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Seagrass Technician

23,330 P.A. ?
Swansea University

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Main Purpose of the Post

The main role in this post is to provide field based technical services and engagement support for activities associated with the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project funded by the WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue. In particular, the person will support activities coordinated by the PI (Dr Richard Unsworth).

Knowledge of Health and Safety regulations for research SCUBA diving and able to provide technical advice relating to temperate seagrass ecology and restoration as well as input to small environmental engagement activities.

Main duties:-
•Assist with the construction and maintenance of the seagrass ecosystem restoration facility
•Provide support to surveys and fieldwork (including diving based work)
•Undertake laboratory work as requested.
•Support work with external volunteers on the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project
•Contribute to communicating the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project to the wider community
•To work with stakeholders associated to the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project
•Undertake seagrass engagement activities associated to the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project
•To provide collation of data and analysis as requested.
•To maintain marine survey equipment.
•Promote excellent Health & Safety and Environmental awareness.

Person Specification
Essential Criteria:

•Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering professional services and solutions.
•Ability to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers.
•Demonstrable evidence of providing a caring approach to all of your customers ensuring a personalised and positive experience.

•BSc in marine biology or similar
•CMAS 3* diving qualification

•Experience of seagrass ecology
•Experience of environmental engagement work

Knowledge and Skills:
•Experience of marine biology field work
•Excellent IT skills including knowledge of MS Word and Excel.
•Evidence of excellent communication skills to be able to explain technical requirements to suppliers, manufacturers and to demonstrate or instruct students on the equipment.
•Willingness to undertake further training.

Desirable Criteria:
•Experience of leading marine biology field work.

Seagrass Ocean Rescue is a collaborative project between WWF, Cardiff University and the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass. The project aims to create a programme of activities to create the UK first major seagrass restoration project.

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