CAREERS AND EMPLOYMENT
Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP) is a leading marine conservation NGO dedicated to preserving and protecting coastal resources in the Philippines through education, volunteerism and research. We engage local communities and policy makers and work to ensure solutions that will benefit both man and nature in the long run.
Mission Statement: Using science to understand how local and global pressures affect marine ecosystems, we empower, engage, and build local and national capacity to reduce and adapt to these pressures, aiming for a sustainable future for the Philippine people and environment.
Job Title: Junior Science Officer
Location: Marine Conservation Philippines (MCP), Siit Arboretum, Lutoban Village, Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, Philippines, 6218
Duration: 1 Year, working 6 days a week
Salary: Competitive local salary
Probation Period: 2 Months
Reports to: Monitoring Manager
Closing Date for Applications: March 1st, 2019
Benefits: Food, Shared Accommodation, annual PADI instructor annual fees PADI and Tec Professional Development, Paid 4-weeks holiday.
MCP is looking for a Junior Science officer to train volunteers to conduct our MPA monitoring program and teach recreational SCUBA courses during high periods. Mostof your time will be dedicated to conservation work but you must also be a confident SCUBA instructor. This position is ideal for early-career applicants interested in gaining more field experience in marine ecology, biology and conservation. You will be expected to play a major part in leading MCP’s volunteer-based monitoring program.
Mentored by senior staff, you will have the opportunity to learn and soon be expected to teach and lead volunteers in our continuous marine monitoring program and daily conservation activities. You will learn the ins and outs of MCP and how we ensure that our conservation objectives are met without jeopardising high data quality requirements and rigorous safety standards. This will include conducting in-water training of volunteers and interpreting data collected by volunteers. You will be assisted by interns and be expected to take part in their daily management with senior staff. You are expected to become the friendly face of our monitoring program, enabling it to run smoothly while ensuring no volunteer is left behind. This position requires excellent observational, communication and active listening skills, and to lead groups with a positive attitude in a dynamic environment. It entails flexibility of organisation, a rigorous mind and a contagious passion for the ocean. Expect days are spent in the water, leading & managing volunteers while fulfilling MCP’s conservation duties.
Roles and Responsibilities:
• Inspire: Be a fresh, patient and encouraging person that will inspire volunteers to fall in love with marine conservation & exceed themselves collecting MPA monitoring data even in the rain (although most days are sunny).
• Teach Monitoring: Supported by senior staff and interns, train volunteers to conduct our monitoring program. This includes leading classroom presentations and in water lessons on the identification of target substrates, fish and invertebrates, survey techniques and data entry.
• Lead and Supervise: Develop a conservation mindset in volunteers. Enable the smooth running of the program and daily activities on base by ensuring that every volunteer knows what they need to do at all times.
• Jump in, wherever needed: Be prepared to support the conservation goals of MCP by assisting with everything from data collection to mangrove planting. Further to our daily activities, be prepared to perform data collection accuracy checks, data input management, seagrass monitoring, expeditions and much more.
• Teach SCUBA Courses: Ease the load on the instructor teams by teaching an average of 1 to 2 SCUBA courses per month when courses number are high.
• Socialise: Take an active part in the social activities and duties at base. Lead afternoon activities, community events and contribute to communication tools (social media and blogs).
Profile & Expectations:
• You are an extraverted person, comfortable taking a leadership role and have the people skills to manage volunteers and interns at dive sites and on base.
• You are willing to learn our monitoring methodology and you will exhibit the highest regards to our safety standards and procedures without compromising the scientific validity of our systems. • You are a team-player and are willing to work collaboratively with staff and interns.
• You are conservation oriented and will share your ideals with staff and volunteers through a role model stance.
• You are comfortable living in a rural environment, surrounded by nature.
• A degree in Marine Science, Fisheries, Conservation, or other related fields and have the desire to pursue a career in conservation.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in marine monitoring methods and management of ecological data.
• Be an active status PADI Scuba Instructor status.
• Must be fluent in English and confident to teach international students.
• Experience in teaching and public speaking.
• Need to be comfortable sharing accommodation with a male colleague.
• You are a social butterfly, willing to contribute to the social life at base.
• Can demonstrate skills in team management.
• Previous experience in a conservation NGO.
• Able to commit to a year program.
• Have a valid and clean driving license.
• Can bring a personal laptop for general tasks and data entry.
• Have valid health insurance.
• Have an underwater camera and be able to shoot, process and edit underwater images.
• Experience in social media content creation.
• Comfortable driving manual transmission vehicles.
Application process: Send your CV (max. 2 pages) and a 1 page cover letter (required) detailing how you meet the job requirements to [email protected] under the subject “Junior Science Officer Application”. Shortlisted applications will be contacted to complete a round of Skype interviews.
MCP is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on our organisational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital or domestic partnership status, family or parental status, or any other status otherwise protected by the laws of the Philippines. MCP will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
Early career scientists and conservationists often find it difficult to secure gainful employment. If you are in this position, possibly doing an internship (paid or otherwise) could help give you valuable experience and build your network and skills.
MCP offers different internship possibilities, aiming to continually have a media intern, a dive instructor trainee, a research intern and two science officer interns. Please get in touch with us to enquire about vacancies.
You're enrolled in a BSc, MSc in oceanography, marine biology, conservation science or similar relevant field.
You have a relevant background to help create: Billboards, social media marketing, website creation and maintenance, blogging, illustrations and info-graphics, web-content. Usually a non-diving placement.
You can join us if you're already a PADI instructor, or if you want to become one. For some this starts with a divemaster internship slowly transitioning into becoming an instructor apprentice, others are already instructors.