Dream internship alert: Help save sea turtles at a luxury resort in the Maldives

The rescue center is fully decked out with surgical and diagnostic facilities to rescue, rehabilitate, and then release the turtles back into the wild.

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Love the ocean and want to do good by rescuing sea turtles who need your help? The Olive Ridley Project, whose mission is to clean up our oceans and help sea turtles, needs interns for two weeks during the month of August to work at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, a luxury resort in the Maldives.

It’s the first and only rescue center in the Maldives to be led by a veterinarian and is fully decked out with surgical and diagnostic facilities to rescue, rehabilitate, and then release our marine friends back into the ocean.

Your duties will include:

  • Attending rescue missions to collect turtles in need
  • Assisting with the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean
  • Observing surgeries and medical procedures
  • Cleaning holding tanks
  • Interacting with guests who visit the center and giving them information on the turtles staying at the center
  • Posting on the Olive Ridley Project’s social media platforms, to update on your personal progress and show a behind-the-scenes look of the Rescue Center.

The position is unpaid but includes airfare, accommodations in a guest villa, dining at the hotel’s Cowrie restaurant, a sunset cruise and a guided snorkeling trip.

Apply here via 2-3 minute video application and a 500-word cover letter detailing why you would be a great fit. No previous experience is required, but you must be interested in working in a related field. Due date is July 1, 2019.


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Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.