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Green Turtle Fieldwork Interns

Job Type: volunteer position

Location: N/A

Posting Date: 22 Jan 14

Closing Date: 23 Apr 14

Marine turtle interns are needed to assist the turtle monitoring project at Caño Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica.

Interns will be trained to assist in marine turtle monitoring which includes tagging and gathering biometric data on nesting turtles, determining hatching success, and maintaining a presence on the beach to reduce poaching rates. Those who pass the theory and practical tests, will be eligible for selection for team leadership positions. Night patrols take place every night from 4-8 hours and covering up to 16 km of beach. Morning patrols cover the length of the beach (approximately 11 km) and take 2-6 hours depending on the number of nests hatching. We work a typical Costa Rican 6-day work week.

Our priority need for green season interns is April 15th –November 31st 2014 There is a minimum of a 6 week stay for marine turtle interns and longer stays are preferable and will result in additional training and responsibilities.

Interns are selected through an interview process, and must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 weeks. Those who cannot commit to 6 weeks or longer, volunteer opportunities are still available.

Interns should hold a relevant BSc, have some previous fieldwork experience, have an excellent work ethic and be enthusiastic about conservation. They should be physically fit and must be able to carry a light pack and walk at a fast-pace for up to 16 km on the sand during night or morning beach surveys. Interns will live in a shared space (up to 6 per dorm room) and should be comfortable in a communal living situation with shared responsibilities. Minimum age is 18 and interns should be mature and independent.

Interns contribute a reduced fee of $200.00 U.S. per week, to cover food, accommodation and training. The station is run by a non-profit organisation (COTERC) and volunteer fees help to fund the marine turtle and other conservation projects.
Interns are eligible for a performance based reference, and receive first notice on employment and advanced internship opportunities. Interns who excel, and who are returning to university to pursue an advanced degree, may be eligible for opportunities to earn free time at the biological station to complete their courses fieldwork/research requirements.


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