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Turtle Initiative Aims

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn from our Turtle Rangers and gain field experience, while developing new skills that will assist with future jobs and university research projects.

 By the end of the Volunteer Program you will be able to:

  • Correctly apply flipper tags to nesting sea turtles

  • Conduct field research in a remote area

  • Gain Leadership skills

  • Participate in Genetic Sampling

  • Learn how to Turtle Rodeo

  • Team work, with other volunteers and local staff

  • Sea turtle husbandry (food preparation, cleaning, feeding and medicating)

  • How to handle small sea turtles

  • Weighing and measuring animals for scientific data collection

  • Communication skills

Conflict Island's Conservation Turtle Initiative

Turtle Project Outline

At Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative we are dedicated to science-based conservation for the preservation and enhancement of the natural environment, with a focus on grass roots community based education and empowerment. Through the Conservation Initiative, we aim to develop a long-term turtle tagging program to monitor the populations at the Conflict Islands and their connections to the Coral Sea. This project will study the population of nesting female green and hawksbill turtles to create a baseline data-set and to assess the effectiveness of ongoing conservation efforts in the area.

Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with egg collection for our Turtle Hatchery and learn about sea turtle husbandry at our Turtle Nursery.

As volunteers you will get to have unlimited snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boards !!

Padi Courses and Diving are also available learn more

Conduct community education with local island groups

Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit one of the local island groups during their time with the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative. These visits will be to either the Deboyne Group or the Engineer Group and will involve community education. Volunteers will be get to meet with the islanders to discuss conservation issues and protecting sea turtles at the Conflict Islands and throughout Papua New Guinea. Children’s activities will also be run by the volunteers, these activities will have a turtle conservation message.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring any old clothes or spare stationary as a donation to these island groups, as they are extremely remote areas and it is often difficult for locals to get supplies.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and other items at these neighboring islands.


This is designed as a 2-week or 4-week program, The total trip cost is $1750 per person for 14 days. You will require to put down a $400 non-refundable deposit to secure your  placement in the program after acceptance. The balance is required to be paid in full one month prior to commencement. For inclusions please see PDF

Not included in cost

  • flights

  • visa

  • diving

  • insurance (required)

  • Police clearances 

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