Celebrating our MarAlliance Ocean Heroes

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Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of marine conservation as we shine a spotlight on our MarAlliance Ocean Heroes. Here, we highlight some of our team members, who are on the front lines of conservation initiatives in their local communities, protecting their environment, educating their community, and inspiring positive change. 

 

Daneira Brown – Education & Outreach Officer, Panama

Daneira Brown, a dedicated advocate for marine conservation, resides in the stunning Guna Yala, Panama. Her profound connection to the sea, particularly sea turtles, stems from her upbringing in the Kuna community. The rich culture of the Kuna people and their connection to nature has sensitized her to the beautiful yet fragile nature of marine ecosystems. By trophically controlling the populations of marine organisms, sea turtles play a vital role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and promoting biodiversity in Guna Yala. In addition to her scientific work, Daneira works tirelessly to cultivate an appreciation for the conservation of marine biodiversity in indigenous communities through education outreach programs. 

 

 

Daneria’s Fun Fact about Sea Turtles:

  • In the Guna culture, sea turtles were considered the ancestors of the Gunas, and they were considered brothers in ancient times. 

 

 

Clara Sabal – Research Officer, Belize

Residing in the tropical nation of Belize, Clara Sabal is a passionate advocate for the preservation of local marine megafauna, including sharks, turtles, rays, and finfish.

Belize’s coral reef, a breathtaking natural wonder, holds profound significance for the nation’s economic prosperity, supporting food security, tourism, and recreation. Safeguarding this ecological treasure is not just a conservation imperative but a fundamental necessity for the well-being of local communities and the pursuit of sustainable development.

In collaboration with local fishermen, Clara tirelessly collects essential scientific data. This invaluable information not only sheds light on the status of marine megafauna but also serves as a beacon guiding the broader health of the ecosystem. Join Clara Sabal in her passionate mission, where expertise meets dedication, ensuring the protection and longevity of Belize’s marine wonders.

 

 

Clara’s Fun Fact about Nurse Sharks: 

  • Nurse sharks, although quite calm and nonaggressive when caught on a longline, are one of the hardest species to handle. They require great patience when being measured! 

 

 

Ivan Torres – Fisher Associate, Belize 

Originating from the stunning fishing village of Sarteneja, Belize, Ivan serves as a prominent figure in the conservation efforts taking place in his community. Ivan learned to fish from his father at the young age of 10 and has since honed his craft through over 30 years of experience. Due to his lively upbringing on the water, Ivan has become a skillful turtle catcher and shark handler. He recognizes the importance of megafauna to the health of his local marine ecosystem and is therefore a dedicated protector of the fish, sharks, rays, and turtles. During his time as a conservationist, he has witnessed an increase in the abundance of sharks in his local reef system, an exciting sign that his hard work is paying off.  

 

 

Ivan’s Fun Fact: 

  • Despite previously negative experiences with sharks as a fisherman, Ivan asserts that they are in fact not as aggressive as they seem. 

 

 

Hayro Cunampio – Community Coordinator, Panama

Working in the lush landscapes of Darien, Panama, Hayro represents a true guardian of the rivers and its inhabitants. In particular, Hayro is passionate about protecting the critically endangered largetooth sawfish (Pristis pristis). Once abundant in the 60s and 70s, the sawfish has been hunted to near extinction in the Darien de Rios due to a lack of economic opportunity and conservation knowledge. In Panama, the sawfish is critically important for ecotourism, especially in areas such as the Matusagaratí, Panama’s largest wetland. Along with collecting important data on fish from the Chucunaque, Balsas, Pirre, and Tuira rivers, Hayro educates his fellow Panamanianas on the importance of environmental conservation. Hayro is particularly inspired to continue working in conservation by the  indigenous peoples’ rich history of respect and appreciation for the sawfish.  

 

 

Hayro’s Fun Fact about the Sawfish:

  • One of the largest rivers in Panama is named after the sawfish: The SugguNaguer (today Chucunaque) translates to “an abundance of sawfish.” 

 

 

Mario David – Fisher Associate, Honduras

Mario is a conservation leader in his local island community of Cayos Cochinos, Honduras. A longtime fisherman, Mario is versed in data collection methods and other marine megafauna monitoring skills, including the proper handling and release of various species of sharks and deep-sea fish. Despite initial beliefs rooted in his fishing community that sharks are dangerous animals, Mario has transformed into a dedicated protector through firsthand collaboration in our research efforts. Asserting that the conservation of marine fauna is essential for maintaining his local fishing industry, Mario is motivated to continue working in conservation and educating his fellow fishermen about its importance. 

 

 

Mario’s Fun Fact: 

  • Mario David can personally verify that sharks are not as scary or dangerous as they are made out to be in the movies: sharks are crucial for maintaining ecosystem health and promoting marine biodiversity. 

 

 

Join us in rewilding the oceans! 

By making a donation today you will be part of our mission to rewild our oceans with endangered marine megafauna and support our Ocean Heroes. Your Tax tax-deductible contribution makes a real impact on our initiatives such as marine habitat restoration, endangered marine wildlife protection and sustainable practices. 

No donation is too small: each one has a significant impact.

 

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Asistente de comunicación (Internship)

MarAlliance es una organización internacional sin ánimo de lucro registrada en EE.UU., Belice, Panamá y Cabo Verde, cuyo objetivo es explorar, facilitar e inspirar cambios positivos para la fauna marina amenazada, especialmente tiburones y rayas, sus hábitats críticos y las comunidades humanas dependientes. Nuestra misión es amplia y ambiciosa, y trabajamos en tres idiomas y en siete países de tres regiones. Ante el declive de muchas poblaciones de megafauna marina, estas especies necesitan una voz fuerte, eficaz y con base científica que las represente para ayudar a los socios dependientes a dar forma a las estrategias y acciones de gestión y conservación para invertir el declive.

Resumen del puesto:

Buscamos a un becario (6 meses) proactivo, con conocimientos digitales y excelente capacidad de redacción y edición de textos, que apoye la creación de contenidos escritos de alta calidad y recursos multicanal para difundir el trabajo que MarAlliance realiza a través de sus plataformas en línea (sitio web, redes sociales, boletín, entre otras) y fuera de línea, y que interactúe con nuestro público externo para contribuir a nuestros objetivos generales de comunicación y marketing. El Asistente de Comunicación dependerá directamente del Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing, y trabajará en estrecha colaboración con el resto del equipo para apoyarles en los elementos de comunicación de su trabajo.

Las funciones y responsabilidades incluirán, entre otras, las siguientes:

  1. Proporcionar apoyo creativo, editorial y operativo a los proyectos. 
  2. Apoyo en la organización, etiquetado y etiquetado del archivo fotográfico y gestión del archivo de vídeo.
  3. Gestión de la comunidad: Gestionar activamente los canales de medios sociales, así como identificar nuevas tendencias y oportunidades de colaboración. Generar reels y visuales.
  4. Apoyo en la redacción de artículos de blog (SEO) y contenido de boletines. 
  5. Ayudar a construir y desarrollar materiales, herramientas y acciones para campañas (online y offline).
  6. Ayudar en diferentes tareas relacionadas con la comunicación trabajando mano a mano con contratistas externos (desarrollador web, diseñador gráfico…) para mejorar el compromiso de las audiencias externas.
  7. Apoyo en la elaboración de informes de campañas y comunicaciones (Google Analytics, métricas de redes sociales, informes de marketing por correo electrónico).
  8. Como parte del Equipo de Comunicación de MarAlliance, apoyar al Coordinador de Comunicación y Marketing en cualquier otro proyecto de comunicación, coherente con las habilidades y experiencia del titular del puesto, en circunstancias no rutinarias.

Experiencia, conocimientos y aptitudes requeridos:

  1. Licenciatura en comunicación, periodismo, marketing o cualquier disciplina relacionada.
  2. Experiencia en comunicación digital o marketing.
  3. Pasión e interés por la naturaleza, la vida marina y la conservación.
  4. Capacidad demostrada para redactar y presentar comunicaciones creativas.
  5. Presencia y conocimientos de medios sociales y digitales.
  6. Capacidad para realizar múltiples tareas y detectar buenas historias.
  7. Capacidad para trabajar a distancia y cumplir los plazos establecidos.
  8. Conocimientos de diseño gráfico deseables, pero no necesarios.
  9. Conocimientos de edición de vídeo deseables pero no necesarios. 

Salario y prestaciones:

Estipendio durante 6 meses.

Idiomas:

Español, con fluidez en inglés

Localización:

Este contrato será a distancia dentro de las zonas horarias de América, flexible, a tiempo completo y desde casa con hasta un 10% de viajes ocasionales locales e internacionales.

Cómo presentar la candidatura:

Por favor, envíe su currículum, portfolio si lo tiene, y carta de presentación a info@maralliance.org con “MAR-CA_Apellido” en el asunto antes del 21 de febrero, 2024. No se admiten llamadas.

Communications Assistant (Internship)

MarAlliance is an international non-profit registered in the US, Belize, Panama and Cabo Verde that aims to explore, enable and inspire positive changes for threatened marine wildlife – notably sharks and rays – their critical habitats and dependent human communities. Our remit is broad and ambitious, and we work in three languages and across seven countries encompassed by three regions. In the face of declines in many populations of marine megafauna, these species need a strong, effective, and science-based voice to represent them to help dependent partners shape management and conservation strategies and action to reverse declines.

Position summary:

We are seeking for a proactive, digitally savvy Paid Intern (6 month) Communications Assistant with excellent writing and copy editing skills, who will support the creation of high-quality written content and multichannel assets to broadcast the work MarAlliance does through its online (website, social media, newsletter, among others) and offline platforms, and engage with our external audiences to contribute to our overall communications and marketing goals. The Communications Assistant will directly report consistently to the Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and work closely with the rest of the team to support them on the communications elements of their work.

Duties and responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  1. Provide creative, editorial, and operational project support. 
  2. Support organizing, labeling and tagging the photo archive and video archive management.
  3. Community Management: Actively manage social media channels, as well as identify new trends and collaboration opportunities. Generate reels and visuals.
  4. Support with writing blog articles (SEO) and newsletter content. 
  5. Help build and develop materials, toolkits, and actions for (online and offline) campaigns.
  6. Assist in different communications-related tasks working hand in hand with external contractors (web developer, graphic designer…) to improve the engagement of external audiences.
  7. Support in campaign and communications reporting (Google Analytics, social media metrics, email marketing reports)
  8. As part of the MarAlliance Communications Team, support the Communications and Marketing Coordinator with any other communications projects, consistent with the skills and expertise of the post holder, in non-routine circumstances.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or any related discipline.
  2. Experience working in digital communications and or marketing.
  3. Passion and interest for nature, marine life and conservation.
  4. Proven ability to write and deliver creative communications.
  5. Social Media and digital presence and knowledge.
  6. Ability to multitask and spot good stories.
  7. Capable of working remotely and meeting established deadlines.
  8. Graphic design skills are desirable but not required.
  9. Video editing skills are desirable but not required.

Salary and benefits:

Stipend for 6 month.

Language:

Spanish, with fluent English

Location:

This contract will be remote within the Americas time zones, flexible, full-time and home-based with up to 10% occasional local and international travel.

How to apply:

Please send your resume, portfolio if you have one, and cover letter to info@maralliance.org with “MAR-CA_Last name” in the subject line by 21st of February, 2024. No calls please.