Ocean Career: Central Caribbean Marine Institute Education Assistant

The Education Assistant will assist the education team with the preparation and implementation of our primary and secondary school level marine ecology camps, visiting university courses, citizen science groups, and other education programs as required, under the direction of the Education Manager/Coordinator. The Education Assistant is expected to be a leader during field trips (especially diving related), adhering the highest standards of child safeguarding and water safety. The Education Assistant will also need to be proficient (or become proficient) in delivering lectures and teaching materials pertaining to marine sustainability and ocean science.

The Education Assistant will be passionate about the ocean, willing to teach students of varying ages, and eager to create a positive and engaging environment for students, scientists, and guests to not only learn but have the best experience of their lives. This role requires someone who is willing and able to work with a broad team at CCMI, including the operations and research teams, to ensure the experience for CCMI’s stakeholders is the best possible.

CCMI’s education programs do not operate on a 9-5 timetable; the successful applicant must be willing and able to work odd hours with a flexible schedule. This role is active and hands on, providing the opportunity to expand personal and professional skills while living on a remote tropical island and working at a fully functioning marine research

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the overall delivery of sponsored and paid education programs
  • Assist the Education Manager/Coordinator as needed with education department related tasks
  • Serve as a lead diving professional and/or instructor for education programs
  • Organize and prepare supplies and equipment for field excursions and laboratory exercises
  • Lead or assist with in-water activities including swims, snorkels, and kayaks
  • Assist with intern development and internship programs as necessary
  • Participate and assist with execution of local outreach events and conservation activities on behalf of CCMI
  • Assist with preparation of education department related communications, i.e.: social media posts, email templates, announcements, etc.
  • Deliver CCMI lectures, coursework, and workshops
  • Provide administrative support to the education programs (e.g.: creating schedules, ensuring waivers are signed, etc.)
  • Assist with daily tasks associated with operating a study abroad program at a remote field station, such as assisting with mealtimes, transportation of visitors and relevant staff, and maintaining a clean and tidy facility
  • Serve as a useful and dependable employee of the Little Cayman Research Centre, who can be called upon to assist with any department as necessary

Required skills and qualifications

  • A degree or relevant non-profit/education experience in the field of marine science or marine conservation
  • Dive professional experience—minimum of six (6) months actively working as a dive professional
  • Experience with managing groups of students
  • Must be an active and insured PADI Divemaster (or similar) with First Aid, CPR and Emergency Oxygen Provider certifications
  • Must have a clean and valid driver’s license with ability to drive (or learn) manual transmission
  • Must be at least 22 years of age

The salary range is between USD $25,000 – $35,000, depending on experience. The package will include health coverage, and pension contributions after nine months.

Closing Date: March 23, 2024

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