[Coral-List] Internship Offer

Victor Galvan vgalvan2000 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 12 11:23:27 EST 2013

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*Internship Opportunity in the Domnican Republic... *

The Puntacana Ecological Foundation is currently accepting applications for
mid to long term internship positions to help with their Partnerships for
Ecologically Sustainable Coastal Areas (PESCA) programs. *The selected
candidate(s) will be collaborating on a daily basis with the project
coordinator to prepare and establish Acropora cervicornis outplant sites
(amongst other things) utilizing resources from the Punta Cana coral
nursery.*  Candidates will be working on a variable but full-time basis
determined by the intern’s direct supervisor. The candidate is expected to
work outside normal established hours, participate in night diving and on
other unscheduled events depending on the needs of the PESCA program.

*II.  **Duties and Responsibilities**:*

   1. Work with the Project Coordinator to prepare and establish *A.
   cervicornis* outplant sites along the Punta Cana reef area and
   neighboring communities.
   2. Assist the Project Coordinator in activities related to the
   maintenance and upkeep of the coral gardens in the Dominican Republic.
   3. Participate in, lead, or implement environmental education courses,
   workshops, and/or training activities related to the PESCA program.
   4. Care for and provide basic maintenance to project equipment.
   5. Work with other volunteers or interns to achieve the goals of the
   coral restoration Project.
   6. Commit to seeing the internship completed.
   7. Interact and work well with other staff and personnel.

*III.  Requirements:*

*a)  Education  *

We are looking for candidates that are highly motivated and interested in
the preservation, conservation and restoration of coastal marine resources.
A bachelor’s in one of the following areas is preferred: biology, ecology,
marine biology, environmental studies, or other similar careers.

*b)  Experience:*

The ideal candidate would have experience in the marine ecosystems of the
Dominican Republic and previous experience with Acropora corals and
restoration. Applying candidates must know how to swim and possesses a
scuba certification. Rescue diver or advance diver certification is
preferred. Applicants must have the ability to work under strenuous and
adverse conditions including working with currents, waves, poor visibility,
long dive times and continuous back to back diving days. The applicant must
be able to work efficiently, problem solve, adapt to changing situations
and work independently under minimal supervision. Interns must complete
assigned tasks on time and with quality; must be punctual and represent the
best interest of the institution. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is
required. Previous coral restoration experience is highly advantageous.

*Other Requirements*

*Advance Spanish minimum*

SCUBA Certification

Divers Insurance

Medical Insurance

*c)  Duration:*

The length of the internship is negotiable but a minimum of 4 months is
required.   Any compensation or benefits are dependent on the location of
the internship and available funding. Interns are not illegible to receive
the same benefits as full-time staff. No vacation is awarded but days off
can be flexible. Start time: at the latest January 6, 2013.

d) *Compensation and Benefits:*

Punta Cana Field Site only (all other sites will be provided at a later

·         On-site dorm stile lodging, which has electricity and running
water 24 hours.

·         A small stipend (depending on the qualifications of the
candidate, the length of the internship, and the AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS) to
help cover food and other expenses.

·         The option of checking out a bicycle for local transport

·         Office space

·         At least 6 days off a month (No vacation is contemplated for this

A typical day in this internship could be:

1-2 dives in the morning to locate potential outplanting/restoration sites
followed by site preparation dives in the afternoon. Occasionally, both
mornings and afternoons will be dedicated to diving related activities.
Dominican students/professionals are highly encouraged to apply.

Interested Candidates please send your resume with a brief letter of intent
to one of  the following emails no later than Nov 22, 2013:

Puntacana Ecological Foundation

Att: Coral Restoration Internships

Email: fepc at puntacana.com

Tel.: 809-959-9221

Coral Restoration Project

Email: vgalvan at puntacana.com

Tel.: 809-959-9221x1805

Please note that only candidates that made it to the short list will be
contacted. We estimate that candidates will be selected from this short
list no later than December 10, 2013.

Victor M. Galvan
Reef Restoration Coordinator
Punta Cana Ecological Foundation
cell: 829-336-8344

Coordinador: Restoracion de Arrecifes
Fundacion Ecologica Punta Cana

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