CCMI seeks to hire innovative, creative, early career scientists who can make great discoveries. Our key strategic goal is to become the premiere research institution in the Caribbean, unlocking the clues to coral reef resilience and bringing relevant science to society. We seek extraordinary employees to help us bring to focus the positive changes that can occur when we reduce human impact on the planet.

Current Positions Available

September, 2023

TITLE:   Little Cayman Research Centre Field Station Manager

LOCATION:   Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

Closing date: 1 November 2023

Interviews scheduled: week commencing 13 November 2023

Position start date: January 2024

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) a USA, UK, and Cayman not-for-profit company. Our key strategic goal is to become the Caribbean’s premiere marine research and education institution, unlocking the clues to coral reef resilience and bringing relevant science to society.  CCMI’s programs are mostly located on our Little Cayman campus, the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC).  Our aim is to conduct and facilitate ocean science, strengthen ocean literacy and ocean stewardship in the Cayman Islands, and train and mentor a local workforce who value healthy oceans.

CCMI maintains well-funded internal research and education programs that require effective on-site leadership.  We seek to hire a mature and experienced facilities and operations manager to support research and education at LCRC.


The Field Station Manager will manage all logistical and administrative aspects of daily operations of LCRC to ensure all research and education programs are supported at the highest operational and safety standards.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage schedules for use and maintenance of facilities, vehicles, boats, housing, and station operational equipment.
  • Maintain all systems according to schedule and ensure preventative maintenance and repair as needed, arranging for professional maintenance or repair of systems when required.
  • Work with CCMI staff to ensure compliance with company standard operating procedures.
  • Manage and maintain CCMI staff work permits.
  • Manage operational staff work schedule and vacation requests (cook, cleaners, maintenance staff).
  • Provide oversight of all logistical activities associated with facilities operation and maintenance to ensure safe practices and minimize risk in support of research and education departments.
  • Organize and execute storm and hurricane preparations to ensure the safety of personnel and facilities.
  • Keep detailed records of all activities and provide operational information and statistics to our development and financial teams when needed, including staff attendance, facility use, resource use, asset condition, etc.
  • Provide estimates and invoices for all in-house charges to resident staff and visiting groups/scientists, such as boat usage, bench fees, accommodation, etc.
  • Maintain station inventory (e.g., food, office supplies, kitchen and dorm supplies) and order supplies as needed.
  • Receive and ship supplies and equipment, including all customs, duty, and fees.
  • Manage field station contractors.
  • Assist visiting groups and researchers with obtaining government permits, including work permits for temporary staff.
  • Assure compliance with Cayman Islands labor and pension laws.
  • Liaise with Cayman Islands Government departments, including the Departments of Immigration, Customs, Environment and Education, ensuring compliance with local laws, guidelines, and restrictions.
  • Assist education and research groups with boat and diving support.

Required Qualifications and Abilities

Candidate should have excellent organizational skills; experience in boat handling and driving (Captain’s license preferred), and conducting diving operations; SCUBA certification (minimum Rescue Diver, Divemaster preferred); be proficient in managing tracking and financial spreadsheets in Excel; and experience with Microsoft Office environment. The position requires an individual who can work under strenuous conditions and who is well-adapted to living in a small community.

Work week: Five (5) days per week depending on station activity and in house programs. Candidate must be willing to work non-traditional hours.

Location: Based on Little Cayman Island

Compensation:  Minimum US $60,000, adjusted based on experience.  Generous benefits package including vacation time, health insurance, and pension.

For consideration, please forward Resume, Letter of Interest, and a list of three (3) references (emails and phone numbers), along with salary requirements to:

Darwin Plus & BODA Charitable Star Trust Marine Education Intern  

CCMI’s education department is seeking an intern to join the team this fall in support of the onsite education programmes available at the Little Cayman Research Centre.  

Location: Little Cayman Research Centre  

Application Deadline: 29th September 2023  

Dates: 2-month internship, starting on 17th October 2023  

Join CCMI’s education team and support our education programmes at the Little Cayman Research Centre. The successful applicants will assist the education team with the preparation and implementation of our primary and secondary school level marine ecology courses, a Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp and other education programmes as required.  

The applicant will need to be proficient in water, ideally with a PADI (or similar) Rescue Diver qualification. You must be passionate about the ocean, teaching students of all ages and creating a positive and engaging environment for guests to not only learn but have the best experience of their lives. This role is hands-on, you will learn a huge range of skills while living on a remote tropical island at a fully functioning marine research facility. You need to love new challenges, enjoy working with a team and most importantly, want to make a difference in terms of ocean literacy and educating the next generation.    

Application Instructions:   

Applications, consisting of a cover letter, a full CV and contact details for two referees should be sent to    

The application deadline for the internship will be 29th September 2023, with a start date of 17th October 2023.   

This Marine Education Internship is funded by the UK Government through Darwin Plus & the BODA Charitable Star Trust. If you would like to experience living on a remote tropical island and being part of a dynamic team, we encourage you to apply! 

Full position description available HERE.