Vacancies

We have multiple projects running throughout the year and each of these depend on the participation of volunteers, interns, and paid staff. For more information on our various projects, check out the Research pull-down menu in the navigation tab above.

Specific requirements for current vacancies will be listed below and advertised by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. So please do follow us to keep up to date! 

If there is a position you are interested in, please send us your CV along with a covering letter (300 word maximum) outlining why you wish to pursue a position with us and what relevant skills you can bring to our team. Please send all applications to vacancies@blueresources.org, using the appropriate reference specific to the vacancy in your subject header. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us at any point, feel free to drop us an email even if there is no vacancy currently listed and we will look at the feasibility of including you in one of our programs. 

We look forward to reading your applications, and hopefully welcoming you to our Blue Resources Trust team!



1. Research Scientist - Coral Reef Research & Conservation Project

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Blue Resources Trust (BRT) is seeking a motivated, dynamic, and independent individual to join our small team of environmentalists and marine biologists working to study, conserve, and manage marine resources in Sri Lanka. BRT Research Scientists oversee the implementation of field projects related to a specific thematic area. He/she will work with other team members to ensure the timely delivery of project outputs, ensure quality control, and provide regular reports related to the project. The Research Scientist will work closely with local and international partner organisations from universities, research institutes, government agencies, and the private sector in achieving project objectives. The ideal candidate will possess several years of marine field experience including undertaking underwater surveys, as well as a good working knowledge of Sri Lankan coral and fish species. The ability to work long hours in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, and under physically demanding circumstances is essential.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE:

  • Coordinate and implement field projects in Sri Lanka, and ensure project activities are executed on schedule.
  • Lead and support staff and volunteers carrying out coral reef research and conservation activities.
  • Support the development of education and awareness materials.
  • Liaise with relevant government agencies to obtain all necessary permits for fieldwork.
  • Provide financial reports and maintain accounts for project activities.
  • Maintain project records and ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Complete grant and donor reports.
  • Work independently and make decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of safety guidelines for boat operation and ensure that fieldwork is conducted in accordance with BRT safety guidelines.
  • Perform fieldwork on SCUBA or snorkel as a member of the BRT dive team.
  • Network with diverse groups, including conservation partners, government officials, donors, and general public to encourage support for BRT initiatives and goals.
  • Provide technical advice and site-level support, as needed, to other BRT field projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelors Degree and minimum 2 years experience in marine science, conservation, or related field.
  • Experience training and supervising staff and/or volunteers in conducting field research.
  • Experience communicating with the public, scientific community and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience in applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of coral reef ecology, field survey methods and species identification.
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent certification.
  • Minimum of 25 logged dives including research diving experience.
  • Valid driver's license and good driving record.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Coral reef, Sri Lanka
  • Master's Degree in science, conservation, or related field.
  • Experience in analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience in fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Previous experience in managing projects.
  • Ability to safely operate and trailer a small powerboat (less than 30 feet).
  • Current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen First Aid Certifications.

TYPE OF CONTRACT:

Full Time – one year 12 months (renewable).

REMUNERATION:

  • Commensurate with qualification and experience.
  • Work based travel within Sri Lanka

ELIGIBILITY:

This position is open to Sri Lankan nationals or those with a valid work authorization.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please email vacancies@blueresources.org with the following:

1.    CV (please include 2 referees)

2.    A cover letter (300-word maximum) telling us why you want to apply for this position, and a short description of your previous related experience(s).

Note: When emailing us, please state the position you are applying for, your name, and qualification in the SUBJECT header of the email:

BRT RESEARCH SCIENTIST_[FULL NAME]_[highest level of education].

For example: BRT RESEARCH SCIENTIST_SIRIPALA PERERA_BSc Geography

 

Applications will be accepted until Saturday, 15th September, 2018. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview as applications are received.


2. Social Media Volunteer

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Blue Resources Trust is looking for a Social Media Volunteer to support our team. Candidates with a keen interest in natural sciences are encouraged to apply. This is an unpaid, part time position.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • General awareness of the current status of environmental issues in Sri Lanka and globally, with an emphasis on marine science
  • Time and ability to draft up to fifteen unique social media posts per month across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - you will be responsible to coordinate with the research team and join weekly Skype meetings in order to create updates on the work and collaborations of BRT
  • Sinhala and/or Tamil typing skills preferred
  • Ability to edit photos (Lightroom or similar), and create short videos depicting our work
  • Ideally situated in Sri Lanka to visit our field sites

WHAT WE CAN OFFER:

BRT Fisheries Research
  • The opportunity to learn from and interact with a variety of experts in environmental research and sustainability (we have both national and international collaborations through our ongoing work)
  • Experience in marine research and conservation efforts
  • The opportunity to showcase your photography and videography
  • The possibility to participate in the field programs of Blue Resources Trust

HOW TO APPLY: 

To apply, please email vacancies@blueresources.org with the following:

1.    CV (please include 2 referees)

2.    A cover letter (300-word maximum) telling us why you want to apply for this position, and a short description of your previous related experience(s).

3.    Any examples of websites or social media accounts that you have managed in the past, and/or any videos or other material that you have created.

Note: When emailing us, please state the position you are applying for, your name, and qualification in the SUBJECT header of the email:

BRT SOCIAL MEDIA_[FULL NAME].

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For example: BRT RESEARCH SCIENTIST_SIRIPALA PERERA

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview as applications are received.


We look forward to hearing from you!