Principle Investigator

April 5, 2019
Tenerife &, Fiji
Job Type
Closing date
ASAP - until position is filled
Salaried - Based on candidate experiance



Job Title: Principle Investigator
Reporting to: Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Responsible to: The Directors of the Society & the Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Location: Beqa, Fiji and Los Cristianos, Tenerife

Established as a non-profit organisation in 1989, Frontier has 30 years of experience in leading conservation research efforts around the world.
Through the use of citizen science, Frontier has been able to create a research programme that allows us to monitor the development of a wide range of environments, ranging from the coral reefs of Fiji to the open waters of the Canaries.

Frontier is currently looking for researchers experienced in leading and managing citizen science projects to lead our Fiji and Tenerife projects over the summer of 2019.


  •  To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project;
  •  Development and implementation of the research programme;
  •  To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators;
  •  Supervision and training of junior staff;
  •  Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants;
  •  Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals;
  •  Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
  • Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies;
  •  Assist with project logistics and administration.


  • To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives;
  •  To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups;
  •  To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project;
    To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components;
  • To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification;
  •  To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report;
  •  To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers;
  •  To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals;
  •  To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources;
  •  To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references;
  • To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress updates;
  • 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: 12 months, possibility of an extension
Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project
Travel: Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.
Insurance & Admin: Employer’s liability insurance provided.
Subsistence: Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.
Salary:£600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £500-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.

Training: pre-departure training provided.




  •  Minimum 1 year field research experience, preferably in the tropical environment
  • Experience supporting / managing volunteers
  • Experience of field project management
  • Experience of data analysis & report-writing


  • Experience of GIS applications
  • Experience of budget and financial management
  • Experience working with local communities
  • Experience of donor liaison and writing of funding proposals



  • Postgraduate in environmental / biological science
  • First aid qualification
  • Minimum PADI rescue diver or equivalent


  • Knowledge of natural resource management and rural development



  • Excellent written/oral communication and presentation skills
  • Administrative and time
  • Management skills
  • Ability to manage and train junior research staff
  • Strong leadership skills


  • Knowledge of local language
  • Technically orientated



  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation
  • Resilient and mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions
  • Flexible approach
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to motivate others


  • Physical fitness

For more information and details on how to apply for this position please visit the Frontier website.

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