Published: June 7, 2022

Location: Mexico

Type: PAID JOBS


Closing Date: Ongoing

Marine Science Manager - Mexico

The Role

GVI develops and leads long-term conservation approaches and programs, to build local capacity, provide high-quality data on marine trends, and restore coastal habitats. Our Mexico “hub” (field station) is located in the town of Puerto Morelos, situated on a stretch of the Caribbean coastline known as the Riviera Maya. Puerto Morelos is the oldest town on the Mexican Caribbean coast. You will work with other local partners our work focuses on coral reefs, marine protected areas, and monitoring critically important species.

The goal of the Marine Science Manager is to deliver ethical and impactful coastal and marine programs and manage the hub’s research and impact reporting. The role reports to the hub’s Program Manager and is supported by GVI’s global Conservation Impact Director. You will engage with our participants, ensure the hub has robust data collection and reporting systems in place, liaise with university lecturers/professors around the hub’s research agenda, and write reports to communicate project results.

Key Responsibilities:

– Lead and support field staff, volunteers and interns to deliver fieldwork and project activities successfully
– Serve as a role model by demonstrating a strong work ethic and respect for different perspectives and cultures
– Day-to-day liaising with local partners to build and maintain relationships, ensuring projects are locally-led and have a maximum positive impact
– Write up project concept documents and impact frameworks that outline project goals, short and long-term outcomes, expected outputs, proposed activities and required resources
– Analyse collected field data from surveys by statistic analysis and determine outliers and evaluate methods
– Engage with local partners and universities with the aim of developing research proposals and writing collaborative scientific articles
– Develop a monitoring strategy and oversee daily impact and research data collection
– Deliver participant training workshops and oversee participants’ participation in project work and/or research supervision
– Conduct project evaluations and write up local impact reports including results and lessons learnt for each project
– Develop content that champions local voices and thought pieces on important conservation issues, drive fundraising initiatives for local partners
– Provide information and data relating to research, impact and ethics to Marketing, Sales and Impact teams in Central Support
– Attend and present at marine symposiums in Mexico
– Own overall impact of the hub

Requirements:

Qualifications

– Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Marine Science. Relevant experience will be considered in place of a degree
– PADI AOW and Rescue (Divemaster preferred) with survey dive experience (Dive Instructor advantageous)
– RYA Motorboat level 2 skipper and first aid qualifications are also advantageous

Competencies

– Excellent English communication skills (oral and written) and excellent Spanish communication skills
– Highly competent in data analysis and graphing in R, Python, or other programming languages
– Ability to work with large data sets and produce scientific documents across diverse marine disciplines
– Evidence of scientific scholarship (e.g. peer-reviewed publications)
– Organised and able to set up systems for managing data, processes and information

Desired experience

– Conservation work at remote field sites in different regions
– Conducting ecological surveys focused on coral reef and mangrove ecosystems
– Working with national government agencies, NGOs, small scale fishing communities, marine scientists and academics, working with students or volunteers advantageous
– Managing research programs and developing marine monitoring protocols
– Impact management, or monitoring and evaluation
– Training others or teaching and communicating technical information to non-technical audiences

The successful applicant must comply with GVI’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy and Employment Code of Conduct

Benefits Package:

Salary package

Monthly cash salary depending on experience and qualifications
Additional benefits: Accommodation, Food, Medical Insurance, Working equipment and materials including computer, internet and base mobile phone
For international employees, we also offer a flight stipend and cover any visa costs

Additionally, we provide

– The ability to rotate across our different locations annually, growing and learning across stakeholders, programs and partners
– A highly collaborative, flat, and entrepreneurial organisation that provides the platform to make an impact on day one
– A global team that is uniquely talented, passionate and fun
– Engagement with stimulating conservation projects across various industries, geographies, and types of project partners
– A deep commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion
– Competitive salary and career development opportunities

How to Apply:

Please submit to recruitment@gviworld.com with the subject line: Application for Marine Science Manager – Mexico, a CV/Resume and a cover letter that provides responses to the following questions:

What drew you to this role, and which part are you most excited about?
Tell us about what marine research topics you are experienced or interested in?
What do you think are a few key challenges and opportunities related to strengthening marine conservation in Mexico?