Project Coordinators

This position is no longer available for the 2020 season


San Miguel – June 1st to December 15th, 2020

Costa de Oro – June 1st to December 15th, 2020

Bejuco – June 1st , 2020 to January 29th, 2021

Corozalito – June 1st, 2020 to January 29th, 2021

– San Miguel and Costa de Oro are projects with a variable number of volunteers. Coordinators of these projects must be sociable and be willing to work with a constantly changing team.

– Bejuco Project is more rustic and strongly involved with the local community.

– Corozalito is the most physically demanding project due to the characteristics of its beach.


Positions are available at our four projects located on the Southern Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, in Costa Rica’s Pacific:

1. Costa de Oro

2. San Miguel

3. Bejuco

4. Corozalito

Background Information

The Rescue Center for Endangered Marine Species (CREMA) runs four sea turtle conservation projects on nesting beaches of the Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. 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. In the beaches CREMA operates we use a multifaceted approach for the conservation of sea turtles, including; beach patrols, relocating nests into project hatcheries, environmental education, and awareness with the local community, generating job opportunities for the locals and promoting sustainable tourism development. The Project Coordinator oversees supervising Local Monitors International Research Assistants and short-term Volunteers. Coordinators will also be in charge of leading night patrols and morning censuses, data entry, hatchery supervision, organizing environmental and English classes with the community among other duties.


Principal responsibilities

– Coordinate and supervise the activities of Research Assistants, Volunteers, and Local monitors. 

Lead 3-4 hour night patrols and morning censuses.

– Collecting biometric data and tagging nesting turtles.

– Photo ID and Tissue sample collection. 

– Building and maintaining project hatcheries.

– Hatchery monitoring and nest excavations.

– Hatchling release.

– Work together with local monitors.

– Visit other projects when necessary.

– Plan and implement environmental and English classes with the community.

– Maintenance of the station house.

– Database entry.

– Prepare weekly schedules.

– Training volunteers.

– Maintain professional, open communication with staff and volunteers. 

– Attend all scheduled staff meetings with the Research and Field Supervisor and the Research and Internship Program Manager.

– Conduct ongoing supply and equipment inventory.

– Coordinators will be monthly supervised by CREMA’s Research and Field Supervisor..


Coordinators are expected to stay at the project site for the entire period for which they are selected. Preference will be given to potential applicants that meet the following requirements:

– BS or Masters in biological sciences or related fields.

– Conversational and written Spanish and English (Obligatory to all the projects).

– Previous experience working with sea turtles or conducting field research.

– Previous experience working in environmental education.

– Leadership skills.

– Independent, reliable and responsible.

– Ability to accept and give feedback.

– Motivated and positive.

– Able to adapt to unexpected situations and unfamiliar cultures.

– Able to undertake physical labor during night and day in extreme weather conditions while maintaining energy and stamina.

– Previous experience working in a team as a leader.

– Strong interpersonal, communication, decision making, logistical and organizational skills.

– Comfortable working in the outdoors or in isolated settings

Since many of the responsibilities are physically demanding, Coordinators are expected to be in good physical and medical shape. Also, since our projects are in isolated locations where access to medical treatment can be challenging, participants must disclose any medical conditions or possible risks before confirming their placement with our program.


Meals and accommodation will be covered by CREMA during the length of the project.

Coordinators will be given a stipend of 125,000 Costa Rican colones per month. This stipend is designed to cover living costs.

Additional Contact Information

Cover letter explaining how your experience and skills meet the requirements for this

position and specifying project preference

Up-to-date CV/Resume

List of the email addresses of at least 3 references

Please send applications to the following email addresses:,