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Job Posting - Research Scientist

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute seeks to hire a Research Scientist whose primary role will be as the Project Lead for an eco-system based management (EBM) project at the Little Cayman Research Centre.  The Research Scientist will be responsible for the development of a ranking tool for EBM of vulnerable coral species.  The Research Scientist will incorporate historical and current biological (coral, fish, macroalgae), physical (ADCP, SeaFET, HOBO, CREWS), and chemical (water sampling) data into the model.  Results will be used to develop (i) a workshop to train resource managers and stakeholders and (ii) content for our outreach and education programs. 

The successful applicant will be versatile, mature, and have strong interpersonal team skills.  The working environment requires somebody capable of adapting to a lifestyle on a small and remote tropical island with <200 people, one store, and limited access to amenities.  We seek an individual who is capable of contributing meaningful assistance to our small team of coral reef scientists.

The Research Scientist reports directly to the Assistant Director of Research. 

Research Scientist Responsibilities include the following:

·       Field data collection, management, and analyses

·       Development of EBM ranking tool (March 15 target date)

·       Scheduling, budgeting, reporting, and other project-related administration

·       Joint supervision of a research intern (50% of intern time to be dedicated to this project)

·       Workshop development, scheduling, and facilitation (April 15 completion date)

·       Content development for Island Outreach (Evening Lecture Series), Grade 5-12 lesson plan, undergraduate seminar, press releases, and social media network updates

·       Co-authorship of scientific publication

·       Participation in other research activities as directed by Asst. Director of Research

·       Contribute to the day-to-day activities and maintenance of an active research station including keeping the facilities clean, inventoried, and supplied

Skills and Qualities Required

·       PhD degree in marine science or oceanography

·       Exceptional physical and chemical data modeling skills

·       Must be familiar with Sontec, SeaFET, and HOBO instrumentation

·       Strong scientific diving skills (Rescue Diver or higher certification level, AAUS preferred, experience with underwater photography)

·       Experience conducting field surveys on SCUBA (experience with AGRRA preferred)

·       Excellent Caribbean coral and fish species identification skills (Species level)

·       Caribbean sponge, macroalgae, and other benthic organism identification skills (Genus level)

·       Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

·       Strong written and verbal communication skills

·       Self-motivated, enthusiastic  team player

·       Ability to adapt to a frequently-changing schedule

Job Duration: 6 months; Six day work week, work during versatile hours may be required. Project funding is for six months.  Extensions are possible pursuant to external funding and work permit status (see Project Alternatives below).

Benefits: Work and live on Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.  Shared room and 3 meals/day at the field station, international travel allowance to get to LC ($650), monthly salary commensurate with experience and project alternative.

Project Alternatives:

A.      Applicants may propose to conduct independently funded research projects while in Little Cayman concurrently with the EBM project.  For such circumstances, please indicate this preference in your cover letter and include a separate project description with project scope, funding, schedule, resources needed, etc.  A one-year work permit may be requested.  A minimum of 50% of the Research Scientist’s time must be spent on the EBM project and all EBM project deliverables and deadlines take precedence over externally funded work.  Salary and benefits shall be adjusted accordingly.

B.     Applicants may propose to conduct the modeling portion of project external to Little Cayman.  For such circumstances, please indicate this preference in your cover letter and include the proposed time on-island versus your alternative location.  EBM project deliverables and deadlines are non-negotiable.  Applicant would be responsible for international travel beyond the allowance stated below.  Salary, other benefits, and job responsibilities shall be adjusted accordingly.

Contact:  ccmiapplications@reefresearch.org

Application: Submit a cover letter and CV (with a list of 3 references) via email.  Application deadline is September 5th.  Preferred start date October 20th, 2014. 

Employment Offer shall be contingent upon:

·       Full medical clearance

·       Police clearance

·       Clean and valid driving license

·       Proof of DAN Preferred diving insurance or equivalent

·       Approval of a Work Permit Grant issued by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department

CCMI is an equal opportunity employer

 

 

Job Posting - Conservation Intern

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute seeks to hire a Conservation Intern whose primary role will be to assist with the conservation research projects at the Little Cayman Research Centre.  The Conservation Intern will assist in the collection of field and laboratory data primarily on our coral reef assessment and monitoring (coral, fish, and macroalgae surveys; Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS), coral nursery, and lionfish projects.  Other responsibilities include data entry and management, analysis, report writing, and assisting with the maintenance of our CREWS and coral nursery. All staff are required to contribute to the day-to-day activities and maintenance of an active research station including keeping the facilities and laboratories clean, inventoried, and supplied.

The successful applicant will be versatile, mature, and have strong interpersonal team skills.  The working environment requires somebody capable of adapting to a lifestyle on a small and remote tropical island with <200 people, one store, and limited access to amenities.  We seek an individual who is capable of contributing meaningful assistance to our small team of coral reef scientists.

The Conservation Intern reports directly to the Assistant Director of Research. 

Job Duration: 6 months; Six day work week, work during versatile hours may be required.

Conservation Intern Responsibilities include the following:

·       Coral Reef Assessments and Monitoring

·       CREWS Buoy – Calibrations and Maintenance

·       Lionfish Culls and Dissections

·       Coral Nursery Project

·       Data Management and Analysis

·       Island Outreach (Evening Lecture Series), Station Tours

Skills and Qualities Required

·       Masters degree in marine science or oceanography

·       Strong scientific diving skills (Rescue Diver or higher certification level, experience with underwater photography)

·       Experience conducting field surveys on SCUBA (experience with AGRRA preferred)

·       Excellent Caribbean coral and fish species identification skills (Species level)

·       Caribbean sponge, macroalgae, and other benthic organism identification skills (Genus level)

·       Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

·       Strong written and verbal communication skills

·       Self-motivated, enthusiastic  team player

·       Ability to adapt to a frequently-changing schedule

·       Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs and basic statistics

Benefits: Work and live on Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.  Shared room and 3 meals/day at the field station, international travel allowance to get to LC ($650), small monthly stipend.

Contact:  ccmiapplications@reefresearch.org

Application: Submit a cover letter and CV (with a list of 3 references) via email.  Application deadline is September 5th.  Preferred start date October 20th, 2014. 

Employment Offer shall be contingent upon:

·       Full medical clearance

·       Police clearance

·       Clean and valid driving license

·       Proof of DAN Preferred diving insurance or equivalent

·       Approval of a 6 month Temporary Work Permit Grant (TWP) issued by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department

CCMI is an equal opportunity employer