Scientific Divemaster

Operation Wallacea
April 11, 2019
Fiji, Fiji
Job Type
Closing date
ASAP - until position is filled



Position: Scientific DM
Salary: Volunteer Staff Role
Location: Fiji
Duration: 13 June - 3 August 2019 (approximately 8 weeks)

We are looking for both Divemasters and PADI Instructors with a passion for marine biology and some experience helping on coral reef surveys to join our team. Operation Wallacea Fiji will be hosting school students (ages 16-18) who will be taking a reef ecology course and helping on basic reef surveys including 3D modelling of reefs and stereo-video surveys of fish populations. The site is remote and very basic, with accommodation in tents on platforms, communal flushing toilets, and cold showers. Three meals per day will be provided, along with transportation to the site from Savusavu airport.

Position details:

  • To participate in the running of educational and scientific dives across the OpWall program, to ensure pre-defined objectives are met in terms of data collection and student supervision.
  •  To assist with student projects as required and help ensure that all volunteers are well integrated into the science program.
  •  To provide in water supervision where required, and arrive on site with appropriate liability insurance and personal dive equipment.
  •  To be present and punctual for all duties assigned to you by the Site Managers in the daily running of the dive centre. This will include assisting in the maintenance and issuing of equipment, maintenance of dive centre, assisting on PADI courses, acting as boat leader etc.
  •  To assist the Site Managers in arranging evening presentations and activities relevant to the site and the programme where possible.
  • To remain professional and conscientious while on site, providing pastoral care to students, and raising concerns to the Site Managers.

1. Fluency in English.
2. You must have appropriate liability insurance and personal dive equipment.
3. You will need to be an easy-going, approachable and friendly ‘team player’ as the site is remote and the team of DMs, Instructors, and science staff work closely with one other.
4. Patience to work with students of varying competence in the water.
5. Basic knowledge of reef ecology and tropical marine species.
6. Any experience with coral reef survey methods is desirable.

To apply for this position please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to

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