As a science officer intern you will have hands on experience of what it is like to work at a marine conservation NGO. This position is ideal for applicants interested in gaining more experience in marine ecology, biology and conservation. You will have the opportunity to learn how to manage, teach and lead volunteers in our continuous marine monitoring program and daily conservation activities. You will learn the in and outs of MCP and how we work from in-water training of volunteers to being able to interpret data collected by volunteers. This opportunity should give you the experience and skills you need, to take your next step in a career in marine conservation.

This internship is only for people, who...
  • Complete at least one Skype interview prior to starting. 
  • Able to commit to a six month program on set start dates, to be discussed upon application.
  • Must have or obtain a valid international drivers license prior to coming. 
  • Must be fluent in English and at least Advanced Open Water Diver Certified, with expectations of receiving rescue diver certification while at MCP.

Ideally we would like you to:

  • Bring own laptop for work and data entry.
  • Have a degree in Marine Biology or a related field.

In addition to the above, any of the following skills or qualifications will aid you in selection for the internship:  Being a professional diver, being able to speak Tagalog or Visayan, having strong IT skills, having experience from similar volunteer programs elsewhere.

It is possible to become a professional diver (divemaster and/or instructor) through MCP, but this would have to precede your science officer internship.

Our Expectations

You are comfortable taking a leadership role, and have the people skills to manage volunteers and other interns at dive sites and on base.

You are willing to learn our monitoring methodology and you will exhibit the highest regards to our safety standards and procedures without compromising scientific validity of our systems.

You are a team-player, and are willing to work closely with existing long-term staff and are happy share input to staff and interns on any areas that you feel need refining.

You are conservation oriented and share your ideals with staff and volunteers through a role model stance.

You can work independently, and can lead different presentations, afternoon activities and community events.

What We Provide

  • Mentoring on site;
  • Weekly meetings to assess and provide feedback on project direction;
  • Usage of all the MCP facilities;
  • Training on safe conservation diving practices and monitoring methods; This is typically one-on-one training on the ins and outs of MCP and our monitoring program both in and out of water.
  • An inspiring and fun working environment of local and international conservationists, volunteers and scientists
  • 66% reduction of volunteer fee. You will only pay $150/week. This includes three daily meals; tea, coffee and water; various snacks; basic dorm accommodation; free scuba diving and use of dive gear; marine park fees.
  • You can join up to two PADI dive courses (not including tec-diving, divemaster or instructor training) but you have to pay for the certification and books. (typically 65-85 USD – course)
  • When available during your stay, private housing shared with one other intern with private bathroom.  (This is subject to availability, and intern seniority)

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