Field Research Officer

Type: 
Paid
Closing date: 
20 Sep 2021
Section: 
Aldabra

JOB TITLE:                                         Field Research Officer 

SALARY BAND:                                SG9  

RESPONSIBLE TO:                          Assistant Aldabra Science Coordinator / Aldabra Science Coordinator / Island Manager 

HOURS OF WORK:                          40 hours per week and upon request of overtime  

Job Responsibilities: 

  1. Implementing all monitoring and participation in data collection programmes and management as requested by the Senior Ranger, Aldabra Science Coordinator, Island Manager or other person designated. Showing abilities to work independently and motivate others to ensure the highest standards are met.
  2. Organizing and carry out all monitoring and data collection, entry and checking to the best possible standard according to the existing protocols and Aldabra Science Coordinator's instructions, with high accuracy, precision and coverage and good attention to detail.
  3. Organizing and conducting data entry and checking for all the monitoring programmes. 
  4. Contributing to data analysis and report writing as directed by the Aldabra Science Coordinator or Assistant Aldabra Scientific Coordinator,
  5. Organising to provide the Aldabra Science Coordinator with accurate, objective and prompt reports of monitoring activities, including problems and necessary clarifications when required
  6. Organising and attending camp visits for up to several days, and ensures that the scheduled work and all monitoring duties are completed to a high standard.
  7. Organising and assisting in the planning of camp visits and organisation of food supplies including providing a camp food list to the Aldabra Science Coordinator on return to the Station.
  8. Attend and contribute to weekly research meetings and monthly staff meetings, raising any issues as they arise in a constructive manner.
  9. Assist the Senior Ranger, Aldabra Science Coordinator, Island Manager, visiting scientists and visitors with all issues relating to science, conservation, education and tourism as requested.  
  10. Assisting with compiling information for media purposes as well as compiling and giving PowerPoint presentations to fellow staff and visitors on a variety of topics.
  11. Assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of field camps, trails, scientific transects and other science and conservation programme related needs in the field
  12. Organising and assisting with the maintenance and upkeep of the research station facilities and equipment by providing assistance as required.
  13. Take responsibility for all SIF equipment issued, including maintenance, cleaning and returns of equipment in the same condition it was issued. Encourage others in this and appreciate that there are financial penalties for non-return or negligent use of equipment.
  14. Organising and assisting with internal and external research projects as approved and requested including the collection of samples, scientific observations and research support.
  15. Familiarisation and strict enforcement to staff and visitors of all Aldabra regulations and SIF policies, including the National Park and Nature Conservancy Act.
  16. Familiarisation and enforcement of environmental management and waste disposal policies, including periodic clean-ups with all staff, especially within those areas used by tourists and other visitors.
  17. Participate in invasive alien species eradication and control programmes as assigned by the Aldabra Science Coordinator and Head Office.
  18. Accompany and guide visitors on Aldabra as requested by the Aldabra Science Coordinator, ensure that their conduct is in accordance with all SIF policies and report any misconduct to the Aldabra Science Coordinator/Island Manager.
  19. Ensure that biosecurity measures are implemented to the highest standards for transit of supplies, equipment, and staff. This may require performing biosecurity checks/briefings at designated locations.
  20. Liaise with the operations staff, Island Manager, Aldabra Science Coordinator, Assistant Aldabra Science Coordinator and designated biosecurity officers at each site to ensure internal biosecurity processes operate smoothly.
  21. The Field Research Officer will also be required from time to time to take up and fulfil duties beyond the scope of the contract due to the nature of Aldabra.
  22. At all times, maintain a professional, responsible, respectful, positive, friendly and cooperative manner in accordance with the SIF Code of Conduct, particularly when in the presence of visitors, as a representative of SIF and staff member on Aldabra Atoll. 
  23. Assist in the training and guidance of new staff, making them familiar with field and data entry methods.

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

BSc Biology or equivalent subjects and some relevant experience in a similar position.

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 20/09/21.