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The Central Caribbean Marine Institute maintains active field research and education programmes in the Cayman Islands supported by a team of scientists, educators and operations personnel. We seek versatile, energetic, highly-motivated, mature individuals to work as interns supporting our programmes and activities. Our internships are 3-6-month paid work experiences for Bachelor’s and Master’s level early career scientists and environmentally aware individuals. The successful candidates will be actively engaged with a vibrant community of visiting and resident researchers, educators, and students. All CCMI interns should be highly capable college graduates. The work requires strong individuals, willing to work 6 days/week under some strenuous conditions, whilst living in a small island community. Interns receive a small living stipend, room and board at the research station, health insurance and some reimbursement for travel.
Research interns support the research program and must have a working knowledge of coral reef ecology and conservation to be considered for the position.
Education interns assist with the K-12, college and citizen science programmes and must have a working understanding of livestreaming communications and virtual learning.
Operations interns must be dive masters with all-around maintenance skills. The Field Station Intern assists the manager in all administrative and logistical activities related to visiting and resident groups.
RESEARCH INTERN (position currently available)
The research intern supports our field and lab research in collecting ecological and environmental data and assists with maintaining and organizing labs, equipment, databases and field experiments. Field work can include setting up and conducting ecological surveys, assisting with mapping reef sites using photography and computer software, tracking and tagging fish and downloading field and weather data. The research intern will also be responsible for helping to maintain our coral nursery, both deep and shallow. When not engaged in research, the individual will assist with operations activities. All interns assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, laboratory maintenance, filling SCUBA tanks and preparing boats for field work. Must be a minimum of Rescue Diver certified or equivalent.
EDUCATION INTERN (Available 1 March 2018)
The education intern supports our education manager and science and society coordinators who lead a vibrant educational programme. Currently, our programme is expanding to include virtual learning with underwater communications systems, as well as our well established field courses for children and college students. The position will also entail assisting in curriculum development, developing livestreaming courses, as well as hands-on teaching. When not engaged in teaching, the individual will assist with operations activities. All interns assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, facilities maintenance, giving tours and talks and helping with preparing boats for field work. We seek a well-organized individual with excellent communications skills, a degree in marine science and experience in teaching coral reef ecology and biology. Must be a minimum of Rescue Diver certified or equivalent.
OPERATIONS INTERN (Available 1 January 2018)
The operations intern supports the Field Station Manager in all activities at the research station, including helping to maintain excellent facilities, grounds, boat and dive equipment, filling SCUBA tanks, and preparing boats and vehicles for field work. Our programmes are expanding and we now require an individual to help the field station manager keep dive and working areas organized, clean and in working order. When not engaged in operations, the individual will support other field activities, including helping maintain our coral nursery both deep and shallow. All interns assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, in water support with education programmes. Must be minimum dive master certification with Bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences. Boat handling experience a plus.
FIELD STATION INTERN (Currently available)
The field station intern supports the day-to-day administrative and general operational tasks at the research station. Provides logistical assistance with arrivals and departures for visiting groups and scientists, helps maintain excellent front office records, reception, and maintains a web-based filing system for bills, guests and tracking activities (boat and tank usage, housing utilization). All interns assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, facilities maintenance, giving tours and talks, helping with preparing boats for field work. We seek an individual with excellent communications skills, an excellent understanding of web-based filing (Dropbox and data storage), Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel, knowledge of book-keeping and QuickBooks a plus. Bachelor’s degree in the sciences preferred.
- Master’s degree preferred with 1+ years of field, lab, operations, or teaching experience
- Interns should have some of the following skills:
- GIS, reef surveying, underwater mapping, videography and drone mapping
- Social media, graphic communications, and science writing experience
- Boat handling, boat maintenance, physical plant maintenance
- Scientific diving skills with rescue diving certification,
- Teaching marine science and conservation at the k-12 or college level
- Excellent analytical, problem solving, writing and communications skills
Our Employment Offer is contingent upon approval of a Work Permit issued by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department. Position includes room and board (3 meals per day), monthly stipend, travel allowance, and health insurance. Little Cayman is a remote tropical island with fewer than 200 people. Marine protection has been in place since the mid-1980s making this an ideal location for coral reef research and education. The research station aims to produce excellent research in coral reefs science and provides some regional leadership in marine conservation and education. We will hire the best candidates on a rolling basis so apply early. CCMI is an equal opportunity employer.
Send a single file with your 2-page (max) resume, letter of interest, and names of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include which internship (Research, Education, Operations, Field Station) you are applying for in the subject of the email.