Saving Sea Turtles

Why Sea Turtles?

206617_10150188203591998_6727840_nWho isn’t fascinated and inspired by sea turtles? From the impossibly cute hatchlings rushing toward the shore, to the decades-old giants who’ve learned to navigate the open sea, the lives of these impressive animals leaves us in wonder and awe.

There are seven species of sea turtles in the world and all of them are considered threatened or endangered due to poaching, predation, habitat destruction, and in-water threats, such as fishing, boating, pollution, and marine debris. Join us in monitoring and conserving the Osa Peninsula’s four sea turtles species –Olive Ridley, Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill – so that they may endure for many more generations to come.

How You Can Help

As a volunteer, you’ll help us study and protect these ancient and magnificent creatures. Here’s a snapshot:

Nesting season (June-November):

  • Tag turtles and take biometric data during nightly patrols
  • Help run the sea turtle hatchery (move at-risk nests to the hatchery and release hatchlings)

Non-nesting season (November-May):

  • Perform morning patrols to enforce a presence on the beach
  • Gather information on straggler turtles that come to shore
  • Perform beach cleanups
  • Help take down, move, and re-construct the sea turtle hatchery

What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify sea turtle species based on their anatomy
  • How to tag them, take their biometrics and triangulate their nests

Additional Details

Work schedule: You’ll work 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. During peak season you may work longer. Outside of the 6-day commitment, you’ll be able to assist on other projects, and help our staff with various small tasks to keep our station running smoothly.

Commitment: We ask that you commit to a 1-week minimum stay to account for the 2-day training period. The longer you stay, the more you’ll learn!

Cost: Please refer to the “Rates page for current information on our costs and expenses.

Travel: You will be responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Osa Conservation sites, but if you need us to book a taxi from the airport to our station, please let us know.

More Info

Contact volunteer@osaconservation.org for more information.

Download the Sea Turtle Volunteer Guide

Apply to Volunteer with this Project!


 

We offer a long-term position to a limited number of qualified applicants. Click below to learn more:

Apply to be a Research Field Assistant


 

Other volunteer projects:

Restoring Osa’s Forests

Tracking Big Cats & Their Prey

Building a Sustainable Food System