Ocean Spirits Leatherback Sea Turtle Research & Education Programme, Grenada

Your experience as a Research Assistant volunteer will: Provide hands-on field experience with the world’s largest sea turtle - Research Assistants are not just observers but active members of the research team.

Directly help the reduction of illegal egg poaching activities - the presence of nightly research patrols has reduced this threat by more than 60%. Contribute to the preservation of Grenada’s turtles through local educational events.

Increase community participation – The very presence of Research Assistants working on the programme generates local interest in marine turtles and the significance of Grenada’s coastline to these species.

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What to Expect?

Duties will include: Night patrols of the main leatherback nesting site Flipper tagging of unmarked females

Data collection – carapace (shell) measurements, egg counts, nest relocation

Morning surveys (on foot) of adjacent beaches

Nest excavations

Maintenance and preparation of research equipment

Summer camp organisation and participation

Carnival ‘Turtle Mas’ camp – costume design and creation

Assisting with organised turtle watches for school/community groups and  tourists

Camp maintenance and cleaning


  • Program ID: # 1609
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Levera Beach
    12° 13' 34.608" N, 61° 36' 40.7808" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Grenada (GND)
  • Costs From:
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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