Published: May 9, 2024

Location: Maldives


Closing Date: May 23, 2024

Project Manager

About the organisation

The Maldives Manta Conservation Programme (MMCP) 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 MMCP is happy to announce the opening of a project position within the Maldives: We are currently looking to fill a Project Manager role for Laamu Atoll.

About the role

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Lead manta excursions (dive trips to manta cleaning sites, more rarely snorkel trips);
  • Carry out daily research activities, site surveys, data collection on all manta sightings;
  • Data entry – survey results; sightings updates; research study analysis;
  • Maintain the regional manta sightings database and branchial ID gallery;
  • Lead on research and reporting requirements of project;
  • Supervision of MSc Student Projects;
  • Writing scientific reports on research findings;
  • Conduct weekly manta presentations for guests;
  • Promote safe and responsible tourism interactions with manta rays;
  • Communicate effectively between resort management, on-site dive centre, and MMCP colleagues and management;
  • Work with the Assistant Project Manager to engage the local community – raising awareness about marine conservation issues, and implementing projects and activities that contribute to the protection and sustainable use of marine resources;
  • Produce material for MMCP social media;
  • Management of MMCP staff on-site and overall team administration and logistics;
  • Data collection in the field, including by snorkel and SCUBA diving, of the local manta ray population;
  • Provide mentorship and training to research & outreach interns.
  • Represent, when requested, the MMCP at government organised taskforces, workshops and the like.
  • Support the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) in other research activities whenever needed, this can include reef surveys, coral spawning research, sea turtle research etc.


Essential requirements:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a BSc degree in Marine Biology/ Environmental Conservation, 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) freediving qualification OR willingness to complete certification course if successful in application to the position.
  • Physically fit – it is likely you will spend 2-3+ hours a day diving / swimming in the ocean. When conditions are rough/there is a current, it can be physically demanding to deploy research equipment;
  • Leadership/managerial experience;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (and Dhivehi is desirable);
  • Experience of data collection, data analysis and report writing;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage and foster relationships with diverse stakeholders including environmental organizations, community members, and government agencies;
  • A strong interest in manta rays, conservation, and marine/environmental research and education.
  • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Excel 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;
  • Excellent guest relations and communication skills. Comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations;
  • The ability to live and work as part of a team in a resort island environment;
  • Availability: June 2024 –2025.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in community development, social work, or a related field.
  • Leadership/managerial experience;
  • Demonstrate organisational and administrative skills with the ability to plan and deliver to deadlines;
  • Excellent customer related skills;
  • Previous experience working in the Maldives.
  • Experience conducting scientific dives

Equipment requirements:

  • Personal Laptop with photo editing software (e.g. Lightroom);
  • Dropbox Plus Subscription (minimum 1TB storage space)
  • Camera equipment (incl. underwater housing and SD cards) – Eg. Olympus Tough TG-6 + Housing.
  • Personal dive gear or willingness to purchase this on acceptance of job offer.

Salary and benefits

  • This is a self-employed (consultancy) role. Consultants will be entitled to a monthly consultancy fee between $1200 depending on skills and level of experience;
  • Food and shared accommodation provided, plus internal work-related travel and reimbursement of one international return flight, on completion of contract.
  • Consultants will be required to take out their own insurance cover, including but not limited to, travel and personal liability insurance;
  • Additional details available on request.

Start date

June 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, quoting the reference above and your name in the email title e.g. ‘Laamu Project Manager Application #MMCP2024 Your Name’.

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.