Current Research Volunteers

Researchers - contact LIRS if you want to be put in touch with any of the people listed below.

Available Oct to Dec 2016 and Feb to Apr 2017

My name is Anna *** and I’m writing to express my interest in volunteering as a research volunteer at Lizard Island. I am a University of New South Wales Graduation (BSc Marine Science; Honours first class) and have been working in Europe for the past year. I am planning to return to Australia in October and would love to gain some experience working at a research station; particularly one on the Great Barrier Reef.

I hold an open water divers certificate and have 30+ hours of diving. I am aware that more diving experience would be preferable, but I am keen to build my diving experience and I am willing to obtain an AS 2299 dive medical and undertake supplementary dive courses, such as the training and certification of first aid and medical oxygen administration, as you may see fit. What I lack in diving experience I make up for with experience in cataloguing samples, recording data and analysing results, which I have gained while at University in both my undergraduate and honours degree. I have experience using DIDSON sonars and can use ‘R’ and MatLab to a high standard. I have assisted with research analysis into heavy metals in Botany Bay and sampling of fish in Sydney Harbour to assess the presence of macro plastics in the food chain. My own hounours research looked into coastal geomorphology, but I believe that is highly relevant to coastal biodiversity, particularly in reef environments.

I am a quick learner and I generally only need to be shown how to do something once before I am capable of replicating it. I am available from the 20th of October through to the 24th of December 2016 and I will be available once more early next year (February – April 2017). Along with my formal qualifications, I have worked in a number of team support roles and I believe I would make a strong addition to your station team. I’m 30 years old and I can bring a diligent, hard working attitude while remaining laid back and I am easy to live/work with. I have spent the best part of my 20’s studying and travelling, and I understand the level of detail needed in scientific studies, which can lead to long hours in close quarters. Many of my previous employments were contracts in television production and summer camps, which involved working in high intensity, team environments for four-six weeks. I have always enjoyed these experiences and have built strong and lasting relationships through these employments. I enjoy working in a team environment but I also work well on my own, without supervision. I have experience cooking for large numbers of people, I will muck in and help wherever I can and I am quite good at motivating people in team environments. Aside from this, I am also really keen to gain some experience and utilise the skills I learnt at university in a real world setting. Registered 3 Sep 2016

Available Nov 2016 to Aug 2017

I am a US citizen currently residing in Cairns on a working holiday. It is my intention to live here until the winter so I will be available from November 2016 to August 2017.

My immediate background is in virology/infectious disease but I also have marine biology training. While in Australia I am hoping to continue to engage with the scientific community and I am also an avid diver. I am an American Academy of Underwater Sciences certified scientific research diver and have previously worked as a volunteer research diver in the Channel Islands off the coast of California (for which I can provide references).

During this time I assisted with the installation and removal of sensors (pH, salinity, dissolved carbon) on piers off of Santa Cruz and Anacapa Island. I am intimately familiar with the differences between research and recreational diving including the long days and the necessity of accomplishing a specific task within a short window of time. I am adept at improvising solutions in challenging or dynamic conditions.

Most of my diving has been cold water so I am looking forward to getting more warm water/coral reef diving experience. I have over 40 logged dives to a maximum depth of 100 ft. I am very comfortable in low visibility or strong currents and manage my air well.

If accepted as a research diver I will renew or obtain all necessary certifications and any other requirements such as first aid and a dive medical.

After living in Washington DC for two years, I would relish the opportunity to spend some time in a remote location. I also look forward to the ability to engage with researchers and learn about their work. I am particularly interested in marine virology and would love to learn more about this field.

I look forward to assisting any researchers who find me to be a suitable candidate. Registered 17 Oct 2016

Available Jan to Sep 2017

Hi my name is Samantha and I am interested in gaining hands-on research experience at Lizard Island Research Station. I recently completed a MSc in Marine Biology & Ecology at James Cook University in Townsville and have commenced another MSc in Fisheries Biology & Management to further my education. I am currently available from January to September 2017. However, please contact me to enquire about my immediate availabilities.

I am currently a PADI and AQF Rescue Diver (over 90 dives) and majority of my diving has been done on the Great Barrier Reef. I have experience assisting with scientific research as a scuba diver through Reef Check Australia and James Cook University. As a Reef Health Surveyor Diver with Reef Check Australia, I followed the Reef Check protocol to conduct benthic substrate, invertebrate, and impact surveys along transects while scuba diving on coral reefs in the Central and Northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef. The data collected is used to regularly monitor and report on the overall health of the Great Barrier Reef. This position required me to collaborate with a team of volunteers with different backgrounds and skillsets to coordinate research. I am also on the James Cook University Dive Register and I have assisted with James Cook University field work and research that required scuba diving, including a trip to the Keppel Islands off the coast of SE Queensland, Australia to examine the impact of sedimentation on inshore coral reefs. In addition, I have undertaken several dives at Reef HQ Aquarium to test out the functionality of electronic datasheets that can be used underwater on an iPad with an iDive case to capture data. I also have a Queensland Recreational Boat License and I am familiar with the operation of light, motorized watercrafts.

I am a quick learner, very detail oriented, and hard-working. I have undertaken fieldwork at Orpheus Island Research Station, Heron Island Research Station, and the Keppel Islands so I have experience working in remote locations with limited resources and shared accommodation. I am comfortable with physically and mentally demanding work: long, irregular hours, environmental extremes (heat, cold, wind, rain), and tasks requiring strength, dexterity, and mental acuity. I am low maintenance and very easy-going. I work well both independently and coordinating tasks in a team environment.

I have the following qualifications:
- PADI and AQF Rescue Diver (over 90 dives)
- PADI Reef Health Surveyor Diver
- First Aid
- Advanced Resuscitation & CPR
- Australian Standard AS 2299 (Occupational Diver) Medical
- Queensland Recreational Boat License
- Inducted onto the JCU Dive Register
- Inducted as a SCUBA Diver with Reef Check Australia
- Inducted as a SCUBA Diver at Reef HQ Aquarium

I keen to assist with any opportunities that may become available. Please contact me if you find that I am a suitable research volunteer. Registered 25 October 2016

Available March 2017 onwards

My name is Susie and I am really interested in volunteering at the Lizard Island Research Station.

I have recently graduated with a BSc in marine science and conservation biology from University of Western Australia. I also have a diverse experience working as a field research assistant and in aquariums monitoring tanks and looking after fishy friends. I have worked in a wide range of environments with various different animals including fish, marine sea turtles, Western Rock Lobster, common bottlenose dolphins and whales. I have done a lot of BRUVs (baited remote underwater video) analysis, looking at southern fish assemblages in Princess Royal Harbour, Albany. I have also worked as a field assistant collecting data on the abalone season for Department of Fisheries, WA. I also have a Rescue Dive Certificate and extensive scuba diving experience.

I would love the chance to make a positive contribution toward marine conservation in this unique part of the world. I’m essentially asking if I can get involved in any way. I am open to all opportunities. Registered 9 Dec 2016

Available March to July 2017

My name is Katt and I live in Australia, Perth currently. I am available March-July this year.

I have just graduated from a Bachelor of Science in Physics from UQ. And am currently waiting on getting my permanent residency visa.

I would love to volunteer because the Great Barrier Reef has always held a special place in my heart. I started diving there in 2008 and now advocate for reef conservation and attempt my best to educate people about our oceans.

I have been a PADI Instructor for four years now, and have over 500+ dives and 200+ certifications. I have dived in Egypt, Finland, Thailand, Vanuatu, Philippines and Australia.

I have my professional dive medicals, First aid training and O2 administration certifications.

I have attended some PLEA and FREA lectures, Point Lookout Ecological Assessment and Flinders Reef EA. I never managed to get in the water because I was either working at Go Dive Brisbane or studying physics.

I am a non smoker, vegan, I can cook pretty decent, am interested in photography and run a website. There I try and promote a conscious approach to eating, health and conservation.

I would love to be able to learn first hand from incredible researchers about our oceans to be able to pass the urgency of the knowledge to my students and followers. Registered 13 Feb 2017

Available May to September 2017

My name is Philippa, originally from the UK, but for the last 16 months I have been working as a Scuba Instructor and underwater photographer/ videographer in Maldives. I am available from May 2017 to September 2017, after which I have an unconditional offer to study MSc in Tropical Marine Biology in the UK. Despite this I would prefer to find a pathway in to this field through working and experience; therefore I am willing to defer my studies if an opportunity arises for me to get directly participate in projects or on going research, and give me experience and knowledge necessary to get more involved.

If accepted, I would be travelling to Australia specifically for this opportunity at Lizard Island, and I understand I would have to obtain an AS 2299 dive medical prior to arrival on Lizard Island, and my certification as an EFR instructor and OWSI would cover first aid requirements. Alongside working as a PADI Instructor and photographer/ videographer, I also give briefings to the resort staff and the management team regarding marine life and water safety, I have been monitoring and supervising the coral rejuvenation project here on our small island, and assisted UCIN Maldives in surveying the reef on our island, identifying potential zones for protection. I own all my own dive and underwater photography equipment, and I am enthusiastic to gain more knowledge and skills directly applicable to the environments in which I have spent so much time. Registered 1 April 2017

Available February to September in both 2017 and 2018

My partner and I (Dean and Ann) are very interested in signing up to the volunteer register for Lizard Island. We are both New Zealand residents (British citizens) and employed by National Institute of Water and Air (NIWA). We have recently been involved with an ocean acidification trial here at NIWA. We are both available annually from February to September.

We are happy to travel to Australia for the opportunity to assist in research and we are lucky that NIWA encourage personal development and have their support for leave. We are both Marine Biology students, studying our final year whilst working, and we are very passionate about the ocean and in particular coral reefs. We travelled to Papua New Guniea as part of our course to carry out coral reef surveys and have plenty of personal experience (600+ dives) diving on coral reefs. We are both PADI dive instructors. Our most recent diving has been here in NZ but our most recent coral reef dives were in Komodo and Raja Ampat last year.

We are both easy going hard workers keen to enjoy life and get as much experience as possible. We are no stranger to island life and the challenges one can face but are able to take it all in our stride. Should our NZ medicals and first aid certifications not meet the requirement for the AS2299 then we would be more than willing to complete these in Australia should we be accepted into a research team. Registered 2 April 2017


Information about the research volunteer program

Dr Anne Hoggett , Director, Lizard Island Research Station
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