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Sea Turtle Internship Position Available in San Pancho

Katherine Comer Santos - The Science Exchange
July 13, 2018

Join an important multi-year multi-national research project on climate change impacts on nesting turtles on the beaches of Mexico this fall.

Volunteer Duties: Search for nesting turtles at night on the dune buggy and monitor the eggs in the box nursery at the turtle house. Release hatchling turtles on the beach and enter data in excel. Help with program maintenance activities. Help with educational outreach.

Research Duties: When you are not on turtle duty and with permission from your Site Supervisor, you will collect data and complete assignments for the academic portion of the course. We are doing a multi-year multi-national research project on climate change impacts on nesting beaches. A final 15-page research paper is required and can be used to receive college credits if desired.

Location: San Pancho is a very safe coastal village near the vacation destination of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. It has a sea turtle monitoring program for the many olive ridleys, and occasional green, leatherback, and hawksbill turtles that nest here. Interns will have their own room in an apartment with other volunteers sharing a bathroom and kitchen and receive a modest monthly food stipend to cook in or eat out.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age, have a positive attitude, able to work in a hot tropical climate, and tolerant of diverse personalities. Spanish conversational ability is a plus but not required.

Costs: Interns pay for their travel and program fees, partial scholarships are available.

Contact Katherine Santos at or via What’sApp at 011-52-322-105-6874. More information is available at

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  Learn more about The Science Exchange Sea Turtle Internship Program

  Learn more about Ecological Group of Costa Verde

  Learn more about Nuestra Tierra Turtle Conservation Program

  Learn more about The Western Ecological Society

  Learn more about Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico

  Learn more about Deep Blue Conservancy

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