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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 23/05/2020
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Sam Hope
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

Reporting to:Principle Investigator and Project Coordinator/Manager

Responsible to:The Directors of the Society & the Operations Managers, London HQ



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.


- 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.


- 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 enjoyably


Contract Duration:6-12 months with the possibility of extension.

Accommodation:Basic accommodation provided at field project

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

Insurance:Employer’s liability insurance provided.

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

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

Training:Pre-departure training provided.




- 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


- 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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