Freshwater Lake Ecology Lecturer

Operation Wallacea


Volunteer • Full Time Heather Gilbert

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife, environmental education

Closing date: Wednesday, 1st April 2020  

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes across 13 countries worldwide.

We are currently recruiting one Freshwater Lake Ecology Lecturer to work at our site in Nkhata Bay, Lake Malawi between 26th June and 2nd August 2020. Lake Malawi is a unique freshwater system with incredibly diverse cichlid populations, and our research focusses on the speciation mechanisms that drive and maintain this high level of diversity.

The position will involve giving a series of ecology and conservation-based lectures to school students aged 16-18, facilitating student workshops, presentations and other interactive learning tasks and leading in-water practical sessions in underwater survey techniques. Applicants should have a BSc or higher (MSc preferable) in a biology related degree and some experience in both field work and teaching.

As in-water supervision is required, successful applicants will ideally be Divemaster or above. However, candidates with relevant marine knowledge and teaching experience may also be considered with a rescue diver qualification. Freshwater experience is essential.

In return, successful applicants receive full accommodation and food on-site, potential current and future research opportunities, networking and skills development, and of course the opportunity to contribute towards long-term conservation efforts. Flight bursaries may be available for more experienced staff.

This position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found, so please apply as soon as you can to give yourself the best chance. Our positions do involve working with minors so, if successful, you will be asked to complete a background check.

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