Published: January 25, 2023

Location: Maldives


Closing Date: February 7, 2023

Regional Project Manager


About the organisation

Formed in 2011, the Manta Trust is a UK registered charity that co-ordinates global mobulid research and conservation efforts. Our team is comprised of a diverse group of researchers, scientists, conservationists, educators and media experts; working together to share and promote knowledge and expertise. Our mission is to conserve mobulid rays, their relatives, and their habitats, through a combination of research, education and collaboration.

About the role

The Maldivian Manta Ray Project (MMRP) has gone from strength to strength and over the last few years we have built an ever growing network of marine biologists in our flagship project in the Maldives. With so many islands, reef systems and potential manta sites, we continue to expand our research and partnerships to enable us to monitor manta ray populations throughout the Maldives archipelago. The MMRP is happy to announce the opening of a new project position within the Maldives: We are currently looking to fill a Regional Project Manager role



  • Lead manta excursions (snorkel and dive trips to manta feeding and cleaning sites);
  • Carry out research dives and site surveys;
  • Collect data on all manta sightings (ID photos, gender, injuries, pregnancies, behaviour, etc.);
  • Data entry – survey results; sightings updates; research study analysis;
  • Maintain the regional manta sightings database and branchial ID gallery;
  • Writing scientific reports on research findings;
  • Conduct weekly manta presentations for guests and local school students;
  • Promote manta excursions and the Manta Trust research to guests and the general public;
  • Promote safe and responsible tourism interactions with manta rays;
  • Communicate effectively between resort management, on-site dive centre, and Manta Trust colleagues and management;
  • Active participation in education and awareness events;
  • Produce material for Manta Trust social media;
  • Other resort specific roles



  • Applicants must have successfully completed a BSc degree in Marine Biology/ Environmental Conservation, OR have experience working in a related field; Note – for Maldivian nationals, a BSc degree is not a requirement but experience working in the field of marine conservation is preferred;
  • Minimum: PADI Divemaster Certification in active status (SSI/BSAC equivalent);
  • AIDA2 (or equivalent qualification) in freediving certification that allows you to comfortably dive to a minimum of 10-15m depth OR willingness to complete certification course if successful in application to the position (priority will be given to those who are already qualified). You will spend a lot of time snorkelling/freediving down beneath manta rays to get photos of their ID spot patterns;
  • Physically fit – it is likely you will spend 2-3+ hours a day swimming in the ocean. Mantas love to be uncooperative, and when conditions are rough/there is a current, it can be physically demanding;
  • A strong interest in manta rays, conservation and marine/environmental research;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in order to represent the Manta Trust to members of the public, external organisations and colleagues;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (additional languages desirable);
  • Computer literate and comfortable working long hours at a desk;
  • Self-motivated individual with a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude with a flexible approach to a diverse workload;
  • The ability to live and work as part of a team in a Maldives Resort island environment;
  • Availability March 2023 – 2024


Salary and benefits

  • This is a self-employed (consultancy) role. Consultants will be entitled to a monthly consultancy fee with food and shared accommodation provided, plus internal work-related travel and reimbursement of one international return flight, on completion of contract


Start date

Availability March 2023 – 2024


How to apply

If you are interested, and meet all requirements please send your CV/resume (maximum two pages), and a covering letter (maximum one page) to

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline

Due to limited capacity only successful candidates will be contacted