Marine Biologist/Educator

WiseOceans
Published
January 28, 2021
Location
Luxury resort, Seychelles
Category
Africa  
Job Type
Closing date
ASAP – Until Position is filled
Salary
Competitive salary package
Online
No

Description

Are you an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and guest-focused person then come and join our team as a WiseOceans Marine Biologist / Educator based at a prestigious luxury resort in Seychelles!

Tasks and Duties

1.Guest engagement and education

  • Conduct guided snorkels – the guests can enjoy being joined in the water by a Marine Educator who will identify marine life for the guests and provide extra information to enhance their in-water experience
  • Give snorkel lessons
  • Help guests to identify fish and other marine life they have seen when out snorkelling, and be on hand to discuss local marine life with them
  • Deliver (and generate guest-interest in) regular marine life talks to resort guests on a range of topics, including sharks, cetaceans, coral and coral reefs and turtles
  • Deliver fun and educational sessions on marine topics with the resort Kids Club
  • Write regular blog posts, and occasional articles and press releases
  • When the resort requests, attend / host evening events with the guests, to discuss marine life and promote the conservation and education activities of WiseOceans and the resort

2. Resort team member and local community engagement and education

  • Engage resort staff in marine education and conservation via a variety of means, bringing new ideas to the table to increase internal awareness of marine life
  • Develop and deliver community outreach events and activities 

3. Science and Research

  • Scientific research activities including, but not limited to, coral reef monitoring dives, coral predator monitoring and control, and incidental megafauna sightings records
  • Working on our on-site reef restoration project, including:
    • Coral nursery maintenance
    • Coral propagation
    • Guest engagement on reef restoration
    • Project development

4. Other

  • Development of the Marine Discovery Programme
  • General administration including, but not limited to, completing spreadsheets for reporting purposes, data entry and bill payment processing
  • Collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, content for display on noticeboards, marine life guides, signs and other interpretation, content for Resort guides and schedules, and other literature for guests
  • Communications including, but not limited to, emails to resort management and all staff, attending and participating in resort staff meetings and sending reports to resort and WiseOceans management

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Experience of working in a luxury resort
  • Rescue Diver (or equivalent) and first aid trained (EFR accepted) or above
  • Excellent snorkelling skills including the ability to free dive to 5m comfortably
  • Good knowledge of marine life in the South Pacific Ocean
  • A minimum of one years’ experience of marine life monitoring
  • Experience in an educating role
  • Experience of conducting underwater surveys
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience giving presentations
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Self-motivated and outgoing, excellent people skills

Beneficial

  • A higher degree in a related subject
  • Highly developed identification skills concerning Indian Ocean fish, coral and other invertebrate species
  • Experience of and interest in propagating coral
  • Experience of social media, newsletter production and blog writing

Benefits package

  • Location of role – Seychelles
  • Consultant contract – 12 months with potential for extension.
  • Competitive pay
  • Work visa costs covered
  • Two meals a day during work hours are provided at the resort staff canteen.
  • Public liability insurance is provided by WiseOceans. It would be your own responsibility to have travel insurance, personal accident and emergency medical cover.
  • A working week of 5.5 days, with days off to be arranged in line with Resort schedule.
  • 21 days annual leave allowance plus local public holidays
  • Upfront costs:
    • Flight – pay for own return flight, reimbursed on completion of 12-month contract, up to the value of £700
    • Equipment – expected to have own laptop, smartphone, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, in-water watch

To apply

Please send a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to Emily Daniels, Resort Operations Manager: emily@wiseoceans.com

Please note:  In your applications please notify us of any visible tattoos (seen when wearing shorts, a polo shirts and flip flops) or significant facial piercings. The presence of these will not necessarily exclude you from being considered for the role but would need to be approved.

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