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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?

Applications are open to take New Zealand communicators or teachers on board the JOIDES Resolution, a state-of-the art research vessel that will be undertaking a series of scientific expeditions offshore New Zealand and in the

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Southern Ocean over the next two years. The expeditions are being undertaken by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), the largest geoscience collaboration on the planet and involving scientist from 23 countries.
The four expeditions that are now open for applications are:

  • Expedition 372: Creeping Gas Hydrate Slides and Hikurangi, 26 November 2017 to 4 January 2018.
  • Expedition 374: Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History, 4 January to 8 March 2018.
  • Expedition 375: Hikurangi Subduction Margin Observatory, 8 March to 5 May 2018.
  • Expedition 376: Brothers Arc Flux, 5 May to 5 July 2018.

Find out more about the expeditions here.

Applicants would need to be able to commit for the time period (one to two months) of the expeditions 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. It will be a great learning opportunity and amazing experience. 
All expenses are covered while on board the JOIDES Resolution but no salary is provided and the applicant will need to secure funding to travel to and from the ports where the vessel docks between expeditions. The New Zealand IODP Office will assist successful applicants in securing this funding.

More information can be found here (note the US application portal is now closed) 

Anyone interested in applying should contact the New Zealand IODP Office, nzodp(at) 

Applications CLOSED.

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