Principle Investigator

February 7, 2019
Beqa, Fiji
Closing date
Not stated


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: Marine Field Project in Fiji


To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.


  • 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

Travel: Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project

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.


Qualifications Education/Knowledge:

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


  • Knowledge of natural resource management and rural development


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


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


  • 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

Personal Attributes:

  • 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

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