Early bird special

2000 USD/month

RESEARCH

As a volunteer for Blue Wilderness, you will be central in our data collection and archiving programs. Our research programs are based around ‘citizen science’ this means that it is designed and collected in a manner that you do not require formal scientific training, but the data is still relevant and useful to scientists. Each project has been designed and implemented by scientists at Oceans Research. After collection, the projects data is fed to these scientists for analysis and inclusion into the institutes research efforts.

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PHOTO IDENTIFICATION

Daily volunteers collect photographic identification of blacktip, tiger, ragged tooth and other species of sharks observed on expeditions. This data is the cornerstone of understanding the population dynamics of sharks residing at Aliwal Shoal

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OCEAN USER SURVEY

Volunteers will drive our oceans awareness survey program. This research aims to assess the current level of knowledge on the Aliwal Shoal M.P.A, the NSB Shark nets, and shark management in South Africa.

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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

Volunteers will assist in the daily monitoring of environmental and oceanographic parameters at Aliwal Shoal. These variables are used to identify route causes in variation in ecosystem health and shark pressence and absence.

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BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT

Seasonal trends in diversity & abundance of marine fauna is recorded each month by volunteers and field specialists. We follow a standardized approach to the pressence and abundance of indicator species of fish, sharks, corals, urchins and algae.

CREWING

Blue Wilderness’s primary activity is running shark cage diving and cageless shark snorkeling expeditions at Aliwal Shoal. As a volunteer, you will become integral parts of these operations, learning how to assist with every aspect of running a world class shark ecotourism company.

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VIDEOGRAPHY

Volunteers will assist in filming and photographing of guests experience. This video and photographic content is to be used for marketing, research and possibly the expedition video.

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LOGISTICS PREP & PACK

Volunteers will be part of the Blue Wilderness crew, and will assist in preparing the days equipment for operation and also aid in the cleaning and packing up of equipment.

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GUEST PREPARATIONS

Volunteers will assist in preparing expedition equipment for guests this includes fittings for wetsuits, masks, fins assisting in preparing the vessels and guiding the guests to the launch site.

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IN-WATER ASSISTANCE

Many guests are understandably nervous when venturing outside of the cage. Volunteers will assist in accompanying guests and giving assistance where required.

CONSERVATION & OUTREACH

Blue Wilderness’s primary activity is running shark cage diving and cageless shark snorkeling expeditions at Aliwal Shoal. As a volunteer, you will become integral parts of these operations, learning how to assist with every aspect of running a world class shark ecotourism company.

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SCHOOL OUTREACH

Volunteers will drive our school outreach program. This includes accompanying field specialists to the school to present a simple but powerful syllabus to learners about the importance of sharks in the marine ecosystem.

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CAMPAIGNS

Each month volunteers will work on our central conservation and awareness campaign. Each campaign is specifically targeted to aid in the conservation of South Africa’s sharks. Campaigns range from awareness to social activism in focus.

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GUEST EDUCATION

Volunteers will drive our guest education program during lunch after an expedition. Using entertaining and simple aids, volunteers will engage with clients and ensure that they leave Blue wilderness as shark ambassadors!

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SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS

Blue Wilderness volunteer will be active on social media, driving Blue Wilderness’s shark conservation messages and campaigns to the wider public.