Organization:  CIEE Research Station Bonaire

Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Duration: 13 Weeks

Period: 31 January through 2 May 2015

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2014

Description: The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation program is a study abroad program
for undergraduate students that is operated by the CIEE Research Station Bonaire (Southern
Caribbean). In addition to our study abroad program, our research station supports an active
research program including individual projects by faculty/staff and collaborative long-term
monitoring projects run by multiple faculty/staff. The Coral Reef Ecology Intern position is a
combination of teaching assistant, research assistant, and resident hall assistant. The intern will
assist in the academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, dive safety, student transportation, and
site security at the CIEE Research Station. The position duties include assisting with: preparations for
classes and labs as instructed by faculty; SCUBA diving in support of CIEE courses and research
projects; laboratory work on research projects; mentoring students; general errands at the research
station; and record keeping for the dive safety program. The internship is a 13-week commitment
with little down time and the normal work schedule includes weekend and evening duties. CIEE
interns are on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the duration of the internship.

Minimum Qualifications: BA/BS in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology/Ecology or Biological
Oceanography (MS preferred); scientific diving experience (minimum of 50 dives logged).

Requirements: Current certifications in First Aid, CPR, DAN Oxygen Rescue, Advanced Open Water
are required; DAN insurance, a comprehensive dive physical; valid driver’s license (manual shift
competency preferred).

Abilities/Skills: Knowledge of Caribbean Coral-reef species (fishes, corals, invertebrates, algae);
experience collecting fishes and analyzing fish behavior in a laboratory and field setting; experience
working with CPCe software; a commitment to education and research in coral reef ecology and
conservation; a willingness to work flexible hours, live on site, and manage undergraduate students
in residence at the station; the ability to work as a team member with CIEE staff to motivate students
and provide an excellent academic and personal growth experience for students.

Compensation: the internship comes with no stipend, but lodging and meals will be provided to the
successful applicant.

To apply:  Send a cover letter and CV listing contact information for 3 references.  One letter of
recommendation must be emailed from a major faculty member from your degree granting
institution to  For more information about the semester program please visit or our facebook page

Dr. Patrick Lyons