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Assistant Research Officer (Marine Conservation and Diving)

Reference Environment Jobs/StopDodo.com  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 30/11/2019
Company Name Frontier
Contact Name Alex Gardner
Telephone 0207 613 2422
Email staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods.
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Deadline: Immediate recruitment over the summer 2019

Frontier are seeking a Marine Assistant Research Officer for our Madagascar Marine Research and Diving project.


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 volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

The general aim of the research is to conduct extensive documentation to gain an understanding into the health of the coral reefs and mangroves in Nosy Vorona Passage in Northwest Madagascar. As the state of the reefs is better understood, measures can be recommended and implemented.

Our project is made up of:

  • Fish/Invertebrate/Coral surveys: using transect line survey methods for SCUBA divers and snorkellers
  • Mangrove Mapping: We have begun assesssing the species present and ther cover across the mangroves on Nosy Be
  • Marine litter: we have been monitoring the type of plastics and waste that washes up on the shore near our base in Madagascar
  • We have begun to monitor the hawksbill turtle populations present on Nosy Be
  • Nudbranch surveys: We have been cataloguing the species present around Nosy Be and their relative abundance at each of our dive sites

For more information about the project, please visit our website.

Job Description

To assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing.

This post is an opportunity for less experienced individuals to gain overseas field experience of research, project and volunteer management and training. Self-funding staff are also considered for paid posts at the end of their contracts.


  • More specifically, the Assisntant Research Officer will:
  • Assist the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily organisation and supervision of the survey programme
  • Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  • Assist with project logistics and administration



  • Graduate in environmental or biological science discipline
  • First aid qualification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water qualification or equivalent
  • Experience of data analysis and report writing
  • Ability to train research assisntats 
  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation


  • Experience of working with NGO's
  • Knowledge of local language
  • Physical fitness
  • Sense of humour


Terms and conditions:

Contract Duration:

A minimum 6 month period with the possibility of extending.


Basic accommodation provided whilst at the field project site.


In-country ground travel costs to be provided.

International flights to be self-funded.


Terrestrial project participation fee: £1000 for 6 months (excluding Costa Rica).

To be paid quarterly (£600 first quarter, £400 second quarter).

Marine project and Costa Rica participation fee: £1100 for 6 months.

To be paid quarterly (£650 first quarter, £450 second quarter).

Fees to be paid by staff member to cover project participation.


Tropical habitat conservation training & pre-departure training provided.

Every application is carefully considered.

For further information and to apply, visit our website or send a CV and Cover Letter to staffing@frontier.ac.uk


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