Field Assistant at Pacuare Reserve, Caribbean coast, Costa Rica

*Monitoring of Sea Turtles, Bats, Monkeys, Jaguars and Agami Herons*

*About Ecology Project International (EPI):*

EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing

critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local

experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local

communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied hands-on

science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened

species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in five countries throughout

the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in

conservation efforts at home and worldwide to become the next generation of

conservation leaders. More information can be found at

*About Pacuare Reserve:*

Established in 1989 and administered by Ecology Project International (EPI)

since 2016, it has 800 hectares of tropical rainforest on the Caribbean

coast of Costa Rica and have a high density of wildlife and its 6km (3.7

miles) of beach, is the most important nesting beach in the country for the

leatherback sea turtles and is habitat to the only accessible breeding

colony of Agami herons in the Caribbean and northern South America. Our

goals are conservation, research and environmental education. More

information can be found at

*Job Summary:*

The field assistant (FA) is a long-term volunteer job whom supports the

work and data collection of the different investigations of Pacuare

Reserve: sea turtles, Agami heron, jaguars and monkeys, among others.

Field Assistants (FA) will be trained in sea turtle monitoring techniques

and the primary responsibilities will include leading night beach censuses,

conducting morning beach surveys, tagging sea turtles and collecting data,

relocating and excavating nests, train new volunteers, manage the database,

building and being in charge of the sea turtle hatcheries.

Monitoring activities are carried out along 6 km (3.7 miles) of nesting

beach. FA ́s will be in charge of leading visitors and/or groups of

students while on the beach, explaining the beach protocol and supervising

them on the process of data collection. FA ́s are expected to participate

in other activities carried out by the Reserve like personal research

projects, environmental education activities, talks and workshops with

students and visitors, beach cleaning, recycling projects, or other needs

of the station. FA ́s are expected to work 8-10 hours throughout the day

and/or night, often with little sleep. Beach censuses require walking on

soft sand and under the rain, therefore, a good physical condition is a

requirement for the FA position.

The position has a duration of three months with the possibility of

extending the period based on the execution of activities and performance.

The volunteer must choose one of three teams of assistants to participate

during the season.



– Minimum age: 22 years.

– Graduates of or close to graduating in Natural Resources Management,

Biology, Environmental Science or a related field.

– Availability to work full dates, according to the chosen period

– Be bilingual in Spanish and English

– Being in good physical condition

– To be able to work actively in an atmosphere of variable sleep hours,

with day and night schedules

– Be proactive

– Experience of living with many people over long periods of time

– Experience teaching or sharing knowledge with other people

– Desires to live in a remote place and get the most out of the experience


· Previous experiences working with sea turtles

· Previous experience volunteering and living in Costa Rica, especially in

the Caribbean coast

· Previous Experience in environmental education

· Previous Experience with customer service

*Schedule and Location:*

There are three possible options to participate from February 20th to May

31th; from May 22th to August 15th; from August 10th to October 31th.

Pacuare Reserve, central Caribbean coast, Costa Rica.

The field assistant work is voluntary; approximately 4-6 hours are worked

on the beach and 2-3 hours during the day. The assistant has one night a

week to rest and a free day that can be accumulated to leave the Reserve

once a month. Rooms are shared, limited privacy and limited internet



FA Positions are voluntary and selected candidates are expected to plan and

finance their own travel to and from the Reserve, as well as travel

insurance. FAs will receive 3 meals a day and basic shared accommodations

for the duration of their time working for Pacuare Reserve.

*Please note*: A deposit of US$200 will be needed and will be reimbursed at

the end of the volunteer work.

*Questions can be directed to:*

Claudio Quesada-Rodríguez,

*For more information:*

– Please read more information about the position in the following link (

*To apply:*

– Applications must be submitted electronically (applications will be

reviewed when received).

– Please, complete the form and submit the requested information using the

link (


*Claudio Quesada Rodríguez*

*Research and Conservation Coordinator*

*Pacuare Reserve – Costa Rica*

*Ecology Project International*

506.40002727 office | 506.85803736 cell phone |