February 03, 2017

WCS Manus field office has a vacant post to fill. 

This position will be confirmed once funding is made available.


Position:                     Research Assistant

Office:                        Papua New Guinea (PNG) Country Program

tart Date:                 February 13, 2017

Duration:                   9 months with potential for extension pending funding 

and performance review

Location:                    Lorengau, Manus Province

Reports to:                 Senior Marine Biologist



Since 2015, WCS (Manus Island) has undertaken a project titled ‘Strengthening local capacity of vulnerable island communities in Papua New Guinea for an ecosystem-based approach to resource management’. After an extended period of suspension of activities, the project has recommenced and will continue until December 31, 2017. The main objectives of the project, undertaken at seven coastal sites in Manus province, are to: 1) build community and local partnerships; 2) strengthen local capacity to manage local marine resources; 3) strengthen or implement marine management approaches; and 4) trial and replicate livelihood and climate change adaptation initiatives.


Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Marine Biologist, the Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting in facilitating a range of activities pursuant to strengthening marine and terrestrial food security at numerous coastal sites in Manus Province. The successful applicant will conduct field and office activities. Specific activities and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, desktop and field research, logistics, planning, acquittals, communications, community liaison/engagement and report writing.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in marine science, fisheries science, natural resource management or similar.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Must demonstrate strong verbal and written skills in English and Tok Pisin.
  • Experience with fisheries research or management is preferred.

Applications must be received by midday, Friday February 10. Please send a cover letter and CV via email to


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