[Coral-List] Dive Instructor required - Madagascar

Michelle Taylor Michelle.Taylor at unep-wcmc.org
Mon Sep 19 14:29:06 EDT 2005

*** please reply to michelle at reefdoctor.org ***

Dive Supervisor - Needed, departure mid October 2005 

We are looking for one person join an active coral reef research team in
Ifaty, southwest Madagascar in mid October 2005. 
Successful applicants for the Dive Supervisor position will be
responsible for running diving operations for a small marine research
and conservation project with 5 diving staff and 4-6 diving volunteer
assistants. Dive training is required for volunteers and new staff
members every quarter. The advertised contract is for a period of 12

You will be working alongside local Malagasy fishermen and women,
Masters and PhD students from the IH.SM (local marine institute) and the
University of Toliara, 3 other UK staff, 4 Malagasy staff and 4-6 paying

Dive supervisor responsibilities include:
• Supervise all open water diving operations
• Supervise all land based diving operations
• Record all diving operations and write up of daily dive logs 
• Supervise and log equipment maintenance 
• Conduct dive training and PADI courses for Malagasy students, other UK
staff members and volunteer research assistants
• Conduct refresher dives for all Malagasy students, UK staff members
and volunteer research assistants
• Maintain and operate compressor
• Teach and review first aid procedures to all students and staff
• Review and improve the ReefDoctor emergency evacuation plan 
• Review and improve the ReefDoctor diving rules and regulations 
• Supervise repairs and maintenance of ReefDoctor boat, vehicle and
• Undertake underwater monitoring surveys (using pre-designed survey
methodologies) of coral reefs in and around the Bay of Ranobe (taught
• Write up survey results and enter them into the ReefDoctor database
• Complete daily camp duties as directed by the Project Co-ordinator
• Conduct core ReefDoctor activities  such as participating in weekly
fishermen English lessons, supervising local school children especially
in the water, supervise voluntary research assistants etc 

Applicant Requirements

Outlined below are the requirements needed to apply for this position:
• Diving qualification of PADI OWSI or above (must be PADI)
• Have a minimum of 20 student certifications
• Have all your own dive equipment
• Have current Liability insurance
• Have diving emergency medical insurance (MEDEX or DAN preferred)
• Evidence of current UK HSC professional level dive medical or
• Have a first aid certificate no older than 1 year
• Experience maintaining boat and car engines, and compressors
• Financial ability to pay the cost of your international return flight
to Madagascar (and internal flights should you so wish) to be reimbursed
after completing 12 months / your contract
• Financial ability to cover standard travel and medical insurance
• Ability to work under pressure in basic conditions with limited
• Ability to work to schedules with limited budgets
• Experience working in small teams in isolated hot humid environments
• Full driving licence
• Aged over 21

The following additional experiences and skills are desired, but not
necessary, though applicants with any of the below will be considered
before those without: 
• Experience working in rural communities and different cultures
• PADI EFR instructor (or equivalent First Aid teaching qualification)
• Over 6 months work experience as a dive instructor in a tropical,
humid climate
• Motor RYA small boat licence or boat handling experience
• Experience in conducting any type of marine survey work/ marine
biology background, especially if working with Indo-Pacific coral reef
• Additional diving and/or other qualifications relating to marine work
such as DAN Instructor, VHF radio certification, equipment service
technician etc.

Applicant Receives
• Salary of *100 per month paid in local currency 
• Accommodation and food on site (Ifaty and Toliara)
• Reimbursement of full cost for your international return flight after
12 months work/ upon completion of the contract
• Diving medical insurance
• Work liability cover
• Free internet access in Toliara
• Four weeks paid holiday
• Free in-country transport to project site

What you will gain from the work
Working with ReefDoctor you gain hands-on experience in a challenging,
unique and underexploited area of the world. Teams change and new
voluntary research assistants arrive every three months giving a fluid,
dynamic element to our core team. On a personal level the successful
applicant will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Malagasy
culture in a way short trips do not often allow. ReefDoctor team members
are often friends for years to come and Ifaty village is a beautiful
location in which to wake up each morning and watch the sun set from
each night…

If you are interested in applying for the position please contact
Michelle Taylor at michelle at reefdoctor.org and send your CV and cover

Applications for this position are open until 1st October 2005.


Michelle Taylor

Marine Research Consultant
UNEP- World Conservation Monitoring Centre
219 Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL

tel: +44 (0)1223 277314
fax: +44 (0)1223 277136
email : michelle.taylor at unep-wcmc.org

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