Information about jobs, volunteering opportunities and holidays working in turtle conservation with SOS Tartarugas (Turtle SOS), Cabo Verde Africa. For more general information about the project please go to our website Turtle SOS Cape Verde or our main blog

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vaga para Interno do Programa de Educação, com incorporação imediata.

O Programa de Educação é uma parte essencial no trabalho que a SOS Tartarugas está a desenvolver em prol da proteção do Meio Ambiente. Se você quer contribuir no nosso programa, por favor, consulte os requerimentos e condições no seguinte link.

Interno do Programa de Educação

Os candidatos podem enviar os seus CVs (especificando contatos, nível de estudos e experiência relevante para a vaga de maneira detalhada) ao e-mail berta @ sostartarugas.org (remover espaços).


Monday, November 25, 2013

Paid & Voluntary Positions working with turtles in Sal, Cabo Verde 2014

UPDATE : 23 JUNE 2014


  • All Ranger positions are now filled.
  • We have two vacancies for Tourism Rangers who MUST speak either GERMAN or CZECH.  These are paid positions for a minimum of six months, starting immediately.  Follow the link for more information and download an application form.  (You may still send an application for other positions and we will consider you if a place becomes available.)
  • Short term volunteers we accept applications at any time for volunteering periods of 2-4 weeks during June - November.
Download an application form here.


Cabo Verde is the world’s third most important site for nesting loggerhead turtles.  SOS Tartarugas began operations in June 2008 on Sal in response to the wholesale slaughter of turtles as they came on to the beach to nest, a situation that would have resulted in rapid extinction.  SOS Tartarugas is a non-profit environmental organisation.  The main objective is to protect and conserve loggerhead turtles through deterring illegal hunting and protecting nesting habitat.  We work in conjunction with local and national government and law enforcement agencies and over six seasons have significantly reduced the number of nesting turtles killed.  SOS Tartarugas is based on Sal but also works in conjunction with other partners on several more islands.  The organization is a member of TAOLA, the Cape Verdean Sea Turtle Network.  For more information visit our website, blog or facebook page.

Click on this link to see lots of photos of our work and life in Sal. 

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.  The work is undertaken by local and international Rangers 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.  You can find more information about typical nights and days on our blog. Extracts from the log book


The usual nesting season is from June until October with hatchlings being born from mid-August until late December.  The project is based in Santa Maria, a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and water-sports.  Participants are based in field camps with self-catering accommodation in Santa Maria provided on rest days.

This is an opportunity to be part of an expanding project that is achieving excellent results and with your contribution will continue to evolve.  It will not only provide you with good experience of turtle conservation techniques but also give you the opportunity to make a real difference to the survival of marine turtles.  SOS Tartarugas staff have been directly responsible for saving numerous nesting turtles and hatchlings and experience a high level of satisfaction from being able to rapidly affect the declining situation in Cabo Verde.  


Please follow these links for more information about working or volunteering with us
When and how you can participate
How to apply


Job Descriptions and Benefits
About the camps
Research projects
Why this project is different to others

FAQs 

How to apply

We are accepting applications for Tourism Rangers who can speak English 
and either German or Czech.

Short term volunteers can apply at any time.

Please read the job descriptions and FAQs carefully before deciding which position you are most suitable for and the dates to which you can commit. Please think carefully which time of year would suit your skills and personality best and whether you have the stamina to sustain a long period of patrolling.  An application form can be found at the end of this document.  Please follow the instructions very carefully as incomplete or incorrect applications will not be accepted or acknowledged.  Send your application to ranger (at) sostartarugas.org.  (Replace with at symbol).
 
Your application will be acknowledged within a few days and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted.  We interview all shortlisted candidates except for volunteers by skypeYou must have skype, we will not call by phone.  Interviews will take place between 17 - 24 February, if you are not available during this time please advise us.  If your application is successful you will be sent a detailed job offer with terms and conditions.  You will have 14 days to accept the position.

Download the application form for international staff here.  
Download the application form for national staff here.
 
(This takes you to Google Docs - click on File and Download in the drop down menu)

Application forms

Deadline for applications for international staff is 30 January 2014
Deadline for applications for local staff is 10 May 2014 
Fim do periodo de inscrição para pessoal local 10 de Maio, 2014

Short term volunteers can apply at any time.


Download the application form for international staff here.  
Download the application form for national staff here.

 
(This takes you to Google Docs - click on File and Download in the drop down menu)

Why this project is different to other projects

  • The work is very direct and hands on.  We are saving turtles from being killed, preventing the loss of nests and protecting habitat.  You will see immediate results from your work.
  • We do not charge you HUGE FEES.  The majority of participants actually GET PAID a living allowance plus accommodation.  
  • We are constantly expanding and are looking for creative, ambitious people to help us to do more to protect biodiversity here in Cabo Verde.  New projects might include working with sharks, birds or whales and dolphins.
  • By taking on more responsibility you have the opportunity to EARN MORE. 
  • We are based in a tourist resort so there are a lot of restaurants and bars plus great beaches and access to watersports (world famous windsurfing spot, diving, sailing)
  • You can get involved in other aspects of the project such as tourism, outreach, research (ongoing work on beach suitability, sex-ratio and in-water studies).
  • It's not just us - there's loads of people who live here of all nationalities who give one or two nights a week to protecting the turtles - it makes it a multi-national, multi-aged, interesting place to work.


When & how you can participate

There are various ways in which you can contribute to the conservation of marine turtles in Cabo Verde, depending on your experience and the time you have available.  We are inviting applications for varying periods, ranging from a few weeks to the entire season.  You can even participate if you have only a few days on your holiday. The available positions are detailed below.  

WHAT'S THE KEY INGREDIENT TO WORK IN THIS PROJECT?
The ability to work hard under mentally and physically challenging conditions with a group of people you don't know who all have different personalities, cultures, experiences and continue to have a positive attitude.  We can teach you to work with turtles but you have to bring a great attitude with you!

Nesting usually begins in the second week of June and peaks during July, August and September, declining to one or two nests a day by the beginning of October.  Hatching goes on until late December.  July, August and September are intense and tiring and you will need considerable mental and physical stamina, commitment and calmness during this time. 

We are looking for people who really want to work in this field and who view the Ranger positions as jobs, not as a working holiday.  For this reason, unlike the majority of turtle conservation projects, we offer places with free accommodation & foodIf you would like a working holiday please look at the description for short term volunteers.

Our work consists of:

  • June – Night patrols and morning patrols.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach).  Turtle Walks for guests start in the last week of the month.
  • July – Night patrols, morning patrols. Field camps operational.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach).  Turtle Walks.
  • August - Night patrols, morning patrols. Field camps operational.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach).  Turtle Walks.  Nest excavations at the hatchery and on the beach, hatchling releases.  Hatchery checks throughout the night (usually sleeping all night in the hatchery).
  • September - Night patrols, morning patrols. Field camps operational.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach).  Turtle Walks.  Nest excavations at the hatchery and the beach, hatchling releases.  Hatchery checks throughout the night.
  • October - Morning patrols. Afternoon patrols to excavate nests.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach). Nest excavations at the hatchery.  Hatchling releases.  Hatchery checks throughout the night.  Field camps close.
  • November - Hatchery checks throughout the night. Morning and afternoon patrols to excavate nests.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach). Nest excavations at the hatchery.  Talking to visitors in our Turtle Centre.
  • December - Hatchery checks throughout the night. Morning & afternoon patrols to excavate nests.  Daily presentations at the hatchery.  Daytime work (maintenance, making signs, outreach).  Nest excavations at the hatchery.  Talking to visitors in our Turtle Centre.
To get an idea about Sal and about our work please look at these photos.

This is challenging work that can be extremely tiring and stressful.  You will work during the night as well as during the day.  A good level of fitness and physical and mental energy is required as patrols are long (some are all night), conducted on foot and may be as much as 15km.  Shift patterns vary but you will have one day’s rest per week.  Read the FAQs for more information.

We patrol in pairs and are sometimes supported by the military but you will encounter hunters on the beach even if soldiers are present.  You should be sure that you are mentally strong and calm enough to accept this. 

Field Coordinators


Field Coordinators working with SOS Tartarugas have the opportunity to make a hands-on contribution to the conservation of turtles, since the primary function is to ensure the efficiency of patrols in order to prevent loggerhead turtles from being killed for their meat.

The Field Coordinator is a supervisory position and is only suitable for someone with at least three months experience in a turtle conservation project.  In addition, the Field Coordinator must have experience staying in field camps and managing other people. 

You must be competent at working with nesting turtles including accurate recording of data, track identification, flipper tagging, relocation of nests and nest excavations.  You will be responsible for the supervision of rangers and volunteers.   Experience in hatchery management would be useful.  There is the opportunity to participate in on-going research projects as well as conduct your own study.

You will be have a probationary period and will be expected to pass a written and practical test.

This position benefits from a monthly living allowance.

Field Coordinators manage the field camps and will stay in the camp for a minimum of five days and maximum of six days out of every seven.  You will report to the Project Coordinators.

Responsibilities include
Training, motivation and managment of a multinational, multilingual team of rangers and volunteers in conjunction with the Project Coordinators
Organisation of night and morning patrols, including scheduling teams
Implementation of project protocol relating to data collection, nest relocation, monitoring of nests, operation of hatchery
Camp logistics (transportation, food, water)
Health, safety and well being of volunteers and rangers including hygiene in the camp
Collation of data including supervision and correction of data collected by rangers and volunteers
Coordination with other aspects of the project

Requirements for Field Coordinators
  • Experience in similar turtle conservation project (3 months minimum).  Your experience must include
    • Collection of biometric data
    • Flipper tagging (PIT tagging experience is useful)
    • Relocation of nests
    • Excavation of nests
  • Experience of living in a field camp (2 months minimum)
  • Experience of managing others
  • Commitment to a career in conservation
  • Relevant qualification
  • High level of energy and flexibility
  • At least 22 years old
  • Understand written and spoken English, other languages such as Capeverdean Crioulo, Portuguese or Spanish are desirable
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Good attention to detail and ability to plan ahead and implement work schedules
  • Ability to work with wood and undertake general maintenance is useful
  • Driving License
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Used to physically challenging conditions (long walks, late nights, hot weather, insects)
  • Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities
  • Able to work independently and show initiative

Benefits: Monthly allowance of €200 per month (on successful completion of two week training period and written test), plus bonuses or pay increases if objectives are met.  Free accommodation in camp and in an apartment in Santa Maria during rest days.  See FAQs for camp conditions.

Timing : 4 June - 30 October.