Sea Turtle Nest Monitor (Galapagos)



Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Av Conocarpus
Puerto Villamil



Help the Galapagos National Park staff in monitoring nest sizes, determining nesting patterns, and identifying species.

Role Overview:

Sea turtles in the Galapagos are at high risk during breeding season for a number of reasons: the adults are near the coast at this time, making them vulnerable to being hit by propellers of passing boats, and hatchlings are vulnerable to introduced predators to the island, such as feral cats and pigs. Volunteers help protect the turtles and provide data that will add to ongoing research and community education efforts to raise awareness and care for these animals. We collaborate with the Galapagos National Park, an established, local organization, to provide an opportunity for IOI to invest in conservation and social development through a local lens, and to give volunteers like you the opportunity to jump right into the heart of the work.

As the turtle nest monitor, you will work directly with Galapagos National Park staff and take critically important nesting baseline data as well as help protect them from poachers. Nesting occurs on the beaches, so you will be based on the beach looking for turtles and new nests as well as studying already identified nests. You will work side-by-side with staff to conduct night patrols of the beach, looking for nesting sea turtles, collecting data necessary for conservation of the species. The fact that you show up everyday shows to community members that there is value in conservation. Tasks will include:

  • Identifying species (hawksbill or green).
  • Determining nesting patterns.
  • Monitoring nest sizes.


  • Basic level of Spanish.
  • A genuine passion for animal conservation.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.
  • Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.
  • Ability to independently collect and register data.
  • Volunteers will be provided what materials they need.


Accommodation is provided by one of our carefully selected host families or in our volunteer housing. In both types of housing, volunteers have their own room, a fan, bed, desk, dresser, and bathroom, as well as warm water and drinking water. In our volunteer housing, breakfast is not included, but you have access to our fully equipped kitchen facilities to cover your needs. Lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town, which are usually open-air seating with local cuisine. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. 

Our host families have experience with outside culture and international living and provide an amazing immersion experience. All host family houses are nearby the IOI offices and the local schools in the beach town of Puerto Villamil. Homes are fairly simple, clean, and welcoming. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is at the above mentioned restaurants.  

We at IOI pair you with your host family, and we are available at any time to help if any issues arrive with  the restaurants, your host family, the volunteer site, if you get sick and need to visit the doctor, etc.

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Visit our website for more information: Turtle Nest Monitoring (Galapagos)

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