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 are looking for a highly motivated, creative communicator to join our team, who shares our vision of a sustainable future for the oceans, where manta rays and their relatives thrive in healthy, diverse marine ecosystems. The Manta Trust is a UK-registered charity formed to conserve mobulids through research, education and collaboration. The Media & Communications Manager will join the core operations team at the heart of our global network; working to support the Maldivian Manta Ray Project and our affiliated projects in over 20 countries.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled digital communicator with excellent web and graphic design skills, a practical knowledge of managing digital communications projects and a flexible team member who can be relied upon to meet deadlines. Someone who is as adept at communicating with scientists as conveying and translating sometimes complex scientific concepts with a range of stakeholders from corporate sponsors to school children; and inspiring people to care and take action for manta rays. An extremely organised individual who is good at managing their time and juggling a varied workload; happy working independently and as part of team.

If you are brimming with exciting, innovative ideas that can help us better engage and grow our online audience, to bring manta conservation to the mainstream media and raise vital funds to support our work, then you might be a perfect fit.

This is a full-time (approx. 35 hrs per week), home-based consultancy (self-employed) role. Remuneration will be dependent on experience. Initial contract length – one year.

Core Responsibilities will include:

·         Managing all aspects of the Manta Trust’s social media platforms and monthly newsletter.

·         Support the implementation of the Manta Trust’s Fundraising & Communications Strategy through the design and delivery of engaging and novel media initiatives, including the planning and production of short films.

·         Create professional-grade versions, including proof-reading, of Manta Trust documents; including proposals, reports, core charity documents, leaflets and fundraising materials.

·         Lead on the creation and distribution of press releases, media kits and press engagement strategies.

·         Source and create exclusive content for The Cyclone Member’s Hub.

·         Managing the Manta Trust Media Archive and dealing with all media enquiries.

·         Represent the Manta Trust at educational or fundraising events.

·         Maintenance of the Manta Trust website.

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Essential Skills:

·         Proficiency in using Adobe Lightroom for Photo Archive management, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for the creation of custom digital graphics. Has access to at least Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.

·         Familiarity with website design and maintenance i.e. Squarespace, Wufoo.

·         Forward thinking, innovative, and creative mindset and personality, that will help push Manta Trust’s mission forward through the use of social media.

·         Excellent communicator and team player, capable of working independently, as well as part of a small team.

·         Excellent writing and proof-reading skills; high attention to detail.

·         Excellent time-management skills and ability to work to a deadline.

Prior Experience:

·         Social media management.

·         Creating media content, including digital graphics and short films.

·         Excellent understanding of marine conservation issues and the work of the Manta Trust.

·         Knowledge in communications and/or campaign strategy execution and implementation.

·         Organising and driving public events and raising funds for charity.

·         Degree in Biology / Zoology / relevant biological science, OR in Marketing / Fundraising / Digital Communications, OR equivalent relevant experience.

Desirable Skills

·         Proficiency in using Adobe InDesign and/or Premiere Pro. Has access to the entirety of the Adobe Creative Cloud services.

·         An understanding of media licenses and contracts, and experience managing media and press enquiries.

·         Ability to compile reports on social media analytics.

·         Familiarity with social media management software (e.g. Buffer App) and MailChimp.


How to Apply

Please send PDFs of your cover letter and CV to with ‘Media & Communications Manager’ and your name in the subject line. Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length, and your CV no more than two pages. Please include links to examples of your creative work e.g. web and graphic design, short-films and social media campaigns you have created.

Closing date

23.59 (UK) Friday 24th March – applications will be reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and interviews may be conducted prior to the closing date.


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.



Interested in getting yourself fully immersed in the manta madness that the Maldives has to offer?  Well the opportunity has now arrived - The Manta Trust is excited to announce that applications for an internship with the Maldivian Manta Ray Project in 2019 are now open!

For three months, you will be 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 will give you 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 will contribute to the database we have built up for over a decade and will be 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 (1st June – 31st August, or 1st September – 30th 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). Please give details of diving experience and number of dives logged. 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

·        All food, shared accommodation and internal flight transfers will be covered.

·        The position is voluntary and thus NOT paid – you must bring your own ‘pocket money’.

·        International flight expenses to/from Malé International Airport must be borne by the intern

·         Interns will be required to take out their own insurance cover, including but not limited to, travel and personal liability insurance.

Equipment Requirements:

·        Personal Laptop with photo editing software (e.g. Lightroom)

·        Dropbox Plus Subscription (minimum 1TB storage space)

·        Camera equipment (incl. underwater housing and SD cards) - GoPros are not recommended!

If you are interested, and meet all requirements please send PDFs of your CV/resume (maximum two pages), and a covering letter (maximum one page) to, quoting the reference above and your name in the email title e.g. ‘Internship Application #MMRP2019 Joe Bloggs’. Please also specify which of the two internship periods you are available to join, and if you have a preference. 

This is an extremely popular and highly competitive opportunity, so really try and impress us if you want to stand out! It should also be highlighted that completion of this internship may present the opportunity to work with the Manta Trust in the future. We look forward to reading your application.

Deadline for applications is 24th February 2019 @ Midnight (00:00) GMT



Cost: $1,300 USD per month. This includes accommodation and field trips but does not include flights or food during the program. Volunteer positions are limited to 10 individuals per month. Months currently AVAILABLE: June, August and September 2019.

Key responsibilities:

• Follow your instructor indications at any time and procedures related with the task assigned to your person.
• Maintain and update the project’s database.
• Perform data analysis and assist with preparing scientific publications, grants applications etc.
• Create outreach materials for schools, and communities about marine megafauna and wider marine conservation.
• Maintain equipment and contribute to keeping accommodation facilities clean and in order.
• Conduct fisheries surveys.
• Conduct interviews with local community stakeholders connected with mantas and mobulas.

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• Minimum 18 years old.
• Commitment of minimum 1 month of the program.
• Marine biology or similar background.
• Environmental or conservation previous work experience.
• Designers / Engineers / Marketing also welcomed.
• Excellent swimming and snorkeling skills.
• Willing to work sporadic and occasionally long hours on a boat (it is very sunny and hot during those months).
• Strong passion for marine ecosystems/ manta rays/ conservation/education.
• English with intermediate level minimum.
• We are in a Spanish speaking country. Applicants with some level of Spanish language knowledge will be given special consideration.
• Creative and innovative person.
• Computer skills (excel. power point, word, photoshop, graphs).
• Comfortable working long hours at a desk.
• Friendly and enthusiastic personality.
• Comfortable to share work, and housing with other people.
• Can relate with people of different backgrounds

Please send your application with your resume / CV, and a covering letter outlining your goals and motivations (max 2 pages) to : Please title your email with the following reference: “NAME-Volunteer App Caribbean 2019”.

Deadline for applications for 2019 is the 03 February for May, June, August and September applicants!