Sea Turtle Conservation volunteer

(During nesting season only: December – May)

Role Overview

As the turtle nest monitor, you will assist the Galapagos National Park staff by taking critically important nesting baseline data. This will include:

  • Identifying species (hawksbill or green).

  • Determining nesting patterns.

  • Monitoring nest sizes.


4 hours/day: 6:00AM-8:00AM (first light) and 8:00PM-10:00PM (dark)
(Position can be combined with another position during the day at no extra cost)


  • 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.

  • A genuine passion for animal conservation.

  • 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 independently collect and register data

Interested in volunteering as a Turtle Nest Monitor? 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