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Turtle Conservation Assistant

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Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde
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Turtle Conservation Assistant

TURTLE FOUNDATION CONSERVATION PROJECT IN CAPE VERDE

 

Are you looking to develop your experience in conservation? 

Would you like to be part of an international project which protects endangered species?

 

Maybe you could benefit from our project…

 

The Turtle Foundation is looking for both long-term and short-term volunteers to play an essential role in protecting nesting loggerhead turtles in Cape Verde during the nesting season - June until October 2021. It could provide you with key skills required to pursue a successful career in conservation and ecological biology, as well as an incredible life experience. 


Our loggerhead sea turtle protection program on Boa Vista heavily relies on the commitment of international and Cape Verdean volunteers working in our field stations at the beaches. Anyone who is open-minded and enthusiastic about sea turtle conservation and fulfils some basic requirements is welcome to apply for volunteering in our project! 


In addition to helping to save an endangered species from extinction, volunteering for sea turtle conservation provides unique, rewarding experiences that can change your life. Volunteering with us on Boa Vista is affordable and your contribution will fully benefit our conservation project.

 

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES


Duties will include data collection and entry, tagging and measuring nesting turtles, analysing and identifying tracks, maintaining field equipment, relocating nests, studying hatchling success in-situ and in a hatchery and daily patrols during the night or early morning. 


A typical shift lasts 4-5 hours, but this is dependant on the turtles, some shifts may take longer and you must be prepared to work up to 40 hours per week. Conditions can be challenging, please see our website (https://www.turtle-foundation.org/en/volunteering-and-jobs-cv-en/volunteering-cv/ ) and General information document (https://www.turtle-foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/General-Information-2021.pdf?x81717 ) for further information.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:


* Minimum of 18 years old

* Commit to a minimum of 2 weeks for short-term volunteers or 8 weeks for long-term volunteers

* Able to converse, receive and understand instructions given in English

* Good level of physical fitness and enjoy working outdoors - able to walk long distances on soft sand, work in all weather conditions 

* Able to work in remote areas under extremely basic conditions

* Flexibility to adapt to changing schedules - working day or night

* Have comprehensive travel insurance - INCLUDING COVID-19 COVER.

* Most importantly - KEEP POSITIVE AND SMILING!


The project is based in camps located on or close to nesting beaches where you would live in basic conditions alongside local Cape Verdeans and international volunteers. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn another language and experience other cultures whilst contributing to the conservation of this species. 


If you are interested in getting involved, please contact volunteers@turtle-foundation.org and take a look at our website and social media!

 

Website https://www.turtle-foundation.org/en/volunteering-and-jobs-cv-en/volunteering-cv/  

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/turtlefoundation  

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/turtle.foundation/ 


 

We hope to hear from you soon!

TURTLE FOUNDATION CONSERVATION PROJECT IN CAPE VERDE

 

Are you looking to develop your experience in conservation? 

Would you like to be part of an international project which protects endangered species?

 

Maybe you could benefit from our…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    June 20, 2021
    12:00 AM GMT-1
    1:00 AM UTC
  • End Date
    October 30, 2021
    11:59 PM GMT-1
    12:59 AM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few days
  • Recurrence
    One time only
  • Fee Required: $50

Location

On-site

Sal Rei

Sal Rei, Cape Verde

How to Apply

  • Did you carefully read our General Information document?
  • Are you at least 18 years?
  • Are you aware that …
  • … working as a volunteer in the field can be very hard and time consuming?
  • … while your work to protect and preserve sea turtles will certainly be educational, interesting, and exciting at times, and always rewarding, volunteer work can also be tedious, repetitive, and boring sometimes?
  • … our work will often be carried out under difficult and uncomfortable conditions (e.g., marching through the sand at night, in the heat, mosquitoes)?
  • … there won’t be much free time besides work and that you will miss out on sleep?
  • … you will live in basic shared accommodation (shared tent in campsites), and you will spend your nights at the nesting beaches (you can rest in a tent in your free time)?
  • … food uses local ingredients, is based on local standards, and therefore often repetitive and simple?
  • … you will work and live alongside with young local rangers, who generally do not speak a language other than Portuguese/Creole?
  • Are you willing to pay for your travel costs to the project as well as a daily fee for food and lodging?
  • Are you willing to stay and work for at least two (preferably three or more) weeks with our project?
  • Are you able to converse, receive, and understand instructions in English (our working language) or Portuguese?


Applications for volunteer positions can be made for this year’s and the next year’s nesting season (15 June – 31 October).

Long term volunteers who want to stay for eight weeks and more are requested to send a CV that can be attached to the application form.

Only complete applications will be considered. Thanks for your understanding!


Find the online application form here:


https://www.turtle-foundation.org/en/volunteering-and-jobs-cv-en/volunteering-cv/ 

  • Did you carefully read our General Information document?
  • Are you at least 18 years?
  • Are you aware that …
  • … working as a volunteer in the field can be very hard and time consuming?
  • … while…

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