La Tortuga Viva (LTV), a sea turtle sanctuary located on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, seeks a dedicated and enthusiastic coordinator to help manage its conservation and community engagement activities. Since 2010, La Tortuga Viva has hatched and freed more than 400,000 baby sea turtles through the support of fourteen volunteers from the local community who diligently patrol 35 km of beach every night. La Tortuga Viva is a subsidiary of the off-grid, sustainable boutique hotel Playa Viva, which is dedicated to social and environmental sustainability.
The Sanctuary Coordinator is a multifaceted role involving capacity building, community engagement, environmental education, ecotourism and turtle camp coordination. S/he will work under the guidance of and report to Playa Viva’s Social and Environmental Impact (SEI) Manager. S/he will assist and oversee conservation work, coordinate and help manage turtle volunteers, organize sanctuary visits, hatchling releases (for hotel guests) and night patrols (for hotel guests), write reports, and engage in fundraising and social media. Ideal candidates will have experience working in sea turtle conservation, have a background in conservation management, fluency in Spanish, strong interpersonal communication skills, experience working in developing country contexts, community engagement, and ecotourism. This is a great opportunity for a budding young professional to gain experience on the ground in community-based conservation.
Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Liaise with SEI manager to coordinate La Tortuga Viva volunteers and relationship with Playa Viva
- Coordinate LTV activities, provide support and capacity building for volunteers, and assist with turtle conservation work, including but not limited to:
- Providing technical assistance for permit application submission to SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment),
- Ensuring turtle volunteers are performing their duties,
- Acting as a link between hotel and turtle camp,
- Ensuring turtle volunteers are providing accurate and consistent data monthly and on time,
- Identifying new resources for training of volunteers;
- Research and ensure best practices for nest relocation, sea turtle monitoring, and sea turtle ecotourism are up to date and being applied;
- Organize and hold monthly meetings with turtle volunteers;
- Liaise with SEI Manager to coordinate hatchling release and visits to turtle sanctuary (for hotel guests);
- Liaise with SEI Manager to organize and conduct small presentations on sea turtle protection in local schools (preschool, elementary, and high school), as well as for hotel staff and guests;
- Liaise with SEI Manager to leverage and foster new and existing partnerships with conservation actors locally and internationally;
- Develop quarterly report (to feed into Annual Report for our fiscal sponsor, The Ocean Foundation);
- Social media engagement to communicate sea turtle work via various social media platforms (Playa Viva blog & Instagram).
- BA/BS in marine conservation, natural resource management or a related field from an accredited university;
- Strong knowledge of and passion for conservation issues;
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn about sea turtle conservation;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to exercise sensitivity among cultural differences;
- Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills;
- Desire and ability to work as part of an international team;
- Fluency in Spanish (reading, writing, and speaking);
- Fluency in English (reading, writing, and speaking);
- Experiencing or willingness to work in remote communities in a tropical, humid environment;
- 9 month commitment minimum
We provide a shared house (with other international volunteers) in the neighboring town of Juluchuca, a small traditional Mexican town of about 500 people. You will also receive 2 meals per day. Relocation costs and a small stipend (200 USD) a month is available depending on experience.
Ideal start date is July 1, 2019. Deadline to apply is May 25, 2019.