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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 (Available 15 March 2018)
The research intern supports field and lab research at the Little Cayman Research Centre. The intern will gain experience collecting ecological and environmental data and will help maintain the field station’s labs and equipment. The individual should have excellent writing and communications skills and have prior experience with some of the following: setting up field and laboratory experiments, conducting field ecological surveys, mapping, AGRRA surveys (fish, coral, recruitment, and algae surveys), tagging fish with acoustic transmitters, tracking fish, sampling fish for genetic studies, herbivorous fish feeding assays, maintaining corals in nursery settings and outplanting experiments, downloading and plotting field data from hobos, receivers, and weather instruments. When not engaged in research, the individual will assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, facilities maintenance, giving tours and talks, filling scuba tanks and preparing boats for field work. If you have a Master’s degree, have logged 100+ dives, are certified as a divemaster, and are comfortable being an all-around support team member, we encourage you to apply. We provide room and board, a small monthly stipend, travel budget, and health insurance.
TO APPLY: Send a single file with your 2-page resume, letter of interest, and names of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Research Internship” in the subject of your email.
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.
- 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 email@example.com. Include “Education Internship” in the subject of the email.