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Research Assistants for Sea Turtle Conservation Project Costa Rica



We are looking for Research Assistants (RAs) for our sea turtle conservation project in Pacuare, an important nesting site for the endangered leatherback, green and hawksbill sea turtles, and for our Osa in-water project, an important foraging area for green and hawksbill sea turtles. The main threats to sea turtles at Pacuare are illegal egg poaching and hunting of nesting females. The project addresses these threats through nightly beach patrols and the construction and maintenance of a hatchery for egg incubation. In Osa we are monitoring a foraging area of Green and Hawksbill sea turtles in the Golfo Dulce. Therefore, our project combines boat trips to conduct in-water studies (twice a week, catching sea turtles for samples, the collection of scientific data, health checks, etc), a rescue center for sea turtles, a mangrove reforestation and sea grass monitoring project.

We offer a limited number of positions to work as RAs in our sea turtle conservation project. This job is voluntary with no salary or stipend in spite of being considered as part of the project staff with specific duties to carry out.


Latin American Sea Turtles

Playa Pacuare, Limon, in the north of the Caribbean coast; Playa Blanca, Peninsula de Osa

Previous experience working with sea turtles, field work or working in the tropics is a plus. Must be in good physical condition; conversational English and Spanish necessary; have an educational background (undergrad or grad) in biology, marine biology, resource conservation, ecology, environmental education, veterinary medicine, wildlife management, oceanography, or zoology; and a firm commitment to work the three months; be responsible, hard working, communicative, and enthusiastic, capable of living in very rustic and basic living conditions (dorms and shared outside bathrooms), under adverse climatic conditions - usually it is very hot with 100% humidity, with frequent and heavy rain.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
3 months

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 20+

From US$0 to US$10 per day depending on qualifications and skills. In all cases, research assistants receive lodging, food, in-country transportation, training, equipment and supplies.

Other information:
We are also looking for short-term volunteers, please inquire for more information.


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