Underwater coral gardener wanted for three-week internship at luxury resort in Maldives

Travel-loving eco-enthusiasts are invited to apply for a new temporary internship at a luxury resort in the Maldives.

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll is looking for a Coral Gardener to help maintain the resort’s tropical reef in September.

No experience is necessary, with the luxury resort inviting all ecology and marine enthusiasts to apply.

The selected candidate will be flown to the Indian Ocean vacation hotspot for a three-week temporary position, with flights and seaplane transfers included.

Days will be spent working alongside the resort’s marine educator on coral replanting projects. This will include identifying fish in the reefs, developing and planting coral around artificial frames, and working with nearby islands to help with other reef regeneration projects.

There is no salary for the internship, but accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the resort are covered. When not in the water, the coral gardener can also enjoy some of the luxury resort experiences, with a complimentary sunset cruise and spa treatment of their choice included.

Days will be spent working alongside the resort's marine educator on coral replanting projects.  Photo: Coco Collection/Facebook

Applications are open until Thursday 12 May and interested eco-travelers must write in 500 words why they think they would be the best coral gardener. A short video, shared as a link or on TikTok, Instagram or Facebook, is also required. More details are available on the hotel’s website.

Home to some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world, the Maldives strives to protect its aquatic habitats while battling the effects of climate change.

Coco Collection, which has two resorts in the Maldives, has championed sustainability for years, with tree-planting programs, a sea turtle charity and ocean conservation work.

Updated: April 23, 2022, 1:08 p.m.

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