Summer Internship – Cayman Islands

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has an immediate opening for a Research and Education Summer Intern to assist with the long-term assessment and monitoring program and the education programme at the Little Cayman Research Centre. Fieldwork includes completing reef coral and fish surveys, lionfish density surveys and research on juvenile coral community structure and assisting the Scientist in Residence with fieldwork and outreach activities.

We seek a well-organized individual who is an excellent communicator preferably with an MSc in Marine Science and a dive master level certification. The intern should have experience in coral reef research protocols, basic underwater photography, and the ability to compile large databases.  He/she will have a unique opportunity of gaining field and lab research experience and  working with students.

The position is a physically demanding position. Summer interns are required to contribute to the day-to-day maintenance, administration, and upkeep duties at the research station for 8- 10 hrs per week. The Research and Education Intern will be responsible for maintaining the wet and dry labs.

Examples of such duties include assisting with breakfast preparations, clean-up at the research station, and administrative duties as needed by the CCMI Director of Operations.

Research Assistant Intern Responsibilities include:


  • Assist with collecting, processing, and archiving data from the Long Term Monitoring Project.
  • Collect and process seawater samples, measure juvenile corals, photograph tagged juvenile corals, and conduct lionfish surveys.
  •  Complete a Final report of research completed, analyze data, compile databases from prior years research.
  • Assist the Director of Operations with maintenance of the Coral Reef Early Warning System pylon.

Research Administration:

  • Gather results, papers (pdf format), and posters from all of the research completed by resident scientists, visiting scientists, and students and ensure this is up to date on the CCMI website and file copies in the CCMI File Store.
  • Maintaining lab and field equipment by helping to keep the inventory up to date and materials clean/organized


Intern should have prior relevant experience in coral reef biology research as well as excellent communications and writing skills. The intern should have data analysis skills and be capable of working independently on a small remote island. Dive Master Certification preferred.  Hold an MS Degree in marine related science.


Beginning  15 June 2011;   6 days/week, full-time.


Room and Board at the Research Station (shared accommodations) and $250 per month stipend.

Interested candidates should submit a single pdf file with a letter of interest and a CV accompanied by copies of two references.   Send applications via email to FAO: Dr Carrie Manfrino at  CCMI Is an equal opportunity employer, appointments are made regardless of nationality.

Caribbean Field Station: Little Cayman Research Centre, North Coast Road, PO Box 37, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands,  KY3- 2005.  Manager: Rob Hedges, (345) 9948-1094, 321-8732.