Volunteer Galapagos Tortoise Center

Galapagos Tortoise Conservation Volunteer

Role Overview

As the Galapagos Tortoise Center conservation volunteer, you will work with the Galapagos National Park as a member of the staff at the Tortoise Breeding Center. This will include:

  • Feeding and caring for the tortoises, as well as maintaining their enclosure.

  • Assisting the Park Rangers with zoo-keeping type activities.

  • Assisting to educate visitors about Giant Tortoises and about the rules and regulations keeping the tortoises safe and the habitats intact.


Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment, and can voluntarily be extended to a regular 40hr/work week. Typically Monday-Friday 7:30AM-12:30PM.    

May be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand.


  • A genuine passion for animal conservation.

  • An ability to openly communicate rules and regulations to tourists as well as follow instructions.

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

  • Flexible schedule that accounts for the day to day needs of working with a local institution.

  • Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high sun, element, and temperature exposure.

  • Ability to speak and understand Spanish is beneficial as it will increase your ability to communicate and integrate with community members. Our staff are English speakers, but we recommend you brush up your Spanish skills to make the most of your experience. If you would like to add a 1 or 2 week long Spanish course to the start of your program, please let us know so we can help you arrange this.

Interested in volunteering with the Galapagos Tortoises? Follow these 2 easy steps:

Step 1: Apply Now & Reserve. Fill out an application and pay the reservation deposit. The deposit holds your spot in one of our programs and goes towards your final program fee. The deposit is already deducted from the prices you see below. The application and deposit do not guarantee the dates you anticipate joining us. Once we receive your application, we will contact you with any follow-up questions and confirm your dates.

Not ready to fill out an application but have questions? Contact us.

Step 2: Pay the full program fee 8 weeks before your trip.

    Download our Volunteer Brochure for more information