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Field Assistants in Pacuare Reserve Costa Rica



Pacuare Reserve is a conservation and research site in Matina, Limon, Costa Rica, established in 1989 with approximately 1700 acres of tropical forest. Pacuare Reserve's 6kms of coastline are one of the most important nesting sites for endangered leatherback sea turtles in the country.

The research assistant (RA) is a long-term volunteer job whom supports the work and data collection of the different investigations of Pacuare Reserve: sea turtles, Agami heron, jaguars and monkeys, among others. Research Assistants (RA) will be trained in sea turtle monitoring techniques and the primary responsibilities will include leading night beach censuses, conducting morning beach surveys, tagging sea turtles and collecting data, relocating and excavating nests, train new volunteers, manage the database, building and being in charge of the sea turtle hatcheries.

The position has duration of three or four months with the possibility of extending the period based on the execution of activities and performance. The volunteer must choose one of three teams of assistants to participate during the season. More info is available on our website.


Pacuare Reserve

Matina, Limón

Graduates of or close to graduating in Biology, Environmental Science or a related field. Availability to work full dates, according to the chosen period. Being in a good physical condition.

Dates of program:
There are two possible options to participate from February 12th to June 12th, and from June 12th to September 30th

Duration of program:
The position lasts 3-4 months, extendable based on performance.

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 22+

Research Assistants receive free accommodation and 3 meals per day. A deposit of US$200 will be needed and will be reimburse at the end of the volunteer work.

Other information:
More information is available on our website.


Season 2018
"This experience has been one of the most interesting bio-trip in my life. If you are interested in working with seas turtles, guiding students and practicing your languages this is the place to go! And of course, as you will live in the jungle you will see plenty of birds, mammals, insects and crazy plants!! Do not wait, send you application ;)"- Damien Chassagne

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