Sea Turtle and Ray Research Volunteer (Costa Rica)
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Intercultural Outreach Initiative (IOI)
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
The Sea Turtle and Ray Research Volunteer will assist in ongoing sea turtle and ray monitoring projects in the waters and beaches of El Jobo on the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. You will work side-by-side with local community members to conduct night patrols of the beach, looking for nesting sea turtles, collecting data, and tagging the turtles. The sea turtles seen in El Jobo (Green, Olive Ridley, and sometimes Hawksbill) are all endangered species. Your work will help collect needed data about these populations of turtles as well as help protect them from poachers.
In addition to the sea turtle monitoring, you will also monitor the local ray populations by snorkeling and collecting data on the species and sometimes tagging them to better understand their migratory patterns. Other potential activities are sea grass and coral reef monitoring.
Your time will be divided among the activities and each day will vary. For example, ray, sea grass, and reef monitoring take place in the morning, about 8am-12pm. Sea turtle monitoring will take place at night, about 9:30pm-1am. Your exact schedule will depend on the weather conditions and needs at that time.
- Basic level of Spanish
- A genuine passion for animal conservation
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Flexibility in work schedules and tasks to accommodate day to day needs of a local institution
- Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure
- Ability to independently collect and register data
We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. Minimum stay is 1 week, maximum is 12 weeks.
You will live with a Costa Rican family near the center of town. They will cook all of your meals for you and can adapt based on your dietary preferences. Staying with a family is a great way to learn about Costa Rican culture, eat typical food, and practice your Spanish!
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers