Marine Scientist / Marine Coordinator

Song Saa Foundation
October 9, 2019
Cambodia, Cambodia
Job Type
Closing date
Until Position is filled


Job summary:
The Marine Coordinator / Scientist role will be challenging but fulfilling.

Combining aspects of people management, primary scientific research, conservation activities, project development and representation at key
forums and meetings, the Marine Scientist will need to be professional, level headed and enthusiastic.

They will need to be able to work under pressure and adapt as necessary to fulfil the requirements of the Foundation.

Over a period of 12 –24 months, the Marine Scientist role will quickly progress, presenting more and more opportunities for career development with the acquisition of diverse skills.

This is a minimum 12 month position, with the possibility of extension.

Primary roles:
1. Daily operation and coordination of the Foundation’s “Ocean Stewardship Program (OSP)”.
2. Delivery of a coral reef ecology course to visiting volunteers and interns.
3.  Daily organisation and operation of in-water scuba activities.
4.  Planning and implementation of experiential coastal & marine conservation projects. In particular, the SSF’s Artificial Reef project, launched in 2019.
5.  Data input following research scuba dives, and maintenance of the consequent dataset.
6.  Engagement with local authorities regarding marine and coastal conservation (e.g. local Community Fisheries)
7.  Fundraising for science and research related activities, alongside the Program
Manager and Executive Director.
8. Representation of the Foundation at forums and meetings, as requested by senior management.

Specific responsibilities:

Volunteer coordination  –The Foundation’s volunteer program (named “Ocean Stewardship Program”) will be coordinated and led in field by the Marine Scientist, with financial and volunteer recruitment support by the Project Manager. This will be the most rewarding and important aspect of the Marine
Scientist role.

Scientific research – The Foundation aims to be Cambodia’s central publishing body for all marine research. At present there is a paucity in marine science outputs, with no single organisation looking to take responsibility for the lack of data on the marine environment. With the ability to focus research on
a number of different environmental focal points (primarily, coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses and the inter-tidal), the Foundation will take ownership of this research deficiency. The Marine Scientist will oversee daily logistics and project development, with aid of the Project Manager, of the Foundation’s
science and research programme. Foundation research will focus on the marine environment, but there will also be scope to develop social science and community research projects.

Biophysical marine surveys –The Marine Scientist will lead a team of students and volunteers on biophysical surveys. These surveys will be carried out at sites. The data from these surveys is passed directly to the Cambodian
Fisheries Administration in accordance with their own objectives and the objectives outlined by project partners. The data will be used as a management
tool to assess the success of the region’s Marine Fisheries Management Area, MFMA, (Cambodia’s colloquial term for a Marine Protected Area) around the
Koh Rong archipelago.

Artificial Reef project – In 2019 the SSF began planning and implementing an artificial reef in the Song Saa Marine Reserve. Designed to increase habitat complexity, biodiversity and health of our beloved reserve, we are hopeful that
it will have a significant effect on the local coral reef systems. This is a multi-year project with three phases of implementation.

Fundraising – Work with the Executive Director and the Project Manager to recognise and secure funding for the science programme.

Management – Provide oversight for reporting on funds expenditure and grant activities. This will include the monthly reconciliation of accounts as they relate to the science department. The Marine Scientist will also be expected to complete all additional grant reporting requirements as they relate to any funding utilised within their programme area.

Project development –With continual development of the Foundation, the Marine Scientist will be expected to develop future research projects along side the Project Manager and Executive Director.

Foundation representation – The Marine Scientist will be expected to represent the Foundation at meetings, forums, workshops and conferences, as required. This will include national and sub-national meetings based in Phnom Penh and coastal Cambodia.

Finance and budget – Assist the Program Manager with all budgetary needs, as requested. This includes the creation of monthly purchase requests and subsequent reconciliations for all conservation project expenses.

Extra duties:
From time to time the Marine Scientist may be asked to undertake duties that are not included in this job description. They should agree to undertake these duties as long as the request is reasonable and will not affect their health, safety or security.

Candidate requirements:
•PADI Divemaster (essential)
•PADI Instructor (highly desired)
•Reef Check Certified (highly desired)
•Reef Check Instructor (desired)
•Bachelors degree (minimum 2:1) in a science related discipline -preferably conservation or environmental focused (essential)
•At least 1 years’ expedition experience living in a remote region
•Basic financial management experience
•Conservation project management -preferably in a developing country (desired)
•A passion for the marine world and a commitment to making our oceans healthier

Salary & benefits:
• Monthly salary -$500 inclusive of taxes
• All visa and work permits covered.
• Health Insurance Coverage under the current ‘Brocon Health Plan’ (effective upon commencement of employment) with medical evacuation and inpatient
• Accommodation in Song Saa’s staff village (private room with shared
• Access to the Song Saa staffboat, use of non-motorized sports equipment and
discounted Spa treatments –subject to availability.
• Three meals per day in the staff canteen.
• Free Wi-Fi around the resort and ‘staff village’.
• Free laundry in the staff village – uniforms and personal.
• Free access to the Song Saa doctor when based on the islands.
• All work related travel and accommodation costs are covered.
• A monthly sum of USD $10 will be provided for work related calls. A telephone
is not provided.

To apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) to our Program Manager on
Your covering letter should clearly detail why you fit the responsibilities
and candidate requirements for the role. Generic covering letters will not be reviewed. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
Good luck!

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