Marine Field Assistant

Key West, Florida
Volunteer position with accomodation covered
Jan 26, 2019
Mar 27, 2019
Marine Research
Job Level
Entry level
Salary Type

Florida International University researchers are looking for two field assistants to participate in a 4-6 week field study of permit (Trachinotus falcatus) during the months of April – June in the lower Florida Keys.  We will be using traditional (rod and reel) and innovative (sonar, drones, advanced imaging, etc) technologies as well as working with local management agencies and guides to better understand and learn more about the lives of these fish.  These are volunteer positions and awarded participants will be responsible for transportation to the field location (Key West) and their own food, however, accommodation will be provided for the duration of the study.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-Data recording, entry and management

-Sonar equipment operation and maintenance

-Fishing gear prep, operation and maintenance

-Boat handling, prep, cleaning and maintenance

-General field station operations

-Heavy lifting (up to 50lbs)

Skills and Qualifications (preferred but not required):

-Experience with rod and reel light tackle saltwater fishing

-Knowledge of sonar systems

-Strong swimming or freediving skills

-Boating experience (at minimum pass the Florida Boater’s safety course)

If you are interested, please email your C.V. with embedded photo and a short (<500 words) statement of interest to Kirk Gastrich ( and Ben Binder (  We will contact first cut applicants to schedule phone interviews and announce our final selections shortly after.