Vacancy: Intern Sea Turtle Biologist, Laamu Atoll

Intern Sea Turtle Biologist, Laamu Atoll

Job Reference: SSLI003
Application Deadline: 1 August 2022
Start Date: 10 August 2022
Location: Six Senses Laamu, Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Duration: 6 month

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.

ORP in Laamu with Maldives Underwater Initiative

We have been based in the Maldives since 2013 and working in Laamu since 2018. The core of our work in Laamu is assessing the sea turtle population using photo-ID methods and researching and monitoring nesting activity at Six Senses Laamu and neighbouring L. Gaadhoo. In addition to this, we conduct educational activities for guests, island hosts, and the community.
In Laamu, we are part of the award-winning conservation group, Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI), one of the largest marine biology teams in the country. MUI includes Six Senses marine biologists, and researchers from partner NGOs Manta Trust and Blue Marine Foundation.

About The Internship

We are looking for an enthusiastic intern to join our team in Laamu and assist with ongoing projects and research. This is a rewarding opportunity for the right person and an opportunity to learn and become well-versed in sea turtle research.

The goals of the internship are:

  • Develop capacity for sea turtle conservation and research in the Maldives
  • Grow educational awareness of, and provide in-field experience in, marine biology
  • Assist the Sea Turtle Biologist in research activities
  • Assist the MUI team with guest education activities

The main projects the intern will be working on during the 6-month internship will be nesting research and nest monitoring, guest activities and photo-ID research.There will be flexible 8-hour workdays, reporting to the Sea Turtle Biologist. 

Main Activities

  • Be part of the Nest Watch Team, assisting with nesting data collection & nest monitoring
  • Assist the Sea Turtle Biologist with coordinating and recruiting volunteers for the Nest Watch Team
  • Assist the Sea Turtle Biologist with nesting research on L. Gaadhoo
  • Conducting photo-ID research on dives and snorkels
  • Maintain and update sea turtle encounter submissions in the database
  • Upload photo-ID submissions to Internet of Turtles
  • Give presentations to guests and staff
  • Leading turtle-focused snorkels with guests and help with kids activities
  • Assist Sea Turtle Biologist with improving and diversifying Kid’s Club activities.
  • Conduct dolphin cruises, Meet a Marine Biologist sessions at ICE when requested
  • Provide social media content     


  • Fluency in Dhivehi and English
  • Qualified SCUBA diver (minimum Open Water diver)
  • Confident snorkeler
  • 18+ years of age
  • Willing to learn and work as a part of a team


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working in a remote island
  • Passion for marine environment and conservation
  • Looking to be in marine conservation as a career

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the ORP team as an Intern Sea Turtle Biologist and fulfill the requirements for this rewarding opportunity, please forward your current CV, along with a cover letter stating your motivation for applying for the role to by 1st August 2022. Please include Job Reference SSLI003 in your email subject line.