Information about jobs, volunteering opportunities and holidays working in turtle conservation in Cabo Verde Africa. For more general information turtle conservation on Sal visit the Turtle SOS website, facebook page or blog.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Paid Positions working with turtles in Sal, Cabo Verde 2015

One position remains for a native English speaker only.
Download an application form here.

Cabo Verde is the world’s third most important nesting site for Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta).
Despite being an endangered species and protected by law, the turtles are still killed for their meat. In 2007 it was estimated that loggerhead turtles on Sal would be extinct by 2015 if something was not done to stop the illegal hunting and trading of their meat. 

In the 2008 ADTMA SOS Tartarugas began patrols to deter hunters and the mortality in that first year declined by an estimated 72%. Since that time hundreds of volunteers and local employees have patrolled the beaches, directly saving many adult females from hunters. As the project evolved we began to offer turtle walks and other programmes to enable visitors to the country to participate in these conservation activities and to inform and educate about the need to protect marine turtles.

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

Due to local licensing laws it was necessary to create a separate company to offer these activities, so in 2014 "The Cabo Verde Nature Company" was born to partner SOS Tartarugas, specifically to raise money for conservation activities not only on Sal but on other islands as well.

Extracts from the log book

The usual nesting season is from June until October with hatchlings being born from mid-August until late December.  CV Nature is based in easy-going town of Santa Maria, a popular tourist destination known for its beaches and water-sports.  Team members are based self-catering accommodation.

By joining the CV Nature team you can share the wonder of seeing nesting turtles with the Sal's multinational visitors as well as knowing that your work makes a valuable contribution to conservation. The experience will provide you with good knowledge of turtle conservation techniques and also give you the opportunity to make a real difference to the survival of marine turtles. 

Please follow these links for a complete job description and how to apply.
Tourism Ranger
How to apply

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