Waterfront Assistant; SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies

Job Title: 
Waterfront Assistant
Job Location: 
South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
Full-Time, contract

Contract Dates:
January 20, 2020 through August 10, 2020 - contract may be extended following performance review at end of contract.

Reports to:
Center Director
Day to day supervision may be delegated to Dive Safety Officer, Marine Operations Coordinator, Student Affairs Manager, Faculty, and Site Managers as appropriate.
       Program Support (approximately 20%)

  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program
  • Assist with administrative or logistical tasks such as data logging, purchasing, keeping inventories, record keeping, and routine maintenance of site and equipment as requested
  • Participate in preparation of the Final Reports and other required reports and/or manual revisions as requested
  • Assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks
  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
  • At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for Center during program breaks and center rentals
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community

Waterfront Support (50%)

  • Lead recreational and research snorkel and SCUBA dives
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
  • On a daily basis, maintain waterfront facilities, assist with operations including but not limited to filling tanks, maintaining moorings, boat maintenance, fueling boats
  • Lead Kayak excursions
  • Prepare SCUBA tanks and equipment for recreational and research snorkels and SCUBA dives
  • Assist with vehicle and vessel maintenance

Academics (30%)

  • Assist in organizing the library, teaching aids, research materials and projects, community service projects, recreational activities, and other program activities as requested
  • Assist students with academic and research materials and projects
  • Organize and prepare support materials for faculty lectures and field trips including slides, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, field samples and equipment

Student Life 

  • Help organize students to perform their required tasks in support of the residential aspects of program, e.g., food preparation, recycling efforts, center clean-ups, student committees, etc.
  • Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
  • Participate in the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Monitor student morale and assist in solving daily problems at the Center
  • Participate in community service activities

Safety & Risk Management

  • Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Center policies, procedures, and rules.
  • Participate in the review and revision of Center Risk Assessment and Management plans
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Know the emergency procedures plan for the Center, including evacuation plan
  • Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
  • Complete Incident Reports when appropriate and contribute to Safety Audits
  • Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
  • Report infractions of Center rules to the Center Director in a timely fashion
  • Maintain the First Aid equipment and help create and document safety procedures
  • Other duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to obtain Turk and Caicos Island work permit (including medical certification several months prior to arrival)
  • Current, active Dive Master certification, including insurance
  • BA/BS in Marine Ecology, Marine Resource Management or Marine Policy and Socio-economics
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Small boat handling experience
  • Experience organizing and facilitating groups
  • Clean driving record and ability to operate standard transmission vehicles and boats
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
  • Assistants must have their own SCUBA gear including service receipt for regulators
  • Experience working with U.S. college-age students in a professional setting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful completion of an SFS or similar international residential program
  • Basic knowledge of small boat and 2-cycle outboard engine repair
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Access and statistical software skills
  • In country or regional experience


  • Salary
  • Onsite room and board
  • Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage
  • International Health Insurance reimbursement
  • Travel Reimbursement for travel to and from the Center at the start and completion of contract
  • NIB/NHIP Benefits
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