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Assistant Research Officer (Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Conservation)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Town/City Tenerife
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 17/11/2019
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Alex Gardner
Telephone +44 (0) 207 613 2422
Fax +44 (0) 207 613 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: looking for candidates to start October/November 2019

Frontier are seeking Assistant Research Officers for our marine project in Tenerife.


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 30 years, Frontier has had volunteers of over 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

As one of the top dolphin and whale watching destinations in the world, the south-west coast of Tenerife is a truly outstanding location for the observation of free-living whales. There are resident communities of pilot whale and dolphin which remain here throughout the year, which can be observed perhaps 80% of the time. There is also a total of 24 other species migrating through Canarian waters at different times of the year from the giant blue whale to the majestic killer whale.

This project will give you the perfect opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures and gain valuable experience in conservation as you spend your days working alongside the Island’s threatened whale and dolphin populations and raising awareness of key conservation issues to both the local community and tourists.

To find out more about our project, please visit our website.

Job Description

-      Assist the Principal Investigator in implementing the standard programme of research to cover each survey component depending on location, e.g. cetacean identification surveys; beach cleans; eco-tourism research; stakeholder engagement surveys; population mapping and behavioural observations

-      Assist the Principal Investigator in managing the collection and processing of accurate field data

-      Produce sections of the technical reports and scientific papers to the schedule agreed by the Principal Investigator and the Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ)

-      Assist the Principal Investigator in managing and supervising the maintenance of the project's scientific resources

-      Assist the Principal Investigator or Project Coordinator in the management, support, motivation and development of volunteers / Research Assistants

-      Support the Principal Investigator in the accredited and non-accredited training of the volunteer Research Assistants and other project participants where necessary and supervise their implementation in the field survey

-      Assist the Principal Investigator and Project Manager in strategizing for project development and the development of new scientific studies

-      Help to engage with the local community and tourists to raise awareness about cetaceans, cetacean behaviour and the importance of conservation

-      Provide the Principal Investigator with regular (minimum quarterly) progress updates and ensure that these updates are passed on to the London HQ

-      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.




  • Graduate or student 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


  • Relevant postgraduate qualification
  • Knowledge of natural resource management and ecological monitoring
  • PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent 
  • Minimum 3-month field research experience
  • Experience of GIS applications
  • Experience of using R Studio
  • Experience of working with NGOs
  • Knowledge of cetaceans and marine mammal behaviour
  • Knowledge of Eco-tourism
  • Technically orientated
  • Knowledge of Spanish

Terms and conditions

Contract Duration:

An initial 3 or 6 month period with the possibility of extension.


Basic accommodation and food provided whilst at the field project site.


In-country ground travel costs to be provided.

International flights to be self-funded.


Subsistence contribution of £550 per quarter to be paid by staff member to cover in-country expenses.


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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