Sea Education Association (SEA), www.sea.edu, invites applications for a Coral Reef Teaching Fellow. 

About SEA: SEA is a non-profit educational institution and an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has educated undergraduates about the world’s oceans through its Boston University accredited study abroad programs. Our programs emphasize experiential learning through field experiences. 

SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer who strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQIA+ candidates.  SEA is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.  We’re a dynamic organization in search of a multi-faceted person who can provide strategic and day to day leadership in all areas of development including annual fund, comprehensive campaign execution, alumni relations, board relations and stewardship. 

Program Overview: Coral Reef Conservation: Caribbean is a fully shore-based undergraduate program. Students will be taking multi-disciplinary courses to study coral reef conservation through a holistic lens. The program begins with 6.5 weeks in Woods Hole followed by 6.5 weeks in the Caribbean. We will spend ~10 days at four different locations in the Caribbean. At each location, students will conduct chemistry and ecology surveys of shallow-water coral reefs using snorkel-based techniques. Students will use this data for hypothesis-driven research. 

Overall Responsibilities: The Coral Reef Teaching Fellow will work closely with the Principal Investigator to accomplish science and learning goals of the program. They are focused on ensuring our scientific equipment is functioning well, assisting with snorkel surveys of coral reefs and student projects, and managing photographic repository and datasets. In addition, they may be asked by faculty to help with other program needs while in the Caribbean (e.g., transporting students to snorkel sites). 

Major Tasks 

  • Maintain scientific instruments which includes programming for deployment, deploying instruments on the reefs, retrieving data, and general maintenance. 
  • Facilitate student classes for practicing species identifications, analyzing photoquadrat images, entering data, and working on final presentations and papers. 
  • Assist with snorkel surveys which includes laying down and retrieving transects, helping student prep, assisting with fish and invertebrate identifications, and generally helping monitor student safety and enforcing snorkel policies. 
  • Manage photograph database and datasets. Ensure standard protocols are being followed for uploading, naming, and saving photo-quadrat images; ensure standard protocols are being followed for data entry; double-check data for accuracy; assist students with image processing in CoralNet. 
  • Advise student research projects. 

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in relevant fields (e.g., marine biology, oceanography, ecology, etc.), experience conducting snorkel-based field research, and current rescue diver or lifeguard certification (or willingness to obtain certification before program begins). Preference will be given to candidates with coral reef research experience, teaching experience, and advanced degrees. Candidates must be able to identify common Caribbean reef species or be willing to learn before the program begins. 

Date(s): We are hiring for two Coral Reef Conservation: Caribbean programs. Each appointment would be ~8 weeks. The fall semester would be from mid-October to late November. The spring semester would be from mid-March to late April. There may be additional 1-2 meetings before the official start date. Ideally, the reef technician can be present one week earlier in Woods Hole to assist with snorkel training, test scientific instruments, and to meet students and learn about their research projects. 

Salary: $7,800 for 72 days (10 weeks in program and additional prep time) 

Applicants should submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and three professional references to aelder@sea.edu 

A review of applications will commence on July 15, 2024 and will continue until positions are filled.