Photo: Batsú Estudio

Are you interested in research or long-term volunteer opportunities?
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As a nonprofit organization with limited resources, research assistants and volunteers are a vital part of our existence. They help us to run our long-term monitoring projects as well as helping to take care of the Reserve itself. From March to September, they provide us with the critical manpower required to populate multiple teams on the beach at night to collect data and safeguard the nesting turtles.​​

Many of our volunteers visit as individuals with a passion for conservation. Most have a biology or conservation background, but regardless of their background or education, all share two key traits - a desire to make a difference, and a strong work ethic!

The essential difference between research assistants and volunteers is that while volunteers are here to help us get our surveys done and play a valuable role in increasing our capacity for night censuses, research assistants are engaged to ensure that all aspects of the project are completed to the highest standard. They also play a bigger role in helping us to achieve our educational goals.


We always need extra hands with many never-ending tasks at the Reserve. Traditional volunteering is a great way to live the Pacuare experience and contribute actively to our efforts and projects.

The economic contribution made by short-term volunteers helps us to offset the costs of the stay of the volunteer:  the boat transportation to and from the Reserve, meals, lodging, and training. The remainder is invested directly to the Reserve and helps cover the operating expenses we incur to keep this vast property and the many research and conservation programs running.  Volunteers participate in the following tasks:  

Marine turtle monitoring program
  • Participation in the day or night census. (March-August). You will walk the beach under the supervision of a research assistant looking for nesting turtles. Once spotted, biometric data is collected and documented, and the location of the nest sites is recorded by triangulation. Nests placed in high-risk areas are relocated to the hatchery. The census also discourages illegal poaching of the turtle eggs. Hatching season starts in May.  Baby turtles are liberated at an opportune time of the day from the hatchery and protected on their way to the sea. Nest exhumations are performed to collect important data and to ensure that no hatchlings are left behind in the nest.  Volunteers receive training and instructions for the monitoring program’s protocol. 

  • Cleaning of scientific and investigative equipment

  • Maintenance of the hatchery: The hatchery environment requires special maintenance to ensure that eggs have the necessary conditions to develop normally.

Organic Garden and plantation
  • Volunteers help with the definition of the area, soil preparation and keeping the same clean and accessible.

  • This includes weeding, sowing, and harvesting and chopping, watering and pest control. 

Maintenance of Hiking Trails
  • Teams of volunteers are assigned to keep the trails from becoming overgrown, and free of obstacles.  (fallen trees/limbs etc.). This includes raking and also cutting vegetation with a machete. 

Recycling Area
  • Pacuare Reserve wants to be a model of and promote sustainability, and say NO to throwing away garbage and to clean, sort and when possible, reuse it.

Beach Clean Up
  • Our beach is 6km long, and only with the help of volunteers can we keep the beach clean and clear of washed-up obstacles and garbage.

Cleaning of Common areas
  • Volunteers help us with the cleaning of the dining rooms and other common areas.

Signage and Maintenance
  • Volunteers with a creative side help us put an artistic touch to our signage.


  1. You must be 18 or older

  2. You need to be willing to work 5 hours per day or night

  3. You should be in good enough physical condition to endure working in hot and humid conditions

  4. Minimum stay: variable


  • Variable (please fill out the form below)

Non-traditional Volunteering
Volunteering at any age

Maybe you have reached an age where you think that volunteering at a nature reserve or conservation station is no longer for you.  The idea of staying in a cabin with shared bathroom facilities and sleeping in a bunkbed does not appeal to you, and you long for a bit more privacy and comfort. You like the idea of pitching in, but you don’t want to commit to 5 hours a day nor can you stay for at least 7 days. 


Are you traveling alone but would like to experience the comradery of being a part of our community? Maybe you are traveling with your family and want to introduce your children to the importance of conservation work and you think that your children are too young to be volunteers.  If any of these statements apply to you, we are happy to say: We’d love to have you and we have the right place for you. Casa Grande Eco Lodge provides comfortable, private accommodations with either private or semi-private baths. Casa Baulas is a two bedroom cabin with a private bath that is ideal for families with children. You can stay as long as you’d like, help out as much as you wish and are able to.


Write to us at sales@pacuarereserve.org and we’ll construct a tailor-made volunteering experience for you that is right for your circumstances.


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