Vacancy: Sea Turtle Rescue Centre Intern, Baa Atoll

Sea Turtle Rescue Centre Internship, Baa Atoll

Job Reference: RCBI001
Application Deadline: 15 October 2022
Start Date: Mid/End October
Location: Marine Turtle Rescue Centre, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Duration: 3 months with the possibility to extend

This is a paid internship. Meals and accommodation will be provided.
Fluency in Dhivehi & English is required.

About ORP

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is on a mission to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education and outreach. At the core of our work is a passionate and dedicated team of scientists, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers. We pride ourselves in being able to collaborate with a wide range of diverse groups in order to reach our goal and fill data gaps in sea turtle conservation. The charity is at the forefront of sea turtle conservation, influencing local policy makers, fishing communities and collaborating with research institutes. We currently have bases in Maldives, Oman, Kenya, Pakistan and Seychelles.

This role is based at our Marine Turtle Rescue Centre on Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll. The Rescue Centre opened in February 2017 as the first fully equipped marine turtle rescue centre in the Maldives in response to many sea turtles being found entangled in ghost gear. The centre has laboratory, x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy and surgical facilities and is run by the resident turtle veterinarian and veterinary nurse. The veterinary team also includes an intern and 3 volunteers, and some times a visiting vet.

About The Internship

We are looking for an enthusiastic intern to join our veterinary team at the Rescue Centre. This is a rewarding opportunity for the right person to learn and become well-versed in sea turtle care and husbandry, sea turtle research and the wider field of sea turtle and ocean conservation through the work of ORP.

You will be part of a close knit, friendly team who all work hard to achieve our goal of rehabilitating and releasing as many sea turtles as possible. The work can be busy and demanding but we promise you it is very rewarding and engaging, and you will leave with an incredible appreciation for sea turtles and their conservation in this part of the world.

There will be flexible 8-hour workdays, reporting to the Resident Veterinarian and Veterinary Nurse.

The goals of the internship are:

  • Develop capacity for to care for injured sea turtles in the Maldives
  • Increase knowledge of sea turtle care and husbandry and the wider field of ocean conservation in the Maldives
  • Inspire more people to study marine and veterinary sciences in the Maldives
  • Assist the veterinary team in caring for the sea turtle patients and running the Rescue Centre
  • Assist the veterinary team with education & outreach

Main Activities

  • Assist with triaging and treating turtle patients, including X-ray, ultrasound and surgery
  • Assist with daily husbandry and rehabilitation activities, including feeding the turtle patients, physiotherapy and practice-swims in the sea
  • Assist with rescues and releases
  • Assist with running the Rescue Centre, including tank cleaning, guiding visitors and the coordination of volunteers
  • Assist with routine monitoring of the sea turtle nesting beaches and hatching events when required
  • Assist with nest excavations and relocations when required
  • Help with data collection and data entry from nesting and hatching events and recovered ghost gear
  • Give educational presentations to guests, volunteers and staff
  • Assist with kid’s club activities
  • Provide social media content and assist with live feedings and streaming events     


  • Fluency in Dhivehi and English
  • 18+ years of age
  • Strong swimming / snorkeling skills, including in rougher conditions
  • Able to perform physical tasks easily (lifting turtles up to 35kg with another person, cleaning tanks etc.
  • Interest and passion for sea turtle conservation and an active desire to learn more and get involved in a variety of ways
  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to learn and work as a part of a team


  • Looking to be in marine conservation as a career
  • Free-diving skills
  • Experience working in a remote/resort island
  • Experience in a customer/guest facing role
  • Interest and/or experience with social media

How to apply

If you are interested in the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre Internship and fulfill the requirements for this rewarding opportunity, please forward your current CV, along with a brief cover letter stating your motivation for applying for the role to by15th October 2022. Please include Job Reference RCBI001 + Your Name in your email subject line.