We are accepting applications for our Northern Mindanao Whale Shark Research and Conservation Project which will run from March to July.
We are looking for aspiring Filipino conservationists ideally with a background in environmental science/biology/marine biology and/or sociology, and an excellent work ethic. They must be at least:
– 18 years old
– College seniors
– Cebuano speakers
– Comfortable in shared living conditions with basic amenities in a remote provincial area
– Interested in community work
– Available for a minimum of 4 weeks or 12 weeks if interested in in-water work
Preference will be given to applicants who can stay for a longer period of time.
There will be plenty of local community interactions from boat-based surveys to fisherman interviews and raising community awareness. For in-water volunteers, you will be trained to help collect photographic identification of the sharks and other in-water data.
For this, interested in-water applicants need to commit to a min. of 12 weeks and must be very water competent, own their own gear (ideally freediving fins- we can extend a discount to most stores in the Philippines), and physically fit to spend hours on a pumpboat or in the water, sometimes in rough conditions.
Accepted volunteers for in-water work will need to arrive in Cebu to complete the 10-14 day in-water training before travelling to Mindanao.
If not interested in in-water work, we will set a time and date to meet in Mindanao.
To apply, send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be forwarded to on receipt of application.