Research on coastal marine ecosystems

Project name:

Institute for Marine Research (2) - Research Fellow

Project purpose:

Conduct long-term and fine-scale research on coastal marine ecosystems, educating and transforming locally led marine conservation strategies

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):




South-East Asia

1 Ratings


Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work


Dormitory/shared house

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, electricity, local shops, near-by medical, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?


  • Minimum 18 years old.

  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.

  • PADI Divemaster (or equivalent).

  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science (or equivalent).

  • Minimum 3-month commitment.

  • Ability to conduct independent research projects within the organisaiton.

  • Knowledge of R or Statistica Software.

  • Fellows are encouraged to assist in advancing the program by bringing innovative ideas, as well as starting their own research project through the Institute.

  • Available to begin the Fellowship on the 1st of the month.

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This exclusive program is intended for those currently involved in marine science and conservation, and are looking for the complete professional experience to dramatically enhance their prospects as future scientists. As a Fellow for IMR, not only will you gain experience in the field working with innovative and fine-scale research techniques, but engross yourselves in the knowledge and responsibilities required to lead each component of our research project. IMRs Fellows are our leaders in the field, maintaining and developing our current research projects, processing and analyzing our data, whilst learning how to create new research questions and build a research project from the beginning. With this knowledge, our Fellows will also be key lecturers and mentors to our upcoming Research Assistants. IMR proudly creates professional and well-rounded Marine Scientists, who leave with the knowledge and confidence to develop independent research projects and work with Institutes around the world to develop and communicate our current understanding of coastal ecosystems.

In order for our Fellows to take complete leadership and responsibility over each of our research projects, spaces are limited to 4 Fellows at a time. Suitable applicants must attach their Curriculum Vitae (CV) with their application form, and be available for a Skype interview.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Ecosystems and Processes.

  • Intimate knowledge of Coral Reef Species Identification within the Coral Triangle.

  • Experience lecturing on Coral Reef Ecology topics.

  • Leadership experience within a Non-Profit NGO.

  • Experience working with Marine Scientists in a professional environment.

  • Experience realising, teaching, and cultivating innovative research techniques.

  • Experience leading each component of our Research Assistant program (4x rounds on 4x research techniques).

  • Experience operating advanced underwater survey equipment.

  • Data processing, statistical and analytical skills.

  • Experience working directly with Marine Scientists.

  • Communicate science through Community Outreach Activities.

  • ~50 training and science dives each month.

  • Career guidance and job placement training.

Reviews & ratings



Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday



It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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