Published: January 18, 2023

Location: French Polynesia

Type: PAID JOBS


Closing Date: January 31, 2023

Marine Biologist/Educator

About the organisation

We are a global provider of marine education and conservation services. We believe that education is a key driver to inspire long-term behavioural change and, critically, we believe in positivity and empowerment as the means through which education inspires action. Through education we inspire and engage people to make steps to achieve healthier oceans now, and in the future.

Our vision is a world where marine conservation is in action at all levels, through an engaged, educated and inspired global community, leading to not only healthy, but thriving marine environments.

About the role

Are you an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and guest-focused person? Then come and join our team as a WiseOceans Marine Biologist / Educator based at a prestigious luxury resort in French Polynesia!

Tasks and duties:

1) Guest engagement and education

  • Conduct guided snorkels and other marine activities – the guests can enjoy being joined in the water by a Marine Educator who will identify marine life for the guests and provide extra information to enhance their in-water experience
  • Help guests to identify fish and other marine life they have seen when out snorkelling, and be on hand to discuss local marine life with them
  • Deliver (and generate guest-interest in) regular marine life talks to resort guests on a range of topics, including sharks, cetaceans, coral and coral reefs and turtles
  • Deliver fun and educational sessions on marine topics with the resort Kids Club
  • Write regular blog posts, and occasional articles and press releases
  • When the resort requests, attend / host evening events with the guests, to discuss marine life and promote the conservation and education activities of WiseOceans and the resort

2) Resort team member and local community engagement and education

  • Engage resort staff in marine education and conservation via a variety of means, bringing new ideas to the table to increase internal awareness of marine life
  • Develop and deliver community outreach events and activities

3) Science and Research

  • Scientific research activities including, but not limited to, coral reef monitoring dives, coral predator monitoring and control, and incidental megafauna sightings records
  • Working on our on-site reef restoration project, including:
  • Coral nursery maintenance
  • Coral propagation
  • Guest engagement on reef restoration
  • Project development

4) Other

  • Development of the Marine Discovery Programme
  • General administration including, but not limited to, completing spreadsheets for reporting purposes, data entry and bill payment processing
  • Collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, content for display on noticeboards, marine life guides, signs and other interpretation, content for Resort guides and schedules, and other literature for guests
  • Communications including, but not limited to, emails to resort management and all staff, attending and participating in resort staff meetings and sending reports to resort and WiseOceans management

Requirements

You MUST be:

  • French / French Polynesian nationality
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and French
  • PADI Instructor or above / equivalent and First Aid trained
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Experience with coral propagation / reef restoration (BioRock benificial)
  • Experience of working in a luxury resort
  • Excellent snorkelling skills including the ability to free dive to 5m comfortably
  • Good knowledge of tropical marine life and understanding of marine conservation globally
  • A minimum of one years experience in marine life monitoring (with a preference for marine megafauna and tropical marine species)
  • A minimum one years’ experience conducting underwater surveys (particular interest in coral reef monitoring and habitat mapping)
  • Experience in an educating role
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Confident public speaker with experience giving presentations to a range of audiences
  • Self-motivated and outgoing, excellent people skills

It would also be an advantage to have:

  • Able to provided your own accommodation within commuting distance of the resort in Bora Bora
  • French Polynesian Snorkel guide certification
  • A higher degree in a related subject
  • Highly developed identification skills concerning fish, coral and other invertebrate species
  • Experience of social media, newsletter production and blog writing

Salary and benefits

  • 12-month consultant contract, inclusive of a 90-day probation period with a possibility for extension after 12 months
  • Competitive salary package
  • A furnished room or an accommodation allowance will be provided
  • Public liability insurance is provided by WiseOceans. It would be your own responsibility to have travel insurance, personal accident and emergency medical cover
  • A working of 39 hours, with days off to be arranged in line with Resort schedule
  • 25 days annual leave allowance plus local public holidays

Upfront costs:

  • Flight – pay for own return flight
  • Equipment – expected to have own laptop, smartphone, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, in-water watch

Start date

To be confirmed.

How to apply

If this role is for you, please apply enclosing a CV here

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