Ocean Career: Seagrass Restoration Tech Swansea University

Swansea University’s vision is to transform lives and futures by providing an outstanding academic environment with a balance of excellence between world-class teaching and research, driving impact that is enabled by effective regional and global collaborations.

The Seagrass Ocean Rescue project, Department of Biosciences at Swansea University, is seeking to appoint a Research Technician in seagrass restoration. The successful candidate will work closely with Evie Furness and Associate Professor Richard Unsworth alongside the Project Seagrass team to help deliver a major Seagrass Restoration experiment in the Solent and isle of Wight region.

More details about the research work of the group can be found here – https://www.projectseagrass.org/programmes

This fixed term position is directly linked to the WWF funded project to improve our understanding of how best to undertake seagrass restoration in the varied marine environments of the UK. The successful candidate will provide ongoing support to the Solent Seagrass Ocean Rescue restoration project. This will involve taking part in and preparing for coastal and marine surveys. The individual will need to work professionally and enthusiastically to support the wider Project Seagrass / Seagrass Ocean Rescue team and have a passion for engagement and communication. They will also need to be solutions driven and have the ability to deal with organizing complex field logistics. The candidate will be comfortable working long fieldwork hours and assisting with mundane laboratory and aquaria tasks. It is expected that the successful candidate will have good data management and analysis skill and be able to conduct basic report writing.

Good communication skills, prior experience of team working, UK based marine field work experience, and good knowledge of MSOffice are essential. Experience in report writing and an entry-level understanding of seagrass restoration is desirable. Boat skills and CMAS level 3 SCUBA qualifications are desirable.

  • Provide support for the Solent Seagrass Ocean Rescue restoration projects.
  • Conduct coastal and marine surveys.
  • Collect and collate data and perform data processing/database manipulation.
  • Basic report writing.
  • Support outreach events such as festivals and school visits.
  • Support training events for citizen scientists to use the app ‘Seagrass Spotter’ and monitoring method ‘Seagrass Watch’.
  • Organise field logistics.
  • Comfortable working long fieldwork hours.
  • Assist in aquarium maintenance.
  • Work professionally and enthusiastically to support the wider Project Seagrass/Seagrass Ocean Rescue team.
  • To be solutions driven.
  • Maintaining a clean and safe working environment.
  • Provide occasional support and guidance to project students and laboratory visitors.
  • To maintain a detailed laboratory/field book.
  • To deliver project objectives to the highest standard.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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