Education & Research Internship

JOB DESCRIPTION

EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INTERN

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reports to: Tobacco Caye Marine Station Staff Team

Employment Type: Unpaid Internship W/accomodation and some food provided.

● Potential for future employment.

Duty Station: Tobacco Caye Marine Station, Tobacco Caye, Stann Creek District, Belize

Work Schedule: Typically 5 days per week, variations determined by the reservation
calendar. June – August (2 months)

Department Mission: Tobacco Caye Marine Station’s mission is to offer bespoke academic
experiential learning opportunities centred on marine conservation for a wide range of clients,
and to immerse program participants in Caribbean reef ecology and local marine conservation
projects which have positive impacts in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve.

KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Working within a team of three to deliver TCMS’s study abroad calendar to provide a
    high-quality service of education and immersive experience.
  2. Communicate and coordinate with customers, students, staff, service providers, local
    experts and community members to implement academic study abroad itineraries and
    service-learning programs.
  3. Assist with the gift shop sales and inventory management.
  4. Sharing responsibilities with the team to host groups including; pick groups up from
    Dangriga; conduct the island welcome and orientation; assist with educational
    excursions; lead research project activities and hosting day trip groups.
  5. Invision, create, and publish media content including videos, pictures, infographics,
    and other relevant content to social media outlets and the organisation’s website.
  6. Act as an ambassador for TCMS and marine conservation on the Belize Barrier Reef.
  7. Possess excellent customer service abilities and be available to answer any questions
    from visitors to Tobacco Caye.
  8. Helping with daily maintenance tasks including but not limited to: watering the
    garden, sweeping the classroom, cleaning snorkel kit, and restocking the gift shop.
  9. Become familiar with the company’s clients and their specific needs and program
    requirements.
  10. Support and lead in TCMS research activities including invasive lionfish, marine trash
    and coral bleaching work.
  11. Any other incidental tasks that may arise from time to time.
Required Qualifications
  1. Working knowledge of Belize’s marine ecosystem – formal marine biology training is
    preferred.
  2. Ability to clearly communicate in verbal and in written formats with people of
    different ages, marine knowledge, and backgrounds.
  3. Outgoing personality with a genuine passion for Marine Conservation
  4. Experience with photography, videography, video editing, social media management,
    and infographic development are assets.
  5. Experience with or ability to learn basic bookkeeping skills.
  6. Highly organised with the ability to prioritise workload – a balance is needed to assist
    with hosting groups and keeping up to date with the financial and administrative side
    of the station.
  7. Experience conducting marine based research activities.
    Able to share knowledge of the island and personal experiences surrounding the local
    marine environment with visitors to the island including study abroad groups, day trip
    groups and tourists.
  8. Self-motivated with very good time management.
  9. Working at TCMS is a lifestyle, the hosting season can mean consecutive busy weeks
    hosting multiple groups and socialising with a lot of people during mealtimes and
    throughout the day, talking repeatedly to tourists about the marine station’s mission,
    attending to student medical injuries, snorkelling on educational excursions,
    conducting an early morning bird walk – working at TCMS is very diverse and
    interesting! The quieter weeks are time to catch up on outstanding jobs such as
    financial and administrative duties, schedule content on social media and order stock
    for the TCMS gift shop.
  10. Willingness to try new things and the ability to adapt to different situations.
SALARY AND BENEFITS

● Free accommodation attached to Marine Station building (ground floor private
residence room). Includes single bed, solar electric power supply 24/7, fresh water
supply, Wi-Fi, and cold/hot shower. Access to staff quarters kitchen including 4 ring
burner stove, drinking water supply, fridge/freezer and cooking utensils.
● Interns’s meals are included with group mealtime at the lodge restaurant when groups
are on island. When no TCMS groups are on island, employee’s meals are prepared or
served at their own expense.
● Interns will gain valuable experience in research and environmental education work
that will be a great asset for future employment possibilities.
● Interns are responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the mainland
when on personal outings and trips that are outside of station-related outings. Station
related outings and boat pick up and drop off of a group is covered during group
transfers.

HOW TO APPLY:

1. Send a copy of your CV, Cover Letter, 2 professional references to:
a. info@monkeybaybelize.com
b. cc: t.c.marinestation@gmail.com

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
24th May, 2024