The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) is currently looking for a couple
for the following positions at the SOSF – D’Arros Research Centre in the Seychelles:
Research Director + Program Director
Reports to the CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) or any person appointed by the CEO.
Place of Work and Living
D’Arros Island and St Joseph Atoll, Amirantes Group, Seychelles.
Research Director position summary
- Manage and curate databases (including multimedia, data, reports and communication);
- Oversee and conduct long term monitoring and student research projects;
- Liase with SOSF CEO and multifaceted island operations management to facilitate research activities;
- Identify and implement new research projects in accordance with the mandate of the SOSF D’Arros Research Centre;
- Ensure all research is conducted in compliance with ethical considerations and research permit requirements.
Program Director position summary
- Develop and manage annual operational budget and maintain accurate lab inventory;
- Schedule work program annually, monthly and week; supervise schedule; write annual and monthly reports;
- Coordinate and prepare social media posts, website content and magazine articles;
- Ensure maintenance of infrastructure and equipment (computers, lab equipment, dive equipment, vehicles).
Overview of Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist with and participate in various core and targeted marine and terrestrial research programs, including the planning, implementation, data organisation and analysis of relevant projects;
- Service and maintain lab buildings, field camp, vehicles, boats, lab equipment, dive gear and other DRC infrastructure and equipment as delegated by and in conjunction with SOSF-DRC lab management;
- Assist with logistical and administrative tasks including data entry, preparation and development of monthly reports, writing of blogs, magazine articles, scientific publications and other required reports and/or revisions;
- Provide supervision, training and assistance to visiting researchers and guests as delegated by SOSF-DRC lab management.
- PhD in marine biology for the Research Director position | MSc in marine biology or conservation or other relevant field for the Program Director position;
- Native / Fluent in both spoken and written English;
- High level of computer literacy, data management experience;
- Competent and qualified SCUBA divers (PADI Rescue Diver or CMAS 2 Star Diver or SSI Master Diver with at least 100 certified dives) able to conduct scientific dive surveys;
- Valid skipper’s license with experience handling and maintaining boats;
- First Aid certification.
- PADI Divemaster or CMAS 3 Star Diver level;
- Experience scuba diving with large sharks;
- Commercial or scientific qualification;
- Photography skills (including underwater);
- Data visualisation and analysis experience.
- Ability to actively contribute to tasks when working both independently and as a team member with mixed nationalities and varied cultural backgrounds;
- Excellent interpersonal skills – Ability to respond to difficult, stressful or sensitive situations in a way that reduces or minimises potential conflict, strives to maintain good working relationships characterised by respect and mutual regard;
- Strong and professional work ethic – Self-motivated, organised and detail oriented;
- Physically, medically and mentally fit – Ability to live in remote area away from family and friends;
- Ability to maintain health during long periods of field work in a remote environment;
- Exceptional communication skills – Ability to convey clear, concise messages both in written and verbal format;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in the field under changing and challenging conditions;
- Demonstrated commitment to and keen interest in environment and conservation issues;
- Professional behaviour and appearance, adherence to and enforcement of all SOSF-DRC policies and procedures.
- Renewable one-year contract (with three-month probationary period);
- Contract can be considered for renewal;
- Gross monthly salary of 3’000-3’500 USD (subject to Seychelles income and social taxes) per position;
- Given the remoteness of the island, this position entails a six (6) day a week work schedule that is dependent on weather and sea conditions, tides as well as field research seasonalities;
- Given the atypical nature of this job, it is incompatible with family life;
- Shared accommodation, board and two international return flights are included;
- Non-negotiable calendar includes two 5-months work presence periods on the island (January 1 – May 31 | July 1 to November 30), and two 1-months holiday periods off the island pattern (June 1-30 | December 1-31) with no option to leave the island in between.
More information about the Save Our Seas Foundation and the SOSF D’Arros Research Centre is available at:
Individuals who meet the minimum qualifications and requirements are invited to send the following documents to
- Letter of motivation,
- Full CV including portrait photograph and three contactable references, and
- Copies of publications
All applications are appreciated but only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates must be available for a one-month trial period. Selection for trial period does not guarantee employment.
Application deadline is September 1, 2019, but the positions can be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified.
Employment offer shall be contingent upon:
- One-month trial period on D’Arros Island;
- Full dive medical clearance;
- Police clearance;
- Valid medical and accident insurance for the duration of the contract;
- Approval of a Work Permit issued by the Government of the Republic of the Seychelles.
The natural environment of D’Arros Island and St Joseph Atoll is among the most ecologically healthy and spectacular in the world. More sea turtles come to nest on the beaches, more sharks, rays and fishes swarm over the coral reef and more seabirds nest and roost in the trees than at any other island in the Seychelles’ Amirantes Group. The Save Our Seas Foundation D’Arros Research Centre (SOSF–DRC) is tasked with preserving and showcasing the ecological integrity of these islands and their surrounding marine environment through research, monitoring, restoration and education.