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Assistant Research Officer (Marine Conservation and Diving)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 10/10/2019
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Alex Gardner
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
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 start over the summer, we recruit AROs throughout the year based on project availability.

Frontier are seeking Assistant Research Officers for our Fiji marine projects.


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.  

Our Fiji project focuses on:

  • Fish/Invertebrates/Corals: Surveyed using the ReefCheck methodology for SCUBA divers in take and no take zones around Beqa Island
  • Mangroves: monitoring and planting a mangrove nursery
  • Sharks: Oportunist surveys completed when diving to assess the elasmobracnh population structure within Beqa lagoon
  • Sea cucumbers: working with the local government to establish the distribution of sea cucumbers in Beqa lagoon for the purposes of establishing a fishery
  • Coral nursery: Establish a coral nursery using recycled materials

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

Job Description

The primary function of an Assistant Research Officer is to assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing.

More specifically, the role involves:

  • Assisting the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily supervision of volunteer Research Assistants
  • 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 an environmental or biological science discipline
  • First aid qualification
  • Experience of data analysis & report-writing
  • Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills
  • Administrative & time management skills and ability to train research assistants
  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation
  • Resilient & mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions

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.

Although these attributes are ideal, every application is carefully considered and this post is an opportunity for less experienced individuals to gain overseas field experience of research, project and volunteer management and training.

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


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