Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is an NGO, non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the recovery of deteriorated coral reef areas in Bonaire, using active coral restoration as a strategy to preserve and enhance the population of coral species, by:

  • Propagating, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically diverse corals
  • Developing new and innovative ways to carry out reef restoration on larger scales supported by research and collaborations worldwide
  • Training, engaging, and inspiring the community locally and internationally through outreach, volunteering, and educational events

Position Description

RRFB is looking for a Communication & Development Officer (CDO) with a full-time position (40 hours/week) based in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. The CDO will assist the Chief Operating Officer in developing effective communication, community engagement, and media programs, to support and share RRFB actions and raise awareness of the importance of reef conservation and restoration. The Communication and Development Manager will also assist the COO in implementing development efforts to support the organization’s goals, identifying a diversified range of funding sources to ensure long-term income sustainability, and organizing special events.

In this role, the CDO will be responsible for:

  • Developing, writing, and editing of communications materials, including press releases, blog posts, newsletters, publications, annual reports, and social media content
  • Ensuring that all communications and marketing material aligns with RRFB’s mission and standards
  • Maintaining online content and executing social media strategy, developing a schedule optimized for ideal web traffic and engagement
  • Ensuring that RRFB’s website is up to date with current work
  • Tracking analytics and creating reports detailing successes and failures of communications campaigns
  • Helping the COO to identify funding opportunities and develops new fundraising activities and events
  • Participates in organizing fundraising and educational events, webinars, and public presentation
  • Maintaining records of incoming donations and being efficient in managing the fundraising and donor database
  • Establishing follow-up communications with donors, acknowledging donations, and creating donor impact reports
  • Assisting in RRFB’s merchandise stock keeping and sales, and with general administrative tasks


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a related field (etc. biology, marine ecology, environmental sciences, or similar).
  • Proven experience managing fundraising and awareness campaigns, including communications, public relations, managing media, and social media channels, preferably for a non-profit
    Excellent in both English writing and speaking is a must. A preference will go to applicants that are also fluent in Dutch or Papiamentu.
  • Preferably non-profit fundraising and development experience, and demonstrated ability in securing donations or grants from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources
  • Ability to think strategically and identify ways to improve communication efforts
  • Ability to communicate with courtesy and effectively with a variety of people, including employees, volunteers, and the public
  • Experience working with WordPress, MailChimp, Adobe Photoshop/InDesign, and video editing software
  • Demonstrable experience in using analytics to track SEO performance
  • Proficient using MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and team-building skills; should be able to work independently as well as in a team,
  • Ability to be detail-oriented and think analytically, creatively, and critically
  • Applicants must have a positive working attitude, be self-motivated and reliable, and be able to work in an ever-changing and rapidly expanding field.
  • Applicants must believe in RRFB’s mission, and share core values and vision


A short cover letter that shows your interest to be a part of the RRFB Team
Resume presenting related experience concisely and directly addressing items in this position description.

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About Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire

Dedicated to restoring Bonaire’s coral reefs
Since 2012, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire has been dedicated to restoring Bonaire’s coral reefs through innovative coral nurseries and restoration techniques. Guided by our key priorities, we continue to restore multiple coral species, educate people from around the world about how they can help, and use the latest science and research to guide and shape our techniques.