Published: May 30, 2024

Location: Mexico

Type: VOLUNTEER / INTERNSHIPS & EXPEDITIONS


Closing Date: Ongoing

Manta Caribbean Project Volunteer

About the organisation

The Manta Caribbean Project is dedicated to taking a multidisciplinary approach to the conservation of manta and mobulid rays, and their habitat in the Caribbean Sea through robust science and research, while raising awareness and providing education to the community and stakeholders.

Located in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, the transition zone of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea is thriving with life.

Driven by the deep currents of the Yucatan Channel, the nutrient rich waters support a high biodiversity of marine life. With these upwellings comes huge blooms of plankton that attract a range of species from small molluscs to the larger animals such as sea turtles, birds and marine mammals.

This feeding frenzy also attracts the world’s largest fish, the whale shark and of course the curious ocean giants, the manta ray. Both deceptively large animals are filter feeders and come to the area annually to feast upon the plankton buffet.

The Manta Caribbean Project aims to identify and conduct research on the poorly understood populations of mobulids in the Mexican Caribbean.

About the role

The Manta Caribbean Project is looking for volunteers! We have a new modality for our summer marine science experiences focused on students or any discipline or professionals interested in learning about manta and devil ray research and conservation work. This program helps us to keep working towards the conservation and research of the species of mobulid rays within four Marine Protected Areas, the money is the contribution from participants and in exchange, we provide experience from a local non-profit organization and conservation involvement in our region.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Follow your instructor’s indications at any time and procedures related to the task assigned to your person. 
  • Perform data analysis and assist with preparing scientific publications, grants applications, etc. 
  • Create outreach materials for schools, and communities about marine megafauna and wider marine conservation. 
  • Maintain equipment and contribute to keeping accommodation facilities clean and in order. 
  • Conduct fisheries surveys. 
  • Conduct interviews with local community stakeholders connected with mobulid rays, marine debris and others. 

Requirements

  •  Minimum 21 years old. 
  • Environmental or conservation of previous work experience. 
  • Excellent swimming and snorkelling skills. 
  • Willing to work sporadic and occasionally long hours on a boat (it is very sunny and hot during those months). 
  • Strong passion for marine ecosystems/ manta rays/ conservation/education. 
  • English with an intermediate level minimum. 
  • We are in a Spanish-speaking country. Applicants with some level of Spanish language knowledge will be given special consideration. 
  • Creative and innovative person. 
  • Computer skills (excel. PowerPoint, word, photoshop, graphs). 
  • Comfortable working long hours at a desk. 
  • Friendly and enthusiastic personality. 
  • Comfortable to share work, and housing with other people. 
  • Can relate with people of different backgrounds.  
  • Diving insurance and/or full medical insurance.

Costs and inclusions

1-month program: include field trips, housing, marine research training, handling equipment, weekly presentations, educational activities, the extension of database management, creation of outreach materials, and beach clean-ups.

COST: $1,900 USD

Doesn’t include: flights, food, other personal expenses.

The program is limited to four participants.

This program helps us to keep working towards the conservation and research of the species of mobulid rays within four Marine Protected Areas, the money is the contribution from participants, and in exchange, we provide experience from a local non-profit organization and conservation involvement in our region.

All the money goes directly to boat rental costs and housing, the payment goes through the (Manta Caribbean Project) Non-Profit Bank Account.

Start date

2024 spaces available:

  • July (final spot)
  • August
  • September

How to apply

If you have any questions, please email karen@mantacaribbeanproject.org or karen@mantatrust.org

Please send your application with your resume/CV, and a covering letter outlining your goals and motivations (1 page) to karen@mantatrust.org 

Please title your email with the following reference: “NAME-Volunteer App Caribbean 2024”.

The second phase is an interview through video call.

In the third phase after a month only successfully selected candidates receive the notification by email.

FIND OUT MOREAPPLY NOW