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Waterfront Assistant

South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Waterfront Assistant
The purpose of this position is to provide support in the areas of program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance. The position assists faculty with various research projects, including planning, data gathering, analysis and report writing. The position also assists the Diving Safety Officer and Marine Operations Coordinator in the implementation of the dive and waterfront program. This includes assisting with the safe and prudent conduct of SCUBA, snorkeling, swimming, and boating activities conducted at the Center.
 
Location:
The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies - South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

Contract Dates:
January 20, 2020 through August 10, 2020 - contract may be extended following performance review at end of contract.

Reports to:
Center Director
Day to day supervision may be delegated to Dive Safety Officer, Marine Operations Coordinator, Student Affairs Manager, Faculty, and Site Managers as appropriate.
 
Duties/Responsibilities:
       Program Support (approximately 20%)
  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program
  • Assist with administrative or logistical tasks such as data logging, purchasing, keeping inventories, record keeping, and routine maintenance of site and equipment as requested
  • Participate in preparation of the Final Reports and other required reports and/or manual revisions as requested
  • Assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks
  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
  • At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for Center during program breaks and center rentals
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community
Waterfront Support (50%)
  • Lead recreational and research snorkel and SCUBA dives
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
  • On a daily basis, maintain waterfront facilities, assist with operations including but not limited to filling tanks, maintaining moorings, boat maintenance, fueling boats
  • Lead Kayak excursions
  • Prepare SCUBA tanks and equipment for recreational and research snorkels and SCUBA dives
  • Assist with vehicle and vessel maintenance
Academics (30%)
  • Assist in organizing the library, teaching aids, research materials and projects, community service projects, recreational activities, and other program activities as requested
  • Assist students with academic and research materials and projects
  • Organize and prepare support materials for faculty lectures and field trips including slides, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, field samples and equipment
Student Life
  • Help organize students to perform their required tasks in support of the residential aspects of program, e.g., food preparation, recycling efforts, center clean-ups, student committees, etc.
  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Monitor student morale and assist in solving daily problems at the Center
  • Participate in community service activities
Safety & Risk Management
  • Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Center policies, procedures, and rules.
  • Participate in the review and revision of Center Risk Assessment and Management plans
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the Center, including evacuation plan
  • Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete Incident Reports when appropriate and contribute to Safety Audits
  • Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
  • Report infractions of Center rules to the Center Director in a timely fashion
  • Maintain the First Aid equipment and help create and document safety procedures
  • Other duties as required
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to obtain Turk and Caicos Island work permit (including medical certification several months prior to arrival)
  • Current, active Dive Master certification, including insurance
  • BA/BS in Marine Ecology, Marine Resource Management or Marine Policy and Socio-economics
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Small boat handling experience
  • Experience organizing and facilitating groups
  • Clean driving record and ability to operate standard transmission vehicles and boats
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
  • Assistants must have their own SCUBA gear including service receipt for regulators
  • Experience working with U.S. college-age students in a professional setting

Preferred Qualifications
  • Successful completion of an SFS or similar international residential program
  • Basic knowledge of small boat and 2-cycle outboard engine repair
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Access and statistical software skills
  • In country or regional experience
Compensation/Benefits
  • Salary
  • Onsite room and board
  • Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage
  • International Health Insurance reimbursement
  • Travel Reimbursement for travel to and from the Center at the start and completion of contract
  • NIB/NHIP Benefits
 
To Apply:
Submit a resume and detailed cover letter outlining relevant experience online.  References will be required upon request. For questions about the position or the status of your application, please email jobs@fieldstudies.org.
 
Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
 
 
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