Marine Conservation Internship, Mozambique

Learn about the day to day running of a field based NGO

Bring your organizational skills to this marine conservation internship in Mozambique! You’ll join a nonprofit organization that does important marine research and conservation work, and help with the management and development of these programs. It’s an opportunity to gain a wealth of practical work experience in management, logistics, and organizational development, while contributing to the protection of marine life in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

Not unimportantly, you’ll get to spend a few months in paradise! As a marine conservation intern, you’ll live and work on Benguerra Island, where the research station is based. It’s a stunning island, framed by white sandy beaches, and surrounded by the most incredible abundance of marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. An incredible setting for an exciting and unique learning experience.

Learning outcomes;

  • Develop strong management and organizational skills
  • Learn about the many facets involved in the day to day running of a Marine NGO
  • Gain a good understanding of marine conservation challenges in the Indian Ocean
  • Develop skills in financial management, human resources, and supply chains
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Operations, Communications, Outreach, Research
Min. 4 Weeks
From USD 2,000

You’ll be part of a nonprofit organisation that provides a platform for multifaceted marine conservation research. The overall goal of the center, which is the first permanent marine observatory in Africa, is to study the rich ecosystem in the Archipelago and to use the data to address conservation needs on both a local and regional level. This is done through a combination of environmental sensors, measurements and surveys to understand changes in the environment using time-series techniques.

The main activities of the center are;

  • Time-series monitoring of the local marine ecosystems to detect and predict climate-driven changes of biological and chemical changes. This involves seawater sampling, collection of species for microscopic analysis, and using sensors to measure oceanographic parameters.
  • Species identification and habitat mapping. This involves conducting coastal and underwater surveys to study marine life hotspots.
  • Studying of migratory partners of marine life. This involves locating certain species, taking bio-samples, and studying these in a laboratory setting.
What you’ll do

As a marine conservation intern, you’ll help manage the day to day running of a marine research center, which will make for a varied portfolio of tasks. Your tasks will include;

  • Organize (and join!) marine research expeditions
  • Assist with HR management
  • Manage stock and ordering processes
  • Help organize daily logistics of the center’s activities
  • Assist with financial reporting
  • Help with communications and branding projects
  • Help raise awareness of marine conservation in local communities on the mainland
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good English skills
  • A flexible and resourceful approach
  • A passion for marine conservation

During this marine research internship, you’ll be staying at the research center, on Benguerra Island. The island is one of five small islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, a protected conservation area and national park. You’ll wake up every morning with views of clear turquoise waters and wide sandy beaches. Quite the place to live for a few months!

The center is carefully designed to blend in to its surroundings and to have a minimum carbon footprint; it’s built with local materials, it runs on solar energy, and it has zero-waste policies. You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation with shared dorms rooms and plenty of communal areas to relax in. And since it’s a fully serviced accommodation, you’ll be cooked three meals a day.


This internship is offered throughout the year and preferably you start at the beginning of the month.

2021 Rates

4 weeks USD 2,000
8 weeks USD 3,500
12 weeks USD 5,000

  • Serviced accommodation on Benguerra Island
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport transfers to and from Vilankulos
  • Visa transport to Maxixe (for visa extension)
  • Park fees

Note that if you don’t have your diving certification, you’ll have the opportunity to do a PADI diving course on the island – and you’ll get a 20% discount as an intern.

  • Visa fees and medical/travel insurance costs
  • Flight to and from Vilankulos
  • Optional additional leisure activities and courses (though you’ll get a 20% discount on a PADI diving course)
  • Transport to/from optional weekend and leisure activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Operations, Communications, Outreach, Research
Min. 4 weeks
From USD 2,000

The staff and facilities at BCSS are simply amazing, with the perfect location for our research trips out by boat each day. The views are incredible from the accommodation, and we loved the chance to explore the rest of the island by 4x4.

  • Learn what’s involved with management of a nonprofit research center
  • Organize and join exciting and important marine research expeditions
  • Enjoy hugely varied tasks
  • Contribute to important marine conservation work
  • Live and work in an absolute tropical paradise
  • Enjoy amazing travel opportunities in your time off
4 WEEKS USD 2,000
8 WEEKS USD 3,500
12 WEEKS USD 5,000

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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