Marine conservation internships in Thailand

Marine conservation internship in ThailandMarine conservation internships now open for 2017 applications

After the great success of the marine conservation internships in Thailand in the past 5 years, we are delighted to open the applications for the 2018 period. The 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.

When?

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 Christmas break, 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 4 weeks. You can do this for either 4, 6 or 8 weeks.

What’s it all about?

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.

How much does it cost?

We are currently offering internships for 4, 6 or 8 weeks to students in the relevant field. An internship on this project will cost:

Trained divers: 4 weeks £1545.

Non divers: 4 weeks £1895 (to include your PADI qualification)

Each extra fortnight: £400 per fortnight

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 (from £700), travel insurance (from £30), food costs (about £5 per day) and return to the airport (about £10).

For full information about this project background have a look at our marine conservation internship website or contact Anne on anne@oysterworldwide.com.

Applications can be made online through the online form

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8 Responses to “Marine conservation internships in Thailand”

  1. Elliot Smith

    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 !
    Elliotl.

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    • Anne Smellie

      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 anne@oysterworldwide.com explaining exactly your course requirements that would be great!

      Thanks for getting in touch

      Anne

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  2. Ashleen

    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=)

    Reply
    • Anne Smellie

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

      Reply
  3. jade

    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.
    Thanks,
    Jade

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    • Harriet Wray

      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
      Harriet

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  4. Michelle

    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.

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    • Anne Smellie

      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!

      Reply

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