Frontier Senior Field Staff

Frontier
Published
March 7, 2019
Location
Beqa, Fiji
Category
Oceania  
Closing date
6th May 2019

Description

Background
Established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), Frontier has been an innovator in creating quality volunteer programmes across the globe. Since then, Frontier has grown to operate over 330 capacity-building conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries, spanning 5 continents. Over the past 26 years Frontier has had volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

Project Information
The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences.

Fiji's irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clownfish, triggerfish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales, dolphins, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and exotic nights of delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle, its heavenly beaches and surrounding mountains of rainforest– the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure!
The overarching aim of the Fiji Marine Conservation project is to ascertain the health of the reef and organism abundance using baseline surveys in order to inform decisions on sustainable management.

Frontier are currently looking for senior staff to support our field research project over the summer period. We have two positions available, a Project Manager who will be responsible for the day to day running of the project and Principal Investigator, who would be responsible for directing and organising the research carried out on project.

Reporting to: Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Responsible to: The Directors of the Society & the Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Location: Beqa, Fiji

PRIMARY FUNCTION
To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects. As well as the day to day functioning of the project from the field.

GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE ROLE

  • To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project
  • Development and implementation of the research programme; To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators; Supervision and training of junior staff
  • Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  •  Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ)
  •  Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies
  •  Assist with project logistics and administration.

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives
  •  To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups
  •  To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project
  • To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components
  •  To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification
  • To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report
  •  To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers
  •  To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals
  • To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources
  •  To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references
  • To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress updates
  •  Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Contract Duration: 12 months, possibility of an extension
Travel: Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.
Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project
Insurance & Admin: Employer’s liability insurance provided.
Subsistence: Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.
Salary:
Project Manager: US$200 per month plus end of contract bonus.
Principal Investigator: £600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £500-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion
Training: pre-departure training provided.

To submit an application or for more information email staffing@frontier.ac.uk

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