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Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project Volunteer Position
Turtle Volunteers must:
-Be able to commit to work on the project for a minimum of 10 weeks. Preference given to
those able to commit longer.
-Be at least 18 years of age.
-Possess a valid driver's license (U.S. or international).
-Possess current first aid and CPR card.
-Be able to hike up to 12 miles over rugged lava terrain in difficult conditions with a 30+
-Be able to hike/ work in vog (sulphur dioxide emitted from the nearby volcano, which can be
problematic for people with respiratory concerns).
-Be able to get along well with others.
-Be able to stay awake late at night.
Turtle Volunteer duties include:
-Camping from 6 up to 12 consecutive nights at remote beaches with a project technician or
other trained volunteers.
-Conducting nightly watches (from 5 p.m. until at least 2 a.m.) to observe nesting turtles and
-Hiking up to 12 miles (one-way) over rugged lava terrain with a 30+ pound backpack to
reach field sites.
-4-wheel driving on long, bumpy roads to reach field sites.
-Day-checking other nesting beaches on a regular basis to look for signs of turtle activity by
hiking up to 12 miles (one-way) or 4-wheel driving.
-Handling adult turtles which includes: restraining, measuring, applying flipper tags, and
checking for injuries.
-Ensuring that hatchlings reach the ocean by monitoring nests that are ready to hatch,
rescuing stranded hatchlings, and excavating nests.
-Recording baseline data, which includes keeping a field notebook, filling out data sheets,
drawing maps, and entering data into the computer.
-Controlling predators by baiting and checking live-traps daily and euthanizing mongooses,
feral cats, and rats using carbon dioxide gas.
-Picking up trash and debris along the coastline. Photographing turtle activity if needed.
-Interacting with and educating the local community about sea turtle conservation on a
regular basis both in the field and in formal presentations.
-Assisting project technicians with logistics such as equipment and camp maintenance,
vehicle inspections, office work, and various other duties as assigned.
-Keeping volunteer houses clean and following all housing policy rules (if living in