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23 de febrero de 2019

No sé pq hace falta el PhD, pero si tienes el verano libre, podría ser divertido :P

"Young researcher with Ph.D. is needed to coordinate field work in the project studying evolutionary ecology and ecophysiology of edible dormouse (Glis glis). Fieldwork will take place in central
Poland, June-August 2019. Salary: 1000€/month. All costs related to accommodation and transportation (e.g. flights) are included in project expenses. 

Work includes: capturing animals, inspecting activity detectors,
radio-tracking, physiological and behavioral tests. The successful young
researcher will be encouraged for longer collaboration. Enthusiastic
candidates should contact: z.borowski@ibles.waw.pl, and pass their short
CVs and very short letters of interest. Requirements: Ph.D., driving
license, experience in field studies, enthusiasm to work in the field."


--
Zbyszek Boratyński

CIBIO/InBio, Research Center in Biodiversity & Genetic Resources,
University of Porto
Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, nº 7, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
http://users.jyu.fi/~boratyns/
https://cibio.up.pt/people/details/zboratynski

“Nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in
distant countries.”

22 de febrero de 2019

Prácticas remuneradas buceando en arrecifes de coral

Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC) is seeking for an intern for spring-summer.

Description and duties

* 40 hours/wee, 5 days of work, 2 days off per week.
* 6 months
* Daily tasks (after training)
* Nursery maintenance, coral handling, and coral restoration.
* Leading dives
* Collect and organize data
* Help with courses
* Keep up with Social Media
* Seek for donors, and sponsorships
* …

Internship includes training, and stipend.

Considerations

* Open Water Diver Certification is required, and higher certifications will add preference.
* Previous experience with coral restoration work will be considered

Candidates can submit their applications at pol@oceanencounters.compol@oceanencounters.com> before February 28th, 2019.

Please attach cover letter, CV indicating dive certification level, and dive experience.


Best Regards,
Pol Bosch

Ocean Encounters Diving
Curaçao’s Premier SSI & PADI Dive Center
Bapor Kibra z/n, Curaçao
Phone +599 9 461-8131
WhatsApp: +599 9 683-5151
P Please stay green and keep it on the screen
________________________________________

Doctorado con esponjas (y otros 9 contratos) en Alemania

We are looking for a talented student aiming to apply for one PhD position at the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology with a project on sponge immunity under my supervision at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany).

https://www.evolbio.mpg.de/3289863/utehentschelproject
Deadline 24th March.

Please feel free to forward this email to your students and everyone who might be interested in applying.

Below pls find the announcement via the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology:
on behalf of the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology I'm forwarding to you the call for applications for up to 10 PhD positions available at the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology. Please feel free to forward this email to your students and everyone who might be interested in applying. For more information please see the IMPRS homepage:http://www.evolbio.mpg.de/imprs.

You can also contact me directly at lpita@geomar.de


Best regards,
Lucía Pita



--

Lucía Pita Galán, PhD


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Düsternbrooker weg 20

24105 Kiel (Germany)

21 de febrero de 2019

Pasada de curso de Ciencias del Mar en Hawaii, gratis y con ayudas para vuelos




Applying Innovative Technologies in Marine Science

HIMB is offering this innovative 4-week course with generous funding provided by Dr. Peter Castro and the Edwin Pauley Foundation.

Dates: May 13th to June 7th, 2019
Format: 4-week intensive, on-site summer program
Participants: 12 maximum
Instructors:
– Lars Bejder (www.mmrphawaii.org)
– Elizabeth Madin (www.oceansphere.org)
– Joshua Madin (www.jmadinlab.org)
Cost: All course fees are covered. Also covered are onsite accommodation at HIMB and partial flight costs (depending on available funding).


The goal of this course is to expose participants to innovative technologies and their uses in the field of marine science. The course will be open to incoming and current graduate students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers. The course will leverage the exceptional research capacities, facilities, and location of HIMB and Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) to advance scientific and career goals of participants who otherwise would not have this unique opportunity. The course will include lectures, hands-on field work, a lab component, and data analysis for projects developed during the program. The course will provide a brief introduction to the fundamentals of conducting robust science, including ethics in science, open and reproducible science, science communication beyond academia to diverse stakeholder groups, and more. Included in the course will be a statistical programming module and guest lectures by scientists, conservation practitioners, and/or managers using cutting-edge technology. Participants will gain hands-on exposure to one or more specific technologies and tools (e.g., unoccupied aerial systems (UAS), above-water and underwater photogrammetry, remote sensing imagery, 3D laser scanning and printing). Participants will gain hands-on experience with one type of technology relevant to the instructors’ research portfolios. Participants will be engaged in project design, data collection/compilation, data analysis, and potentially publication of results of group research topics. Broadening participants’ exposure to new and emerging technologies will provide them with a strong foundation on which to incorporate these technologies into their scientific and career goals.


To Apply: Deadline, March 1, 2019 (11:59 pm Hawaii Standard Time). Candidates should submit the following materials via email to himb@hawaii.edu in a single PDF document, with the file name “YourLastName_HIMBSummerCourse.pdf” and the subject heading “HIMBSummerCourse application.”
Brief introductory cover letter (maximum of one page)
Two statements (maximum of 300 words each) covering:
a. Your areas of research interest
b. What you hope to gain from the course
Your CV, including contact details (email/postal address/phone number)
Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program

The Edwin W. Pauley Summer Program in Marine Biology is a graduate-level research and training program, which draws faculty and students from around the world. Each summer, a new topic is chosen to be the research focus of that program.

Announcements concerning the topic of the summer program are made around March of each year.

Faculty and researchers give seminars and instruct students in the new field and laboratory techniques. Faculty members frequently use the facilities of the Institute to further their research, or to obtain specimens from our tropical environment. Students are nominated by the professors attending the program, but a few students may be selected independently as well.

Academic credit is not given for the program.

20 de febrero de 2019

Cursos avanzados en bioinformática con descuento para suscriptores

 #Nota de Fernando: El equipo de Transmitting Science, gente muy maja, ha ofrecido reducir los precios de estos cursos un 20% para todos los suscriptores de Bioblogia.net. ¡Únete aquí si aún no estás en la lista! (y no olvides mencionarlo cuando te matricules en algún curso).


• July 16th-19th: Using Geiger, Phytools, and other Computational Tools to Study Macroevolution on Phylogenies. More information: https://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/evolution/using-geiger-phytools-other-computational-tools-study-macroevolution-phylogenies/


• August 19th-23rd, 2019: 3D Geometric Morphometrics. More information: https://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/geometric-morphometrics/3d-geometric-morphometrics/

• September 9th-13th: Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny. More information: https://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/geometric-morphometrics/geometric-morphometrics-phylogeny/

• September 23rd-27th: Anatomical Network Analysis (AnNA). More information: https://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/systems-biology/anatomical-network-analysis-anna/

Además tenemos abierto el programa de becas para algunos de nuestros cursos. Más información en: https://www.transmittingscience.org/funding/scholarships/


Puedes informarte sobre todos nuestros cursos con matrícula abierta en: https://www.transmittingscience.org/next-events/

Recordamos que existe un descuento especial del 40% en la matrícula de nuestros cursos para científicos y científicas españoles que se encuentren en situación de desempleo y estudiantes de doctorado que no tengan beca para realizar su tesis doctoral. Las personas interesadas pueden obtener más información en nuestra página web (http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/financial-support/ ).

Para más información visite nuestra página web: www.transmittingscience.org

19 de febrero de 2019

Asistente de conservación de la biodiversidad en la IUCN (Bélgica)


Biodiversity Conservation Assistant

Vacancy #: 3971
Unit: Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to: European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: A3
Expected start date: 11 March 2019
Type of contract: Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date: 28 February 2019


BACKGROUND


Under direct supervision of the European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the Biodiversity Conservation Assistant will support the work and projects of the IUCN Global Species Programme in Europe. This will include providing support to certain tasks within the project portfolio, as needed. The workload is expected to be 80% administrative support and 20% technical support, although this proportion could change depending on the real project needs during the time period of this contract. Administrative support includes assistance with project development, contract administration, and event planning and organisation.



JOB DESCRIPTION


Responsibilities

• Assist in the implementation of the European Red Lists of Hoverflies, including: liaising with experts and monitoring their progress in delivering high quality assessments, coordinating all administrative tasks inherent to the organization of assessment workshops, compiling species photos and uploading them to the Red List Species Information System, and contributing to drafting project reports. Providing support to this task will require some training in Red List assessments that will be provided by the team.
• Support the implementation of new projects in the portfolio related to pollinator conservation and invasive alien species management that entail the organization of stakeholder meetings and workshops;
• Support the organization of project meetings and events;
• Support the development of new project proposals;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis transversal to several projects (e.g. processing of invoices, issuing consultancy contracts, etc);
• Will be required to provide support on a range of tasks as delegated by his/her Line Manager.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.



REQUIREMENTS

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European conservation initiatives;

• A relevant University degree (environmental science, biology, administration);

• A minimum of 1 year of work experience in the field of nature conservation, sustainable development or a related area of work;

• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills; good level of written and spoken French is an asset but not required;

• Experience spearheading administrative supporting tasks is an asset;

• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set

• Proven analytical, conceptual, organization, multitask; Detail- and outcome-oriented;ing, and problem-solving skills;

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment.

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.

• Knowledge of European nature legislation and familiarity with EU funding and policy processes is not essential, but is an asset

SALARY
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from EUR 32'333 to EUR 40'416.

APPLICATIONS


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

www.iucn.org
https://twitter.com/IUCN

18 de febrero de 2019

Postdoc in molecular evolution (Australia)

Postdoctoral Fellow


Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $71,509 - $90,215 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

Position overview

The ANU College of Science (COS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

The purpose of this position is to investigate why the rate of molecular evolution varies between species, identify consistent correlates of rate variation across lineages, and develop new molecular dating methods that can incorporate this information.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated scientist who can conduct both independent research and work as part of a collaborative team. Our ideal candidate would have a solid understanding of principles of molecular evolution; skills associated with analysis of DNA sequence data; and an ability to develop new analytical methods. Coding experience, particularly in Java, would be an advantage.

The successful Researcher will work in the Macroevolution and Macroecology Group at the Australian National University (macroevoeco.com) under the supervision of Professor Lindell Bromham (tempoandmode.com) and Dr Xia Hua to work on a project funded by the Australian Research Council (Evolving Rates: Foundations For The Next Generation Of Molecular Clocks)

This position is continuing contingent on external funding, the initial funding period is Two (2) years with the possibility of extension to up to four years. We are happy to consider flexible employment arrangements or splitting the position (e.g. making two concurrent short-term positions)

For more information, please contact Professor Lindell Bromham, on Lindell.Bromham@anu.edu.au

Closing date: 6 March 2019

Position description: Postdoctoral Fellow.pdf

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
A covering letter outlining your research experience and interest in pursuing research in this area.
A statement addressing the selection criteria.
A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

11 de febrero de 2019

Oferta de doctorado con mamíferos marinos en California

Humboldt State University Marine Mammal Program is seeking applications for 2 graduate positions for Fall 2019 conducting research on northern California pinnipeds and stranded marine mammals. Would prefer candidates who had recent pinniped field experience or experience working with stranded marine mammals. Experience operating small vessels in the north Pacific, conducting marine mammal necropsies and conducting outreach and education to community or school groups preferred, but not required. Please contact Dr. Dawn Goley at Dawn.Goley@humboldt.edu and apply to the M.Sc. program in the Department of Biological Sciences here- http://www2.humboldt.edu/biosci/programs/grad/instructions.html


Dr. Dawn Goley, Professor of Zoology
Director of the Marine Mammal Education and Research Program
Director of the HSU Marine Mammal Stranding Program
Department of Biological Sciences
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California 95521
Office Phone 707-826-4168 / Office Location Science B 236
Office hours - Fall 2018 - Monday 2-3, Thursday 9-11 and 2-3, other times by appointment

10 de febrero de 2019

Postdoc en limnología en las Azores

"International call for PhD holder Researchers, on the project "When was the Azores archipelago really colonized? A High Resolution Paleolimnological Approach ", under the reference PTDC / CTA-AMB / 28511/2017, funded by national funds through FCT / MCTES, in the scientific area of Biological Sciences, scientific sub-area of Paleolimnology and Limnology, under a work contract for a non-fixed term, aiming at the development of activities of fundamental and applied research, preparation of scientific papers, dynamization and collaboration in activities of scientific dissemination and extension. Tasks to be developed will include coordination of sediment collection and analysis for paleoecological studies using the latest environmental and climate reconstruction tools in a multiproxy approach. The study of lacustrine sedimentary sequences will include: (i) classical approaches to identify early signs of changes related to human occupation through paleolimnological and paleoecological indicators (eg pollen); ii) cutting edges approaches (eg ancient DNA), unambiguous markers of human activity preserved in the sedimentary record."

All related info available at: http://www.eracareers.pt/opportunities/index.aspx?task=showAnuncioOportunities&jobId=110076&idc=1

9 de febrero de 2019

Doctorado con serpientes tigre en Australia

Project Description

We are looking for an excellent PhD student to commence in 2019 on a
project associated with two Australian Research Council grants examining
evolution and adaptation in tiger snakes.


The candidate should have a strong interest in evolutionary biology
(including the field of molecular evolution) and the natural history of
reptiles. They will join a vibrant research team of Australian and
international researchers, based at the University of Adelaide, that is
focused on the diversity and evolution of Australian snakes.

The candidate will be supervised by Dr. Vicki Thomson and will be based at
the South Australian Regional Facility for Molecular Ecology and Evolution
at the University of Adelaide.

Project summary:
This project examines the geographic variation amongst tiger snakes in
anatomy, ecology, and life history traits, and the relationship of these
factors to venom toxins and production. The tiger snake is a unique system
showing evolution/adaptation of multiple traits across island populations,
including body size, head size plasticity, venom evolution, scale
colouration etc. The project, which will be developed with the student, can
be developed to examine island evolution in a range of traits, which could
include the evolution of venom toxin genes that play critical roles in
adaptation to different prey items on the islands, regulation of genes
involved in plasticity of head size, evolution of genes involved in growth
that results in gigantism or dwarfism etc. We have recently generated two
genomes of tiger snakes, so these resources will be available to examine
genes known to be involved in growth, metabolism, pigmentation etc. As part
of this project, the candidate will develop skills in genomic DNA and
RNAseq analyses, including next-generation sequencing and the associated
bioinformatics.

Applying

Applicants should hold a first class honours degree or equivalent (MSc) and
have experience in molecular genetic analyses and/or bioinformatics.
Applications or enquiries should be sent by email to Vicki Thomson
(*vicki.thomson@adelaide.edu.au).

Australian students should first apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award
scholarship in the mid-year round (due May 31st, 2019) for commencement
between July 1st and Nov 30th 2019 (see
https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research/mid-year-round/).
International students should first apply for a University of Adelaide
scholarship. The next round closes on Feb 15th for commencement between
July 1st and August 31st. (or April 30th 2019 for commencement before 30th
Nov 2019). See:
https://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/research-international/
.

Thank you.
Contact:
Dr. Vicki Thomson
ARC DECRA Fellow
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

The University of Adelaide
Benham Building
North Terrace Campus
South Australia 5005
AUSTRALIA
Room: B.12b

Office phone: +61 8 8313 1466
Mobile: 0413 743 167
E-mail: vicki.thomson@adelaide.edu.au
University website: www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/vicki.thomson
Personal website: vicki-thomson.com
Twitter: @Vicki_Thomson

8 de febrero de 2019

Trabaja en una isla Caribe por la conservación de los arrecifes de coral

Reef Renewal Bonaire is looking to hire an Assistant Coordinator. All applications must be submitted by February 15th, 2019.

ASSISTANT COORDINATOR (M/F)
Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (formerly Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire) is a non-profit organization founded in 2012, which mission is to protect and restore coral reefs in Bonaire by:
* developing new and innovative ways to restore reefs that are supported by research collaborations and shared worldwide
* training, engaging, and inspiring the community locally and internationally through volunteering, educational events, and outreach
* demonstrating that through community efforts there is still hope for coral reefs.
The successful model combines science, education, and ecotourism and engages local stakeholders and recreational divers in a community-wide effort to restore coral reefs.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
This position is based in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Applicants work closely with the RRB Coordinator and team to support the day to day activities, and in particular assist with:
* management of the coral nurseries, outplant sites, and monitoring effort
* coordination and supervision of interns, volunteers and researchers
* coordination of RRB's Dive Operation Members, training and reporting
* logistic (truck, boat, warehouse, etc.) Applicants coordinate and supervise field-based tasks, directing divers, communicating tasks, which mostly occur underwater.
They are expected to perform 1 or 2 shallow water scuba dives a day for up to 5 consecutive days per week. This job includes an ability to successfully supervise groups of divers with various levels of dive skills and certifications. High level of situational awareness, for divers' safety and work efficiency is therefore crucial. They need to work with the team as well as independently, providing day to day task descriptions and report to the Coordinator via direct communication. Additionally, they may be asked to provide ad hoc reports and to contribute to preparing reporting documents. Communicate with internal and external contacts to seek and gather information and coordinate activities. Applicants must have a positive attitude, being self-motivated and reliable. They participate in public speaking events and create presentation materials. Consistently demonstrate professional, positive, and approachable attitude. They train and share coral restoration knowledge with a variety of
people including volunteers, researchers, students, tourists and local staff

JOB QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge and skills base:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Biology, Ecology, Marine, or Environmental sciences
- Experience in coral reef conservation, restoration and monitoring is preferred
- Scuba Dive Master or Dive Instructor certified from an internationally recognized training agency with a minimum of 100 dives
- Excellent communications in English, both orally and in writing. Preferred applicants fluent in multiple languages
- Proficient using MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) - Preference will be given to those applicants with boat handling experience
- Current driving license and ability to drive manual transmission cars


Team work, effective communication, and problem solving:
Ability to work cooperatively with the RRB team, interns, volunteers, and the public. Be an effective team member, setting a positive and professional example for the interns and volunteers, both on land and in the water. Be diplomatic, possess a culturally sensitive disposition and willing to work within the parameters of a small island. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Confident, articulate, and professional speaking abilities (and experience). Empathic listener and persuasive speaker. Strong organizational, planning and problem solving skills are critical. Coordinate multiple tasks with many variables, strong situational awareness while working on the field.

APPLICATION MATERIALS & SUBMISSION
Short cover letter that shows your interest to be a part of the RRB Team Resume presenting related experience concisely and directly addressing items in this position description. All application materials should be submitted in one PDF document via email to: coordinator@reefrenewalbonaire.orgcoordinator@reefrenewalbonaire.org>.


Read the job posting here
http://reefrenewalbonaire.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RRFB-Assistant-Coordinator-position-2019.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3wElnB0hp5wqdjrrOvjWT23v9yucfwCsEScSMR1_yuOy7jXwVOObployo


Sunny greetings,
Francesca Virdis
Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire Coordinator
www.reefrenewalboanire.org<http://www.reefrenewalboanire.org>
coordinator@reefrenewalbonaire.orgcoordinator@reefrenewalbonaire.org>

7 de febrero de 2019

Voluntariado submarino de conservación en Filipinas

Job Title: Junior Science Officer

Location: Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP), Siit Arboretum, Lutoban Village, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, Philippines, 6218 http://bit.ly/MCP-Junior-Science-Officer

Duration: 1 Year, working 6 days a week

Salary: Competitive local salary

Probation Period: 2 Months

Reports to: Monitoring Manager

Closing Date for Applications: March 1st, 2019

Benefits: Food, Shared Accommodation, PADI instructor annual fees covered, PADI and Tec Professional Development, Paid 4-weeks holiday.



About MCP

Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) is a leading marine conservation NGO dedicated to preserving and protecting coastal resources in the Philippines through education, volunteerism and research. We engage local communities and policy makers and work to ensure solutions that will benefit both man and nature in the long run.

Mission Statement: Using science to understand how local and global pressures affect marine ecosystems, we empower, engage, and build local and national capacity to reduce and adapt to these pressures, aiming for a sustainable future for the Philippine people and environment.



Position Objective

MCP is looking for a Junior Science officer to train volunteers to conduct our MPA monitoring program and teach recreational SCUBA courses during high periods. Most of your time will be dedicated to conservation work but you must also be a confident SCUBA instructor. This position is ideal for early-career applicants interested in gaining more field experience in marine ecology, biology and conservation. You will be expected to play a major part in leading MCP’s volunteer-based monitoring program.



Mentored by senior staff, you will have the opportunity to learn and soon be expected to teach and lead volunteers in our continuous marine monitoring program and daily conservation activities. You will learn the ins and outs of MCP and how we ensure that our conservation objectives are met without jeopardising high data quality requirements and rigorous safety standards. This will include conducting in-water training of volunteers and interpreting data collected by volunteers. You will be assisted by interns and be expected to take part in their daily management with senior staff. You are expected to become the friendly face of our monitoring program, enabling it to run smoothly while ensuring no volunteer is left behind.



This position requires excellent observational, communication and active listening skills, and to lead groups with a positive attitude in a dynamic environment. It entails flexibility of organisation, a rigorous mind and a contagious passion for the ocean. Expect most days to be spent in the water, leading & managing volunteers while fulfilling MCP’s conservation duties.



Roles and Responsibilities:

• Inspire: Be a fresh, patient and encouraging person that will inspire volunteers to fall in love with marine conservation & exceed themselves collecting MPA monitoring data even in the rain (although most days are sunny).

• Teach Monitoring: Supported by senior staff and interns, train volunteers to conduct our monitoring program. This includes leading classroom presentations and in water lessons on the identification of target substrates, fish and invertebrates, survey techniques and data entry.

• Lead and Supervise: Develop a conservation mindset in volunteers. Enable the smooth running of the program and daily activities on base by ensuring that every volunteer knows what they need to do at all times.

• Jump in, wherever needed: Be prepared to support the conservation goals of MCP by assisting with everything from data collection to mangrove planting. Further to our daily activities, be prepared to perform data collection accuracy checks, data input management, seagrass monitoring, expeditions and much more.

• Teach SCUBA Courses: Ease the load on the instructor teams by teaching an average of 1 to 2 SCUBA courses per month when courses number are high.

• Socialise: Take an active part in the social activities and duties at base. Lead afternoon activities, community events and contribute to communication tools (social media and blogs).



Profile & Expectations:

• You are an extraverted person, comfortable taking a leadership role and have the people skills to manage volunteers and interns at dive sites and on base.

• You are willing to learn our monitoring methodology and you will exhibit the highest regards to our safety standards and procedures without compromising the scientific validity of our systems.

• You are a team-player and are willing to work collaboratively with staff and interns.

• You are conservation oriented and will share your ideals with staff and volunteers through a role model stance.

• You are comfortable living in a rural environment, surrounded by nature.



Requirements

• A degree in Marine Science, Fisheries, Conservation, or other related fields and have the desire to pursue a career in conservation.

• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in marine monitoring methods and management of ecological data.

• Be an active status PADI Scuba Instructor status.

• Must be fluent in English and confident to teach international students.

• Experience in teaching and public speaking.

• Need to be comfortable sharing accommodation with a male colleague.

• You are a social butterfly, willing to contribute to the social life at base.

• Can demonstrate skills in team management.

• Previous experience in a conservation NGO.

• Able to commit to a year program.

• Have a valid and clean driving license.

• Can bring a personal laptop for general tasks and data entry.

• Have valid health insurance.



Desired

• Have an underwater camera and able to shoot, process and edit underwater images.

• Experience in social media content creation.

• Comfortable driving manual transmission vehicles.



Application process:

Send your CV (max. 2 pages) and a 1 page cover letter (required) detailing how you meet the job requirements to jon@mcp.email under the subject “Junior Science Officer Application”. Shortlisted applications will be contacted to complete a round of Skype interviews.

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