Senior Field Positions

January 15, 2020
Beqa, Fiji
Job Type
Closing date
ASAP - Until Positions are filled



Established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), Frontier has been an innovator in creating quality volunteer programmes across the globe. Since then, Frontier has grown to operate over 330 capacity-building conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries, spanning 5 continents. Over the past 26 years Frontier has had volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

Project Information
The Fijian archipelago lies scattered lazily in the achingly blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, bathed in the radiant antipodean sunlight. Its towns and villages are veritable melting pots of cultural influences.

Fiji's irresistible shores are fringed with picture-perfect palm trees, and the azure waters that surround the islands are inhabited by an astonishing array of marine creatures; over 1,200 species of fish including clownfish, triggerfish, blue tangs, 12 species of whales, dolphins, anemones, soft coral and much more.

Enjoy fragrant sun drenched days and exotic nights of delectable food cooked in a traditional underground oven. Fiji will enchant you with its infectious, chilled out "Fiji time" lifestyle, its heavenly beaches and surrounding mountains of rainforest– the perfect paradise location for your Frontier adventure!

The overarching aim of the Fiji Marine Conservation project is to ascertain the health of the reef and organism abundance using baseline surveys in order to inform decisions on sustainable management.

Frontier are currently looking for senior staff to support our field research project over the summer period. We have two positions available, a Project Manager who will be responsible for the day to day running of the project and Dive Officer, who would be responsible for our SCUBA equipment, dive training and overseeing all in-water activities.

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

To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects. As well as the day to day functioning of the marine project from the field.


  • 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
  • Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies
  • Assist with project logistics and administration.
  • To plan, organise, supervise and execute all diving activities, taking into account all physical, logistical, safety and financial considerations;
  • To supervise, train and motivate all project staff, volunteers and host-country participants to do the work contained in the diving schedule;
  • To ensure that all volunteer dive trainees are trained up to a minimum level of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in accordance with PADI regulations;
  • The Officer is expected to take an active interest in the scientific programme and to provide, as required, a diving team for the Principal Investigator to complete the work programme.
  • The Officer is responsible for the administration, maintenance and control of all the diving and related equipment including compressors, boats, outboard motors and all diving accessories on the project.
  • To ensure that all volunteers, staff and host-country participants adhere to safe diving practices;
  • To ensure that all project participants are deployed usefully and enjoyably



  • 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 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 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.
Project Manager: US$200 per month plus end of contract bonus.
Dive Officer: £600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £300-£500 end of contract bonus
Training: pre-departure training and onsite project provided.

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