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Marine Resources Technical Assistant

Do you care about Bermuda’s ocean and want to make a difference? ​Apply to be an assistant to support the work of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources within the Ministry of Home Affairs. This Contractor will not be a Government employee but will be supervised by DENR Marine Resources staff. The role will include helping to conduct research and analyse data on a variety of marine species, stocks of “fish”, marine habitats and fishing practices, and working with Marine Resources staff to further the goals of Bermuda's Marine Spatial Plan and associated fisheries-related activities.

About BOPP

BOPP is a community-driven program to strengthen ocean protection and sustainable economic development in Bermuda. The program stems from a 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Bermuda, the Waitt Institute, and Bermuda Government and Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).
The goals of the MOU include developing and implementing:

  • a comprehensive marine spatial plan to sustainably manage Bermuda’s marine waters and fully protect 20%,

  • a blue economy strategy to promote economic diversification and growth, social inclusion, and livelihoods while ensuring environmental sustainability, and

  • projects to support improved fisheries management, where appropriate. BOPP builds on Bermuda’s goals and existing initiatives, employing an approach that is science-based, participatory, and inclusive.

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About the Position

  • Based in Bermuda and housed in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Citizen of Bermuda, or resident, with existing right to work in Bermuda. 

  • Full-time, 1-year contract position with strong potential for renewal during the continuation of the Programme.

  • Eligible for all public holidays.

Duties & Tasks

  • Assist Marine Resources staff in conducting original research, monitoring and collecting information on marine species and habitats, including both field and laboratory work.  

  • Help enter and analyse data using both spreadsheets and databases.  

  • Help produce reports and scientific papers on information and analyses.  

  • Support Marine Resources staff to further the goals of Bermuda's Marine Spatial Plan and associated fisheries-related activities.

Professional Qualifications

  • Proven time and project management skills. A Project Management Professional (PMP) is preferred but not required.

  • Reliable and responsive, and comfortable working across time zones

  • Experience in resource management or ocean protection will be an added advantage.

  • Experience engaging and supporting high-level public officials, stakeholders, and communities in complex public policy and consultation processes will be an added advantage.

  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation, report writing, and editing.

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


Personal Attributes

  • Ability to support, inspire, and facilitate with strong interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to engage effectively with a range of stakeholders including scientists, government, NGOs, and the public.

  • A superb professional and pragmatic personal presence.

  • Ability to solve problems strategically and creatively.

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