URGENT! 1 Field Assistant position in Pacuare Reserve to start ASAP

*URGENT! 1 Field Assistant position in Pacuare Reserve to start ASAP*

*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 https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.ecologyproject.org&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C9250aabacf6d48f1255908d7afa4bdd2%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637170994419371614&sdata=py0DLRhspuzbGPpfNbtIMHUraq8Asy6ksf%2FB4XvxA%2B8%3D&reserved=0

*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 https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.pacuarereserve.org&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C9250aabacf6d48f1255908d7afa4bdd2%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637170994419381611&sdata=3rLFRiqWEX4SZ88ts8AQf2fg1lk3z1DGanGLs5SUxjI%3D&reserved=0

*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:*

The position needs to be filled in ASAP, so applicants who can start the

earliest will be preferred. 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 connection.


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.

*For questions, please contact both persons below:*

Claudio Quesada-Rodríguez, claudio.quesada@ecologyproject.org

Karolina Czechowska, kmczechow@gmail.com

*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