Island Reef Research and Conservation

Company : Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers
Location : Cairns Queensland, Australia
Duration: < 1 week to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

This unique placement opportunity is not offered anywhere else and gives volunteers to truly make a difference to marine conservation.

Based in the world’s largest coral reef, the Island Reef Research and Conservation project offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in valued conservation activities and environmental research endeavours.

Volunteers work in collaboration with various oceanographic organisations to research the ecosystem, monitor and survey the reef, and help clean up beaches of marine debris.

The program gives participants the freedom to explore Far North East Queensland with free afternoons, evenings and weekends, traveling to an iconic location that is under serious threat from coral bleaching, pollution, mining, overfishing and climate change among other factors.

Your Contribution

Volunteers make a genuine difference to this project by contributing to the Great Barrier Reef’s long-term protection. It has been specifically designed to allow people with no research experience to be involved in this essential marine conservation effort on the ground. 

The initiative works towards the grand goal of preserving the wellbeing of this exotic and precious ecosystem in Far North East Queensland. Alongside a team of experienced and trained marine biologists, volunteers engage with unique activities that include coral reef surveying, reef monitoring and marine debris clean ups.

Volunteers gather first-hand data obtained in real time to inform future decision-making while making a real difference to eliminate harmful waste from our Australian beaches. Those staying on past week 1 will spend time at our turtle rehabilitation centre learning about these precious marine species who desperately need our help and intervention. 

This project is a one of a kind where sheer willpower of committed people come together for a significant cause that is the true measure of your service.

Start Dates

The first Sunday of each month.


18 years of age or over 16 with a guardian.

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