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Science Officer

Science Officer

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Staff TitleScience OfficerReporting toProject Scientist & Expedition LeaderResponsible toManaging DirectorLocationRaja Ampat, West Papua/Indonesia

Start Date

Feb 2017 and June 2017


Principal Function

Under the guidance of the Project Scientist help co-ordinating the Science Training Programme for volunteers and the daily science survey activities. Assist the PS with data analysis, report writing, project logistics and administration when needed. Supervise and help train volunteers during the Science Training Programme including holding some lectures and in water pointy dives.

General role description

Assist the Project Scientist with the development and implementation of the Science Training Programme.

Organise and supervise the daily science survey programme.

Help the Project Scientist with bi-monthly project reports and data analysis.

Supervision and training of volunteers/host country scholars during STP.

Assist with project logisitics and administration when needed.

Help teach the Manta Ray Research Programme, working with the MMF & Aquatic Alliance.

Main duties & Responsibilities 

Assist the Project Scientist in implementing the Science Training Programme (STP) covering each survey component of Fish, Corals, Invertebrate and Algaes (Plant life).

Supervise the volunteers during the daily research/habitat survey program, including undertaking all dive planning for the science dives (Mon-Fri).

Under the guidance of the Project Scientist, train & supervise the new volunteers during the STP, including holding lectures and undertaking in-water pointy dives.

Assist the Project Scientist in data analysis, supervise the volunteers in the collection and inputting of the survey and/or Manta Ray data. Help write bi-monthly reports to be emailed back to head office.

Assist with the Environmental Education community project, hold presentations for the local community, create/organise fun games for the children to educate them about the importance of protecting the environment.


Assist with the logistical operations and administration of the STP and expedition when needed.

Deputise for the Project Scientist (PS) while he/she is off site, ensuring the smooth operation of the STP continues in PS's absence.



When necessary write project progress reports and other documentation for the company’s website.

Any other task as required by the Head of Operations or Managing Director/CEO.

Terms & Conditions

Contract Duration:-    6 month contract (173 days).

Salary:-   None. This is a voluntary, non paid position.

Travel Reimbursement Bonus:-    Up to £500 end of contract travel reimbursement bonus, depending on personal/company performance during contract term.

Accommodation/Food:-    Basic shared accom and food provided at Raja Ampat project site.

Visa:-    All visa extensions will be paid for by Barefoot Conservation*

Training:-    Free EFR, PADI Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses**

* Initial Social Visa fee, all visa extensions will be paid for by Barefoot Conservation.

** Does NOT include necessary PADI manuals and PIC's


Please read the full job specification before applying. 

If you wish to apply for this vacancy please send CV, cover letter and recent photo to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  please state in the subject line, the role you wish to be considered for.