Research on coastal marine ecosystems

Project name:

Institute for Marine Research (1) - Research Assistant

Project purpose:

Conduct long-term and fine-scale research on coastal marine ecosystems, educating and transforming locally led marine conservation strategies

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

Marine

Philippines

South-East Asia

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Dormitory/shared house

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, near-by medical, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years old.

  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

  • No SCUBA experience necessary.

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science (or equivalent) is preferable but not essential.

  • Minimum 1-month commitment.

  • Available to begin the Research Assistant program on the 1st of each month.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Research Assistants (RAs) experience a unique opportunity to assist our Science Staff in the attainment and processing of all data collected from the Dauin Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project. This one-month course is intended as an introduction into marine conservation science.

Research Assistants will not only learn practical, theoretical, problem-solving and analytical skills that will enhance their prospects as future conservationists, but will learn how to communicate science to local stakeholders through school education and community outreach programs.

  • PADI Open Water + Advanced Open Water Diver Certifications.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Ecosystems and Processes.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Species Identification within the Coral Triangle.

  • Experience cultivating innovative research methodology.

  • Experience operating advanced underwater survey equipment.

  • Data processing, statistical and analytical skills.

  • Experience working directly with Marine Scientists.

  • Career guidance for prospective Marine Scientists.

  • Communicate science through Community Outreach Activities.

  • ~50 training and science dives over 4 weeks.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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