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Developing a Gulf-Wide Comprehensive Plan for In-Water Sea Turtle Data Collection

Contract for Services to a USA, Canada, or International IHE, Agency,
Nonprofit, or Commercial Organization for Marine Life Data Collection

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Deadline Date:

04/07/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Contract for services to a USA, Canada, and International IHE, agency, or nonprofit, commercial, or international organization for projects related to marine life. The contractor will create and undertake a plan to collect information on the population of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The selected Contractor should have the willingness and ability to start immediately (within 2 weeks of offer) and travel within the Gulf of Mexico when appropriate and safe to do so.

The goal of this Project is to develop a statistically sound plan for the establishment of a coordinated Gulf-wide network for collection and compilation of critical abundance, demographic, and biological information on sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Gulf-wide monitoring of sea turtles and the implementation of standardized monitoring protocols would provide important context for project-level monitoring at individual sites where restoration is implemented and would assist with comparisons across multiple projects.

This Project will identify and prioritize scientifically and statistically appropriate data collection strategies to collect needed vital rate data to assess abundance and demographic data in the GOM, to allow a more comprehensive evaluation of the status and trends of sea turtle populations as part of restoration. 

Scope of Work:

  • Task 1: Facilitate Steering Committee and Working Group(s)
  • Task 2: Development for Criteria/Parameters for a Comprehensive In-water Monitoring Plan
  • Task 3: Preparations and Logistics for In-water Monitoring and Data Collection Workshop
  • Task 4: Execution of the In-Water Data Monitoring and Collection Workshop(s)
  • Task 5: Development of the Gulf-Wide Comprehensive Plan for In-Water Sea Turtle Data Collection (Comprehensive Plan) and Outreach Materials

More information about the Scope of Work can be found starting at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195109

Term of Contract:

The Contract Period of Performance is estimated for 1.5 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, international organizations, and local, state and Indian tribal governments.

The successful offeror should possess the following desired qualifications:
- Significant years of experience in marine science, ecology, environmental studies or related field and Bachelor’s Degree in associated discipline.
- Experience in working with aquatic resource scientists/managers; preference for experience with sea turtles and Gulf of Mexico representatives of these communities.
- Knowledge of in-water data collection methods and protocols for sea turtles or other marine species; in-water monitoring fieldwork experience preferred.
- Working knowledge of U.S. marine environmental policy frameworks, and especially those relevant to sea turtle protection; preference for working knowledge of Gulf of Mexico marine environmental protection issues and key stakeholders.
- Experience building consensus and managing conflict among diverse partners.
- Experience with group facilitation, workplan development and project logistics management.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Computer proficiency, including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
- Proficiency in English.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: April 7, 2021 11:59PM EDT

- March 26, 2021: Deadline for questions about the solicitation to NFWF. Offerors should submit questions regarding this solicitation via email. NFWF will post all the questions and responses to all questions so that all offerors have access to them at the same time. In order to provide equitable responses, all questions must be received by NFWF no later than 5:00 PM on March 26, 2021.
- March 30, 2021: NFWF will post the questions submitted regarding the solicitation and responses on the NFWF website at provide website.
- April 7, 2021: Deadline for receipt by NFWF of proposals. Proposals must be received electronically as an email attachment by April 7, 2021. Proposals must be provided in Word format or searchable PDF.
- April 28, 2021: Contract award to selected Offeror
- July 30, 2022: Deliverables Due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit proposals and direct questions to:
Margette Bourne – Manager, Federal Relations

Requesting Organization:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 15th Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

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