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Earthrace Conservation Organization USA

We have an amazing conservation opportunity available on our ship M/Y Modoc.

We are looking for interesting people with a good work ethic and who are eager to learn new things to join our Awesome crew.

You will live and work on our ship in Costa Rica, with a core team of around 10-12 people. At times we may have up to15 additional guests, usually Rangers, Coastguard, or Scientists. We support these people in their work. There may be voyages in the small boats to Marine Protected Areas, or trips into Jungle areas, usually helping Rangers in National Parks. There is also a lot of work in maintaining the ship and keeping her ready for the next mission.

Crew come from a variety of backgrounds and experience. While we are especially keen on engineers and marine people, we do take people on in other roles, including admin, photography, videography, social media, cooking and cleaning. And of course looking after our Belgian Malinois Tracking dog who needs lots of love. Our crew generally work 6 days a week with Sundays off.

Crew pay to join our ship at the following rates:

US$3,000 for 90 days.
US$1,500 for 30 days
US$750 for 7 days

More opportunities with Earthrace Conservation Organization USA

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Earthrace Conservation Organization USA


23661 Summit Drive, Calabasas, CA 91302, US

Mission Statement

Earthrace Conservation works with Government Agencies to help protect wildlife and national parks. We work actively on fishery patrols in Marine Protected Areas, and on jungle patrols within National Parks. We provide assets including a 45m former US Navy ship, Rigid Inflatable Boat, Zodiac and Military UAV. We provide personnel to assist with technology such as camera traps, acoustic traps, coastal radar, FLIR and NVG. We also run a K9 Unit with 2 Handlers and a Belgian Malinois Tracking Dog to assist in SAR Operations in the jungle.


Earthrace Conservation has non-profit status in USA and New Zealand. Our main asset is a former US Navy ship that has been converted into a conservation vessel. This is currently in Costa Rica, where we have an agreement with the government to provide assets and personnel to help protect their National Parks. We spend around a third of our time on fishery patrols over Marine Protected Areas, and with 2 or more government Rangers included in our team. The patrols may be ship based, RIB based or zodiac based, depending on the location and distances involved. A third of our time is spent on jungle patrols with government Rangers. On many of these we also send our tracking dog and handlers to assist in tracking and apprehending offenders. The remainder of our time is spent refitting the ship and keeping her operational and ready for the next mission. All our crew are volunteers, and they come from a wide range of backgrounds and with varying levels of skills and experience.



We'll work with your schedule.


M/Y ModocGolfito, Costa Rica



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Executive Admin
  • Auto Mechanics / Repair




  • Must be at least 18
  • We usually take on crew for 90 days, however sometimes we will accept them for shorter periods. Outstanding crew may get asked to remain on board after their 90 days is up.

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