Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Research Assistants (RAs) experience a unique opportunity to assist our Science Staff in the attainment and processing of all data collected from the Dauin Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project. This one-month course is intended as an introduction into marine conservation science.

Research Assistants will not only learn practical, theoretical, problem-solving and analytical skills that will enhance their prospects as future conservationists, but will learn how to communicate science to local stakeholders through school education and community outreach programs.

View 2019 Course Dates

Skills Acquired

  • PADI Open Water + Advanced Open Water Diver Certifications.
  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Ecosystems and Processes.
  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Species Identification within the Coral Triangle.
  • Experience cultivating innovative research methodology.
  • Experience operating advanced underwater survey equipment.
  • Data processing, statistical and analytical skills.
  • Experience working directly with Marine Scientists.
  • Career guidance for prospective Marine Scientists.
  • Communicate science through Community Outreach Activities.
  • ~50 training and science dives over 4 weeks.
  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
  • No SCUBA experience necessary.
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science (or equivalent) is preferable but not essential.
  • Minimum 1-month commitment.
  • Available to begin the Research Assistant program on the 1st of each month.
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Course (Including PIC and Manuals)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Course (Including PIC and Manuals).
  • Airport or Ferry Pick-up from Dumaguete.
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals Monday – Saturday (Inlcuding Water, Tea and Coffee on site).
  • Internet Access
  • In-country Support
  • All training and survey dives (~50 per month)
  • 11x Coral Reef Ecology and Species Identification Lectures conducted by experienced Marine Scientists
  • IMR T-Shirt
  • Welcome and Good-Bye Dinner

All prices are marked in Philippine pesos

(5 weeks)
Open Water Certified
(5 weeks)
Advanced Open Water Certified
(4 weeks)
₱155,000 ₱135,000 ₱120,000

* Those requiring Open Water and/or Advanced Open Water training will be required to arrive one week prior to the start of the Research Assistant program (begins on the 1st of each month).
** Gear hire available for additional PHP 1,080 per month

  • Flights
  • Visa (beyond 30 days)
  • Travel and Diving Insurance
  • SCUBA Equipment (Gear hire available)
  • Additional drinks and excursions
  • Recreational dives (available on Sundays)

2019 Course Dates


Start Date End Date
24th January 28th February
20th February 28th March
24th March 28th April
23rd April 28th May
25th May 28th June
23rd June 28th July
24th July 28th August
26th August 28th September
23rd September 28th October
24th October 28th November
24th November 28th December

OW Certified

Start Date End Date
29th January 28th February
25th February 28th March
28th March 28th April
27th April 28th May
29th May 28th June
27th June 28th July
29th July 28th August
29th August 28th September
27th September 28th October
29th October 28th November
28th November 28th December

AOW Certified

AOW Certified End Date
31st January 28th February
28th February 28th March
31st March 28th April
30th April 28th May
31st May 28th June
30th June 28th July
31st July 28th August
31st August 28th September
30th September 28th October
31st October 28th November
30th November 28th December

Additional Courses

Research Fellow

Research Assistant + Divemaster Internship

Research Assistant + Instructor Development