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Research assistant CREMA-Turtle trax
There are positions available at our four projects located on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica: 1. Costa de Oro 2. San Miguel 3. Bejuco 4. Corozalito
Research assistants pay a monthly fee to cover their meals and lodging. This contribution is different for each project, depending on the variety of the former and comfort level of the latter. San Miguel & Costa de Oro: $1400 USD for the entire term (about $120/week) Corozalito & Bejuco: $1100 USD for the entire term (about $95/week) A travel assistance package is available to buy for an additional cost of $280. This includes airport pickup/drop-off, first and last nights in hotel, transport to and from bus stop and bus tickets.
CREMA and Turtle Trax S.A. run four sea turtle nesting beach conservation projects on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. The projects are open annually during the olive ridley nesting season. Olive ridleys are the principal species that nest on the beaches, but there is also sporadic nesting of Greens, Leatherbacks, and Hawksbills. The principal threat to the nesting sea turtles on these beaches is egg poaching. Secondary threats include beach development, tourist traffic, and nest depredation. To protect the sea turtle nesting population on our beaches we use a multifaceted approach including moving nests to protected hatcheries, environmental education, and sustainable tourism development. Research Assistants are responsible for assisting the Coordinator with all aspects of the project, including managing volunteers, leading night patrols, organizing community environmental education activities, and maintaining the station house.
Research assistants are expected to stay at the project site for the entire period for which they are selected. Preference will be given to potential applicants that meet the following requirements:
Advanced university student or recent graduate in biological sciences or related fields.
Conversational Spanish and English
Independent, reliable and responsible
Motivated and positive
Able to adapt to unexpected situations and unfamiliar cultures
Able to undertake physical labor during night and day in extreme weather conditions
Experience working within a team
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Comfortable working in the outdoors or in isolated settings
Previous experience with sea turtles or conducting field research
Since many of the research assistants’ responsibilities are physically demanding, they are expected to be in good physical and medical shape. Also, since our projects are in isolated locations where access to medical treatment can be challenging, participants must disclose any medical conditions or possible risks before confirming their placement with our program.
Cover letter specifying which period and location options you would prefer.
List of the email addresses of at least 2 references
Please send applications to both of the following email addresses: