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Research Internship


The Central Caribbean Marine Institute maintains active field research and education programmes in the Cayman Islands supported by a team of scientists, educators and operations personnel. We seek versatile, energetic, highly-motivated, mature individuals to work as interns supporting our programmes and activities. Our internships are 3-6-month paid work experiences for Bachelor’s and Master’s level early career scientists and environmentally aware individuals. The successful candidates will be actively engaged with a vibrant community of visiting and resident researchers, educators, and students. All CCMI interns should be highly capable college graduates. The work requires strong individuals, willing to work 6 days/week under some strenuous conditions, whilst living in a small island community. Interns receive a small living stipend, room and board at the research station, health insurance and some reimbursement for travel.


Research interns support the research program and must have a working knowledge of coral reef ecology and conservation to be considered for the position.

Education interns assist with the K-12, college and citizen science programmes and must have a working understanding of livestreaming communications and virtual learning.

Operations interns must be dive masters with all-around maintenance skills. The Field Station Intern assists the manager in all administrative and logistical activities related to visiting and resident groups.


Available 15 March 2018


The research intern supports field and lab research at the Little Cayman Research Centre. The intern will gain experience collecting ecological and environmental data and will help maintain the field station’s labs and equipment. The individual should have excellent writing and communications skills and have prior experience with some of the following: setting up field and laboratory experiments, conducting field ecological surveys, mapping, AGRRA surveys (fish, coral, recruitment, and algae surveys), tagging fish with acoustic transmitters, tracking fish, sampling fish for genetic studies, herbivorous fish feeding assays, maintaining corals in nursery settings and outplanting experiments, downloading and plotting field data from hobos, receivers, and weather instruments. When not engaged in research, the individual will assist the field station manager with the general operations including, for example, helping with meal services, facilities maintenance, giving tours and talks, filling scuba tanks and preparing boats for field work. If you have a Master’s degree, have logged 100+ dives, are certified as a divemaster, and are comfortable being an all-around support team member, we encourage you to apply. We provide room and board, a small monthly stipend, travel budget, and health insurance.


TO APPLY: Send a single file with your 2-page resume, letter of interest, and names of 3 references to Include “Research Internship” in the subject of your email.

Posted March 7, 2018

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