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Station Manger

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Location   Belize
Town/City   Dangriga
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   21/02/2014
Company Name   Tobacco Caye Marine Station
Contact Name   Sean Clement
Telephone   005016209116
Email   info@tcmsbelize.org
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Introduction: Tobacco Caye Marine Station (TCMS) is an education and research facility on the island of Tobacco Caye within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. The station manager is responsible for all aspects of the continuing operations of TCMS from scheduling and leading international and domestic students groups in the classroom and in the field to assisting visiting researchers collect data on the health of the Belize Barrier Reef System (BBRS) World Heritage Site (WHS).

Role Responsibilities

  • Hosting and guiding domestic and international student groups participating in field study programs.
  • Providing education on the tropical marine environments of Belize through a mixture of classroom based learning and snorkel excursions to the reef, mangrove and seagrass habitats of the SWCMR and beyond.
  • Coordinating study group programming with supplier in Belize and abroad.
  • Securing continuing business for TCMS’s education programs through designing and marketing marine ecology field courses for new and existing clients.
  • Recruitment and management of volunteers and interns and providing sufficient opportunities for professional and personal development during their placements.
  • Development and implementation of funding proposals for new research projects and grants for further development of the Station.
  • Liaising with governmental, national and international departments and organisations.
  • Managing the station – administration, finances and budgets, general maintenance including the building and grounds, solar power supply, lab equipment and snorkelling gear.
  • Managing website, social media, email and developing promotional materials.

Mission:  To promote the conservation and sustainable management of tropical marine ecosystems through education and training programs that support public awareness, inspire field research, and provide experiential learning field courses.

Location: Tobacco Caye is five acre island located on the reef crest of the Belize Barrier Reef System World Heritage Site. A popular destination for tourists, students and Belizean locals, Tobacco Caye offers excellent snorkelling directly offshore and dive spots less than five minutes boat ride from the island. Tobacco Caye is a 30 minute boat journey from historic Dangriga, offering easy access to mainland Belize and northern Guatemala.

Tobacco Caye Marine Station: TCMS was built in 2008 with start up grant funding from Belize's Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Fund, and Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (MBWS). Our objective is to work with the local community and the Belize Fisheries Department to promote awareness through education field programs centring on the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, the larger Belize Barrier Reef System, and the prime importance and value of tropical marine environments globally.

Person specification: We are looking for an individual or couple with a strong background in marine science, environmental education and with experience of working in remote and challenging locations. We will also consider applications from couple where one partner has a marine science background providing that the other partner possesses a complementary skillset and there is an existing track record of having worked together in similar positions. One or both applicants should have extensive in-water experience, preferably a mixture of diving and snorkelling.

Essential skills

Desirable skills

Education and Qualifications


BSc or higher in marine, biological or environmental sciences from a college or university of good standing.

MSc/PhD with a focus on marine sciences.

PADI Open Water Diver qualification (or equivalent)

PADI Rescue Diver qualification or higher (or equivalent)

Recognised and recent First Aid qualification

Wilderness First Aid qualification or higher.


Recognised teaching qualification

Professional Experience


2-3 years working in tropical marine environments in an educational or research capacity.

Experience of managing teams, expeditions or facilities in tropical environments.

Demonstrable experience of teaching large groups in both classrooms and field-based settings.

Teaching/research assistant experience at university level or higher.

Experience of leading groups of snorkelers of varying abilities.

Experience of teaching and leading novice snorkelers through primary open water activities.

Business administration and accounting experience.

Proficient in use of Quickbooks and experience of business administration in Belize or other developing nation.

Demonstrable management experience.

Project management experience.

Grant and proposal writing experience.

Track record of successful grant/proposal authorship and administration.


Experience of working with governmental departments and NGOs.

Personal qualities


Good level of physical fitness.

Intercultural Communicative Competency

Experience of living in remote and challenging conditions, preferably in a developing nation.

Previous address outside developed nations

Ability to learn and identify common Caribbean reef fish and invertebrates.

Passion for field training and teaching through leadership experience.

Practical nature and ability to become conversant with operations of station equipment and facilities.


Multi-talented and trainable.

Good organisational and communication skills.

Excellent communicator.

Able to motivate oneself and others of varying ages.


Ability to objectively assess risk and respond accordingly.

Wilderness First Responder Training


Details: Apply with CV/resume, covering letter and details of two references to info@tcmsbelize.org including the phrase ‘Application for Station Manager Vacancy’ in the title. Applicants invited to interview will be notified within a fortnight of the closing date. Interviews will conducted remotely via Skype.

Application Close Date: Friday February 21st 2014

Start Date: April 2014

Accommodation: Successful applicants will be provided with temporary accommodation and food upon arrival in Belize and for duration of training period, followed by long-term arrangement on completion of position handover.

Salary: Weekly stipend based on experience, plus possible incentives.

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