Location: Dawasamu , Fiji
Department: Operations
Employment Type: Full-Time
Minimum Experience: Experienced

About the role

GVI Fiji is looking for a passionate, proactive, responsible individual to assist with the Marine Conservation science programme in Dawasamu, Fiji. The district is known by many for its lush jungles, dramatic volcanic mountain sides, and colorful coral reefs. As a GVI Science Coordinator in Fiji, you will work on the marine science conservation project. Your days will consist of different types of activities including training international volunteers in marine species identification and scientific monitoring techniques, coral reef surveys, data entry, management and analysis.

What you will do

  • Ensure a high quality of training and development of volunteers and staff
  • Delivery of presentations, workshops, and study sessions to volunteers.
  • Responsible for overseeing the completion of all sites by close monitoring of the Science Officer team
  • Connect and liaise with in-country partners to build and maintain relationships, ensuring projects are locally driven and have maximum valuable impact
  • Entering and checking data collected during surveys.
  • Analysing data and completing an end of year report to send to our partner organisations.
  • Responsible for increasing the projects scientific output through the publication of research papers, and the presentation of posters at international conferences.
  • Design local development theory in line with GVI central theory, and implement project monitoring across participants, staff, community members and partners.
  • Maintain dive equipment to a high standard.
  • Maintain health and safety standards across all programs and the base.
  • Complete financial and overall reporting of the hub.
  • Provide recommendations and liaise with Central Support to develop and implement new programs and initiatives as required.
  • Ensure the successful implementation and delivery of all GVI marketing and internal communication initiatives

Please note that it is GVI Policy that all staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What you will need

  • MSc/BSc in biological sciences or conservation
  • Minimum PADI OWSI
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office & statistical analysis
  • Emergency First Response Instructor


  • Evidence of team leadership and of simultaneously managing multiple science projects
  • Significant experience of science monitoring techniques
  • Extensive scientific research experience

The following additional experience would be beneficial for this role:

  • Previous experience living in a remote location
  • Previous experience volunteering
  • Familiarity with Indian Ocean species
  • Boat handling and boat engine maintenance/repair experience

What we offer 

Package includes:

  • Monthly salary
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance

In addition, GVI has the following perks:

  • Training fund
  • Social allowance
  • Leadership development
  • In-house counselling support
  • Growth opportunities across our 17 locations!

About us

GVI is an international multi-award-winning social enterprise on a mission to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference. We run programs in 13 countries worldwide aligned to the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

GVI is a platform for personal growth, and our staff have the ability to develop themselves across teams, departments, and even locations! We value passion, authenticity, entrepreneurship and innovation and treat all of our stakeholders with respect and compassion above everything else.

You can find out more about the types of work we do, and who we are as an organization here.

To apply

Please submit your CV / complete the short application form / along with a detailed cover letter explaining why you feel you will be the best candidate for this position.

Please note: We will do our utmost to respond to all applicants, however, given the large volume of applications we receive, this isn’t always possible. If you do not hear back from us within three-four weeks, please take it that on this occasion your application was unsuccessful.