Assistant Aldabra Science Coordinator

Type: 
Paid
Closing date: 
30 Sep 2022
Section: 
Aldabra

Position title:

Assistant Aldabra Scientific Coordinator (AASC)

Location

Aldabra Atoll, southern Seychelles

Working with:

SIF staff on Aldabra

Reporting to:

Aldabra Scientific Coordinator (ASC) / Director of Research and Conservation (DRC)

Contract type:

Fixed term

Working hours:

The hours of work will be non-standard and involve overtime.

 

Context and Background

The Assistant Aldabra Scientific Coordinator provides assistance and support to the Aldabra Scientific Coordinator (ASC) in all science and conservation programmes, and research staff management on Aldabra. The main duties are listed below but it should be noted that the responsibilities listed here, although general in nature, are not all-encompassing as there are many unplanned duties that cannot be predicted or described here and which may change over time.

Duties and Responsibilities

The key duties of the Assistant Aldabra Scientific Coordinator are to:

  • Support the ASC in the management of the SIF’s scientific/conservation projects on Aldabra, ensure that the research and conservation programmes including all research and monitoring and relevant aspects of other projects, are carried out efficiently, are standardised and produce high quality data.
  • Liaise closely with the ASC, the DRC and Aldabra rangers regarding these duties.
  • With the ASC, supervise the work of all research staff and volunteers and oversee the boatmen and field staff when at field sites and camps.
  • Ensure that research aims and project deliverables are achieved to a high standard.
  • Support and explain Head Office decisions to the Aldabra staff, uphold rules and regulations with staff, and, with the ASC, take responsibility for ensuring decisions and requests are implemented.
  • Assist and advise visiting researchers and ensure that all visitors comply with the regulations.
  • Ensure that Aldabra’s monitoring programme is carried out correctly according to the protocols and prioritised as assigned by Head Office/ASC.
  • Assist the ASC in maintaining, updating and backing up all records and data and ensure that they are kept organised and easily accessible.
  • Assist the ASC with monthly, quarterly and annual reports covering details of the research and projects.
  • Ensure that good biosecurity practices are carried out on Aldabra and the Aldabra biosecurity policy is adhered to.
  • Assist wherever possible in the education and training of the research staff and encourage self-improvement through further education and training.
  • Ensure that all project and research aims are transparent and understood by staff.
  • Liaise with the ASC, the Aldabra research staff and Head Office regularly to update on progress and problems.
  • Accompany tourist groups on board, in the water or on land, when required.
  • Assist, where appropriate, with the preparation of manuscripts for submission to scientific journals, or technical reports, on subjects which have been identified and approved by SIF management.
  • Give presentations to various audiences on the Aldabra research programme.
  • Take meeting minutes and chair meetings as required.
  • Maintain the library and ensure all specimen collections, including the herbarium, are in good order.
  • Represent SIF at national and/or international meetings and workshops as appropriate and required.
  • Stand in for the AASC during his/her absence from the station or during periods of change-over.
  • Facilitate smooth change-overs and knowledge transfer between ASCs

Qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum BSc or equivalent in an environmental subject.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the environmental field, with at least one year coordinating and managing scientific projects including supervising staff and volunteers, data collection and management and communicating research at a high level
  • Preferably experience working on the Aldabra research and monitoring programme.    

Required Skills and Characteristics:

  • Professionalism – Capable of organising multiple research and monitoring activities to achieve overall scientific goals; capable of setting a good example at all times to others.
  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring – Ability to multi-task and follow priorities, to plan and coordinate assigned tasks and address technical problems. 
  • Communication – Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Teamwork – Ability to lead, manage, train and motivate staff and volunteers to achieve results
  • Leadership – Ability and initiative to manage teams of staff and lead by example
  • Respect for biodiversity – a genuine appreciation of and interest in biodiversity
  • Commitment and diligence – Commitment to work diligently to protect Aldabra Atoll
  • Fully computer literate – in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint
  • Data management skills – ability to manage large datasets and extract relevant information
  • Integrity – Honesty, a positive attitude and a sound work ethic are essential for this position.
  • Attention to detail – ability to pay close attention to detail and be meticulous with data and follow-ups

Languages:

Fluency in Creole and English essential

This post is open to Seychellois applicants only.

Apply for this post by sending your CV, a completed application form (can be found here or collected from our offices) and a cover letter explaining your capability and suitability for this position. Applications and enquiries on this position can be made at info@sif.sc.

The deadline for applications is 30/09/22