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.

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Skills Acquired

  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Certification
  • Intimate knowledge of coral reef ecosystems and processes
  • Intimate knowledge on Indo-Pacific coral, fish, benthic, invertebrate and disease identification
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modelling, diver operated Stereo Video System (SVS), benthic assays, and reef impact protocols (coral bleaching, coral disease, drupella spp. and crown of thorns starfish outbreaks
  • Data analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, EventMeasure, and AgiSoft)
  • ~50 training training and survey dives per month (weather permitting)
  • Experience working with Marine Scientists in a professional environment
  • Communicate science through community outreach activities
  • Career guidance and job placement training
  • 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
Anemone / clownfish fish in Apo Island, Philipines
  • PADI Open Water SCUBA Course (including PIC + Manual)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA Course (including PIC + Manual)
  • 10 day coral reef ecology & physiology lecture series
  • Workshops on Indo-Pacific coral, fish, benthic, invertebrate and disease identification
  • Underwater field training in 3-Dimensional reef modelling, diver operated Stereo Video System (SVS), benthic assays, and reef impact protocols (coral bleaching, coral disease, drupella spp. and crown of thorns starfish outbreaks
  • Data analysis of images using the most up to date software systems (CPCe, EventMeasure, and AgiSoft)
  • ~50 training training and survey dives per month (weather permitting)
  • Marine sanctuary fees
  • SCUBA equipment (you will need to provide your own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit)
  • All necessary field equipment
  • 24hr in-country support
  • 3x meals Monday to Saturday
  • Accommodation
  • 24hr internet access
  • Airport / ferry pick-up from Dumaguete
  • IMR T-shirt
Red sea turtle swimming under the surface of the sea in Dauin, Philippines

All prices are marked in Philippine pesos

Uncertified
(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)

Anemone / clownfish fish in Apo Island, Philipines
  • Flights
  • Visa (beyond 30 days)
  • Travel and Diving Insurance
  • Additional drinks and excursions
  • Recreational dives (available on Sundays)
Red sea turtle swimming under the surface of the sea in Dauin, Philippines

2019 Course Dates

Uncertified

Start Date End Date
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
23rd December 28th January 2020

OW Certified

Start Date End Date
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
29th December 28th January 2020

AOW Certified

AOW Certified End Date
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
31st December 28th January 2020

2020 Course Dates

Uncertified

Start Date End Date
23rd December 2019 28th January
24th January 28th February
23rd February 28th March
24th March 28th April
23rd April 28th May
24th May 28th June

OW Certified

Start Date End Date
29th December 2019 28th January
29th January 28th February
25th February 28th March
28th March 28th April
27th April 28th May
29th May 28th June

AOW Certified

AOW Certified End Date
31st December 2019 28th January
31st January 28th February
28th February 28th March
31st March 28th April
30th April 28th May
31st May 28th June

Additional Courses

Research Fellow

Research Assistant + Divemaster Internship

Research Assistant + Instructor Development