As well as being a non-profit organisation, the World Cetacean Alliance is also a global partnership, consisting of responsible whale watching tour operators, NGOs, researchers and individuals, all with a passion for protecting cetaceans and their habitats.
As a volunteer or intern with a WCA Partner tour operator, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in collaboration with people who share your dedication to marine wildlife and sustainable practices.
WCA Partner tour operators are focused on creating high-quality, responsible whale and dolphin watching experiences and have joined the WCA to be part of that change. These Partners need volunteers who are passionate about helping to ensure that the world’s cetaceans have a sustainable future.
As a volunteer or intern with one of the 120+ WCA Partners, your skills and attributes will be honed in a positive environment.
WCA Partners are focused on quality Responsible Whale and dolphin experiences and have joined the WCA to be part of that change. We need volunteers who are passionate about helping to ensure our Cetaceans have a Sustainable future.
Duration: 8- 12 Weeks – 90 days Initial can be extended
Terms: Tourism Experience and Supervised Training
Time: 7.30am – 5.30pm ( 40 hours approximately a week )
Price: FREE – Unpaid / Volunteer
20 Hours in Guest Services and 20 Hours as a Trainee Guide ( 4 Tours )
Tour Value for 90 days is 50 Tour or $6500 for FREE to become fully trained.
Qualifiers: Application to Marine Guide Training. If you love wildlife and tourism want a career then give us 90 days or 12 weeks of your time. We will train you to become a fully employable Marine Guide Training professional. You will receive the experience and qualifications which you can use Worldwide.
Guest Services and Marketing and Marine Guide Training Certified Wildlife Guide
Employment after Internship
If you complete a successful internship and positions are available with Marine Guide Training then you are first in line. If no position is available then we will help you to secure a position with the WCA global community which has over 100 partners.
Location: Marine Guide Training Base and in Queen Charlotte Sound
No 1 Wellington Street, Picton, New Zeland.
Phone +64 3 5738040
E-Ko accommodation is available upon application if available for the duration of your internship, please request upon application.
Location: Piwaka Lodge
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Phone +64 3 9293749
Special E-Ko Training Price $250 for 7 nights
Sunday Night to Friday night. This includes two healthy meals a day.
This is a quality, safe choice within walking distance from Marine Guide Training. Upgrade options available upon request.
Flats and Private Homes are also available locally and we have a list of accommodation providers in Picton – see Partners
Marine Guide Training will supply you with the necessary work experience and skills required to make you a valuable Tourism employee. The investment of your time as a Volunteer/Intern with Marine Guide Training will that you will be a quality Candidate.
As a volunteer / Intern your skills and attributes will be honed in a positive work environment that is focused on quality Guest services. Marine Guide Training tours focus on quality sustainable tourism through Wildlife encounters gives you the best possible start in the exciting Tourism Industry.
You will be immersed in hands-on training with experienced Trainers. Marine Guide Training base for learning about Guest Services, Sales and Marketing and then out in the beautiful Queen Charlotte with guests looking for wildlife. You will learn and practice the best Guiding technique and develop your own personal style and skills to ensure that you have the confidence and knowledge to embark on a fantastically satisfying Global Tourism Career.
FREE BONUS for Volunteer Internships
All Interns have FREE tours available with Marine Guide Training. When you are not working you get to go out and enjoy the best NZ has to offer. We can also get you FREE mountain bike and kayak hire to go exploring. In winter we will take you skiing and looking for whales in summer swimming with dolphins.
Connected to a global network
This Internship is the perfect start to an incredibly satisfying career or a great way to prepare for volunteering with one of the 120 organisations who are part of the World Cetacean Alliance. WCA
12 Weeks for 1 period which can be extended to 24 Weeks. 3 to 6 Months.
Paid positions available with Marine Guide Training upon completion of Internship upon application:
November 1st- 25th January 2022 (12 Weeks)
February 1st – 25th April 2022 (12 Weeks)
Aims and Purpose of the E-Ko Tours Internship & Volunteer Program:
An internship/volunteer program has been established at Marine Guide Training to provide quality tourism candidates.
We will install enthusiasm, practical knowledge, and a sustainable ethic and you will receive valuable experience in wildlife, adventure tourism, and nature/eco-tourism both on Sea and on Land industries.
Volunteers interns will be supervised to gain hands-on experience and contribute to all major aspects of the business, including tours on the water, equipment maintenance, office work, marketing, conservation, research, and customer service.
To Recieve Full Details for the Volunteer Internship
Internship for Guest Services, Sales and Marketing Internship Responsibilities:
Internship for Marine Guide Training Trainee Guide
The trainee guide is new to guiding and/or guiding with Marine Guide Training. As a Trainee Guide, you will learn the roles and procedures required of the guiding position. This will include the following:
By the end of the ‘Trainee’ period, the guide should have competently learned all the above procedures and be able to undertake trips with the support of another guide or target assessment for a paid Guide position.
You will be assessed within the Marine Guide Training Guiding system and Certified as an Marine Guide Training Guide for land and Sea.
No 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220
Course Director Paul 0064 (0) 297770088
Call NZ Time between 0800 – 1800