Researching information for the preparation of environmental and social studies mainly for the description of the :
Biological environment; and
Socio-economic and cultural heritage environment.
Though the role will focus predominantly on marine studies, the candidate may be required to contribute to field data collection studies for ambient noise, ambient air quality, soils and groundwater and terrestrial ecology;
Develop a comprehensive understanding of applicable local and international legislation and standards;
Obtaining and assessing information and data through desktop studies;
Data handling, data entry and statistical analysis;
Preparation of figures and maps in GIS;
Organizing personal fieldwork and, at times, that of others including arranging access to sites, conducting risk assessments, arranging accommodation, conducting preliminary site visits, and compiling recording sheets;
Conducting marine environmental field surveys with components that include marine water, sediment and ecological data collection;
Assist with instrument calibration, testing and troubleshooting tasks;
Monitor the performance of field data collection systems, evaluate marine and weather sensor data; and
Additional tasks to support the environmental team as might be required.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to beinvolved in a wide range of projects that focus predominantly on the marine andcoastal environments in the Middle East.
The candidate will be expected toparticipate in and contribute to activities throughout the full range of theproject life cycle.
This includes contributing to designing and conductingenvironmental baseline surveys, assisting with environmental impact assessments,conducting environmental monitoring, contributing to the design of monitoring programsand targeted conservation strategy studies, as required.
The following skillsare required :
Candidates should have a postgraduatequalification in Marine Ecology, Oceanography, Marine Science, CoastalEngineering or a related discipline;
Specialism in marine ecology is desirable,preferably with fieldwork experience in the Arabian Gulf and / or Red Sea;
A good knowledge of biological statisticalanalysis;
Knowledge of the environmental conditions in theUnited Arab Emirates is essential;
Experience in environmental consultancy orenvironment focused non-governmental organizations is preferable;
Knowledge of, and experience of working with,Geographical Information Systems;
Excellent report writing skills. Fluency inboth written and spoken English is a fundamental requirement. SpokenArabic is considered advantageous;
SCUBA dive certification required;
UAE driving and boat skipper licenses preferable;and
Fieldwork is conducted during the summer monthsso the ability to work outside in high temperatures and high humidity is also aprerequisite a minimum of 1 day per week in the field is expected.
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