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Jaguar & Sea Turtle Conservation Internship

Practical information


  • Study Costa Rican wildlife such as sea turtles, monkeys, neo tropical birds as well as amphibians
  • Travel to a jaguar-dense area
  • Developing valuable skills needed for a career in conservation
  • Access to a job portal
  • Opportunity to complete courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States
  • Living completely off the grid

Program description

Join this conservation internship based in the heart of the Tortuguero National park, home to endangered sea turtles; jaguars and a plethora of fauna and flora. 


As an intern you will be given the opportunity to work alongside highly esteemed conservation organisations such as Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Panthera, Coastal Jaguar Conservation and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. You will be working on a diverse range of projects dependent on season, you could be working on biodiversity surveys; tracking and camera trapping of Jaguars and beach walks to record data on nesting turtles.


A large part of the research conducted is focused on the behaviour of the Jaguars as they prey on the Sea Turtles within the National Park, one of the only places in the world where you can study this phenomenon. 


Interns will also be responsible for data input, you will be motivated to generate new solutions and propose new elements to improve contribution to conservation in Costa Rica. 


Interns are required to complete weekly assignments and host leadership days. While on program, interns are supported by a dedicated mentor.


This internship includes three online courses which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States:


- Wildlife Conservation


- Leadership Training


- Career Development


After successful completion of this internship, you will be offered two career coaching sessions as well as gain access to a job portal. 

Download the program description

Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • Safe and basic accommodations
  • Airport pick-up
  • Leadership training certificate
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • Meals while on project
  • 24-hour emergency phone

Not included in the price

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Your accommodation

The base in Tortuguero National Park is the perfect way to unplug and get in touch with the natural environment. It is located in the heart of the jungle on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, an hour’s boat ride from the nearest small town. Field work includes walking the the protected beaches looking for signs of turtles and jaguars, traveling on canoe through the foliage-draped canals spotting aquatic bird species, and, if you are lucky, a manatee in the water below, or trekking through the jungle spotting and noting everything from howler monkeys, sloths, tamanduas anteaters, and toucans. Don’t forget to pack your camera.


Some patrols are conducted in the morning or at night, which means you could experience spectacular sunsets and sunrises over the Caribbean sea. In your free time, relax at our small camping-style base, which is solar-powered and designed to have as minimal an impact on the natural environment as possible. We are much like a big family on base, and share cooking and tidying duties.


Additional information

Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Why not upgrade to a career internship.

The career upgrade offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by working with partner orginisations in multiple locations. This combination of having a virtual experience  on top of on the ground experience are qualities that are highly sought after by employers.


Do you have an independent research topic to complete? Why not upgrade to an academic internship.

Gain valuable experience and collect data for a dissertation or thesis. This program offers virtual check ins with an academic supervisor who has extensive experience and credentials in this sector. As an academic intern, your main focus will be collecting or analyzing data and writing a paper. 


JOB GUARANTEE: for both the Career & Academic internship, we offer a job guarantee for those who join for a minimum of 6 months with a 50% cash back guarantee (terms and conditions apply).


Get in touch for more information!


- Up to date CV/ resume

- Copy of return flight itinerary

- Police clearance

- Intermediate level of English; understanding and speaking

- Acceptance subject to availability of position


Scientific Permits:

Since this program is located within a national park, you will need to apply for a scientific permit. This is done on your behalf by our project partner, they will require the following: CV professionally translated into Spanish, ID copy and 2 passport size photo copy. Processing time takes on average 6 weeks, please bare this in mind when applying for the program. 

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.


Founded in 1998, our partner organistion run award winning programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by their own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. 


As an organisation, their aim is to constantly develop an understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, they aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Their Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better.


Jaguar & Sea Turtle Conservation Internship
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