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Assistant Coordinator with Sea Turtles in Sal Island, Cabo Verde 2018

The islands of Cape Verde constitute the worlds third most important nesting site for the Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), one of seven marine turtle species found worldwide. This incredible species is a critical link in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the health of sea grass beds and coral reef systems that provide food and shelter for a vast array of other marine life.
Unfortunately, human exploitation of this amazing species has brought them to the brink of extinction. In 2007 it was estimated that the Loggerhead population in Cape Verde would be extinct by 2015 if immediate actions werent taken to halt the illegal hunt and trade of turtle meat.
The project encompasses patrolling beaches (night and morning) to monitor nesting and deter hunting, data collection, research, working with tourists and local businesses, operation of hatcheries, education and outreach activities and beach clean-ups. This work is undertaken by local and international assistants and volunteers. Although there is a wide scope of activities within the project, protection of nesting turtles continues to be the main focus and this can be stressful and tiring, but ultimately highly rewarding.
The usual nesting season is from June until October with hatchlings being born from mid-August until late December.
The position of Assistant Coordinator is open to candidates with a commitment to a career in conservation and a particular interest in working with marine turtles. You will gain valuable field experience in the field conducting the following:
Track identification
Collection of biometric data
Tagging and identifying previously tagged females
Nest relocations and excavations
Training Field Assistants and International Volunteers

Project Biodiversitys strategy for the sea turtle protection campaign is to put together the motivation and the strength of international volunteers and local Cabo Verdeans. During the nesting season, the international participants are an important asset for the patrolling of the nesting beaches, and are the biggest part of the field camp team. As Assistant Coordinator your main duties are to assist in the logistics of the field camp and the supervision of this team.

More specifically your duties will be:
Maintaining a safe and clean camp environment.
Coordinating pickup of weekly food shopping and daily bread pick ups.
Organising group activities/challenges aimed at maintaining the wellbeing of camp mentality.
Welcoming new volunteers and introducing them to camp protocols.
Transporting teams to and from patrol beaches situated away from camp.
To assist the Coordinators with tasks such as;
Maintaining camp equipment.
Ensuring proper care of patrol equipment.
Organising and monitoring adherence to camp duties/cleaning schedules.
Assisting patrols during the night and morning with any needs such as relocation of nests, lost turtles etc.

In addition to these specific duties, you will also participate in night patrols to deter hunters, data collection, track identification, tagging of turtles and assisting with the training of the field assistants and volunteers. There will also be day patrols to relocate nests to the hatcheries or other locations on the beach. Following the end of the season, you will also be responsible for monitoring and excavating nests and releasing hatchlings.

You will work under the supervision of the Camp Coordinators. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable cross-cultural experience by assisting other associations with various small short-term projects related to improving social and economic welfare within the community.
Salary and Benefits for Assistant Coordinator
The Assistant Coordinator will be provided with accommodation (field camp & apartment in Santa Maria for rest days) and meals in camp. The meals during the days off are not provided. You will have a monthly salary of 300
Timing
The Assistant Coordinator position is for the entire nesting season from 8 June (the latest start date) until 20 October (the earliest end date)

Deadline for applications: 25th of March 2018
See the web site for the application form:www.projectbiodiversity.org

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