Internship in lab tech

Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • Noumea-based position (New Caledonia)
  • Fisheries Lab
  • Join the principal development organisation in the region



The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. In pursuit of sustainable development to benefit Pacific people, our organisation works across more than 20 sectors. We are known for our knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience, and conservation of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) Division is located at SPC’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia, and comprises the Oceanic Fisheries Programme (OFP) and Coastal Fisheries Programme (CFP). The Oceanic Fisheries Programme provides scientific support for the management of fisheries for tuna and associated species, with a strong focus on stock assessment and modelling, fisheries monitoring, data management and ecosystems management.



Valérie Allain, Senior Fisheries Research Scientist (SPC, FAME-OFP-FEMA, New-Caledonia)

En collaboration avec :

Elodie Vourey, Senior Research Officer (SPC, FAME-OFP-FEMA, New-Caledonia)



Within the Oceanic Fisheries Programme, the Fisheries and Ecosystem Monitoring and Analysis Section conducts various studies on the biology and ecology of tuna and other organisms of the pelagic ecosystem. Those activities require fieldwork to collect data and samples as well as laboratory work to analyse those samples.

The intern will contribute to sample and data collection activities, and to sample analyses in the laboratory. The intern will particularly contribute to the analysis of the micronekton assisting the senior research officer for identification and measurements of collected specimens, for the management of the specimen collection, for the collection of data and recording of data in the database. The intern could also participate to other tasks such as the analysis of fish stomach content, genetic sampling, sample inventories for the specimen bank, collection of data at port, bibliographic research.


Key selection criteria


  1. Qualifications
  • Relevant 2-4 year-technical or university graduate degree, in fisheries or environment science, taxonomy, biology, ecology, zoology or a related discipline or equivalent experience.


  1. Technical expertise
  • Laboratory technics,
  • Knowledge in animal anatomy,
  • Bibliographic research.


  1. Language skills
  • Good communication skills in French with a good knowledge of English, or good communication skills in English.


  1. Interpersonal skills and cultural awareness
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that contribute to building productive relationships and partnerships across SPC and with stakeholders,
  • A team player, with the ability to work effectively as a member of interdisciplinary teams and in a multicultural setting,



Terms and conditions


Required start date – during first semester of 2019

Contract Duration – 4-6 months


Stipen – Monthly stipen of 550 euros

Benefit – airfare to Noumea


Languages – SPC’s working languages are English and French.

Equal opportunity – SPC is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment is based entirely on merit; in cases where two short-listed candidates are judged to be of equal rank by the selection committee, preference will be given to Pacific Island nationals.



Application procedure


Closing date: 31st of January 2019


Please use SPC’s online recruitment system to lodge your application:

Hard copies of applications will not be accepted.

For your application to be considered, you must provide us with:

  • an updated resume
  • a cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in this position

Please ensure your documents are in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format.

Type: Temporary - Local

Category: Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems

Reference ID: AL000163

Date Posted: 21/12/2018