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Onboard Education Officer/Teacher at Sea

Fancy volunteering to work with scientists on cutting-edge research projects on a floating Earth science laboratory?

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The JOIDES Resolution, a state-of-the art research vessel has been undertaking a series of scientific expeditions offshore New Zealand and in the Southern Ocean over 2017 and 2018. These expeditions are being undertaken by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the largest geoscience collaboration on the planet and involving scientists from 23 countries.

Applications are open to take a New Zealand communicator or teacher on board the ship for the final expedition in our region:

This expedition aims to discover how the southern Pacific Ocean was affected by pronounced climate changes in the early Cenozoic, between 60 and 35 million years ago. Knowledge from this poorly studied but critical region will greatly advance our understanding of how oceans function during times of global warming.

The successful applicant needs to be able to commit for the full two months of the expedition, as there are no stopovers. The ideal person would be a great communicator, outgoing, adventurous and able to translate exciting science to the general public and schools via video, blogs, live ship-to-shore video events, and social media. Knowledge of Te Reo Māori and experience working with Māori and Pasifika students or communities is an advantage. All expenses are covered while on board the JOIDES Resolution but no salary is provided. Travel to and from the ports where the vessel docks (Lyttelton and Papeete, Tahiti) is covered by the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium.

More information on the outreach officer position can be found here.

To apply, send an up-to-date CV and expression of interest to the New Zealand IODP Office at nzodp(at)

Your expression of interest should list two referees and include a one-page outline of what projects you’d like to undertake while on board.

Applications CLOSED.

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