Monitoring of visiting turtle population of green, leatherback. loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, plus help with egg collection and releasing hatchlings into the wild. Can assist with outreach to the general public, advising on how to treat turtles when they arrive on beaches so as not to disturb them.
From May to September for nesting turtles and September to December for hatchlings. Peak turtle nesting season is July to August.
Accommodation is either in the manager's cottage, depending on numbers, or at the Hot Rock Hostel. Both are located in Friths, close to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and within walking distances of the beaches where the turtles nest. Transport is provided for the volunteering work. Breakfast and evening meals are included. The cost does not include transport to and from the island.
Turtle Conservation Montserrat aims to bring volunteers to Montserrat to work with the annual visiting turtle population. Volunteers help monitor the turtles and collect eggs to take to the hatchery for incubation. This work is critical for the survival of turtles on Montserrat.
Costs, which include accommodation and 2 meals a day, start at US$350 for 4 days.
John Jeffers is highly experienced in turtle conservation, with over 30 years experience, and received an MBE from the Queen in recognition of his work.
Carolyne Coleby is a photographer and environmentalist who has lived in Montserrat since 2004.