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Dive Officer - Madagascar

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 02/12/2019
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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Job Title:

Dive Officer - Madagascar

Reporting to:

Principle Investigator and Project Coordinator or Country Co-ordinator, In-Country

Responsible to:

The Directors of the Society & the Operations Managers, London HQ


Nosy Be - Madagascar


Primary Function

To manage all diving operations associated with the marine research programme, including the supervision of daily scuba and in-water activities and to ensure the proper maintenance of all dive equipment and boats.


General Outline of the Role

  • Maintenance and control of all diving and related equipment;
  • Organisation and supervision of daily diving and snorkelling activities;
  • Supervision and dive training of volunteers and all project participants;
  • Assisting the staff team with all aspects of the research programme.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • To plan, organise, supervise and execute all diving activities, taking into account all physical, logistical, safety and financial considerations;
  • To supervise, train and motivate all project staff, volunteers and host-country participants to do the work contained in the diving schedule;
  • To ensure that all volunteer dive trainees are trained up to a minimum level of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in accordance with PADI regulations;
  • The Officer is expected to take an active interest in the scientific programme and to provide, as required, a diving team for the Principal Investigator to complete the work programme.
  • The Officer is responsible for the administration, maintenance and control of all the diving and related equipment including compressors, boats, outboard motors and all diving accessories on the project.
  • To ensure that all volunteers, staff and host-country participants adhere to safe diving practices;
  • To ensure that all project participants are deployed usefully and enjoyable

Terms & Conditions


Contract Duration:

6-12 months with the possibility of extension.


Basic accommodation provided at field project


Contribution towards an international airfare (capped) plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.


Employer’s liability insurance provided.


Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided for time spent off project site.


£150-200 (per quarter) plus £150-200 end of contract bonus, dependent on experience, qualifications & availability.


Pre-departure training provided.


Job Specification




-  Minimum PADI Instructor

-  First aid qualifications

-  Minimum of Level 2 RYA Powerboat license (or equivalent)


-  PADI Advanced Instructor (or equivalent)

-  Degree in marine biology / zoology / ecology




-  Proven experience of servicing all dive equipment (regulators, BCDs, compressors)

-  Proven experience of small boat handling, maintenance & servicing (inflatables, RIBs, outboard engines (15-60 hp).

-  Proven experience of open water dive training & management


-  Attendance of recognised service training course e.g. regulators, compressors, & outboard engines.

-  Experience of scientific work diving (e.g. HSE Part IV, surveys, photography, NDT)

-  Experience of GIS applications

-  Experience of working with NGOs

-  Familiarity with field operational logistics




-  Technically orientated

-  Ability to manage & train junior research assistants

-  Administrative & time management skills


-  Knowledge of local language

-  Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills

-  Tropical marine life identification skills


Personal Attributes:


-  Demonstrable commitment to conservation

-  Resilient & mature, with the ability to work in a team in basic living conditions

-  Flexible approach

-  Conscientious

-  Ability to motivate others


-  Physical fitness

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