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Do you care about Bermuda’s ocean and want to make a difference? ​The Bermuda Zoological Society is contracting for the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme (BOPP) someone to oversee and manage the Programme’s day-to-day operations and management, including maintaining programme deadlines, managing the BOPP Team, and coordinating contractors, partners, and stakeholders involved in BOPP.


The Contractor will be part of the BOPP team, a close-knit group of Bermuda residents who are working to protect and sustainably manage Bermuda’s ocean.

About BOPP

BOPP is a community-driven program to strengthen ocean protection and sustainable economic development in Bermuda. The program stems from a 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Bermuda, the Waitt Institute, and Bermuda Government and Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).
The goals of the MOU include developing and implementing:

  • a comprehensive marine spatial plan to sustainably manage Bermuda’s marine waters and fully protect 20%,

  • a blue economy strategy to promote economic diversification and growth, social inclusion, and livelihoods while ensuring environmental sustainability, and

  • projects to support improved fisheries management, where appropriate. BOPP builds on Bermuda’s goals and existing initiatives, employing an approach that is science-based, participatory, and inclusive.

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About the Position

This person will be responsible for ensuring that the program advances in a timely and efficient manner in accordance with the programmatic goals and work plan. Additionally, the Contractor will play a critical role in BOPP’s planning and implementation, maintaining open lines of communication amongst partners and the public, and keeping the project on track with respect to the work plan. The Contractor will also play a leadership role for the committees and stakeholder groups that are included in the BOPP governance structure.

The position is:

  • Based in Bermuda and housed in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Citizen of Bermuda, or resident, with existing right to work in Bermuda. 

  • Full-time, 1-year contract position with strong potential for renewal during the continuation of the Programme.

  • Eligible for all public holidays.


Duties & Tasks

  • Guide and implement BOPP project activities as discussed and delegated by BOPP Administration to ensure that the Programme advances as planned.

  • Manage the BOPP Team so that each individual team member has a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities.

  • Help in the facilitation of the stakeholder engagement process for BOPP.

  • Provide strategic advice on how to best navigate programmatic development and implementation, community outreach and engagement, and decision-making.

  • Support public affairs and diplomacy related to BOPP, including serving as a key contact with stakeholders, (e.g., fishermen, divers, tourism sector, shipping industry, NGOs), community leaders, the Steering Committee, and the public.

  • Proactively manage relationships with contractors, partners, and stakeholders from government, communities, NGOS, academia, and the private sector to foster collaborative and coordinated work that addresses the priorities of Bermuda as articulated in the Blue Prosperity Plan. This will extend to the implementation of the Blue Prosperity Plan, including monitoring and enforcement of the marine spatial plan, and supporting the implementation of the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Fund (“Ocean Fund”) once the Blue Prosperity Plan is formally adopted.

Professional Qualifications

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in biological or environmental science, with an emphasis on marine biology, fisheries or related discipline.

  • Knowledge of basic biological statistical analysis, field biological methods and basic laboratory methods.

  • Minimum of two years’ experience in field and laboratory biology, either through professional experience or as part of a degree program. 

  • Certified SCUBA diver.

  • Experienced in Microsoft Office Suite software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

  • Working knowledge of Bermuda's marine ecology and fauna.

  • Not required but desired: 

    • Experience with statistical analysis software in addition to MS Excel.

    • Experience in boat handling.

    • Experience with GIS software.


Personal Attributes

  • Proven time and project management skills. A Project Management Professional (PMP) is preferred but not required.

  • Reliable and responsive, and comfortable working across time zones.

  • Experience in resource management or ocean protection will be an added advantage.

  • Experience engaging and supporting high-level public officials, stakeholders, and communities in complex public policy and consultation processes will be an added advantage.

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation, report writing, and editing.

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

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