Wildlife conservation and community volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Volunteer for Marine Conservation: Safeguarding Our Oceans' Future

"The ocean's power of regeneration is remarkable - if we just offer it the chance .... We are in reach of a whole new relationship with the ocean, a wiser, more sustainable relationship. The choice lies with us."

Sir David Attenborough

Understanding the Importance of Marine Conservation

Our oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface, serving as home to an estimated 2 million species, or about 50% of all species on Earth. These marine ecosystems play a vital role in regulating the planet’s climate and supporting countless human livelihoods. Yet, they are under increasing threat. Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed, and climate change-induced warming leads to widespread coral bleaching. These dire statistics highlight the urgent need for marine conservation.

The Role of Marine Conservation Volunteers

Volunteering in marine conservation offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the protection and restoration of our oceans. Projects range from data collection for scientific research to direct conservation actions, such as protecting endangered marine species and restoring degraded coral reefs. As a volunteer, you can make a significant impact, helping to counteract negative trends and restore marine biodiversity.

Volunteering as a Stepping Stone Towards a Career in Marine Conservation

Marine conservation volunteering can serve as a launchpad for a rewarding career in this field. Volunteers gain hands-on experience, learning about marine ecosystems, species identification, data collection techniques, and conservation strategies. This practical knowledge is invaluable in academic and professional settings, providing a competitive edge for further studies or job applications in marine biology, oceanography, or environmental science.

Be Part of the Solution with Marine Conservation Volunteering

By joining a marine conservation volunteer project, you become part of a global network of individuals committed to safeguarding our oceans. Collaborating with experts in the field, you’ll contribute to vital conservation efforts and learn how science, policy, and local community engagement intersect in the fight to protect our marine ecosystems.

Discover our diverse range of marine conservation volunteer projects. Embark on an adventure that combines impactful action, learning, and personal growth, while contributing to the health and longevity of our planet’s vital marine life.

Our Projects with Marine Conservation

  • Pacific Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

    • Duration 1 - 12 weeks
    • Prices from £430

    Volunteer with sea turtles in Costa Rica on our Olive, Green and Hawksbill Ridley turtle research programme on the spectacular Pacific coast of Costa Rica on the amazing Playa Hermosa, at Punta Mala beach.

  • Blue Lagoon Coral Reef Project, Mauritius

    • Duration 1 week to 3 months
    • Prices from £695

    Volunteer in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring and marine conservation volunteer and internship programme, which includes coral reef farming and restoration, lagoon monitoring and sea turtle research in the beautiful Blue Bay Marine Park.

  • Seychelles Island Conservation Volunteer Programme

    • Duration 2-4 Weeks
    • Prices from £708

    Join various island and tropical wildlife conservation projects within the beautiful Nature Reserve on Cousin Island in the Seychelles. These projects are aimed at conserving the natural environment of the island that include sea turtle monitoring, bird ringing, habitat conservation and censuses of tortoises, skinks and geckos.

  • Playa Tortuga Conservation Volunteer Project, Costa Rica

    • Duration 1 week to 6 months
    • Prices from £470

    Volunteer in Costa Rica and live and work in a biological research station and take part in sea turtle, butterfly, caiman, crocodile, tree boa, monkey and mammal research and environmental education. Coral reef restoration option available too.

  • Coral Reef Restoration & Diving Project, Bali

    • Duration 1 - 8 Weeks
    • Prices from £755

    Join our reef restoration mission in Bali! Empower local communities to bring new life to the northeast coast. As part of this reef restoration programme, help construct and deploy artificial reefs, dive up to 8 times a week to monitor progress, and be a part of restoring the beauty of Bali’s reefs.

  • Caribbean Reef Buddy Diving Project, Carriacou, West Indies

    • Duration 1 Week+
    • Prices from £615

    Become a Caribbean Reef Buddy volunteer and join us on the beautiful island of Carriacou near Grenada. Try some Caribbean diving, learn to dive in the warm, crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and play an active part in our exciting marine conservation projects.  Also an opportunity to kick-start your diving career with our Eco Divemaster programme!

  • Statia Conservation Volunteer Project, St. Eustatius, Caribbean

    • Duration 8-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £180

    Volunteer in the Caribbean on the stunning island of St. Eustatius, in the Dutch Antilles, overlooking St. Kitts in the Caribbean Sea

  • Maldives Island Volunteer Project

    • Duration 1-12 Weeks
    • Prices from £1695

    Volunteer in the Maldives and join our sea turtle conservation, coral reef restoration and medical projects within the tropical island of Naifaru, the capital of the Lhaviyani Atoll.  We also offer a student vet programme and a family sea turtle eco programme too.

  • Coral Reef Conservation & Diving Project, Thailand

    • Duration 2 - 12 Weeks
    • Prices from £1295

    Join a marine and coral reef conservation project on Koh Phangan island in Thailand’s Samui archipelago. A great opportunity for students looking to gain diving and scientific research experience in a stunning tropical setting and kickstart a career in marine conservation.

  • Watamu Sea Turtle Volunteer Project, Kenya

    • Duration 2 Weeks+
    • Prices from £980

    An opportunity to take part in Kenya sea turtle conservation involving research and monitoring, working at a turtle rehabilitation centre and protecting nesting sites along the Watamu Coastline.

  • Galapagos Conservation Volunteers

    • Duration 2 to 12 Weeks
    • Prices from £1465

    Volunteer on a range of wildlife conservation and environmental projects on Isabela island, Galapagos. Join a dynamic team of volunteers and local staff while supporting the unique ecosystem of the Galapagos islands.

  • Dolphin Research Volunteer Project, Greece

    • Duration 1-4 weeks
    • Prices from £700

    Volunteer on this dolphin and monk seal research project in the Ionian Sea and help to ensure the long-term survival of Bottlenose and Common Dolphins and Mediterranean Monk Seals.

Sir David Attenborough

"The ocean's power of regeneration is remarkable - if we just offer it the chance .... We are in reach of a whole new relationship with the ocean, a wiser, more sustainable relationship. The choice lies with us."

Sir David Attenborough
Weird and wonderful marine life:

Weird and wonderful marine life:

  1. Bioluminescence: Some marine creatures, such as the anglerfish and certain species of squid, have the fascinating ability to produce their own light, known as bioluminescence, which they use to attract prey or communicate.
  2. Immortal Jellyfish: The Turritopsis dohrnii, also known as the ‘immortal jellyfish’, can revert its cells back to their earliest form and grow anew, essentially granting it immortality.
  3. Giant Blue Whale: The blue whale is the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth, measuring up to 30 meters long and weighing as much as 200 tonnes. Its heart alone is the size of a small car!
  4. Octopuses Have Three Hearts: Octopuses have three hearts; two pump blood to the gills, while the third pumps it to the rest of the body.
  5. Dolphin Sleep: Dolphins sleep with one eye open! They have the ability to let half their brain sleep while the other half remains alert. This unusual method of sleeping is known as unihemispheric slow-wave sleep.
  6. Peacock Mantis Shrimp: The peacock mantis shrimp has the fastest punch in the ocean. It can swing its claw so fast it boils the water around it and creates a shockwave that can kill prey, even if the claw misses its target.
Consuming seafood responsibly:

Consuming seafood responsibly:

  1. Sustainable Seafood Certification: Look for credible labels that guarantee sustainability. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) are recognised globally.
  2. Avoid Overfished Species: Avoid consuming species that are overfished or have vulnerable populations. Bluefin tuna, Atlantic cod, and swordfish are some examples.
  3. Choose Lower-Trophic Level Fish: Opt for species lower on the food chain, like mackerel, sardines, or anchovies. These reproduce quicker and in larger numbers, making them a more sustainable choice.
  4. Local and Seasonal Seafood: Try to consume local and seasonal seafood. Importing seafood contributes to carbon emissions, and consuming out-of-season seafood can disrupt the breeding cycles of marine species.
  5. Responsible Farmed Seafood: Choose farmed seafood that adheres to responsible and sustainable aquaculture practices. Rainbow trout and barramundi are often farmed sustainably.
  6. Avoid Seafood with Destructive Fishing Practices: Avoid species caught using destructive fishing methods such as bottom trawling. Shrimp/Prawns and orange roughy are often caught this way.
Taking action for marine life:

Taking action for marine life:

  1. Reduce Plastic Usage: Single-use plastics are a major threat to marine life. Minimise your plastic consumption by using reusable bags, water bottles, and straws.
  2. Sustainable Seafood Choices: Make sure to consume seafood that is sustainably sourced. Avoid overfished species and choose seafood certified by trusted bodies like the MSC.
  3. Beach Clean-ups: Participate in or organise local beach clean-ups. This can significantly reduce the amount of waste that enters the ocean.
  4. Conserve Water: By using less water, we can reduce the amount of runoff and wastewater that eventually finds its way back into the ocean.
  5. Responsible Tourism: When visiting the beach or going diving, avoid touching coral reefs or disturbing wildlife. Follow guidelines for responsible marine tourism.
  6. Raise Awareness: Educate others about the importance of marine conservation. Encourage friends, family, and community members to take action too.