Research Internship at Central Caribbean Marine Institute

REPORTS TO: Research Manager


  • To assist with research programmes at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, conducted under the direction of the Research Director
  • Assist in all logistical planning, preparation, execution, and clean-up efforts of research programme activities under the guidance of the Research Technicians and Research Manager
  • To be a resource to any and all visiting research scientists
  • Assist with education, operations, and advancement/communications programmes as required


Your internship will entail working with a vibrant and dynamic group of educators and scientists. Your responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist in the delivery of research programme activities, including field and laboratory activities, with specific focus on acclimatization experiments.
  • Assist as needed with all research related scuba dives and coral restoration activities, including maintenance and cleaning of the nursery.
  • Assist technical research dives by serving as a deck hand when needed.
  • Facilitate research dives by preparing field equipment and supplies, printing data sheets, loading and offloading the boats, cleaning and properly storing equipment post dives.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and supplies, including upkeep of a tidy and organized lab environment
  • Enter data and organize spreadsheets
  • Attend weekly meetings with research team and station staff
  • Analyse data when necessary
  • Submit a research report at the end of the internship
  • Give at least one public presentation on focus research area
  • Conduct tours of the station
  • Contribute to the successful operation of a busy, remote field research and education station
  • Contribute to outreach when needed and provide relevant imagery to the advancement team for publications and social media


  • Preference given to Caymanian applicants or those with qualifying residential status
  • High school diploma required, preference given to applicants currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a university programme in a related field of study
  • Must be versatile and willing and interested in assisting with a variety of tasks
  • Must be comfortable in and on the water, particularly on boats.
  • Experience in coral reef ecological research, reef surveys, GIS mapping, photo and video interpretation, maintaining and calibrating instruments preferred
  • Scuba diving skills preferred; rescue diver certification level with 60+ dives are a plus
  • Good communication and analytical skills required
  • Experience in coral and fish identification, environmental awareness, interest in conservation all a plus


Position is for 3 months, beginning in September/October 2022, with potential to extend to 6 months. Room and board at the Little Cayman Research Centre provided plus living expenses up to $500 USD/month.


A complete application, consisting of cover letter, a full CV and contact details for two references (who will not be contacted without your consent) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 7 September, 2022, with the position, “Research Intern” indicated in the email subject. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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