Marine Project Scientist

Coral Cay Conservation
January 21, 2020
Southern Leyte, Philippines
Job Type
Closing date
26th January 2020


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: 26th January 2020, 23:00

Interviews: 28th January 2020 -Skype

Date of commencement: 1st April 2020 –26th September 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
  • Scientific article production
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ecological data analysis competency using R
  • Minimum PADI Advanced Open Water (>50 logged dives)
  • Demonstrable passion for the natural environment


  • Experience of living and working in remote areas
  • Experience with nearshore fishery assessments
  • 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.

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 a new approach that aimed to assess and evaluate established MPAs within Southern Leyte following their establishment from
CCC’s recommendations. This new approach formulated a Before-After-Control-
Impact (BACI) framework and enabled CCC to highlight key barriers when establishing small-scale MPAs whilst promoting their positive use.A key output of this approach will be the production of numerous scientific articles that will aim for peer-review submission; providing opportunities for co-authorship by CCC staff.  Following the conclusion of the BACI protocol,the LRCP is driving the establishment of MPAs through collaborative approaches whilst development new high-resolution data collection protocols, introducing technology into core processes. From 2020, CCC will operate numerous protocols that range from nearshore fishery assessments and the use of Baited Remote Underwater Video
systems (BRUV) to the utilisation of photogrammetric processes and reef restoration techniques.

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