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Blue Resources Trust Published: January 11, 2017
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8th February 2017



Senior Scientist/Field Station Manager

Blue Resources Trust ( is seeking a young, dynamic individual to join a small team of environmentalists and marine biologists working to study, conserve, and rehabilitate the marine environment of Sri Lanka.

Description:  The ideal candidate will lead the Blue Resources coral reef research, rehabilitation, and conservation program in Sri Lanka. In addition, he/she will assist with the other projects of Blue Resources (e.g. fisheries research and monitoring, environmental awareness campaigns etc.).


  • A minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree in marine science or related field
  • At least one year’s experience in tropical coral reef research and conservation.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage projects in the field along with a track record of effective collaboration with external partners (NGOs, key stakeholders, government agencies).
  •   Experience in publishing scientific papers, writing reports, and analyzing data (including statistics).
  •   Excellent written, communication, and presentation skills.
  •   Confident swimmer with SCUBA certification.
  •   Experience living and working in developing countries and adapting to challenging situations.
  •   Capable of working independently and in a team setting.
  •   Experience in managing other staff and interns.
  •   Able to work long hours including early starts.
  •   Ability to drive a boat is a bonus.

Location: Based at the Blue Resources Field Station – Passikudah/Kalkudah. Position will include travel to various field sites along Sri Lanka’s coastline using public transportation.

Type of contract:  Full time – one year (12 months) renewable.

Number of working days:  Twenty six (26) days per month. Fourteen (14) working days leave per year.


  • The approved salary range is LKR (Sri Lankan Rupees) eighty thousand (80,000.00) up to one hundred and ten thousand (110,000.00) per month, to be commensurate with qualification and experience.
  • Meal allowance of LKR ten thousand (10,000.00) per month.
  • Staff accommodation in shared house.
  • Work based travel within Sri Lanka.
  • Visa for duration of work.

Primary duties include (but is not limited to): 

  • Management and responsibility for Blue Resources staff and all daily operations.
  • Fulfil requirements and deliverables under project work-plans.
  • Conduct coral reef monitoring at project sites, including installation and monitoring of experimental structures for coral recruitment.
  • Conduct research into land-based coral nurseries.
  • Monitoring of Tokyo Cement/WRCT Reef Ball projects on east and north coast from February to September and on the west coast from October to February.
  • Liaise with stakeholders and government agencies to promote research and conservation activities.
  • Conduct coral reef training, educational, and awareness workshops or lectures.
  • Assist in developing educational and awareness materials.
  • Undertake literature reviews on coral reef ecology and rehabilitation.
  • Data analysis and report writing.
  • Publish scientific papers.
  • Coordinate and work together with other Blue Resources staff and projects.
  • Contribute content and ideas for website and social media presence.
  • Hiring, supervising, and training staff and research interns/volunteers as required with approval from supervisor.
  • Maintain accounts and manage project finances allocated by supervisor.
  • Maintain field equipment in good condition and manage inventory.

Reporting and supervision:  The position will report directly to the Chairperson of Blue Resources.

Special note:  Blue Resources Trust does not cover expenses to and from Sri Lanka, insurance, extra food/snacks, or other leisure expenses. We recommend staff to procure their own health/travel insurances for the duration of their stay. The contract will be initiated upon arrival of the candidate in Sri Lanka. Blue Resources Trust will assist in procuring the necessary visas but bears no responsibility in delays beyond its control.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in joining our team, please email your CV and contact details to:

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