Marine Conservation Diving Volunteer

Blue Ventures
February 27, 2020
Atauro Island, Timor-Leste
Closing date


Marine conservation diving volunteer

Where: Timor-Leste (Atauro Island)

Role description:
Volunteer with Blue Ventures in the unexplored natural paradise of Timor-Leste and you’ll assist an international team of marine biologists and field scientists surveying the most biodiverse waters in the world. Working from the remote island of Atauro, Blue Ventures’ volunteers have the opportunity to gain real marine conservation and field scientist experience whilst making meaningful contributions to our marine conservation research and coastal community work.

About Blue Ventures:
Since 2003 we have been working with volunteers to develop locally led marine conservation initiatives in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies.

By joining an expedition as a volunteer, you'll help us in collecting key reef monitoring data, supporting alternative livelihoods and gain a deep insight into how Blue Ventures' community conservation projects operate. You'll also be contributing to our impact as we share learning from our locally led marine conservation models and join us as ambassadors of this approach, helping us raise awareness of the urgent need for tropical marine conservation, and a community first approach.

Volunteers are vital to the success of our marine based projects and we are committed to delivering high quality and rewarding expeditions that benefit volunteers, host communities and the fragile marine environments where we work.

Program Highlights

  • Marine conservation science training from our team of experienced field scientists
  • Underwater research dives in incredible biodiversity hotspots
  • Connect with the vibrant communities on Atuaro Island and immerse yourself in their unique coastal culture
  • Live in beachfront eco-cabins just a few meters away from one of the world’s most beautiful and biodiverse coral reefs
  • Weekend fun dives, community activities, hiking and much more

Who can join an a Blue Ventures expeditions?
Whether you're new to diving, an experienced SCUBA diver, budding scientist or newcomer to the field of marine conservation you are welcome and able to support and contribute to our important marine research and conservation initiatives.

All our volunteers will be trained up to PADI advanced open water certification so you are comfortable and able to conduct underwater dive surveys.

Our team of experienced international and local field scientists will take you through each step and teach you the skills needed to undertake successful underwater research whilst having an incredible experience.

How much does it cost?
We are a non profit marine conservation charity and our main goals are to rebuild tropical fisheries and support affected coastal communities. Our expedition fee covers the costs of your expedition whilst putting money back into communities that need it the most.

The expedition fee covers:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • All required training
  • All diving (2 per day – 6 days per week),
  • Activities and excursions
  • The main bulk of your dive gear

6 week marine conservation expedition:
Advanced open water certified: £2950
Open Water certified: £3150
New diver: Open water is the minimum requirement to join in this role

2 week whale watching and conservation diving expedition:
Advanced open water certified: £1695

How do I apply?
We keep groups small to focus on collecting accurate data and ensure a fantastic experience.

To apply simply submit a short application here and we will get back to you ASAP with next steps.

If you have any questions for us please email or chat to us on our Blue Ventures website - we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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