The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is seeking a Program Coordinator to launch a six-month pilot of the Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETS.) Upon completion of the pilot, the program will be evaluated for continued operations as either a part-time or full-time position. Depending on that evaluation, the ideal candidate would be able to commit to employment for multiple years.
About LiMPETS (Description from the LiMPETS Strategic Plan):
LiMPETS is a monitoring program that involves teacher, students, and local communities, as citizen scientists in a network of long-term data collection of the sand beach and rocky intertidal communities to establish a baseline. These citizen scientists gain knowledge about observing nature and doing science, as well as an appreciation about how data that can document changes and be used to protect our local marine ecosystems are gathered. Through this monitoring, these citizen scientists are establishing a web-linked baseline from which we can better address current and future impacts. The program, Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students, or simply the LiMPETS network, connect teachers, students, and the community to the ocean, involves them directly in a real scientific endeavor, and increases their awareness of, and interest in, the marine environment and scientific processes. The vision of the LiMPETS network is to be recognized and respected as one of the nation’s premier student-based citizen science programs.
The LiMPETS network provides authentic, hands-on coastal monitoring experiences that empower teachers, students, and the community to conduct real science and become ocean stewards. Teachers participate in professional development to gain the necessary skills and confidence to engage their students in meaningful monitoring activities in the field. Approximately 3,500 teachers and students along the coast of California are already collecting data from rocky intertidal and sandy beach habitats as part of the LiMPETS network in our national marine sanctuaries. www.Limpetsmonitoring.org
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California