INTERNSHIPS

MARINE CONSERVATION & DIVEMASTER INTERNSHIP

Follow the links below to find out more about the internship programs we offer:

In partnership with Bay Islands College of Diving, this program is designed to perfectly integrate the highest standard of dive training with current conservation projects here in Utila. This 3-month internship will develop all the skills necessary for furthering a career in marine conservation studies and professional diving.

What skills will you learn?

  • PADI Divemaster qualification

  • Caribbean reef fish, reef associated organisms and coral identification

  • Research dive training

  • Coral reef surveying techniques

  • Whale shark population monitoring skills

  • Experience working within a marine research institution

  • Experience coordinating and leading ecotours

  • 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 Divemaster training

  • Training and scientific surveying dives

  • Pick up on arrival to Utila

  • Accommodation (includes wifi, cable TV, full kitchen, water bills)*

  • Welcome meal and goodbye cocktail mixer

  • Lionfish Management and Spearing Workshop

  • Boat orientation workshop

  • Tshirt

*Accommodation conditions are subject to change

Eligibility:

40 logged dives required, and PADI (or equivalent) Rescue Diver certified with current Emergency First Responder (EFR) CPR and First Aid certifications. These are non-negotiable prerequisites.
Please Note: Candidates who have the required number of dives but are not certified to Rescue Diver + EFR level may opt to arrive one week early to the internship to complete those certifications at Bay Islands College of Diving, and bundle the cost with the Dive Master internship. Please email info@wsorc.org for more information about this option.

  • Must be at least 18 years old by start of internship

  • Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential

  • Owning your own dive gear is essential

  • Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate

  • Confident swimmer

  • Comfortable at sea and working on boats.

  • Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team

Dates & Cost

Divemaster Internships require a minimum commitment of 2 months. Without exception, internships begin on the first Monday of each month and terminate the Saturday directly before the first Monday, 2 (or more) months later. The list below shows available program start dates for 2022-2023. Prices listed are per-month for the duration of the internship:

$1,995 USD per month for the Marine Conservation program (one or two months version is available)

$1,999 USD for the Divemaster portion (+$128 PADI Fees)

2022-2023 WSORC MCI Start and End Dates

September 5th – October 1st, 2022

October 3rd – October 29th, 2022

November 7th – December 3rd, 2022

December 5th – December 31st, 2022

January 9th – February 4th, 2023

February 6th – March 4th, 2023

March 6th – April 1st, 2023

April 3rd – April 29th, 2023

May 1st – May 27th, 2023

June 5th – July 1st, 2023

July 3rd – July 29th, 2023

August 7th – August 2nd, 2023

September 4th – September 30th, 2023

October 2nd – October 28th, 2023

November 6th – December 2nd, 2023

December 4th – December 30th, 2023

All MCI programs are set to begin on the first Monday of every month and finish on the last Saturday of every month.

How to apply…

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