Published: May 8, 2024

Location: Vietnam

Type: PAID JOBS


Closing Date: May 24, 2024

Marine Biologist / Educator

About the organisation

We are a global provider of marine education and conservation services. We believe that education is a key driver to inspire long-term behavioural change and, critically, we believe in positivity and empowerment as the means through which education inspires action. Through education we inspire and engage people to make steps to achieve healthier oceans now, and in the future.

Our vision is a world where marine conservation is in action at all levels, through an engaged, educated and inspired global community, leading to not only healthy, but thriving marine environments.

About the role

Are you an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and guest-focused person? Then come and join our team as a WiseOceans Marine Educator based at a prestigious luxury resort in Vietnam!

This exciting role is to launch the newest WiseOceans Discovery project. We are looking for someone who is highly motivated to drive progress of a new project and take the lead in developing the programme, with the confidence to network and establish a positive relationship with the partner resort and local organisations and community.

Tasks and duties:

Guest engagement and education

  • Conduct guided marine activities – the guests can enjoy being joined in the water by a Marine Educator who will identify marine life for the guests and provide extra information to enhance their in-water experience when visiting local islands and Marine Park
  • Conduct guided terrestrial activities – including wildlife and heritage visits
  • Deliver (and generate guest-interest in) regular marine life and conservation talks to resort guests on a range of topics
  • Deliver fun and educational sessions on marine and conservation topics with the resort Kids Club
  • Write regular blog posts, and occasional articles and press releases
  • When the resort requests, attend / host evening events with the guests, to discuss marine life and promote the conservation and education activities of WiseOceans and the resort

Resort team member and local community engagement and education

  • Engage resort staff in marine education and conservation via a variety of means, bringing new ideas to the table to increase internal awareness of Marine life and conservation
  • Develop and deliver community outreach events and activities
  • Develop sustainability initiatives with the resort and local community

Science and Research

  • Scientific research activities including, but not limited to, ecological monitoring of local marine and terrestrial habitats including coral reef health and biodiversity surveys species population monitoring and marine plastics surveys
  • Working on our reef restoration project, including:
    a. Coral nursery installation and maintenance
    b. Coral propagation, outplanting and monitoring
    c. Guest and community engagement on reef restoration
    d. Project development and collaboration with local project partners

Other

  • Development of the Marine Discovery Programme
  • General administration including, but not limited to, completing spreadsheets for reporting purposes, data entry and bill payment processing
  • Collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, content for display on noticeboards, marine life guides, signs and other interpretation, content for Resort guides and schedules, and other literature for guests
  • Communications including, but not limited to, emails to resort management and all staff, attending and participating in

Requirements

Application only accepted if:

Essential

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Minimum of Rescue Diver or Equivalent
  • Experience with coral propagation / reef restoration
  • Experience of working in a luxury resort
  • Excellent snorkelling skills including the ability to free dive to 5m comfortably
  • Good knowledge of tropical marine life and understanding of marine conservation globally
  • A minimum of one years’ experience in marine life monitoring (with a preference for marine megafauna and tropical marine species)
  • A minimum one years’ experience conducting underwater surveys (particular interest in coral reef monitoring and habitat mapping
  • Experience in an educating role
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Confident public speaker with experience giving presentations to a range of audiences
  • Self-motivated and outgoing, excellent people skills

Beneficial

  • Vietnamese or French Speaker
  • Knowledge or experience in Vietnam
  • Experience in community engagement
  • Experience in project set up and development
  • A higher degree in a related subject
  • Highly developed identification skills concerning fish, coral and other invertebrate species
  • Experience of social media, newsletter production and blog writing

Salary and benefits

  • Location of role – Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Consultant contract – 24 months with potential for extension
  • Competitive pay
  • A furnished room will be provided
  • Meals on a half board basis will be provided
  • Public liability insurance is provided by WiseOceans. It would be your own responsibility to have travel insurance, personal accident and emergency medical cover
  • A working week of 39 hours, with days off to be arranged in line with Resort schedule
  • 21 days annual leave
  • Upfront costs:
    o Flight – pay for own return flight
    o Equipment – expected to have own laptop, smartphone, mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, in-water watch

Start date

November 2024

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to emily@wiseoceans.com before 24th May 2024

Please note: In your applications please notify us of any visible tattoos (seen when wearing shorts, a polo shirts and flip flops) or significant facial piercings. The presence of these will not necessarily exclude you from being considered for the role but would need to be approved.

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