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The Seychelles Islands Foundation is seeking candidates for the position of Aldabra Science Coordinator to manage the research, projects and monitoring programme on Aldabra Atoll.

Location: Aldabra Atoll, southern Seychelles (with some time on Mahé)
Working with: Local/international team of SIF staff on Aldabra
Reporting to: CEO, Director of Research and Conservation
Contract type: Fixed term of 2 years, renewable on good performance
Working hours: Expect up to 60 hrs/wk working non-standard hours incl. evenings/weekends
Start date: November 2021 (pending transport)
Salary range: Negotiable depending on qualifications/experience (Salary Grade 11)

Job Description

The ASC provides overall scientific supervision and management on Aldabra for SIF.

The role encompasses wide-ranging tasks, including ensuring that all monitoring/research projects run efficiently and produce high quality data, coordinating/supervising research staff, supervising volunteers, advising on and developing projects, assisting/advising international researchers and enforcing SIF/Aldabra regulations.

Work Duties

Data collection and management

  1. Manage SIF’s scientific monitoring and conservation projects on Aldabra, ensure that the research and conservation programmes, including all monitoring programmes and relevant aspects of other projects, are carried out efficiently and according to protocol, are standardised and produce high quality data
  2. Liaise closely with the CEO, Director of Research and Conservation (DRC) and Island Manager regarding duties
  3. Cooperate with and report to the Island Manager on all matters concerning research facilities, field trips, visiting scientists, volunteers and other visitors
  4. Supervise the work of all research staff and oversee the boatmen/skipper/research staff when at field camps
  5. Maintain and update all records and data (electronic and hard copies) and ensure that they are kept organised, easily accessible and regularly backed up in the appropriate place on the server
  6. Regularly review and update monitoring and sampling protocols as needed
  7. Supervise and review specific monitoring reports and provide the necessary support to staff in writing these
  8. Contribute to scientific papers on Aldabra as needed.

Research and project support and development

  1. Provide support, staff assistance and feedback for ongoing projects where needed, g. Indian Ocean Turtle project.
  2. Support and supervise students (where applicable) in delivering agreed research projects and facilitate research support to ensure that these projects are of a high standard
  3. Provide feedback on research proposals concerning Aldabra
  4. Advise and support visiting research groups and ensure that such groups comply with the regulations at all times
  5. Collect samples for and support as appropriate non-visiting approved researchers
  6. Where needed and in collaboration with Head Office, develop project proposals based on priority research for Aldabra and implement such projects if approved
  7. Ensure that approved projects and decisions/recommendations on research and monitoring are implemented.

Organisation, reporting and communication

  1. Communicate with Head Office and the DRC regularly (at least weekly but more often where appropriate) to update on progress and issues pertaining to research related issues and priorities, and ensure that the HO staff are briefed very regularly on queries, research and monitoring plans, team composition, and schedules
  2. Produce a monthly work schedule for the research team in advance, in collaboration with the logistics department
  3. Communicate weekly work plans ahead of time to the Island Manager and liaise with the Island Manager on a daily basis regarding logistics to ensure good planning and transparency
  4. Develop and implement, as closely as possible once approved, an annual work plan for Aldabra research in close liaison with Head Office and the Island Manager
  5. Prepare and submit information on projects and monitoring programmes as requested by Head Office
  6. Submit a short monthly report summarising details of monitoring and research activities, as per the report template and Head Office request, by the 15th of the following month
  7. Submit a  more  substantial  quarterly  report  presenting  quarterly  data  summaries  and  analysis  and  brief interpretation of all main monitoring programmes and any problems
  8. Produce a comprehensive annual report collating summaries and analysis from monthly and quarterly reports, putting the data into context over time, comparing with previous years and adding more detailed interpretation
  9. Liaise with external experts/researchers on request concerning Aldabra research, projects and equipment issues
  10. Produce contributions for SIF outreach and education materials and social media on request, including monthly newsletter articles, annual report text, regular Facebook posts, presentations and newspaper/magazine articles.

Training and dissemination of information

  1. Assist wherever possible in the education and training of the field research assistants and rangers, and encourage self-improvement through further education, experience and training
  2. Deliver presentations about aspects of Aldabra and the work to staff, visitors, and SIF Board members as requested
  3. Give presentation to Aldabra staff and residents upon arrival (introduction, relevant background) as part of the induction process and deliver a work output presentation at the end of the contract
  4. Assist with and potentially lead preparation of manuscripts for submission to scientific journals on subjects which have been identified in collaboration with and approved by SIF management, which should be worked on with other involved SIF research staff including a member of the Ensure that the manuscript plans, preparation, submission and production process are all transparent with CEO and DRC.

Equipment and specimen collections

  1. Be responsible for all research equipment, including updating inventories, maintenance and checking of items, signing equipment to staff in and out, coordinating incident reports for lost/broken equipment, planning well ahead for necessary equipment, sourcing equipment internationally where applicable, and communicating necessary research requisitions clearly to the Island Manager and HQ
  2. Maintain and update the library and inform Head Office of library requirements and new publication requests
  3. Maintain all Aldabra specimen collections in good order, including the herbarium collection and prepare new specimens as required.

Administration and staffing

  1. Hold weekly research meetings with all research staff on Aldabra and take notes of these meetings
  2. With the Island Manager, ensure that at least bi-weekly management meetings are held on Aldabra and where required, take minutes and send to Head Office
  3. Conduct mid-term and end-of-term performance appraisals for research staff, and provide Head Office through the Island Manager with information and recommendations on staff contract renewals, promotions, terminations, disciplinary measures and bonus Notify Head Office for follow up of exit interviews on Mahé.
  4. Ensure that all research staff, volunteers, students and visiting researchers adhere to SIF protocols, policies and Assist staff where necessary in understanding these documents, including the Code of Conduct, and policies on environmental management, diving, alcohol, internet usage and other regulations and memos which may be issued periodically.
  5. In liaison with the Island Manager, be responsible for communications on disciplinary measures of Aldabra research staff and visiting scientists including full, prompt reporting of all incidents and disciplinary actions to Head Office
  6. In liaison with the Island Manager provide recommendations for new recruits needed on the research team.

Other tasks

  1. Ensure that biosecurity measures are carried out according to the Aldabra biosecurity plan, that nominated biosecurity officers are aware of the procedures, and that all staff understand the need for strong biosecurity whenever there is any transport (supply boat, flight, visiting vessels).
  2. Assist with and help to organise non-research tasks as required and appropriate such as loading and unloading of supplies and equipment, cleaning activities, fish processing, construction of field camps, renovation work on station facilities (exceeding capacity of logistic staff), path clearing etc.
  3. When visitors are on the atoll, in liaison with the tourism coordinator, accompany groups on board, in the water or on land, provide information to tourists and designate suitable staff to accompany visitors at all times on Ensure research staff are well prepared for visits and that all are aware of the importance of ensuring that visitors adhere to the rules and regulations of Aldabra. In cases of problems with adherence or other issues with visiting groups, ensure that complaints are written up and communicated to Head Office.
  4. Due to the nature of the work on Aldabra, carry out other work-related duties as required.

Job Requirements

Selection criteria in brief

  • MSc (essential) in environmental/conservation subject or equivalent
  • Additional experience working in the environmental/conservation sector in Seychelles is preferred
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience coordinating monitoring, research and conservation programmes (essential), preferably in the tropics and on small islands, ideally with mixed teams
  • Minimum 1 year working on small remote islands/remote areas with basic facilities (essential, longer preferable)
  • Demonstrated experience of managing long-term datasets (essential)
  • Demonstrated experience of regular report-writing and meeting deadlines (essential)
  • Competency with IT, specifically with MS software, GPS & GIS software, familiarity with statistics (essential)
  • Demonstrated experience working with and interest in invasive species (animals and/or plants) is preferred
  • Diving qualification (minimum PADI Adv or equivalent essential, Rescue Diver preferred + ample diving experience)
  • High level of fitness and able to work in the field in tropical conditions, ability to swim well is essential
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (essential)
  • Good time management, organisational, multi-tasking and prioritisation skills (essential)
  • Proven determination and commitment to conservation and good knowledge of international conservation issues
  • Personal characteristics:  positivity,  problem-solver,  resourcefulness,  ability  to  take  initiative,  flexible,  calm, professional, social skills to maintain a professional relationship with staff even in non-work time and high integrity
  • First Aid / medical training experience (preferable)

How To Apply

Applications are open to local and international candidates.

Interested candidate(s) are requested to Sign-up or login to apply now or Please contact SIF ([email protected]) for the job description or collect this from the SIF Office on Mahé.

Applications should include a CV and cover letter explaining why you want the position and why you are suitable.

Enquiries can be made to the same address.

The deadline for applications is Friday 25th June 2021.

Late submissions may be considered if a suitable candidate is not found.

Note:

In order to increase your chances of a successful selection, kindly ensure that your application is complete and that all relevant information such as your qualifications have been provided with your application.   Otherwise, the Employer reserves the right not to consider your application for selection.

Only candidates can apply for this job.

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