Marine conservation internship in Thailand

Marine Conservation Internship

The marine conservation internship is open to students of biology, marine biology, oceanography and other relevant disciplines.

Working alongside researchers and volunteers, the marine conservation internship is the perfect opportunity for students to put into practice what they have learned during the year. It offers the chance to get some real hands on marine conservation and research experience, and contribute to an important study on the protection of the marine world. This research, which is fed back to the Thai government, is very important for protecting the future of marine life off the coast of Thailand. The conservation initiative also embraces the growing of coral nurseries to promote life under the sea.


We are looking for people to take part for a duration of either 4, 6 or 8 weeks in any study break. This could be over the Easter break or the longer summer break.

Alternatively, if you are on a gap year or looking to do this internship after university, you can take part in this at any stage throughout the year.

How long?

The minimum commitment for the internship is 6 weeks and up to 12 in 2 week blocks.

What’s it all about?

Everybody completes a 2 week training course regardless of their diving experience – this is both practical and theoretical. You will provided with the training to become a competent and valued member of the research team who will monitor, evaluate and conduct surveys to assess coral reef ecosystem health and resilience.

You will be working with a unique marine research organisation performing daily dives to help understand the local ecosystem and develop and implement methods in reef conservation. You will witness first hand how reefs degrade from physical damage, overfishing, climate change and contamination – and find out from the experts about the work they are doing to reverse this.

This project takes place off the island of Koh Pha Ngan, a diver’s paradise with stunningly beautiful coral in easy reach off the coast. Novices are very welcome as professional diving instruction is available.

On arrival you will be given a thorough induction course on diving and the research undertaken- and for those who are yet to experience diving, the PADI course is an exciting way to get to grips with this project.

Each day you will go out to sea to visit the coral reefs just off the coast. As an important member of the team, you will help with taking samples and measurements of the coral mass and biodiversity, monitor the marine life and conduct surveys. There will also be the exciting opportunity to take photographs of the coral and fish to help establish changes that occur.


All candidates will be interviewed by the course team before acceptance.

PADI courses are available for all those on the internship for an extra £425

This includes your airport transfer, accommodation, dive gear, full instruction and a comprehensive internship programme.

In addition to this you would need flights to Koh Samui, travel insurance, food costs and return to the airport.

For full information about this exciting internship opportunity please complete a booking form here and note that you are interested in the internship special price ( on acceptance we will apply this discount).

Please also feel free to contact Georgie if you have any questions: [email protected]  

14 responses to “Marine conservation internships in Thailand
  1. Hi,
    My name is Elliot Smith. I am in my second year of my Marine Biology & Oceanography at Plymouth University, and am currently looking for an opportunity for a placement year for my third year.
    I was wondering if OysterWorldwide knew of any job placements available to University students that relate to marine conservation?.
    I would appreciate it greatly if someone could get back in touch with me to help me find out more.
    Thankyou !

    1. Hi Elliot. Thanks for your message and your interest in getting involved in a placement year on one of our projects. It would certainly be something that we would be happy to look into for you. If you could send me an email on [email protected] explaining exactly your course requirements that would be great!

      Thanks for getting in touch


  2. Hi Anne!
    Do you guys do 22 weeks internship or temp job positions that at least covers accommodation ? I am a student from nanyang technological university ,studying bachelor of biological sciences (honors). Really keen in this area though=)

    1. Hi Ashleen! Thank you for your interest in this! Our usual duration is 12 weeks, which can then be extended!

  3. Hi,
    I am currently a third year Marine and Natural History photography student at Falmouth University, I am looking to develop my knowledge and skills in marine conservation, although feel my degree isn’t specific enough for the internship role
    I’m a qualified advance/ soon to be rescue diver and would love to work in a project like this to build relevant experience. Any advice on whether I could be of any help on this project would be great.

    1. Hi Jade

      Thank you for your message. It is great that you are keen to get involved and I think you would be a great intern as although you don’t have the scientific experience I am sure you would be able to bring other assets (because of your experience through your degree).

      It would be great to get you involved. If you have any questions please do get in touch.

      Best wishes

  4. Hello I was wondering if someone who is interested on pursuing marine biology as a career could participate with you? My sister would love this she is 16 years old and has always wanted to pursue this career.

    1. Hi Michelle, thanks for your message. It sounds like your sister is just the sort of person that we are looking for on this project – many of our participants are people wishing to go into this field of work and wanting to get some hands-on experience. She would need to wait until she is 17 to go, when she will need full parental permission. I hope that helps!

  5. Hi, I plan on being in Thailand in November and would love to be apart of this program. Can I please get some information on how to apply or signup?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Rachelle, thanks for your message, this is great to hear. You can book by completing our online booking form. We will get in touch with you then to answer any further questions that you have, find out more about you and get you all signed up to the program.

  6. hi there, after A levels i am hoping to take part in a marine conservation scheme but this will be before i begin university. i am open water diver qualified with PADI, and i study biology and chemistry and am hoping to continue in this field at degree level. My question would be that is this internship suitable for me or should i stick with volunteering.
    many thanks, sadie.

    1. Hi Sadie,
      Thanks for your comment! This internship would definitely be suitable for you 🙂 It is a volunteer position with all the benefits of getting experience working in underwater corals and also in the lab back onshore. As you are already PADI qualified, you would not need to spend time learning to dive, leaving you more time for research work 🙂
      Please get in touch if you have any further questions 🙂
      [email protected]

  7. Hi,
    I’m currently doing A-levels of maths, physics and chemistry but am interested in a future in marine conservation I plan do do an EPQ in marine biology would this internship be available to me ?

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