Sea Turtle Field Assistant in Sal, Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde – Project Biodiversity is looking for candidates to join our team as Field Assistants, from June until October, for the 2021 Loggerhead nesting season in Sal Island, Cabo Verde. We need passionate, driven individuals who wish to help us protect this incredible species in its native habitat. In 2021, we aim to further empower the community to act to protect turtles, through direct beach protection, as well as grassroots education and engagement. As crucial part of our team, you will have the opportunity to directly contribute to the conservation of this endangered species, and ultimately help build a more sustainable Cabo Verde. Loggerhead nesting season runs from June to October, with hatchlings emerging from mid-August to late December. Throughout the season the team of Project Biodiversity is made up of local and international assistants and volunteers. Our work involves patrolling beaches (night and morning) to monitor nesting and deter hunting, collect data, conduct research, manage hatcheries, run education and outreach activities and organise beach cleans. Although there is a wide scope of activities within the project, protection of nesting turtles continues to be the main focus and whilst this can be stressful and tiring, it is ultimately highly rewarding. What does it take to be a Field Assistant? The position of Field Assistant is open to candidates with a commitment to conservation and a particular interest in working with marine turtles. You must have previous fieldwork experience but not necessarily on a turtle project. You will gain valuable experience in the field conducting: Track identification Collection of biometric data Tagging and identifying previously tagged females Nest relocations and excavations In this capacity, Field Assistant duties will include night patrols to deter hunters and collect data on track identification, tagging and measuring the turtles. There will also be morning patrols to relocate nests to the hatchery or ot… – Temporário – Horário completo