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

Job Reference: PT002
Application Deadline: When position is filled
Start Date: Immediately

Location: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Duration: One year with possibility to extend
This is a full-time paid position with meals and accommodation provided.

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.

Furthermore we conduct research using Photo-ID methods to look at population stability, nesting activity and the spatial distribution of sea turtles in the Indian Ocean. We have one of the largest sea turtle-ID databases in the world with over 30,000 observations, and work with an international team of experts to improve the method.

In late 2021, ORP partnered with Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, in the north of North Malé Atoll, to extend our outreach and data collection efforts in this very busy region of the country.

About The Position

We are looking for an enthusiastic sea turtle biologist to join the ORP team to lead our research and awareness programs in Northern North Malé.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Photo-ID research
  • Database management
  • Providing the necessary care and first aid for entangled sea turtles in preparation for relocation to ORPs rehabilitation centre (training provided)
  • Ghost gear retrieval and data collection
  • Assisting with sea turtle dives and snorkels for resort guests and staff
  • Delivering presentations to resort guests and staff
  • Taking part in raising environmental awareness at the resort and in the North Malé community
  • Evidence building to implement sea turtle protection on local islands
  • Creating content for social media


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

  • 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 English and Dhivehi
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Experience handling large datasets, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Qualified SCUBA diver, Advanced Open Water or equivalent and above is preferred
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Knowledge of, and a passion for, the marine environment and conservation


  • 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

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the ORP team as a Sea Turtle Biologist & Guest Educator, and fulfill the requirements for this rewarding opportunity, please forward your current CV, along with a covering letter stating your motivation for applying for the role to Make sure to include Job Reference PT002 in your email subject line. Please note that fluency in Dhivehi is a must.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.