RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR THE 2004 LEATHERBACK NESTING SEASON AT PACUARE NATURE RESERVE, CR (fwd)
- RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (RA) NEEDED FOR THE 2004 LEATHERBACK NESTING SEASON AT PACUARE NATURE RESERVE, COSTA RICA
Period: March 7th â June 7th (A few RA positions are available for both leatherback and green season which ends in August/September (exact dates are flexible), please express your interest and availability at time of application). Most countries are allowed a 3 month tourist visa; please confirm and arrange, before applying, any other special requirements (i.e. visa) you may need.
Application Deadline: January 5th, 2004
Location: Pacuare Nature Reserve, Barra Matina, Limon Province, Costa Rica
Background Information: Pacuare Nature Reserve is a private reserve containing 800 hectares of secondary forest and located along 6 km of nesting beach. Pacuare is dedicated to the conservation of endangered sea turtles and their habitat. Pacuare is considered to be part of one of the worldâs most important nesting sites for the leatherback sea turtle (Dermocheleys coriacea). In 1994, a program was established to monitor the status of the nesting population and protect nesting females through research and education. Leatherback nesting begins in late February and continues until June with peak nesting in April and May. Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) nesting activity, although much lower in numbers, is July through September.
Project Description: Five RAs are needed during the leatherback nesting season. The main responsibilities of the RAs will be nightly beach patrols (tagging, biometric data collection, relocation of nests as needed), morning track counts, nest monitoring and excavation, hatchery management and involvement in planning activities and lectures for student groups. RAs will be expected to share rooms with other RAâs and/or volunteers and rotate between the north and south stations; the north station is a bit more rustic than the south. Both stations have cold running water; however there is no electricity or direct access to telephones at the reserve (no internet).
Requirements: Monitoring is done during the night along the beach and often under harsh weather conditions. Excellent physical condition is a requirement. Field experience and/or education or interest in biology or related fields is necessary. Fluent English is necessary and Spanish is a plus.
Compensation: The reserve is unable to pay any type of stipend or for travel and personal expenses. Insurance must be purchased individually. Upon arrival of the reserve room and board will be provided. A cook will prepare three meals per day containing the staple foods of Costa Rica (rice and beans). Special dietary needs are difficult to accommodate, please take this into consideration before applying.
If you are interested in the position, please fill out the following application and send it along with a letter of interest in the RA position, resume and 3 references (include e-mail) to: Leatherbacks@.... Only those who send all required documents will be considered. All candidates will be notified two weeks after the application deadline.
2004 Leatherback Nesting Program, Pacuare Nature Reserve, Costa Rica
Research Assistant Application Form
Nationality: Passport #:
Telephone (work): (home):
Dates Available: ________________ to ___________________
The position of research assistant requires a self-motivated and detailed oriented person. Please elaborate on any related experience you may have in this area.
The focus of the reserve is conservation through education. You will be working with groups of young diverse students (bilingual). Please elaborate on any related experience you have in this area.
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