Volunteer: Conservation Education And Research Assistantship In Costa Rica

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Volunteer: Conservation Education And Research Assistantship In Costa Rica Job Brief

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Position Title: Volunteer: Conservation Education And Research Assistantship In Costa Rica Job
Company: Global Nomadic
Work Type: Internship
City of work: Vancouver British Columbia Canada
Last Date to Apply:
URL Expiry: 2023-03-21
Posted on: teachingjobs.ca

Volunteer: Conservation Education And Research Assistantship In Costa Rica Job Detail

Location: San Isidro del General, Costa Rica

Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment

Start Dates: This project is ongoing and you can join whenever suits you best, depending upon availability.

Cost: $760 USD for the first 4 weeks + $17 for each additional day

Fee Includes: all food, accommodation, pre-departure + in-country support, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, airport pickup, travel insurance, personal spending, visas and vaccinations

Please note: This opportunity is designed to give you the contacts and experience to help further your career. You are not replacing any member of staff, but helping alongside them, whilst learning new skills.


  • Gain hands-on conservation experience
  • Gain exposure to a range of scientific survey techniques and topics
  • Help to protect a rich biodiverse environment
  • Work alongside a passionate and highly-skilled team
  • Keywords: Costa Rica placement, Research assistant, Costa Rica research, environmental research, environmental conservation, Costa Rica research assistant

Gain excellent hands-on research experience in a Costa Rican mountain cloud forest nature reserve. This project is dedicated to teaching visitors more about the local wildlife and environment, aiding in conservation efforts, and researching reforestation and the cloud forest environment. Education and research plays a huge role in the reserve, which is where your assistantship proves invaluable.

Students, graduates and professionals with a background in biology, forestry, or environmental sciences are all welcome to apply. You will gain valuable conservation research experience while immersing yourself in the natural landscape of the majestic Talamanca mountains. There are over 400 species of vertebrates living within the reserve, 15 of which are listed on the IUCN red list of threatened species.

You will be trained how to conduct research and assist research interns and researchers with their work, which can be used for conservation purposes, along with the general protection of rainforests and the reserve. Working alongside a passionate and educated team, you are required to commit to the placement for at least 4 weeks.

Research assistants assist the interns and researchers at the reserve with their work, which includes research into cloud forest ecosystems, reforestation, and/or the flora and fauna of the area, with the results being used to make management decisions and/or published within scientific journals. They study a wide variety of topics including biology, forestry, ecology, geology, climatology, and sociology. The reserve s location is largely understudied, giving the opportunity for researchers to make new, exciting discoveries along the way.

This placement best suits those who have minimal practical or academic experience in research, but who want to gain experience or get exposed to a wide variety of survey techniques and topics; or those with previous research experience who cannot commit to the 10 week minimum required for a full research internship.

Some examples of projects research assistants have worked on include: camera trapping, bird surveys, reforestation success assessments, butterfly diversity, and animal and plant inventories. Research assistants are also sometimes put in charge of some of our smaller studies, like our monthly owl and bat surveys.

Daily Life

You will typically be working 30-40 hours per week from Monday through to Friday, which equates to around 6-8 hours per day. However, hours can vary depending upon the type of project you are working on. Depending on the need of the current research interns and researchers, you will be assigned to assist them with their work. Work assignments are rotated so that you will have the opportunity to work on most, if not all, of the different research being conducted at the reserve. The tasks you carry out on a daily basis will vary, but will typically include conducting field work, maintaining in-depth field notes, and inputting data results into computer records. Most of the year, it is sunny in the mornings and rains in the afternoons. As such, work starts at 7 am so that you can get back from the field before it starts to rain.

For leisure activities, the reserve and surrounding area has extensive trails to hike on (including a hike up the tallest mountain in Costa Rica), clear mountain rivers to swim in, frisbees and footballs to throw or kick around, board and card games, and a projector for movie nights. The reserve is also within walking distance of several restaurants, a fish farm where you can catch your dinner, a football pitch to play games on, and a thermal springs. A short car/bus ride down the mountain, there is a community which has cheese, chocolate, bread, and gelato makers; a bar with artisanal and local beer; and a butterfly garden. On the weekends, many assistants will take trips down the mountain to visit one of the many beach destinations available to swim and soak up the sun.

Please note: all information above is subject to change. Please check the most up to date information on the Global Nomadic website when applying.
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