Marine Project Scientist

Coral Cay Conservation (CCC)
July 10, 2019
Southern Leyte, Philippines
Job Type
Closing date
11th August 2019


Marine Project Scientist
Responsible to: Head of Science
Principle place of work: CCC field base, Napantao, San Francisco, Southern Leyte, Philippines
Remuneration: This is a voluntary position and you will need to fund your own initial travel to/from site, visa and insurance. Accommodation, meals and on-site project expenses will be provided free of cost. You will have the opportunity to gain your PADI Divemaster qualification and will be certified as an Indo-Pacific Reef Check Eco-Diver Trainer. A £500.00 contribution towards travel expenses will be provided upon successful completion of the full contract.
Closing Date: 11th August 2019, 23:00
Date of commencement: 30th October 2019 – 30th April 2020
Contract duration: Six months

The PS will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of CCC’s active conservation projects throughout the working region. The PS will coordinate the delivery of project goals and aims, in collaboration with the Head of Science and is the key point of contact for project partners in-country.

The successful candidate will be an amicable individual that presents a mature and responsible character. You will be a motivated and pro-active person that has the ability to think on their feet whilst being highly organised. The candidate will have an excellent knowledge of marine conservation with a proven track record of data collection techniques (ideally Underwater Visual Census) through SCUBA in tropical settings, as well as holding a good understanding and knowledge of marine resource management and marine protected area development. Furthermore, you will demonstrate experience in disseminating critical information to a range of audiences from various fora to the local user group. All the above attributes should be accompanied by a minimum certification of PADI Advanced Open Water.


· MSc qualification in a relevant field (BSc with minimum 2-years relevant experience)
· Experience in marine ecological survey work
· Marine Protected Area, Marine Spatial Planning and sustainable management development including stakeholder liaison
· Excellent administrative and organisational skills
· Excellent written and oral communication skills
· Ecological data analysis competency
· Minimum PADI Advanced Open Water (>50 logged dives)
· Demonstrable passion for the natural environment

· Experience of living and working in remote areas
· Experience of cultivating partnerships and project management
· Teaching experience
· Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management issues and community-based conservation in developing countries
· Experience with peer-review publication processes

Principle duties and responsibilities
The PS will be based in the Philippines and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of CCC’s focused and active conservation projects throughout the working region. The PS will coordinate the delivery of project goals and aims, in collaboration with Head Office staff (Head of Science) and is the key point of contact for project partners in-country. The responsibilities of the PS include the coordination and occasional provision (whilst providing support to the Science Officer (SO)) of on-going training to CCC volunteers and local Scholars in basic tropical reef ecology, identification skills, surveying techniques and natural resource management, as well as the co-ordination of the survey work undertaken by the team (Volunteers and Staff) and the planning of long-term survey strategies. In addition to this, the PS is responsible for data management, assimilation and analysis with the production of CCC scientific reports whilst maintaining and developing institutional links in country. Coordinating community outreach programmes and reporting on scientific activities, with assistance from the SO, will also form an integral part of responsibilities.
The PS is assisted by the SO who is appointed for a period of up to 6 months to one project site. Additional staff may also be present to assist with the delivery of conservation projects, such as a Community Liaison Officer (CLO). Prior to and during the expedition, the PS will be in regular contact with the CCC's Head of Science in the UK. The PS will be provided with a ‘Science Staff Manual’ for reference use throughout the employee’s contract.

You will undertake an essential role within an established, driven and exciting organisation with clear aims, goals and objectives. By ensuring the smooth running of the Southern Leyte Coral Reef Conservation Project, you will strive to promote sustainable resource extraction, alter attitudes within
subsistence coral reef fisheries whilst educating and inspiring local community members and international volunteers. The data collected by CCC survey teams are utilised to develop conservation-driven directives in partnership with municipal and local government units for the prosperity of the Philippines’ natural resources. Some of these include but are not limited to: the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and their respective ordinance; scalable and replicable novel marine survey techniques; and capacity building and educational workshops.

CCC is an award-winning non-governmental organisation (NGO) which provides resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests. To achieve these aims, CCC recruits’ teams of paying international volunteers to finance and participate in conservation expeditions worldwide. The project in the Philippines has been established in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Southern Leyte (PGSL).

In 2002, the PGSL invited CCC to conduct research in Sogod Bay. This resulted in the formation of the Southern Leyte Reef Conservation Project (LRCP). The LRCP utilises trained volunteers to survey the region's coral reefs and provide training and conservation education opportunities for project counterparts. The aim of this is to develop local capacity and ensure the long-term protection and sustainable use of marine resources throughout Southern Leyte. Between 2002 and 2013, CCC focused on implementing baseline surveys throughout Sogod Bay to obtain information on the distribution of fish and invertebrate populations, benthic cover and reef health. In 2013, having surveyed much of the accessible area in the Bay, CCC shifted its focus to concentrate on MPA monitoring surveys. Under this new protocol, surveys are implemented inside and outside of existing MPAs to evaluate their efficacy and in unprotected areas to assess their potential for MPA installation.

CCC lead scientific monitoring surveys of marine ecosystems to feed in to sustainable conservation management based on sound scientific recommendations. Working in close partnership with local communities that depend on the natural resources, the project aims to enhance natural resource management by developing an integrated programme that includes building local and national stakeholder conservation management capacity, increasing community awareness and developing education, and alternative livelihood programs

In 2018, CCC rolled-out their new approach that aims to assess and evaluate established MPAs within Southern Leyte following their establishment from CCC’s recommendations. This new approach formulates a Before-After-Control-Impact (BACI) framework and will enable CCC to highlight key barriers when establishing small-scale MPAs whilst promoting their positive use.

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