GVI Planet is hiring a
Location: Dawasamu, Fiji
Type of role: Permanent (1 year contract)
Start date: End August Start September 2023
Speciality: Manage Ecosystem Projects
Our planet is in crisis and inequality affects people around the globe. At GVI, our teams are choosing to take action. We bring a range of specialised skills together for a common goal: supporting a more sustainable future.
GVI is an international multi-award-winning social enterprise. We offer conservation and community development programs in 13 countries, all aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and led by our teams and experts from the communities we operate in.
Working at GVI is fast-paced and fun. We value passion, authenticity and innovation, and we treat each other with respect. But we can do better than words to show you who we are! To see what it's really like to work for GVI, click here.
About the role
GVI develops and leads long-term conservation approaches and programs, to build local capacity, provide high quality data on marine trends, and restore coastal habitats. Our Fiji Dawasamu “hub” (field station) is located on the main island of Viti Levu in the district of Dawasamu defined by dense jungle and volcanic mountain sides. In partnership with the local community and other local partners our work focuses on coral reefs, marine protected areas, and monitoring critically important species.
The goal of the Marine Science Manager is to deliver ethical and impactful coastal and marine programs and manage the hub's research and impact reporting. The role reports to the hub’s Program Manager and works closely with GVI’s global Conservation Impact Director. You will
engage with our participants, ensure the hub has robust data collection and reporting systems in place, liaise with university lecturers/professors around the hub’s research agenda, and write reports to communicate project results.
Role and responsibilities:
Lead and manage the marine staff, support field staff, volunteers providing supervision and one to one support to staff in achieving their objectives.
Provide upskilling and training opportunities to support the professional and personal development of staff
Ensure staff comply with all applicable policies and procedures, health and safety, code of conduct and safeguarding
Manage the analysis, curating, storage and dissemination of the data collected
Co-ordinate and manage multiple projects aross multiple environmental disciplines
Serve as a role model by demonstrating strong work ethic and respect for different perspectives and cultures.
Day-to-day liaising with partners to build and maintain relationships, ensuring projects are locally-led and have maximum positive impact.
Write up project documents and impact frameworks that outline project goals, short and long-term outcomes, expected outputs, proposed activities and required resources.
Maintain current monitoring and develop new monitoring, research and learning strategy; and oversee daily data collection.
Deliver participant training workshops and oversee participants’ participation in project work and/or research supervision.
Conduct project evaluations and write up impact reports including results and lessons learnt for each project.
Develop content that champions local voices and thought pieces on important community and conservation issues, create social media content and drive fundraising initiatives.
Provide information and data relating to research, impact and ethics to Marketing, Sales, Finance and Impact teams in Central Support.
GVI is a platform for personal growth and transformation. Innovation and entrepreneurship are not only valued at GVI, they are essential to our organisation's success. In addition to providing training and mentorship, we empower our teams to learn by doing and get involved in small, ad hoc teams that often involve people from across the organisation.
If you are ambitious, purpose-driven, and you have a great sense of humour, we want to meet you. As an organisation, we know that welcoming a broad range of people with unique identities makes us powerful and we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion practices.
You are passionate about tackling marine conservation issues, and believe that how we measure and manage environmental impact is critical to ensuring the protection and preservation of our planet.
You are a self-starter who rolls up your sleeves to get things done, and enjoys tackling a wide variety of tasks as part of your day-to-day. You are looking for an opportunity that will allow you to engage, and build relationships, with like-minded people from all over the globe.
Professional skills and experience:
Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Marine Science. Relevant experience will be considered in place of a degree.
PADI AOW and Rescue (Divemaster preferred) with survey dive experience (Dive Instructor advantageous).
Managing research programs and developing marine monitoring protocols.
Conservation work at remote field sites in different regions.
Conducting ecological surveys focused on coral reef and coastal ecosystems.
Working with national government agencies, NGOs, small scale fishing communities, marine scientists and academics, working with students or volunteers advantageous.
Impact management, or monitoring and evaluation.
Training others or teaching and communicating technical information to non-technical audiences.
Highly competent in data analysis and graphing in R, Python, or other programming languages.
Ability to work with large data sets and produce scientific documents across diverse marine disciplines. Evidence of scientific scholarship (e.g. peer reviewed publications).
Organised and able to set up systems for managing data, processes and information.
Excellent English communication skills (oral and written). Excellent IT skills, e.g. Word, Excel, etc.
Here’s what our global team enjoys:
You can find out more about the type of work GVI does and who we are as an organisation here.
Please send your CV along with a cover letter stating why you feel you would be best suited to this position at GVI.
Please note: We will do our utmost to respond to all applicants, however, given the large volume of applications we receive, this isn't always possible. If you do not hear back from us within three-four weeks, please take it that on this occasion your application was unsuccessful.