CAREERS with manta trust

Please check back throughout the year, as new opportunities will be advertised here as and when they become available. You may submit a covering letter and CV to express interest via We will keep your details on record, but it is highly recommend that you re-submit them if a new vacancy becomes available that you would like to be considered for.




Photo courtesy of Jake Woodier, SharkFest 2018.

Photo courtesy of Jake Woodier, SharkFest 2018.


We currently have no vacancies.


ANNUAL Internships & Volunteering

Every year we offer internships with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, as well as advertise summer volunteer positions for the Mexican Caribbean Manta Project.

2019 applications are now closed.

If you are considering applying for the Maldivian Manta Ray Project internship in 2020,
find out more about applicant requirements below.



Interested in getting yourself fully immersed in the manta madness that the Maldives has to offer?

For three months, participants are involved in collecting vital data on the world’s largest-known population of reef manta rays, working and learning from researchers running one of the best-known manta research projects. The position gives first-hand experience of working as a manta scientist; operating from our dedicated research vessel, interns will cruise the atoll in search of mantas, and potential new aggregation sites. All data collected contributes to the database we have built up for over a decade and is used to inform both local communities and government officials to ensure protective measures are met for the successful conservation of manta rays and other megafauna.


Researcher Using a Stereo-video System to Measure a Reef Manta Ray, Dhandhoo Faru, Baa Atoll, Maldives © Guy Stevens, Manta Trust 2017.jpg

·        Applicants must be able to commit to one of two 3-month periods (June – August, or September – November). Applicants that are flexible and able to commit to either period will be preferred.

·        Due to visa requirements, applicants must have successfully completed a BSc degree in Marine Biology/ Environmental Conservation, or a related field, and be able to provide academic certificates and transcripts.

·        Minimum PADI Dive Master certification in active status (SSI/BSAC equivalent). Whilst diving is not a common activity for an intern, applicants without this diving qualification will NOT be considered.

·        Excellent swimming/snorkelling skills. A demonstrated ability to comfortably free-dive to at least 5m. You will spend a lot of time snorkelling down beneath manta rays to get photos of their ID spot patterns.

·        Physically fit – it is likely you will spend 4+ hours a day, 6 days a week swimming in the ocean. Mantas love to be uncooperative, and when conditions are rough/there is a current, it can be physically demanding.

·        A strong interest in manta rays, conservation and marine/environmental research.

·        Computer literate and comfortable working long hours at a desk. After a long day at sea, interns will be expected to spend 3 hours+ in the afternoon/evenings processing ID photo data in the office with the other researchers.

·        Fluent in spoken and written English (additional languages desirable).

·        Excellent guest relation and communication skills. Comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations.

·        Self-motivated individual with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude with a flexible approach to a diverse workload;

·        The ability to live and work as part of a small team in a multi-national, small & remote island resort environment, in an Islamic country in the tropics.