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Entry Level (Less than 2 years of Experience)
Undergraduate Degree or equivalent
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Full time
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14 Sep, 2014

Field Scientist, Belize

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Position Vacancy for two Field Scientist Positions

Title: Field Scientist

Location: Belize

Closing date for applications: 14th September 2014

Contract duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Start date: 10th November 2014 and 5th January 2015

Remuneration and benefits: Monthly stipend plus flight and insurance contributions and all food and accommodation provided on site.

Summary Job Description

The role of the field scientist involves planning, coordinating and participating in all research and community outreach activities carried out on site, under the management and guidance of the Country Coordinator, and contributing to the conservation goals of Blue Ventures and their partners. The role involves working closely with the Country Coordinator to identify and develop research areas, as well as responsibility for collection and collation of data and the analysis and reporting of research results. Field Scientists are primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the volunteer training programme, teaching and providing assistance to our volunteers during the science training periods at the beginning of each volunteer expedition, supervising volunteers to achieve the survey aims of Blue Ventures and working closely with other staff members to disseminate research results and information to relevant parties. Additional duties are shared by all site staff and include support in the day to day running of the project, endorsement of site rules and regulations, and regular communication with research staff in Sarteneja and London. This position is in the village of Sarteneja and at our research site in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, northern Belize. The Field Scientist will be required to work with the Expedition Manager and Country Coordinator to develop and supervise the volunteer expedition programme and conservation programmes carried out by the Blue Ventures’ team and our partners. Additional duties may include representing Blue Ventures at meetings, conferences and workshops elsewhere in Belize. When on site in Bacalar Chico and in Sarteneja as part of the volunteer expedition, the Field Scientist is responsible to the Expedition Manager. Expedition science is overseen in the first instance by the Country Coordinator based in Sarteneja with support from the Conservation and Research Assistant and Conservation Programmes Manager in London.


• Manage and develop Blue Ventures’ volunteer science training programme, working closely with other staff on site.
• Prepare, present and update lectures to volunteers on all subjects covered within Blue Ventures’ science training programme.
• Demonstrate proficiency in all practical and methodological skills and techniques covered in the programme.
• Oversee volunteer training carried out by staff on site, to maintain quality control of science training programme. Assist in the development of the aims, objectives and strategic plan of Blue Ventures’ conservation, education & research programme in Belize.
• Under supervision from the Country Coordinator, work with in-country research partners and technical advisors to continually develop and revise the overall strategic plan of Blue Ventures’ conservation, education and research activities in Belize, focusing on the provision of long term ecological monitoring of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve and, through collaboration with Blue Ventures’ partner the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development, Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
• Project planning must include the creation of schedules and targets for the research programme.
• In the absence of a community officer, field scientists are responsible for the development and implementation of community outreach activities, providing leadership to volunteers to ensure Blue Ventures’ objectives are effectively communicated and project targets are met.
• Coordinate all day-to-day research and community outreach activities carried out during expeditions, within the strategic plan of the research programme. Work with the Country Coordinator and research staff to direct ecological and fisheries surveying efforts.
• Instruct and supervise methodological and sampling design.
• Adapt and develop research methodologies to suit local conditions, where necessary simplifying methodological design to be appropriate for non-specialist survey personnel.
• Plan, undertake and lead research dives.
• Oversee data collection and validation testing to ensure accurate data collection.
• Ensure that all data are entered correctly and efficiently, checked and analysed within an appropriate timescale.
• Ensure all data is backed up appropriately on external hard drives on site and in London. Communicate and disseminate research information to relevant parties. • Liaise with the Country Coordinator on a weekly basis, discussing research activities and project progress.
• Work with other research staff on site to produce regular research updates, blogs and social media updates, summarising efforts, findings and results. Additional duties shared by all staff on site.
• Support diving and logistical staff on site with the day-to-day running of the project.
• Ensure that site rules and regulations are respected and adhered to by all personnel.
• Liaise with UK staff and Country Coordinator in the preparation of funding bids and proposals to support the research programme on site.



• Graduate level qualification in Marine Ecology, Conservation or other related subject essential, Post-graduate preferred.
• Good IT skills
• Excellent report writing and analytical skills
• The ability to multi-task between ecological and socio-economic roles.
• Experience of training and teaching, groups and/or individuals
• PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) and capacity to achieve further PADI qualifications


• Experience of field research on coral reefs, manatees, birds and related habitats and species
• Experience living and working in remote tropical environments
• Good level of spoken and written Spanish
• PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor 


Applicants should send a cover letter and a recent copy of their CV (with full address, telephone and e-mail contact details of three referees) along with the downloadable BVC application form to Please include the reference “BVB002FS” in the subject line. 

Download BVE Application Form Here 

Download PDF of Position Field Scientist Belize Here 

Job keywords/tags:  Degree in Marine Ecology/Conservation , IT Skills , analytical skills , teaching experience , PADI Advanced Open Water , fluent Spanish , Belize