Cayman Islands Sea Turtle Research Assistants

Volunteer Opportunity Experienced Research Assistants are needed to assist with the conservation of sea turtle nesting populations in the...


Volunteer Opportunity

Experienced Research Assistants are needed to assist with the conservation of sea turtle nesting populations in the Cayman Islands. The position involves tagging nesting turtles; finding and marking turtle nests; and protecting hatchling turtles from threats such as artificial lights. During the nesting season runs May to November – availability from June through September preferred.
Location on Grand Cayman and/or Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

Duties include:

  • Morning nesting beach monitoring surveys to find and mark turtle nests
  • Excavation of hatched nests to assess hatch success and fertility and collect genetic samples
  • Tagging of nesting females 
  • Liaising with property owners to manage lighting issues 
  • Leading public excavations, hatchling releases, and other events aimed at increasing awareness in beachfront property owners
  • Assisting with public education efforts
  • Coordinating volunteers

Requirements

  • At least 2 seasons of full-time sea turtle nesting beach monitoring experience, preferably in a leadership position.
  • Degree in marine science, ecology, conservation biology or a related field 
  • Fluent in English
  • Full driving license, confident and responsible driver 
  • Ability to work long hours outside in high temperatures
  • Mature, organised, reliable, adaptable, able to work independently 
  • Happy to live in shared accommodation and work closely with a small group 
  • Able to communicate well – must be able to develop and maintain working relationships with stakeholders and coordinate volunteers
  • Minimum stay of 3 months, availability from June through September preferred (peak season)

This is a volunteer position. However, assistance can be provided with travel expenses and shared accommodation and subsistence will be provided. Interns must obtain full medical and travel insurance coverage for the duration of their stay.



Email turtleinterncayman@gmail.com to receive a brief application form. Preference will be given to applications received by Sunday 11 March 2018.

Contact: Janice Blumenthal turtleinterncayman@gmail.com


WWW Link: http://www.doe.ky/marine/turtles

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