Vacancy: Veterinary Nurse, Marine Turtle Rescue Centre Maldives

The application deadline for this position has passed. No further applications will be considered.

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.

About The Position

This role is based at our Marine Turtle Rescue Centre on Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll. The 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 functions as a ‘Sea Turtle Univeristy’ model – a busy teaching hospital equipped with full blood laboratory, endoscopy, digital radiography, ultrasound, class 4 laser and full surgical suite.

We also operate a Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre in North Malé Atoll and have two more facilities nearing completion. Our Rescue Centre also hosts visiting veterinaians and veterinary students seeking to train in sea turtle medicine and rehabilitation for one to four weeks. Excellence in clinical care, innovation and teaching are our core values.

ORP’s Marine Turtle Rescue Centre for injured and sick sea turtles is looking for a veterinary nurse/technician to become part of our veterinary team at the centre, located at our partner resort Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll, Maldives. This position would suit candidates who wish to further their veterinary nursing skills in a highly specialised facility and with unique species, whilst gaining valuable infield experience working in tropical environments with sea turtles. Numerous clinical research opportunities are available and can be cultivated.

The ORP Rescue Centre Veterinary Team includes our onsite Resident Veterinarian, an intern and two to three Volunteers led by our off site Lead Veterinarian. You will be part of a close knit, friendly team who all work hard to achieve their goal of treating, healing and releasing as many sea turtles as possible. The work can be busy and demanding but it is very rewarding and engaging, and you will leave with an incredible appreciation for sea turtles, their medical care and their conservation in this part of the world.

Main Duties

The Veterinary Nurse will assist the Resident and Lead Veterinarians in all surgical procedures, anaesthetic monitoring and patient recovery, diagnostic imaging, blood evaluation, treatments and therapies, including therapeutic laser and acupuncture. In addition, the Veterinary Nurse will support the Resident and Lead Veterinarians and team in all operational aspects of running the Rescue Centre, including but not limited to:

  • Maintenance of clinic equipment
  • Maintaining cleanliness standards throughout the clinic and Rescue Centre
  • Patient feeding and medication administration
  • Stock checks and ordering of consumables and equipment for the clinic and rehabilitation centre
  • Maintaining cloud-based inventory, shipping & receiving, and invoicing systems
  • Maintaining cloud-based medical records systems, including PACS
  • Ensuring permits and SOP compliance
  • Supervision and coordination of volunteers and interns at the Rescue Centre
  • Maintaining clinical research datasets
  • Oversee the Rescue Centre and all patients and operations in the absence of the Resident Vet
  • Creating and posting content of our patients and being involved with our live social media events
  • Assist with educational outreach activities for resort guests, visiting school children and in the community


  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s (RCVS) level three diploma in veterinary nursing, Certified Veterinary Technician, or equivalent
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Confident communication and presentation skills
  • Ability or willing to learn blood evaluation including manual CBCs with differentials
  • Experience in using social media platforms and willingness to be on camera
  • Competent swimmer


  • Experience with exotics, preferably wildlife
  • Competent free-diver / qualified diver
  • Research experience
  • Other language skills

How to apply

The application deadline for this position has passed. No further applications will be considered.