Research Assistant Volunteers

Operation Wallacea
November 9, 2020
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
February 2021


We are a global network of over 200 academics, who design and implement biodiversity research programmes. Our research is supported by volunteers who join expeditions to strengthen their CV or résumé, gain course credit, or collect data for a dissertation or thesis.

From the Coral Triangle to Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our research projects use cutting edge technology in coral reef restoration, 3D reef modeling, stereo video monitoring, and invasive species control to inform conservation management strategies and save species at risk of extinction.

We have marine research projects in:

  • Croatia
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Madagascar
  • Mexico
  • South Africa

Our volunteers gain field work experience by working alongside academics, attending daily ecology and biodiversity lectures, and helping us collect primary data to inform conservation management strategies. If you are not yet dive qualified, your PADI Open Water qualification is included in the expedition fee.

We’ve nurtured 100s of budding conservationists and wildlife researchers around the world. Our volunteers have gone on to have careers in underwater filmmaking, TV presenting, science communication, academic research, science journalism, practical conservation, and more. Kick-start your conservation career by joining an Operation Wallacea Expedition.

A good level of English is required as the lectures and instructions will be given in English. If you are at university, you can join an Opwall expedition to collect data for your dissertation/thesis project. Some universities also award credit for joining our programmes as Independent Study or as an Internship.

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