leadership and guidance.

Location:

The Executive Director will work from the NERACOOS Offices in Portsmouth, NH.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain current and develop new collaborative partnerships with regional and national stakeholders, including government, private funding organizations, elected officials, agency staff, and scientists;
  • Interface effectively with NERACOOS’ Board of Directors, staff, principal investigators, and regional/national partners; and
  • Remain true to the spirit of the organization’s mission and values while implementing a strategic business plan to thoughtfully expand and diversify NERACOOS’ scope and funding.

Qualifications:

The Executive Director is a leader with a history of effective relationship building. The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in marine science, oceanography, public policy/administration, natural resources, or a related field and at least five years of management experience;
  • Demonstrated competence leading an outcomes-based program or organization, including specific examples of operationalized strategies that have led to progressive organizational/program development;
  • A general understanding of the environmental, economic, social and governmental landscape of the binational Northeastern region;
  • Proven fundraising success including the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and generate revenue;
  • Technical competency of ocean observing technologies, infrastructure, systems, and data management;

Company & Benefits:

The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems provides oceanographic information to the Northeast region, a large, dynamic, environment, that stretches from the Gulf of Maine to Long Island Sound. People who work and play on the water, as well as those who live in coastal communities, depend on NERACOOS information and forecasts to make important decisions, such as when to bring oil tankers into port, where to go for the best surfing, and whether it is safe to go fishing. Scientists and meteorologists utilize NERACOOS data to better understand and predict storms, sea-level change, animal migrations, harmful algae blooms, and more. The information NERACOOS provides helps protect lives and property, empower coastal economies, and improve the health of our oceans.

The salary range for the Executive Director position is commensurate with experience. NERACOOS provides a competitive package of benefits to all eligible employees. Benefits include health insurance, health savings account, simplified employee pension, and paid leave.

Applying Instructions:

Submit your CV, 1-page cover letter, and no more than a 2-page statement of qualifications as a PDF to EDSearch@neracoos.org. Please, no paper applications. The search committee will review applications on a rolling basis. Download a PDF of the job description.

NERACOOS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. 

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The June NERACOOS newsletter is out with updates about Shell Day, monitoring, and buoy redeployments

Find it here and if you haven't already, sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter. No spam, we promise!

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Northeast Biological Observations Workshop

Register now for our upcoming workshop!

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NERACOOS' 2018 Annual Report Is Now Available!

The 2018 Annual Impact Report is a snapshot into the ways in which NERACOOS provided ocean information for safety, resilience, and stewardship throughout the past year. Take a look to learn more about our projects, system operators, and financials, and read a letter from Dr. Ru Morrison, our Executive Director. We're looking forward to continuing our work in 2019 and beyond!

 

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2017 NERACOOS Annual Report

Check out the 2017 Annual Impact Report available here

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King Tide Media Event

A changing climate greatly impacts Maine’s coastal communities. Vulnerable areas, such as Camp Ellis, are already experiencing challenges associated with sea level rise, and more frequent and intense storm events. In an effort to measure these changes and respond accordingly a new tide gauge has been installed by the USGS on the Saco River. Please join us for the King Tide (an especially high tide) to showcase this new water level station and its importance to local stakeholders, such as: meteorologists at the National Weather Service, first responders with Maine Emergency Management Agency, and coastal residents. Click here for event details.

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New Wave Buoy in Cape Cod Bay

A new high-tech wave-monitoring buoy, supported by state and federal agencies, was recently deployed in Cape Cod bay. The buoy will provide sea-state information in Cape Cod Bay to improve safety and efficiency of marine transportation as mariners approach or exit the Cape Cod Canal. Please see MassDEP Press Release for more information about this project. 

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U.S. IOOS Award Provides $2.2 Million for Ocean Observations and Forecasting in the Northeast

U.S. IOOS has awarded a new 5-year cooperative agreement to NERACOOS that will continue to fund the production, integrations and delivery of critical ocean information. Click here for more information about the award and our partners.

 

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2015 Annual Report

The NERACOOS 2015 Annual Impact Report is now available! Click link to read.

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NERACOOS, NECAN, ISMN and EPSCoR Partnership

This summer NERACOOS partnered with New Hampshire EPSCoR and were lucky enough to receive two interns for the entire summer!

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Integrated Nutrient Observatory Deployment Underway

Our nutrient observatory will soon expand to include Long Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.

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January 2016 Ocean Temperatures Warmest on Record

Our ocean climate tool (see graph below) shows that recent surface water temperatures have been well above the average temperatures for this time of year. This data is a local example of a global phenomenon recently reported by NOAA; January 2016 ocean surface water temperatures were the warmest on record.

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NECAN Update

In an effort to inform and learn from local stakeholders NECAN has successfully hosted six workshops throughout the Northeast (see image from Connecticut meeting). These workshops were attended by a broad range of stakeholders including individuals from industry, management, and research.

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Expanding Ocean Acidification Monitoring and Engagement

The efforts of NECAN (Northeast Coastal Ocean Acidification Network) to expand monitoring of ocean and coastal acidification (OCA) in the region are starting to pay off. Last month, NECAN members and steering committee representatives attended a press event at the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) hosted by the EPA.

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