Do you want to join the COPROT team?
We need Research Assistants (RAs) all throughout the nesting season (June - May) to support our Project Coordinator and local staff with beach monitoring work and data collection on nesting sea turtles. This is a challenging and highly varied role that requires adaptable and resilient individuals that have a true passion for conservation and supporting local communities. It requires long working hours in tropical conditions come rain or shine, with the majority of the field work being conducted at night.
In addition to field work, RAs are also expected to support with the management of volunteers, school groups and tourists on the project, and be able to contribute to and participate in community activities.
These are voluntary positions; however the project covers the cost of food and accommodation for the duration of the placement.
Minimum stay: 3 months.
2023/2024 season start dates:
21 August 2023
09 October 2023
13 November 2023
18 December 2023
05 February 2024
Have experience and/or education related to biology/conservation/ecology, ideally with previous experience with sea turtles
Speak English or Spanish (preferably both)
Have good physical condition and ability to live in basic conditions
Good communication and teambuilding skills
Positive mindset and desire to learn
To apply, send us a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your cover letter please detail your ideal start date and how long you are looking to commit to the project.
Don't have a background in science?
No problem! While the research assistants lead the data collection and management, there are many other necessary roles here:
Individuals that are able to assist us in spreading the word about our project, and encouraging other people to come out and help. Role will involve managing social media pages, searching for collaborators, sponsors and sources of funding, assisting in recruitment of volunteers to help with the project, coordinating any promotional activities or campaigns, website design/updating.
Members of the team who can manage others and coordinate the activities of the group. It is also very important that volunteers and assistants have an amazing time enjoying beautiful Costa Rica as well as working hard on the project, so the volunteer coordinator should be able to make their experience memorable! Role will involve coordinating volunteers prior to departure, helping with any travel arrangements, coordinating their daily activities and work schedule, planning free time activities, project logistics (food delivery, finances etc.).
Permaculture is something new to us, therefore we will require volunteers that already have a strong knowledge of permaculture practices and are willing to work hard to get this project going from scratch. Local staff and general volunteers will be there to support with the manual side in their time outside of conservation activities. Role will involve designing a basic permaculture start-up project that will be easy to manage using the project’s resources, teaching others about permaculture practices and their benefits for sustainable living, looking into ways we can improve the productivity of the area and making positive changes to our lifestyle, and waste management assistance (composting, recycling, upcycling etc.).
Community Development Assistants: The community is the driving force behind this project, and we will need assistants to help to develop the community support side of the project. Role will involve giving English or computation classes, searching for training schemes that the local staff could undertake (first aid, construction, management of tourists, working in a team etc.), support with any other areas that could help provide our local staff with more opportunities or a better quality of life.