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Waterfront Assistant Intern

Location: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Job # 11336465
Date Posted: 09-06-2018
Internship Summary --
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. Interns assist faculty with various research projects, including planning, data gathering, analysis and report writing. Interns also assist the Diving Safety Officer in the implementation of the dive and waterfront program, activities, and operations including the safe and prudent conduct of SCUBA, snorkeling, swimming, and boating activities conducted at the Center.

The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies - South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

Internship Dates:
January 21, 2019  - August 12, 2019

Reports to:
Center Director.
Day to day supervision may be delegated to Student Affairs Manager, Faculty, Site Manager, or Diving Safety Officer as appropriate.

Basic Program Support
•    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
•    Participate in the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
•    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
•    Assist with administrative or logistical tasks such as data logging, purchasing, keeping inventories, record keeping, and routine maintenance of site and equipment as requested
•    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 resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
•    Monitor student morale and assist in solving daily problems at the Center
•    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
•    Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
•    Participate in community service activities
•    At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community

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

NOTE: Interns are considered volunteer staff, and as such, they are required to attend all staff meetings, are bound by SFS personnel, safety and program policies, and are covered by SFS liability, repatriation and evacuation insurance.

Minimum Qualifications
•    Ability to obtain Turk Islander work authorization required
•    BA/BS in Marine Ecology, Marine Resource Management or Marine Policy and Socio-economics
•    Current First Aid and CPR certifications
•    Current, active Dive Master certification, including insurance
•    Experience organizing and facilitating groups
•    Clean driving record and ability to operate standard transmission vehicles and boats
•    Small boat handling experience
•    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

Preferred Qualifications
•    Successful completion of an SFS or similar international residential program
•    Life guard certification
•    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

•    Stipend
•    Onsite room and board
•    Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage
•    Invitation to attend SFS courses and lectures

To Apply:
Submit a resume and detailed cover letter outlining relevant experience online. References will be required upon request.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
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