Turtle Trax

Volunteers for protecting marine turtles of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

Turtle Trax S.A. is a limited company contracted by CREMA to manage all International and National volunteers who wish to work alongside CREMA on one of their four nesting beaches, protecting marine turtles of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

About Us

Over the last 12 years, volunteers have protected thousands of sea turtle nests and released hundreds of thousands of hatchlings back into the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers not only work with sea turtles, but with the funds generated through these programs help provide an income for local community members and serve to sustain CREMA’s various sea turtle conservation projects along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. As a future volunteer, your contributions will also build a sense of awareness among the local population regarding the importance and benefits that come from protecting these animals—the true definition of sustainable tourism. Participants become immersed in the conservation project and the local culture, and speaking Spanish, while helpful, is certainly not a necessity (though you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice!).

Our goal is to help locals to take advantage of all natural resources the area is offering, obviously, in a sustainable and friendly way, taking care of the mother nature.

Our Projects

Turtle Trax runs four sea turtle conservation beach projects located on the Pacific side of Costa Rica’s southern Nicoyan Peninsula. Volunteers can participate at Costa de Oro and San Miguel projects while internship positions as Research Assistant and Coordinators are available at all four projects.

Playa San Miguel is a small beach town, and the project station house is on a beach-front property in the middle of the town. San Miguel is the longest-running of the four beach conservation projects. We have been investigating the nesting activity of marine turtles on this beach since 1998, after the town’s local community asked for help monitoring and protecting the nesting marine turtles.

Costa de Oro is a small village located alongside the beach. The project station house is situated right on the beach and has been in operation since 2011.

Bejuco is a small fishing village located behind Bejuco Beach.  Compared to the other projects Bejuco is more isolated, remote and rustic.  A small river has to be crossed in order to get to the beach. 

Playa Corozalito is an undeveloped beach, and the project station house is located in the town of Corozalito, a 45 minute walk from the beach. We began monitoring this site in August 2008 in response to the local community’s reports of frequent sea turtle nesting events.

Internships

Thank you for your interest in our internship program!  The next season will run from June 15th, 2019 to December-January (depending on project), 2020. Coordinator and research assistant applications for the next season are already being accepted, and dates for research assistant positions are listed below.

TermDatesProject
Term 117th June - 9th SeptemberCosta de Oro and San Miguel
Term 225th June -14th SeptemberBejuco and Corozalito
Term 33rd August - 25th October Costa de Oro and San Miguel
Term 311th September - 20th NovemberBejuco and Corozalito
Term 422nd September - 15th DecemberCosta de Oro and San Miguel
Term 517th November - 29th January 2020Bejuco and Corozalito

Research Assistants

Research assistant internships are a great opportunity to obtain biology field experience and hands-on experience working with nesting sea turtles!  The projects are open annually during the Olive Ridley nesting season.  Olive Ridleys are the principal species that nest on these beaches, but there is also sporadic nesting of Green, Leatherback, and Hawksbill sea turtles.  Egg poaching is the principal threat to the nesting sea turtles on these beaches. Secondary threats include nest predation, plastic pollution, beach development and tourist traffic.

Coordinators

All coordinator positions are only open to people who have had previous experience working with sea turtles and have extensive knowledge of patrolling, scientific data collection and hatchery work, can speak fluent Spanish and English, and have excellent leadership skills. All project sites are very remote, thus a Coordinator must have a high degree of independence, responsibility and commitment. Coordinators are expected to maintain a friendly relationship with all other project volunteers and research assistants, in addition to members from local communities, as positive social relationships are crucial to each projects’ success. All project activities are conducted using the help of volunteer program participants and/or research assistants, depending on the project. Coordinators are expected to orientate and direct project workers upon their arrival and motivate them for the duration of their stay with the project. Project coordinators are responsible for the overall success of the project.

Volunteers

Over the last 16 years, volunteers have worked hard on our project beaches to protect thousands of sea turtle nests and release hundreds of thousands of hatchings into the Pacific Ocean. The funds received from volunteers are used to run our turtle projects, and help provide an income for local community members through opportunities such as guiding patrols and cooking meals. Also, the work that volunteers do at our long-term projects helps build a sense of awareness among locals regarding the importance and benefits that come from protecting animals and nature.  Since sea turtle nesting is seasonal, our turtle conservation projects are only open for half of the year, from July to December.

APPLICATION PROCESS (Contact form below for general questions)

For Participants/Volunteers:

Please send the Participant Information Form to volunteers@turtle-trax.com in order to confirm availability.

For Research Assistants and Coordinators:

Please send the following documents to cmejiasbal@gmail.com or danielarojas159@gmail.com

  1. Cover letter indicating the time frame(s) you are applying for, why you are interested in the position, and your personal strong points
  2. CV / Resume
  3. A list of the email addresses of at least 2 professional or academic references.

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