Aquarium Biologist Internship

We are looking for an Aquarium Biologist to run our new fish breeding project here at Atoll Marine Centre.

The aquarium trade is raising conservation concerns in the Maldives with thousands of fishes exploited annually. This activity is depleting populations of ornamental reef fish and coral species with the associated destructive capture techniques harming both target and non-target species. Some fish and coral species are more vulnerable than others due to the market demand, such as the commonly known clown fishes or anemonefishes. Our goal with this project is therefore to supplement the aquarium trade with sustainably sourced fish and release a proportion of bred fish into the wild to reduce pressure on wild stocks. We also aim to spread awareness and increase knowledge and appreciation for Maldivian marine life and the threats it faces among local communities.

The Aquarium Biologist will run the technical aspects of this project focusing on rearing and breeding anemonefish native to the Maldives and participate in awareness-raising activities. She/He will also assist the two resident marine biologists working on the other marine conservation projects. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience with a local NGO and participate in programmes benefiting back the communities through awareness raising and training!

We are looking for someone who has experience with working in aquariums, in particular tropical aquariums. Ideally the candidate would have experience breeding clownfish or knowledge of their unique biology and reproductive cycles.


  • Develop and maintain tanks, water quality and equipment, inventory of supplies
  • Monitor breeding process (establish mating pairs, diet adjustment), fish behaviour and health
  • Oversee larval rearing process (diet, growth monitoring)
  • Manage rotifers and artemia culture (live feed production)
  • Complete monitoring progress reports.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s in a relevant field (e.g. marine biology, zoology, aquaculture)
  • Experience in fish husbandry (previous experience with anemonefish breeding preferred, but not required)
  • Experience working in the NGO sector is a plus
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Enthusiasm for marine conservation and developing outreach activities and material
  • Ability to effectively communicate, in writing and verbally, and relay complicated information in a user-friendly manner.
  • Be self-motivated, good organizational and problem-solving skills, enthusiastic for marine conservation
  • Be available for 3 months (starting early/mid December 2017)


What’s in it for you?

Well, aside from the obvious perks delivered by the Maldives, namely the beautiful setting and fantastic marine life, you will be based in a wonderfully friendly community, fully supported in your work. Being based on a local island, as opposed to a resort island, you will have the very real and exciting opportunity to instigate beneficial change right where it is needed. The community is responsive and ready to be educated.

This position will also grant you the unique chance to experience life in the ‘real’ Maldives, outside the crowded and expensive tourist resorts. On our island there are just over 5000 inhabitants so expect to be living in a small island community where everyone knows everyone and where you are bound to be welcomed with open arms and a sense of hospitality which is rare in this world! On the weekends we arrange weekly excursions to explore the wonders of the Maldives, whether it be to uninhabited islands or our favourite snorkeling spots.


To apply email your CV and a covering letter to
Applications may close before closing date if a suitable candidate is found.