Barefoot Conservation Job Vacancy: Manta Ray Project Scientist - Raja Ampat, Indonesian

Barefoot Conservation is an exciting, not-for-profit organisation that takes a fresh look at marine conversation and community awareness. All of the Barefoot staff share the same passion for making a real difference at a grass root level on all our projects.

Our focus is grass roots conservation and community action. Our aim is to engage, educate and empower the local community to make sustainable conservation a way of life, not just a project.

We are currently looking for a "Manta Ray Project Scientist" for our Raja Ampat, West Papua/Indonesia marine conservation project starting in November for 6 months.

The candidate must have previous work/research experience with Manta Rays, ideally having worked for another manta ray NGO before.

Indonesian/Papaun candidates are welcome to also apply for the position.

This is a great opportunity to join an enthusiastic, energic team and make a real difference in the worlds most bio-diverse marine region, and one of the truly last diving frontiers. 

There may also be the possibility for a more permanent position with Barefoot Conservation in the future for the right candidate.

Principal Function
To create, manage and oversee the Manta Ray Research Programme for our Raja Ampat project. Responsible for running the Manta Ray ID project, all data collection and managing the Manta Ray Science Officer. Represent Barefoot Conservation at all local government, project partners, stakeholders and community meetings. Provide detailed reports, analysis and project goals updates at above mentioned meetings.

General role description

  • Development and implementation of the Manta Ray Research Programme.
  • Supervise the coordination of & undertake daily manta ray research & manta ray identification dives.
  • Prepare project reports, data analysis and goal updates, then present findings at various high level meetings.
  • Maintain and update the current Barefoot Conservation manta ray ID database, and any future databses.
  • Training and managing of the Manta Ray Science Officers, Local Science Interns and Barefoot Conservation volunteers.
  • Design and implement the Manta Ray Education Program for the local community and government officials.
  • Assist the Site Expedition Leader with project administration and logistics.
  • If necessary help the science team teach the Science Training Programme to new volunteers.
  • Liaise with the Community Manager to ensure the science and community programs run smoothly together side by side.

Main duties & Responsibilities

In Field Operations:

  • Develop a Manta Ray Research & Training Programme (MRTP) specific to the region; provide training to any Manta Ray Science Officers so they can teach the programme to volunteers. Then supervise the overall running of the MRTP and ID programme. Teach this programme to the expedition staff and volunteers.
  • Supervise the manta ray research & ID dive programme, ensure the smooth running of the programme, that all data is collected correctly, and the Manta Ray database is updated. Plan the strategies for continuing the daily research and ID dives, for the coming weeks and months in collaboration with other voluntary expedition staff. Take part in the daily manta research and ID dives.
  • Create and implement a Manta Ray Education Program for the local community & local government officials. This program will be used to provide education on the Raja Ampat manta ray population.
  • Hold regular meetings with local government, project partners, stakeholders and local community’s to present Barefoots findings and analysis of data collected.
  • Provide bi-weekly reports to Barefoots UK office detailing the progress made and any major project concerns from a science point of view.
  • Provide monthly updates for both Barefoots UK office and for presentation to local government, project partners and local community.


  • Assist the Expedition Leader with the logistical operations and administration of the expedition, including but not limited to; management of all staff, project accounts, project health & safety, addressing volunteers issues/concerns, identifying and sourcing of project equipment and resource management.


  • When necessary write science reports and other documentation for the company’s website.
  • Any other tasks as required by the Project Site Manager, Head of Operations and Managing Director/CEO.

Terms & Conditions
Contract Duration: 6 month contract (173 days).

Salary: None. This is a voluntary, non paid position.

Travel Reimbursement Bonus: Up to £500 end of contract travel reimbursement bonus, depending on personal/company performance during contract term.

Accommodation/Food: Basic private beach bungalow room and food provided at Raja Ampat project site.

Visa: All visa extensions will be paid for by Barefoot Conservation*

Training: Free EFR, PADI Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses**

* Initial Social Visa fee must be paid for by the volunteer staff member, all visa extensions will be paid for by Barefoot Conservation.

** Does NOT include necessary PADI manuals and PIC's

Please read the full job specification before applying. 

If you wish to apply for this vacancy please send CV, cover letter and recent photo to: please state in the subject line, the role you wish to be considered for.

Closing Date: 01/05/2017