Assistant Research Officer

March 7, 2019
Beqa, Fiji
Job Type
Closing date
Recruiting throughout the year


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 Assistant Field staff to support our research project over the summer period. We currently have openings for 3 Assistant Research Officers, who will be responsible for leading our volunteers who take part in our diving conservation research throughout the summer period.

Reporting to: Senior Field Staff in Fiji
Location: Beqa, Fiji


  •  Assist the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily organisation and supervision of the survey programme
  • Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  • Assist with project logistics and administration


  •  Assist the Principal Investigator in implementing the standard programme of research to cover each survey component, focusing on underwater reef check surveys, Pacific reef fish identification and mangrove health surveys
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in the accredited and non-accredited training of the volunteer Research Assistants and other project participants where necessary and supervise their implementation in the field survey;
  • Assist the Principal Investigator or Project Coordinator in the management, support, motivation and development of volunteers / research assistants;
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in managing the collection and processing of accurate field data, including specimen collection, for all survey components;
  • Ensure that the specimens collected on each phase are adequately preserved;
  • Produce sections of the technical reports and scientific papers to the schedule agreed with the Principal Investigator and the Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in managing and supervising the maintenance of the project's scientific resources;
  • Provide the Principal Investigator with regular (minimum quarterly) progress updates and ensure that these updates are passed on to the London HQ;
  • 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.


Contract Duration: Minimum of 6 months
Travel: In country travel provided. Flights to Fiji to be self funded.
Accommodation and Food: Basic accommodation and meals provided at field project
Insurance & Admin: Employer’s liability insurance provided.
Subsistence: Participation fee of £550 per quarter.
Training: pre-departure training provided.

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