Job Opening: Field Coordinator

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Position title: Field Coordinator
Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Duration: Full time, 40 hours per week

Job Summary
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), a non-governmental research and conservation organization that has been protecting sea turtles since 1991, is looking for a Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator helps to carry out the complete scope of field work activities and day to day operations of STCB under the direction of the Manager. The Field Coordinator has the responsibility for assisting the manager to meet the following strategic elements which are designed to achieve STCB’s mission:

  • Strategic management and conservation actions to protect Bonaire’s sea turtles and their environment,
  • Applied research and monitoring to contribute to the knowledge base of sea turtle conservation/biology, and to guide management practices,
  • Effective communication, focused on education, training, advocacy, and promotion to increase community-wide awareness of and support for sea turtle conservation issues,
  • Strategic partnerships and networks to protect Bonaire’s turtles locally and throughout their migratory range,
  • Fund development that generates diverse revenue sufficient to achieve STCB’s mission over time, and
  • Organizational development that leads to effective operation of the organization.

Job Description
Specific tasks related to this position include:

  • Coordinate and conduct the nest monitoring program in cooperation with STCB’s core volunteers.
  • Conduct in-water surveys and manage data in cooperation with the in-water program coordinator.
  • Coordinate and execute beach clean-ups and the Fishing Line Clean-Up program.
  • Assist with satellite tracking related activities.
  • Respond to reports of turtle-related problems with STCB’s Manager.
  • Coordinate and/or conduct public presentations.
  • Assist and/or act as a spokesperson for the organization when needed.
  • Participate in the creation and execution of fundraising events.
  • Assist in the merchandise program.
  • Assist with general administrative tasks such as monitoring and keeping office supplies in stock, filing, and bank and mail errands.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of the organization’s field equipment, including STCB’s boats and cars.
  • Recruit, coordinate and supervise volunteers for appropriate program activities.
  • Maintaining social media outreach and updating STCB’s website with field work related information (e.g. nest count).
  • Other duties as assigned by STCB’s Manager.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree academic level required, preferably in Biology or a related field.
  • Fluent English both writing and speaking is a must. Preferably bilingual.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and team-building skills; should be able to work independently as well as in a team, to juggle a variety of tasks simultaneously and work under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a tactful and courteous manner with a variety of people, including employees, volunteers and the general public.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Experience with sea turtle work is desirable but not mandatory.
  • Dive training certificate is desirable, snorkel experience and strong swimming ability is a must.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); must be comfortable working with spreadsheets.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a cover letter to stcb@bonaireturtles.organd Mabel Nava & Kaj Schut).
Deadline for submitting applications is November 15th.

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire – Vakatura
Funshon:Kordinadó di Área di Trabou (Field Coordinator)
Sitio:Bonaire, Hulanda Karibense
Orario: 40 ora pa siman

Resúmen di funshon:
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), ta un organisashon NGO pa investigashon i konservashon ku ta hasi trabou di protekshon di turtuga di laman for di 1991, nos ta buska un Kordinadó di Área di Trabou (Field Coordinator). E Kordinadó di Área di Trabou ta yuda ehekutá henter e amplitut di e trabou den e área akí i e aktividatnan diario di STCB ku ta kai bou di enkargo di e Manager. E Kordinadó di Área di Trabou tin e responsabilidat di asistí e manager pa alkansá e siguiente elementonan stratégiko, diseñá pa yega na STCB su mishonnan:

  • Akshon stratégiko di maneho i konservashon pa protehá Boneiru su turtuganan di laman i nan medio ambiente,
  • Apliká investigashon i monitoreo pa kontribuí na e base di konosementu di konservashon/biologia di turtuga di laman i pa guia trabounan di maneho,
  • Komunikashon efektivo, enfoká riba edukashon, training, apoyo, i promoshonpa fomentá konsientisashon amplio di komunidat i sosten pa asuntu di konservashon di turtuga di laman,
  • Ret di partner stratégikoi ret di kontakto pa protehá turtuganan di Boneiru lokalmente i den nan área migratorio,
  • Fomento di fondoku ta generá diverso entrada, sufisientemente pa alkansá STCB su mishon segun tempu, i
  • Desaroyo organisatoriopa yega na operashon efektivo di e organisashon.

Deskripshon di e funshon
Tareanan spesífiko mará na e funshon akí ta enserá:

  • Kordiná i ehekutá e programa di monitoreo di nèshi di turtuga den koperashon ku STCB su núkleo di boluntario.
  • Ehekutá investigashon den laman i manehá datonan den koperashon ku e kordinadó di programa den laman.
  • Kordiná i ehekutá akshon di limpiesa na playa i e programa di Limpiesa di Liña di Piska (Fishing Line Clean-Up program).
  • Asistí ku aktividat relashoná ku siguimentu di marka via satélite.
  • Duna reakshon riba rapòrtnan tokante problema relashoná ku turtuga, na STCB su Manager.
  • Kordiná i/òf dirigí presentashonnan públiko.
  • Asistí i/òf aktua komo bosero pa e organisashon ora ta nesesario.
  • Partisipá den kreashon i ehekushon di evento pa rekoudá fondo.
  • Asistí den programa di benta di produkto.
  • Asistí den tareanan atministrativo general manera monitoreo i mantené stòk di material pa ofisina, failmentu, i diligensia na banko i di pòst.
  • Karga responsabilidat di mantenshon di e ekipo di trabou riba tereno, inkluso boto i outo di STCB.
  • Reklutá, kordiná i supervisá boluntarionan pa e programanan di aktividat apropiá.
  • Mantené fluho di informashon via medionan sosial i mantené STCB su wèpsait al dia ku informashon relashoná ku e trabou riba tereno (p.e. konteo di nèshi).
  • Demas tarea ku STCB su Manager ta asigná.


  • Por mínimo ta rekerí un grado akadémiko nivel di Bachelor, preferiblemente den Biologia òf un área ku tin un relashon ku esaki.
  • Dominio di ingles tantu por eskrito i oral ta un rekisito. Preferiblemente bilingual.
  • Abilidat ekselente di organisá, abilidat interpersonal i di team-building; mester por traha tantu independientemente komo den tim, abilidat pa manehá un variedat di tarea simultáneamente i traha bou di preshon.
  • Abilidat pa komuniká efektivamente na manera táktiko i kortes ku un variedat di persona, inkluso empleado, boluntario i públiko en general.
  • Mester por traha orario fleksibel, inkluso anochi, den wikènt i den fakansi.
  • Eksperensia ku trabou di turtuga ta deseabel pero no ta un obligashon.
  • Sertifikado di sambuyamentu ta deseabel, eksperensia ku snòrkel i abilidat di bon landadó ta obligatorio.
  • Eksperensia ku Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); mester sa kon ta traha ku dato den spreadsheet.

Pa solisitá, por fabor meil bo curriculum i un karta di introdukshon pa i (atenshon di: Mabel Nava & Kaj Schut).
Último fecha di manda solisitut ta 15 di novèmber.

Functie: Veldcoördinator
Locatie: Bonaire, Caribisch Nederland
Uren: Fulltime, 40 uur per week

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), een niet-gouvernementele organisatie die zich sinds 1991 inzet voor de bescherming van zeeschildpadden, is op zoek naar een veldcoördinator. De veldcoördinator helpt bij het uitvoeren van veldwerk en dagelijkse activiteiten van STCB onder leiding van de manager. De veldcoördinator assisteert de manager bij het uitvoeren van de volgende strategische elementen die zijn ontworpen om de missie van STCB te realiseren:

  • Strategische activiteiten op het gebied van management en behoud om de zeeschildpadden van Bonaire en hun omgeving te beschermen;
  • Onderzoek en monitoring om bij te dragen aan de kennis omtrent het behoud van zeeschildpadden en managementbesluiten te onderbouwen;
  • Effectieve communicatie, gericht op educatie, training, belangenbehartiging en promotie, om de kennis over en steun voor zeeschildpadden te vergroten.
  • Strategische samenwerking en netwerken om zeeschildpadden op Bonaire en tijdens hun migratie te beschermen;
  • Fondsontwikkeling om voldoende inkomsten te genereren voor het bereiken van STCB’s missie, en;
  • Organisatorische ontwikkeling gericht op de effectieve werking van de organisatie.

Specifieke taken met betrekking tot deze functie zijn onder meer:

  • Coördineren en uitvoeren van het nestprogramma in samenwerking met STCB’s vrijwilligers;
  • Uitvoeren van in-water surveys en het verwerken van data – in samenwerking met de in-water programmacoördinator;
  • Coördineren en uitvoeren van schoonmaakacties op de stranden van Bonaire en het Fishing Line programma.
  • Assisteren bij activiteiten omtrent het gebruik van satellietzenders.
  • Reageren op meldingen van schildpad gerelateerde problemen – in samenwerking met STCB’s Manager.
  • Coördineren en/of geven van presentaties.
  • Assisteren en/of optreden als woordvoerder van de organisatie indien nodig.
  • Deelnemen aan fondsenwervende evenementen.
  • Assisteren bij STCB’s merchandise-programma.
  • Assisteren bij algemene administratieve taken, zoals het op voorraad houden van kantoorbenodigdheden, archiveren en bankzaken.
  • Verantwoordelijkheid dragen voor het onderhouden van veldapparatuur, inclusief de boten en auto’s van STCB.
  • Werven, coördineren en begeleiden van vrijwilligers voor STCB’s activiteiten.
  • Onderhouden van sociale media en bijwerken van de website van STCB met veldwerk gerelateerde informatie (bijv. nesttelling).
  • Andere taken zoals toegewezen door STCB’s Manager.


  • In het bezit van een Bachelor diploma (WO), bij voorkeur in biologie of een gerelateerd veld.
  • Uitstekende beheersing van de Engelse taal, in woord en geschrift. Bij voorkeur tweetalig.
  • Uitstekende organisatorische, interpersoonlijke en teambuildingvaardigheden; moet zowel zelfstandig als in teamverband kunnen werken, verschillende taken tegelijk kunnen uitvoeren en onder druk kunnen werken.
  • Vermogen om effectief en op een respectvolle manier te communiceren met een verscheidenheid aan mensen, waaronder werknemers, vrijwilligers en het publiek.
  • Flexibele werkuren, inclusief avonden, weekends en feestdagen.
  • Werkervaring met zeeschildpadden is wenselijk, maar niet verplicht.
  • Duikcertificaat is wenselijk, snorkelervaring en sterk zwemvermogen verplicht.
  • Ervaring met Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); moet goed overweg kunnen met spreadsheets.

Indien u geïnteresseerd bent in deze functie, verzoeken wij u uw cv en een motivatiebrief te sturen naar stcb@bonaireturtles.orgen Mabel Nava & Kaj Schut).
U kunt tot 15 november solliciteren.

Satellite Tracking Update: ‘Bonni’

25 January, 2019

After four months, ‘Bonni’s’ satellite transmitter stopped working… This could, for example, be the result of a mechanical issue with the transmitter, because the device fell off ‘Bonni’s’ carapace, or because she drowned as a result of fisheries or was poached.

Although it is a shame that we can no longer follow ‘Bonni’s’ movements, we are extremely happy with everything we’ve learnt about green turtle migration behaviour in the past months! ‘Bonni’s’ active behaviour during her nesting intervals, swimming back and forth between Bonaire, Las Aves and Los Roques, is something we had not seen before.

Normally, female turtles nest once every two or three years, because the migration from the foraging home to the nesting site (often hundreds of miles) and the nesting itself is exhausting work. However, since ‘Bonni’s’ foraging home is located very close to Bonaire, which means that the nesting migration only takes her about two days, we are hoping that she’ll return to Bonaire again this year for another successful nesting season!

8 January, 2019

‘Bonni’ started the new year in the Los Roques Archipelago. She continues to forage in the most western part of the island group. On the map you can see where ‘Bonni’ has been for the past 10 days.

15 November, 2018

A quick update on ‘Bonni’s’ whereabouts!

‘Bonni’ is really enjoying the Los Roques Archipelago. As you can see on the map, ‘Bonni’ has lately been spending most of her time in the western part of this beautiful Archipelago.

‘Bonni’ first arrived in Los Roques on October 15, then quickly returned to Bonaire to attempt to lay another nest, and – when that proved unsuccessful – swam back to Los Roques where she’s now been since October 27.

We’ll continue to monitor her movements and will update you again in December!

30 October, 2018

On the evening of October 23rd, ‘Bonni’ came ashore once more! She attempted to lay her sixth nest of this season, but – unfortunately – did not succeed. Right after she started digging, ‘Bonni’ hit a large rock, which prevented her from digging any further. She then decided to turn around, to go back to the ocean.

When sea turtles attempt to lay a nest, but for some reason are unsuccessful, they may try again either the same or the next night. We were therefore hoping that ‘Bonni’ would return to the beach again to try once more. ‘Bonni’, however, had her own plan: after the attempt, she went back to the sea and started swimming towards the east again. She did not come back ashore to lay a nest…

The last signal from ‘Bonni’s’ transmitter shows that she’s back in the Los Roques Archipelago.

We’ll continue to monitor her movements and will update you if anything changes!

23 October, 2018

Guess who’s back! ‘Bonni’ continues to surprise us… she has once again returned to Bonaire!

Friday evening, at 10:34pm, ‘Bonni’ started her journey from Los Roques to Bonaire. She covered approximately 86 nautical miles/159 kilometers in 56 hours, and arrived on Bonaire in the morning of October 22. The yellow lines on the map show where ‘Bonni’ sped; the blue lines, on the other hand, indicate where ‘Bonni’ swam a little slower.

Although we have fitted 26 adult sea turtles with satellite transmitters over the past 15 years, we have not seen migration behavior like ‘Bonni’s’ before. This shows us that we can learn valuable lessons about foraging and breeding habits from each individual sea turtle fitted with a transmitter.

We believe ‘Bonni’ may have returned to Bonaire because she felt the urge to lay another nest. We now have to wait patiently to see what her plans are. To be continued!

16 October, 2018

Yet another surprise! ‘Bonni’ did not stay in Las Aves, as we suspected, she instead decided to continue her journey eastward to the Los Roques Archipelago – an area rich with coral reefs and seagrass.

‘Bonni’ is not the first turtle tracked by STCB to travel to the Los Roques National Park. In 2006, STCB deployed a transmitter on a female hawksbill named ‘Heit’. ‘Heit’, who had already been tagged on Bonaire in 2004, traveled to her foraging waters at Los Roques after completing her nesting season on Bonaire.

Los Roques, a National Park since 1972, is located just to the east of Las Aves. In 2006, after it became clear that ‘Heit’ lived in Los Roques, STCB’s Manager Mabel and Field Specialist Funchi went to the archipelago to see if they could spot ‘Heit’. And… Funchi did see a glimpse of her! In 2008, a diver spotted ‘Heit’ again on Bonaire (see photos above).

We look forward to find out whether ‘Bonni’ will stay in Los Roques, just like ‘Heit’…

9 October, 2018

After laying her fifth nest, ‘Bonni’ left Bonaire and started to swim eastward. As we did not receive a signal for approximately 36 hours, we weren’t sure whether she had returned to the Las Aves Archipelago or had gone elsewhere. Luckily, we received a signal again on the evening of October 3rd: ‘Bonni’ had arrived at Las Aves!

For the past five days, ‘Bonni’ has been going back and forth between Isla Aves de Sotavento and Isla Aves de Barlovento. The Archipelago consists of a grand total of twenty-one islets and islands, it therefore seems to be a perfect place for our adventurous traveler ‘Bonni’!

3 October, 2018

‘Bonni’ continues to amaze us! On Monday night, ‘Bonni’ came ashore again to lay her fifth nest of this season… And by now, her first nest is already close to hatching!

After laying her nest, ‘Bonni’ began her journey eastwards, possibly towards Las Aves again. The last signal we received from her transmitter was yesterday morning at 8:22am and we’re now waiting to see where her journey will take her this time.

We will update you when we receive a new signal!

28 September, 2018

‘Bonni’ has once again returned to Bonaire and we believe she may be laying another nest in the coming days!

The migration behavior of previously tracked sea turtles on Bonaire has been different from ‘Bonni’s’ journey. ‘Bonni’ has been toing and froing between Bonaire and the Las Aves Archipelago, returning to Bonaire multiple times to nest. Since we have not seen a migration pattern like this before, we contacted sea turtle expert and former STCB manager Robert van Dam to better understand ‘Bonni’s’ actions.

According to Robert, a possible explanation for ‘Bonni’s’ migration behavior is that, after laying a nest, ‘Bonni’ may feel ’empty’: she thinks that she has finished her nesting season and therefore starts her journey back home. However, after a few days she once again feels the urge to nest.

In this case, sea turtles can show different behaviors or strategies. When a turtle feels the urge to nest, but is not at her nesting site, she can either make her way to a nearby nesting site to lay a nest, or – if she does not find a suitable nesting place – she can abandon her eggs in the sea. Another strategy, one that ‘Bonni’ seems to be using, is to leave her foraging home to return to her nesting site once more.

We’ll find out soon whether ‘Bonni’ will be laying another nest, and we’ll keep you posted!

Thank you Robert for sharing your knowledge with us!

25 September, 2018

‘Bonni’ is turning out to be a perfect match for Corendon: she’s a true traveller!

After laying her fourth nest on September 21st, ‘Bonni’ once again returned to Las Aves (she swam 31.7 nautical miles in less than 24 hours!) and spent three days at Isla Aves de Sotavento. This morning, however, she was on the move to Bonaire AGAIN! At 9:43am, she was just 16 nautical miles east of Bonaire…

We’re anxiously waiting to see whether she’ll visit our island again to surprise us with yet another nest!

21 September, 2018

We are excited to share with you that ‘Bonni’ came ashore last night and laid her fourth nest of this season!

After returning to the sea, ‘Bonni’ started swimming east again, possibly towards the Las Aves Archipelago. We are curious to see whether ‘Bonni’ is indeed going back to Las Aves; or will her journey take her elsewhere? And, if she is making her way to Las Aves again, will she actually stay this time or will she return to Bonaire once more to surprise us with another nest?

We hope to find out soon!

18 September, 2018

This morning, signals showed that ‘Bonni’ has definitely returned to Bonaire! We’re very eager to find out whether she’ll lay another nest…

September 17, 2018

Yesterday morning at 11:00am, ‘Bonni’ was still in the Las Aves Archipelago. However, when we checked the map this morning, we found out that ‘Bonni’ is swimming towards Bonaire again! What a surprise!

STCB has satellite tracked twenty-six sea turtles so far and ‘Bonni’ is the first tracked post-breeding sea turtle that ‘has done a loop’ like this after leaving Bonaire. This information supports STCB’s ongoing satellite tracking program, as there is not a ‘one fits all’ formula. Each tracking experience enhances our knowledge about migration patterns and thus gives us a better understanding of how to best protect sea turtles within the Caribbean region.

‘Bonni’s’ migration behavior does pose several questions. For example, is it common for green turtles to travel this far during their inter-nesting periods? And, will ‘Bonni’ return to Bonaire to lay one or more nests or is she merely passing by to continue north? Or is it possible that ‘Bonni’ lives on Bonaire, even though Bonaire’s habitat is a developmental habitat and not a feeding ground for adult turtles?

To be continued…

September 14, 2018
Signals from the satellite transmitter show that ‘Bonni’ is currently cruising along the eastern part of the Las Aves Archipelago. It is known that female sea turtles don’t eat, or eat scarcely, while migrating from their feeding grounds to their nesting beach and commonly not at all once the laying has started. This in order to save space for the eggs to develop in their bodies. Hence, the turtles lose the fat reserves that they built prior to their reproductive migration. For this reason, if suitable habitat is found in their migration back home, sea turtles may stop to eat and regain some energy for their journey. It may be that ‘Bonni’ is doing that right now in Las Aves, where mangroves and seagrass beds are part of the marine ecosystem providing a good feeding site for green turtles. It is also possible that ‘Bonni’ lives in the Las Aves Archipelago; we can’t wait to find out during the coming days!

September 13, 2018
On Monday, September 11, a satellite transmitter was deployed on a green turtle named ‘Bonni’, right after she finished laying her nest. With this technology we can track ‘Bonni’ in real-time during her migration to her feeding habitat. This information guides best management practices for the conservation of sea turtles in the region. For more information, please visit our website.

The satellite transmitter was fitted at 4:00am by STCB staff and volunteers. We started to receive signals immediately and we could see that ‘Bonni’ left Bonaire right after returning to the sea, which indicates that this may have been her last nest of this season and she started her journey back home under a beautiful night full of stars.

‘Bonni’ is now 43 nautical miles from Bonaire, on the most eastern part of the Las Aves Archipelago. Las  Aves is located north of Venezuela, between Bonaire and the Los Roques Archipelago. The last signal was received at 10:29am this morning and we’re eager to find out where she’ll go next!

Thank you Corendon for funding ‘Bonni’s’ satellite transmitter! For more information about the Corendon Foundation (in Dutch), please visit their website.

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