Coral Cay Conservation Job Vacancy: Marine and Terrestrial Science Officer - Montserrat

We are urgently looking for a dynamic and motivated individual, to join our science team in Montserrat. The post is a minimum six-month voluntary position, co-ordinating the scientific training of volunteers and daily survey activities on our expedition site.

Start Date: Early September 2016

The Montserrat project
Nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat is home to lush green vegetation and sapphire blue waters. Stunning scenery houses a wealth of unique wildlife, with many fascinating species found nowhere else in the world. However, following a series of volcanic eruptions on the island which began in 1995, Montserrat’s tropical forests and coral reefs have come under increasing pressure and now work needs to be done to help preserve these extraordinary ecosystems for the future.

Coral Cay Conservation is delivering an exciting “ridge to reef” project on Montserrat, working in partnership with the Government of Montserrat and the RSPB.  The project has a holistic approach, with scientific survey programmes to collect data from both tropical forests and coral reefs, accompanied by community education programmes and local capacity building.

Coral Cay Conservation are looking for a candidate to carry out the below mentioned duties and responsibilities. Due to the time of the season, it is important that the candidate will have interests and/or experience in marine and terrestrial ecological surveying. Both environments will be surveyed with the following current objectives being undertaken on site:

The current monitoring programme implemented on Montserrat has four key goals:
  • Assessment and monitoring of marine resources
  • Assessment and monitoring of terrestrial resources
  • Community engagement, education and awareness raising
  • Capacity building training programmes for members of the local community interested in or already working within the field of conservation
From November until post-Christmas the numbers of volunteers on-site significantly drops to 0 (zero) and during this time the candidate will be part of a close scientific team carrying out the relevant surveying in both environments. In addition, during this time, marine surveys will be implemented on an ad-hoc basis dependent on the weather. This provides an exciting opportunity for the candidate to hold an important role within an array of scientific initiatives.

There will also be opportunities for the candidate to facilitate in the preparation and writing of scientific reports based on the data collected in both environments by Coral Cay Conservation.

The Ideal Candidate Would Have All of the Following Attributes
  • Relevant degree in marine or terrestrial biology or similar
  • Scuba diving certification, minimum of PADI Dive Master (Active Teaching Status) or equivalent (lesser certifications may be considered for the right candidate.)
  • Marine tropical fieldwork experience
  • Terrestrial Tropical fieldwork experience
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 qualification (ideally with ICC)
  • Full driving licence and experience with manual vehicles
  • Experience managing and working with large, holistic ecological data sets
Other desirable qualities
  • Teaching experience
  • Current 1st Aid qualification
  • Experience on a CCC (or similar) expedition
  • Comfortable with ecological statistical analysis
  • Experience with statistical software (Statistica, SPSS, R, Primer for example)
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Teach two weeks science Skills Development Programme to volunteers and host country scholars
  • Supervise, in the absence of the Project Scientist, the day to day running of the Marine and Terrestrial Survey Programme
  • Assist with community-based environmental education and outreach work
  • Manage the input field data and other data ensuring quality control
  • Assist with general base management responsibilities
  • Assist in the preparation of site for the arrival of volunteers
Why Work for Coral Cay Conservation?
  • Award winning conservation NGO
  • Strong international scientific reputation
  • Work at the cutting edge of conservation
What You Can Expect to Gain from Being Part of the Expedition Staff Team?
  • Enhanced research experience
  • Advanced teaching experience
  • Pre-departure training 
  • Liaise with local communities
  • Work with like-minded conservation professionals
  • Contribute to conservation goals
  • Dive opportunities
Application Process
To apply, please download the expedition staff application form HERE and send this completed form, a brief covering email and your CV to CCC's Conservation Assistant:

Please note that British citizens and residents will be Criminal Records Bureau (Enhanced) CRB checked by Coral Cay Conservation.

Closing Date: 24/07/2016