Marine Research Volunteers needed!

Tela Marine Research Center (TMRC)
September 2, 2019
Tela Bay, Honduras
Closing date
ASAP - until position is filled


Tela Marine Research Centre (TMRC) is a locally owned and run research organisation located in Tela Bay on the north coast of Honduras. Tela Bay is home to some of, if not the, healthiest coral reefs and mangrove forests in the Caribbean, but significant human activity is causing rapid degradation of ecosystem health.

In 2018, TMRC was instrumental in gaining protected status for the bay and we are now working with a large number of local organisations to design policy strategies to prevent further biodiversity loss across both its marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

TMRC is undergoing a period of rapid and exciting expansion and there are a number of ongoing projects that volunteers will get involved with.

TMRC runs four month expeditions, with the possibility of extending for a further four months when in country. We are a small operation therefore can only have four volunteers at a time. As a member of the TMRC team you will be working with two permanent staff members who will provide all of the training necessary to undertake our programme of activities.

There are no expedition fees but you are expected to cover your travel costs to Honduras. When in country, you will be provided with food, accommodation, training, and airport transfers.

We are currently recruiting for the 2019-2020 cycle and the following expedition dates are available:

Expedition 1: 1st October 2019 to 1st February 2020 – (Application deadline 30th August 2019)
Expedition 2: 1st February 2020 to 1st June 2020 – (Application deadline 29th November 2019)
Expedition 3: 1st June 2020 to 1st October 2020 – (Application deadline 27th March 2020)

We are keen to recruit highly motivated volunteers with a passion for the marine environment and conservation. There are a limited number of places available on each expedition, therefore there is a competitive application process. Ideally volunteers will have a SCUBA diving qualification (PADI Open Water or equivalent), and experience with ecological survey techniques is beneficial but not essential.

For more information about Tela Marine and the activities and projects you would be assisting with, please follow this link to view their expedition page.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position please send a CV and covering letter to, and we will contact you to arrange a time for an informal interview.

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