FAQs

Typically interns are between the ages of 21-25, but we welcome applications from any persons 18 and over.

Unfortunately there is no flexibility with arrival/departure dates due to the organization of charter flights for arriving/departing volunteers and supplies. The only arrival and departure dates are January 3rd, April 15th, June 15th, August 15th, and December 15th.

 

Unfortunately, due to our scheduled chartered flights and our investment of time and effort into training volunteers, which can take up to five days, we require volunteers to stay for at least two months. We believe it takes at least two months for a volunteer to become settled into their role and to learn necessary skills and techniques, therefore to maximize a volunteer's opportunity we believe longer internships are better for the volunteer and the lab.

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Anybody interested in pursuing a career in marine research, in gaining experience working with shark scientists and field techniques or just wanting to gain more knowledge of marine research before heading on to further education are encouraged to apply!

Scheduling around projects, university courses and film crews can be tricky so we like to have all the volunteer spots filled 4-6 months in advance. The sooner you apply and the more flexibility you have, the better!

Please see the volunteer training for more information. All volunteers receive the same classes, regardless of previous experience at other field stations/labs etc.

We recommend a budget of $30-40 per week for dinner, drinks and day off activities. All meals are provided, except on the day off when you are allowed to cook for yourself at the station, so if you don’t want to spend money on food, you are not expected to. 

Please refer to our volunteer fee page.

Your fee covers all accommodations and meals for the duration of your stay, field work and training activities, internet access, as well as transportation to and from Bimini airport. The fee does not include flights to Bimini nor your insurance costs. 

Unfortunately not, BBFS is a non-profit organisation and is self-funded, largely by grants, university courses and film/TV crews.  The fees the volunteers pay contribute to less than half of the cost to keep the station running. It works out to be approximately $25 per day for 3 meals, accommodation and all field activities- not a bad deal!

This obviously depends on the time of year. Summer temperatures can reach the 90s and water temperatures will reach mid-80s. Winter temperatures can get to low 70s and water temperatures can reach mid-70s.

It is rarely required for our research and we have very little time to dive. There are a couple of dive shops on the island that offer dive trips, their schedules are irregular and unreliable and rarely coincide with our days off. It is available to rent should you need it.

Usually one every 7 days but this depends on the research at the time. Now and again this can be up to 14 days.

The South Island of Bimini is pretty small, there is one bar that also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and one small shop on the island. A 5-minute ferry journey takes you to the North Island where there are more shops and bars etc. You can also contact Big Game Club for additional off-day activites, such as scuba diving.

Volunteers sleep in single sex dorm rooms with a maximum of 4 people.

Yes! However, if you have additional dietary restrictions (veganism, gluten intolerance, etc) you will be expected to supplement your own diets, as we have limited food supplies.

Yes on the North Island, however it is not always reliable. Therefore we recommend bringing American or Bahamian currency. 

Yes there are a variety of relatively cheap accommodation options close to the station that can house 2-6 people. If needed for research, we expect volunteers to work during these visits. However, we are flexible and in the past have been able to organise tours of the station and the island for a small fee. 

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