Job Vacancy in the Maldives:

Sea Turtle Biologist and Guest Educator


Position: sea turtle Biologist  and guest educator
Start date: 1st April 2018
Duration: i year with possibility to extend
Salary: 700 USD per month plus living expenses

There will be an 8-week probationary period, followed by a performance review. Performance reviews will take place every 6 months there after.

The Organisation

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is dedicated to removing and reducing the number of derelict fishing nets in the Indian Ocean and to protecting vulnerable marine turtles that fall victim to this ghost gear and habitat destruction. We achieve this by training volunteers to remove derelict fishing gear, safely rescue trapped animals, and record important information about the gear and animals entangled in it. Furthermore we conduct research using Photo-ID methods to look at population stability, nesting activity and spatial distribution nationwide in the Maldives. We have one of the largest turtle-ID databases in the world with just over 13,000 observations and work with an international team of experts to better develop and standardize the method.

Starting in early 2018, ORP will be partnering with Six Senses, based in Laamu Atoll in the Maldives. Together, we are looking to employ an enthusiastic sea turtle biologist who will join the team to lead our research and awareness programs.

Job Description

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Providing the necessary care and first aid for entangled sea turtles in preparation for relocation to ORP’s marine turtle rehabilitation centre (training provided)
  • Sea turtle nesting patrols
  • Photo-ID research
  • Leading sea turtle dives and snorkel excursions for resort staff and guests
  • Writing social media posts
  • Database management
  • Giving presentations to guests and staff
  • Taking part in raising overall environmental awareness at the resort
  • Evidence building to implement sea turtle protection on local islands


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications, experiences, and skills:

  • Minimum bachelors degree in Marine Biology, Zoology, or related field
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Qualified SCUBA diver (preferably advanced diver or higher)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, the marine environment and conservation
  • Knowledge of sea turtle nest excavation and monitoring


  • Experience working in a remote location with limited resources
  • Experience handling large data sets, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Prior knowledge of R statistical language and analyses
  • Fluent in other languages
  • Knowledge of GIS or similar mapping software.


Please send a CV and cover letter to Martin Stelfox at by 7th March 2018