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Available now to April 2019

My name is Christopher and I worked as the Lizard Island Resort Naturalist from January - June 2017. I have recently returned to Australia to apply for permanent residency. The visa process prevents me to gain paid work until April but I am permitted to sign up for a Volunteer Work scheme for up to 3 months.

I am deeply fascinated by the work conducted at the Research Station and thoroughly enjoyed leading tours around the facility. Therefore, I would like to apply for a role as a Volunteer Research Assistant. I have a 1st class honours degree in BSc Biology from the University of Sheffield and have been involved in numerous marine based research projects over the years. I am able to conduct a range of research tasks including field/lab research, statistical analysis, report writing and presentations.

Since leaving Lizard Island in 2017, I have also gained an ECO Divemaster qualification - including advanced fish identification and reef check courses. I have been very lucky to dive across S.E. Asia and more recently the Maldives. As my fascination continues to grow I would like to push forward in my contribution to Marine Conservation and help you in any way possible. Registered 24 Jan 2019.

Available September to December 2018 and in 2019

Here's my info:
- Kate, USA
- Sept-Dec 2018, April-June 2019, Sept-Dec 2019
- I work a seasonal job and would travel to Aus/LI to assist researchers.
- I am a 'retired' coral biologist now living in the mountains and would like to continue to contribute to reef biology where and however I can.

- PADI Divemaster, 500+ hrs logged. I have 100+ hrs at Lizard Island, Also been diving at Keppel, Orpheus, Townsville, other sites of the northern GBR, PNG, Hawaii, Roatan, Mariana Islands, Japan and Palau (this May).
- I am current with O2, 1st Aid, and AS2299.
- I have extensive experience in the field, 90% of my diving has been for marine bio field work. I am a graduate of the JCU BSc and Grad Dip programs. More specifically I have assisted 5+ PhD students and professors with their field work at Lizard Island. I have worked on coral disease, cardinal fish habitat preference, reef fish mortality, chaetodon behaviour, reef diversity and functionality assessments, baseline and long term monitoring surveys, etc...

- I do well with island life. I am a good cook. I am good at jimmy-rigging anything above or below water. I am a certified yoga teacher and we can do some yoga if desired. I'm a non-smoker. I'm a hard worker and I like to be busy working. I am quick and efficient with data entry. I have boat driving experience. And more... Registered 4 Feb 2018

Available September 2018 to September 2019

My name is Matthew. I am available from September of 2019 for 12 months to September 2020. This is possible as I am as Biology Bsc student currently studying at the University of Bath and I have a placement opportunity in my third year.

Being a keen diver since the age of ten, I have always wanted to dive the GBR and now more than ever with the increasing threat of coral bleaching occurring. Furthermore, I would love to gain experience working on coral/ marine conservation and since watching the documentary 'Chasing coral' have become entirely focused on helping make a change - I believe this work will be the first step on that journey.

I am a qualified PADI dive-master with a total of 90 dives. 7 in Dahab, Egypt (Red sea); 12 in Oman (Gulf of Oman); 2 in Koh Lanta (Andaman sea), Thailand and the remainder in Gili Trawangan (Bali sea), Indonesia where I carried out my dive-master training. If accepted onto a research project I will complete all necessary preliminary requirements prior to my arrival including an AS2299 diving medical in Australia and also ensure my CPR training and emergency oxygen provider training is up to date.

In regard to field experience, I currently have little except what I learnt through the dive-master programme. However, I intend to gain work experience with the UK based CEFAS organisation this coming summer - thus would have experience in sampling and analysis on arrival in 2019/2020.

Through my time in the army cadet force in school I have learnt not to be fussy and to deal with uncomfortable living conditions, thus am perfectly competent for research in more strenuous environments others may have issue with. Furthermore, through this experience I have learnt discipline and organisation, which would be essential in such a research environment not only to ensure efficient use of time but also reduce irritation to co-researchers in the intense living conditions. I also have experience working in kitchens and the catering industry and could offer these skills to the research team during our stay. I do not smoke and am an easy going and communicative individual. Registered 21 Feb 2018

Available October 2018 to February 2019

My name is Matias and my country of residence is Argentina. I'm holding a working holiday visa and working in Port Douglas at the moment.

Divemaster since last year, and since then, because of my diving passion as well, my interest in marine conservation started growing a lot. I like this possibility to both dive and do something meaningful for the GBR.

I have a bit more than 150 logged dives, most of them in Greece (Mediterranean) where I did my Divemaster. I dived in coral reefs between December 2017 and February 2018 in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines) around 25 times and in the last month a couple of times in the GBR from Port Douglas.

As said in your website, if accepted into a research team, I will obtain an AS 2299 dive medical in Australia prior to the trip and I will obtain training and certification in first aid and medical oxygen administration as required.

My only experience in marine conservation was volunteering for a month in an Indonesian NGO called Manengkel Solidaritas in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. There was no diving involved at that moment but we worked together to create new MPAs and grow awareness of its benefits in the local villages. Besides my experience is not much, I'm willing to learn a lot about an experience like this.

I'm a chill and easygoing person. I don't have any problems when sharing accommodation and cooking with other people. I'm a non smoker person, and I know how to take care of myself since I've been doing that for the last 2 years of traveling alone. I really like cooking and I love diving. Registered 21 Sep 2018

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