Research Assistants


Aim

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A 3 month program for individuals keen to further their careers in marine conservation by gaining practical experience working within a marine research organisation.

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What skills will you learn?

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  • Experience working within a non-profit marine conservation NGO
  • Caribbean reef fish identification
  • Research dive experience
  • Coral reef surveying techniques
  • Whale shark population monitoring skills
  • Experience working within a marine research institution
  • Experience coordinating and leading ecotours
  • Community outreach and environmental education skills
  • Experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island.

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What is included in the cost?

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  • Pick up on arrival to Utila (provided you give us your arrival details)
  • Accommodation (includes wifi, self contained kitchen, tap water bills)*
  • Welcome and departure meal
  • All survey and monitoring training
  • Lionfish spear training, and dissection workshop
  • Boat orientation work shop
*Accommodation conditions are subject to change

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Dates & Cost:

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WSORC Research Assistant programs require a minimum commitment of 3 months, which will span three volunteer start dates. The cost of the RA programs is $1,950 USD (please note that this cost is subject to either a $45 administration fee, a 5% Paypal processing fee, or a 2% Fareharbor processing fee).  Start dates available for our 2017 RA programs are as follows:

  • 8th May 2017
  • 5th June 2017
  • 3rd July 2017
  • 7th August 2017
  • 4th September 2017
  • 2nd October 2017
  • 6th November 2017
  • 4th December 2017

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Required Attributes:

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  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential.
  • Microsoft Office experience
  • PADI Dive Master certified or equivalent.  Please Note: Candidates who are not certified to Dive Master level may still complete a Dive Master internship. For more information,  please email info@wsorc.org.
  • Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate
  • Comfortable at sea and working on boats.
  • Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team
  • Must bring their own dive gear including BCD, regulators, dive computer, mask, fin & booties, dive compass, and dive slate.

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Desired Attributes:

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  • Experience managing interns
  • Experience working with marine conservation NGOs
  • Experience conducting personal research projects and data analysis, preferably using R and GIS
  • Graphic design, social media and website skills 

What is NOT included in the cost?

  • Flights & Insurance
  • Airport Departure Tax (Approximately $37 USD – at time of writing)
  • Food & drink
  • Electricity (Utila accommodations work with a prepaid electric meter, expect to pay approximately $25 USD per month per person)

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 How to apply

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Please email your CV along with the WSORC Application Form to info@wsorc.org. Our team will review your application and get back to you soon. Thanks!