Marine Conservation Assistant

Volunteer for a marine eco-tour company which is dedicated to marine conservation. Learn all about the marine environment and conservation!

The Baywatch Marine Conservation Project was set-up in 1992 with the following aims:

  • Educate the community, especially the youth, about the marine environment and the need for its conservation and protection.
  • Assist organisations responsible for marine law enforcement and marine research.
  • Undertake our own independent research.

Raggy Charters - Marine-Eco Cruises was then set-up in 1997 to help fund the Baywatch Project.

Volunteers get to learn about the marine environment and the importance of marine conservation whilst working hands-on in the marine touring industry. Volunteers will get to see whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins etc. in the wild and assist on the boat as well as assisting with research and other conservation initiatives at the time.

We have a fairly flexible programme and can accommodate any requests, all we ask is that volunteers have a love for nature and marine life and be open to what we have to offer them in terms of a great experience! What we do provide is really invaluble experience that can be referred to for future jobs! Whether you are interested in becoming a tour guide, a researcher, a skipper, a conservationist, an animal carer, or even managerial and office related skills, including marketing and computer skills.

Marine Conservation Assistant Our research vessel at St Croix Island +penguins Volunteer with dolphins Volunteer learning to skipper the boat Volunteer with whales Volunteer with penguins

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV and Photo
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience in a similar industry or anything outdoors and in nature/with wildlife may be beneficial but not necessary!
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with The Baywatch Project straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Any questions? Just ask. We at The Baywatch Project are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

In the Eastern Cape there is much to do and see. Port Elizabeth is a great city for watersports activities, hiking, wildlife viewing (as there are numerous game reserves), and much more!

Water Sports


What's included?
Accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, transportation, use of vehicle, internet, boat trips, selected outings to game reserves and other tourist attractions in Port Elizabeth.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Volunteers will be picked up from the airport and taken to accommodation and taken back to the airport at the end of their stay!


Accommodation with the owner of Raggy Charters and The Baywatch Project in the coastal village of Seaview. Some rooms are singles and some are for multiple people, seaviews from every bedroom. Beach is across the road! Lounge areas, kitchen facilities, braai areas and an incredible garden filled with thousands of indigenous trees and bushes!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Lunch not included. Volunteers can buy their own confectionary and alcoholic beverages

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Port Elizabeth/South Africa between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. The Baywatch Project will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with The Baywatch Project during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in South Africa.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Port Elizabeth (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
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3 Albatros Crescent, Seaview, 6011 Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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