Vacancy: Sea Turtle Biologist & Educator, North Malé Atoll, Maldives

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Position: Sea Turtle Biologist & Educator

Job Reference: PT001
Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
Start Date: 15 December 2021

This is a paid position with accommodation and meals provided.

Location: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, North Malé Atoll

Job Description

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Photo-ID research (turtle population monitoring)
  • Database management
  • Sea turtle nesting patrols and research
  • Providing the necessary care and first aid for entangled sea turtles (training provided)
  • Assisting with sea turtle dive and snorkels for resort guests and staff
  • Delivering presentations to resort guests, staff and local community members
  • Taking part in raising environmental awareness at the resort
  • Collaboration with NGO, research groups and individuals
  • Creating content for social media

Minimum Requirements

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

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in marine biology, zoology, environmental science or related field. Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree but extensive experience in conservation will be considered.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Dhivehi and English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Qualified SCUBA diver (Advanced Open Water or equivalent and above)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, the marine environment and conservation
  • Experience handling large datasets, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.


  • Experience working in a remote resort environment
  • Experience in a customer/guest facing role
  • Prior knowledge of R statistical language and analyses
  • Fluent in other languages
  • Knowledge of GIS or similar mapping software.

The Organisation

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is on a mission to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and rehabilitation, education and outreach and scientific research. 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, Kenya, Oman, Pakistan and Seychelles.

Furthermore we conduct research using Photo-ID methods to look at population stability, nesting activity and spatial distribution of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean. We have one of the largest turtle-ID databases in the world with just over 20,000 observations and work with an international team of experts to better develop the method.

ORP is excited to announce our new partnership with Patina Maldives, Fari Islands. Together we are looking to employ an enthusiastic sea turtle biologist who will join the team to lead our sea turtle research and awareness programs.

How to Apply

To apply for the position as Sea Turtle Biologist & Educator, please send your CV and a brief cover letter to Dr. Martin Stelfox at before 1 December 2021, quoting job reference “PT001” in the email subject field.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

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