The vivid, multi-hued coral reefs support a dazzling array of tropical reef fish and provide rich feeding grounds for turtles, rays and other marine creatures, whilst the deep blue offshore waters support sharks, dolphins and whale sharks, as well as vast shoals of cruising pelagics.
Dive and snorkel to explore this pristine seascape and you'll discover and chart extensive areas of undamaged coral, find healthy populations of multicoloured fish, see turtles and marine mammals, and learn to recognise a huge diversity of inter-tidal animals from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones.
On shore apart from relaxing on the island's perfect, undeveloped beaches, you may have the chance to work in the lush mangrove forests, unique ecosystems which straddle water and land. You'll learn about the activities of the traditional fishermen as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted.
The work you carry out will be rewarding and exciting, and hugely beneficial to Marine Park's conservation efforts, as well as being amazing fun!
At the end of the day you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped to save this precious marine wilderness, protecting it for future generations.
Dive and snorkel to locate & map coral reefs ; Dive and snorkel to study the various coral reef communities ; Discover & record living organisms; Dive and snorkel to do underwater visual census of reef & commercial fish ; Assess algal & coral reef cover to determine the extent of coral bleaching & damage; Line intercept transects for benthic life & indicator invertebrate species; Record observations of the feeding habits & behaviour patterns of a range of marine life; Study the impact of dynamite fishing on the corals reefs; Report the effects of global warming on marine communities; Observe the impact of the marine-curio trade on endangered marine invertebrates
Addtional Notes: CV/Resume required; Minimum 2 month placement; Relevant academic qualifications to at least degree level ; Some experience of coastal zone or marine field work; Diving (you may be able to get diving certification prior to your internship).
Includes meals, accommodation, training, 24/7 emergency support and fundraising support