Research Assistant – Coral Triangle Project

Institute for Marine Research (IMR)
December 30, 2019
Dauin, Philippines
Closing date


Research Assistant –Coral Triangle Project

The Institute for Marine Research (IMR) is a grassroots non-profit organization
that conducts long-term and fine-scale research on coastal marine ecosystems in the Philippines, using this scientific evidence to transform, educate, and encourage locally led marine conservation strategies within the Philippines.

In February 2019, IMR established the Dauin Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project, with the objective to track fine-scale changes in the overall reef community of Dauin’s fringing reef system. The Institute will deliver the science to help realize three key long-term impacts for the Municipality:

  1. Improve the health and resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems across Dauin.
  2. Ensure economic, social and environmental net benefits for Dauin’s marine industries and coastal community.
  3. Protect Dauin’s coral reefs and other tropical marine environments from the effects of climate change and coastal development.

Research Assistants:
The Institute for Marine Research seek Research Assistants who wish to experience a unique opportunity to assist their researchers in the attainment
and processing of all data collected from the Dauin Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project.

Research Assistants will not only learn the practical, theoretical, problem-solving and analytical skills that will enhance their prospects as future marine conservationists, but will learn how to communicate science to local stakeholders through community outreach programs.

Training to become a Research Assistant takes ~2 weeks. During this time you will be trained in the following skills:

  • Underwater field training 3-Dimensional Reef Modelling
  • Underwater field training in Diver-Operated Stereo Video System
  • Underwater field training in Benthic Assays (Coral Point Count)
  • Underwater field training in coral disease, bleaching and invertebrate
  • Data analysis using EventMeasure, CPCe, Agisoft Metashape and Gwyddion
  • Intimate knowledge of Indo-Pacific reef fish, coral, benthic, invertebrate and impact identification
  • Intimate knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and processes
  • Drastically improve your underwater buoyancy, communication skills and awareness (~50 dives conducted per month)


  • Minimum 1-month stay
  • Advanced Open Water SCUBA Certified
  • Minimum 18-years old
  • Medically cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months
  • Available to start training on the 1stof your chosen month

Additional Courses

  • Research Fellowship (minimum 3-month commitment)
  • Divemaster Internship (minimum 3-month commitment)
  • Instructor Training (minimum 3-month commitment)

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