On all sail training voyages, a Scientist in Residence (SiR) will be on board. Their role is to provide science outreach activities that fit around the sail training activities. While sail training is the main objective of the voyage, SiRs are there to add value by engaging willing trainees in citizen science and other scientific and conservation activities that enhance the trainee’s understanding and connection with the ocean environment.
On STEM and Science voyages, a STEM Lead will be on board. Their role is to deliver STEM and/or ocean science sessions on board and ashore. These sessions are an integral part of the trainee’s experience, and professional crew and STEM Leads will discuss voyage plans and arrange for times and location set aside for STEM activities.
STEM Leads and SiRs have an undergraduate degree (or are in the process of obtaining one) in a relevant natural science and some experience with outreach and working with young people.
Scientists may or may not be accustomed to working on ships or sailing, but the role requires the participation in the ship’s induction, health & safety training, and it is desirable that scientists are willing to develop an understanding of the ship’s routine and operations and help out (under supervision) with operations, such as sail handling, mooring, RIB launches etc. when necessary.
The role requires excellent team working and communication skills, adaptability to changing situations, high levels of self-motivation and flexibility, willingness to look out for and support trainees and fellow crew members.
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