Green and olive ridley turtles commonly nest at Playa Cabuyal, although the beach also provides important secondary nesting habitat for leatherbacks and, on rare occasions, hawksbills.

K. Hernández 2016

We invite early-career conservationists join our scientific team at Playa Cabuyal to gain valuable hands-on experience collecting data on nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.

Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp runs from September 15 to March 31. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and are requested to commit a minimum of 15 consecutive days at Playa Cabuyal (1-2 month commitments are preferred). 

The participation fee is $8/day for Costa Rican biologists and $16/day for international biologists to cover camp food and accommodations. Additional costs such as airfare, visas, bus transportation to/from Guardia and personal supplies or snacks are not covered. 

To apply, please review the Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp booklet and follow the application instructions in the booklet. 

Participants will be required to submit a copy of their passport and proof of international travel insurance, including medical and emergency evacuation coverage, to secure necessary research permits. 

Committed biologists wanted: Playa Cabuyal is isolated and wild.

Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp applicants are advised to consider the local conditions and expectations involved. Our rustic camp has no hot water, no cellphone coverage, and no internet service. 

All participants are expected to contribute an equal share in fieldwork, cooking, and cleaning activities.

Researchers use telemetry to identify foraging habitats for East Pacific green turtles.

C. Clyde-Brockway 2013

Additional studies conducted at Playa Cabuyal include documenting the nesting ecology of East Pacific green turtles, tracking turtles between nesting events using satellite telemetry and investigating the impacts of climate change on hatchlings.

Apart from studying turtles, researchers at Playa Cabuyal also catalog wildlife (including monkeys, jaguars, crocodiles, birds, spiders and insects) and monitor threats to local biodiversity.