May 16, 2019

Coral Reef Research Associate

  • Cape Eleuthera Island School
  • Cape Eleuthera, Eleuthera, The Bahamas
Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) in collaboration with the Perry Institute of Marine Science (PIMS) is seeking a full-time Research Associate specializing in coral reef restoration.  Successful applicants will play a central role in a multi-year national research program entitled “Reversing the Decline of Bahamian Coral Reefs”.

Successful candidates will be based on the CEI campus, which is found on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, although the candidate will be required to travel regularly throughout the Caribbean. The candidate will receive substantial remote support from PIMS scientists. For more information on CEI, please visit and for more information on PIMS, please visit

The position is suited for early career scientists that are enthusiastic about working at a non-traditional academic institution that supports strong integration between research, education, and outreach.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Lead a small research team to complete the objectives of the “Reversing the Decline of Bahamian Coral Reefs” initiative

Brainstorm and develop new research initiatives under the guidance of CEI and PIMS staff

Seek and assist in fundraising efforts

Analyze data and prepare manuscripts for submission in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Recruit, coordinate, train, and manage grad students, research interns, and volunteers

Provide logistical support for visiting scientists

Represent CEI and PIMS at local and international events

Teach one semester per year at the Island School.

Liaise with CEI and PIMS social media coordinators to raise awareness about your research

Other Duties

Willingness to travel periodically to assist with related projects throughout The Bahamas

Skills and Qualifications

Education – MSc in Biology or a related field, preferably with a track-record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Coral Experience – Experience with standardized coral reef surveying methods such as AGRRA or similar (e.g. GCRMN)

Teaching - Prior teaching experience, preferably across different age groups.

Public speaking - Excellent public speaking and presentation skill

Team Management - Experience in team management

Diving - PADI Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent.

PADI Divemaster is preferred.

Boating – Experience with handling small boats.

Adaptability – Able to survive and thrive in a small and tight-knit community located in a remote part of The Bahamas.

Commitment to Organizational Mission – this position requires commitment to the wider mission and values of The Cape Eleuthera Island School.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience

Accommodation, on-campus meals and individual medical insurance

26 days of paid vacation per year

Eligibility for matching retirement plan after two years of service

Professional development opportunities


This is a full-time/part time/contractual position with annual review.  The Cape Eleuthera Island School and its related entities operate year round and working hours vary depending on needs but are typically Monday-Friday (40 hours/week), however, evening and weekend work will be required.  Special events will require periods of time outside of normal working hours when staff must be on site for extended periods.  The successful candidate should expect, and desire to work a variable and mission driven schedule.


Applicants should submit electronically in PDF format to

1. Letter of application that states career interests, why you would like to work for the Cape Eleuthera Island School/Division and your relevant experience and qualifications for the position.

2. Current resume.

3. Three references (to include name, address, telephone number and email address) familiar with the applicant's work.

 The anticipated start date is August 2019.

 We are a Bahamian equal opportunity employer.