Marine Conservation Internship




To provide people who are passionate about the natural environment and keen to pursue a career in marine conservation practical experience working within a non-profit conservation organization..

What skills will you learn?


  • SCUBA diving qualifications up to Advanced Open Water (if necessary)
  • Caribbean reef fish identification
  • Research dive experience
  • Coral reef surveying techniques
  • Whale shark population monitoring skills
  • Experience working within a marine research institution
  • Community outreach and environmental education skills
  • Experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island.


What is included in the project cost?


  • PADI dive certifications (Open Water & Advanced – if necessary)
  • at least 12 research dives on completion of dive course training
  • Pick up on arrival to Utila (provided you give us your arrival details)
  • Accommodation (includes wifi, shared kitchen, tap water bills)
  • Welcome and departure meal
  • REEF & Coral Monitoring ID training
  • Responsible lionfish removal workshop
  • T-shirt


Dates & Cost:


Intern programs are one month long, beginning on the first Monday of each month and terminating the Saturday directly before the following first Monday. The list below shows available program dates for 2018  For all dates, prices listed cover the duration of the one month program:

$1695 for certified Advanced Open Water divers

$1895 for certified Open Water divers

$1995 for uncertified applicants

Upcoming Program Dates:

January 7th – February 2nd, 2019

February 4th – March 2nd, 2019

March 4th – March 30th, 2019

April 1st – May 4th, 2019

May 6th – June 1st, 2019

June 3rd – June 29th, 2019

July 1st – August 3rd, 2019

August 5th – August 31st, 2019

September 2nd – October 5th, 2019

October 7th – November 2nd, 2019

November 4th – November 30th, 2019

December 2nd – January 4th, 2019

.*Interns interested in furthering their experience beyond one month are able to apply for WSORC’s Marine Conservation & Dive Master program.

What is NOT included in the cost of the project?


  • Surcharges which may be associated with your preferred method of payment
  • Flights & Insurance
  • Airport Departure Tax (approximately $37 USD – at time of writing)
  • Food & drink
  • Electricity (Utila accommodations work with a prepaid electric meter, expect to pay approximately $25 USD per month per person)




  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential.
  • Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate.
  • Confident swimmer with capable snorkeling ability.
  • Bringing your own mask, snorkel and fins is essential.
  • Comfortable at sea and working on boats.
  • Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team


How to apply…

Please download and fill out the WSORC Application Form and send to Our team will review your application and get back to you soon. Thanks!