Frontier have contacted us about visiting the University in the Autumn to talk about their gap year opportunities in conservation, research and education across the world, looking at biodiversity and ecosystems. As with most of these organisations, their main focus is offering “volunteer” opportunities, where you have to pay to take part. Whilst these can be great for your CV if you’ve got the money to do them, they’re not always a realistic option, especially if you’ve just finished paying for a postgrad degree.
However, they do have some paid opportunties for postgrads to do research on some of their programmes, and they’re advertising right now. The current opportunities include Principal Marine Investigators (in Fiji and Madagascar), Research Officers (in Cambodia, Madagascar, Tanzania and Costa Rica) and Marine Research Officers (in Tanzania, Fiji and Madagascar). If you want to get a funded place, you’ll need to have some good field work and relevant experience already, and “solid writing skills”. Other places are also on offer, but on a self funded basis, for those looking to get experience. Even for funded places, don’t expect to get UK minimum wage (all these roles are overseas roles), but you do get food or subsistence, accommodation, travel and training paid for.
These will be sought after posts, so don’t delay if you’re interested. However, if you’re not ready for this sort of opportunity in the near future but want to know more, look out for the Frontier presentation (probably 28th October – though check nearer the time).