Ocean Career: LAMAVE Manta Ray Conservation Project Leader

Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) is a Filipino non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the conservation of marine megafauna and their habitats in the country.

LAMAVE strives to ensure a secure and prosperous ocean for marine life and people by applying science-based solutions to conservation challenges, investing in the transfer of skills for long-term impact at the grassroots level, and advancing the knowledge to enable people and governments to protect their natural resources.

Job Purpose

LAMAVE has been running a Manta Ray Research and Conservation Project in Northern Palawan studying the local manta ray population since 2018. We are looking for a Project Leader to join the team to live on-site and the project, with the primary goal being the establishment of a marine protected area around the study habitat.

As a Project Leader, you will be responsible for running the research base and ensuring research goals are achieved within LAMAVE standards by working with a dedicated LAMAVE team as well as with local stakeholders, communities, and government units. You will be supported by the Research Assistant who will primarily assist in managing the day-to-day fieldwork on site.

You will work closely with the LAMAVE senior staff to map project activities while providing periodic updates about the project. The selected individual will also be expected to assist in the various scientific, community and educational activities LAMAVE is involved with. This position is ideal for someone who has a background in marine science and is interested in volunteer management, gaining experience on fieldwork management, and establishing community ties for conservation work.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wishes to further develop their career in marine conservation working in the non-profit sector. We are looking for individuals who can contribute their enthusiasm, ideas, and expertise as we expand our teams and project sites. This position will provide you with the chance to improve multiple important skills including project management, planning, organizing, as well as the opportunity to learn new things like scientific diving and novel research methods. You will work with a diverse team of volunteers, scientists, educators, filmmakers and professionals from various fields and backgrounds who are all aspiring to make a positive contribution to conservation through scientific research and education. You will also have the opportunity to live on the incredible island of Palawan.


Essential Requirements:

  • Filipino citizen
  • Commitment for at least one year
  • Minimum SCUBA certification of Dive Master or equivalent, Instructors will be given priority
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Filipino
  • Ability to work well and live amongst a team of different backgrounds and cultures
  • Comfortable living in shared conditions in the tropics with simple amenities and in a remote location
  • Professionalism and good people management skills


  • A degree in marine sciences, biology, or relevant field and/or significant relevant experience such as working with other conservation organizations
  • Previous experience working with an NGO
  • Strong passion for marine conservation
  • A Philippine Driver’s License

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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