Sea Turtle Research Assistant, Pacuare Reserve

Ecology Project International Limon, Costa Rica, Latin America
Deadline Nov 05, 2018
Job Type Internship

Research Assistants (RA) will be trained in sea turtle monitoring techniques and will work under the supervision of the Research Coordinators. RAs will work mainly with adult Leatherback turtles, adult Green turtles, and Leatherback hatchling.  Some Hawksbills may arrive to the beach but it’s not very common. 

The primary responsibilities of the RAs 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 and building and being in charge of the sea turtle hatcheries.

Monitoring activities are carried out along 6 km (3.7 miles) of nesting beach. RAs will be in charge of leading volunteers and/or groups of students while on the beach, explaining the beach protocol and supervising them on the process of data collection. RAs are expected to participate in other activities carried out by the Reserve like personal research projects, environmental education activities, talks and workshops with students and volunteers, beach cleaning, recycling projects, or other needs of the station. RAs are expected to work long hours throughout day and/or night, often with little sleep. Beach censuses require walking on soft sand and occasionally under the rain, therefore, a good physical condition is a requirement for the RA position.


Applications must be submitted electronically no later than Nov. 5th.

Please, submit the following information using the web page ( )

-A CV or resume with pertinent information.

-A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Research Assistant position, details of any relevant experiences and a statement of your level of proficiency in English and Spanish.

-Name and email contact of one to three professional references.

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leatherback turtle. Uploaded by Ecology Project International
leatherback turtle. Uploaded by Ecology Project International