Need some skilled helping hands at a marine field station on the Sea of Cortez, Mexico



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  • Description


    We run a research station on the Sea of Cortez that hosts scientists, students, and field courses from all over the world -- most of these study marine science, but there is also a wealth of opportunities in a variety of fields: some of these include geology, sociology, art, culture, education, Spanish, and botany. Our historic adobe building needs some tender loving care. There are alway more projects than we have time to tackle.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We host all sorts of groups with all sorts of backgrounds. These groups all share one very important thing: each person leaves fundamentally changed and with a more well defined world view. Connections made among program participants last a lifetime. We've been helping to create these experiences in Bahía de los Ángeles for two generations. You'll find a sense of community, a connection to the natural world, laughter, opportunities to grow, and adventures. Bring an open mind and several bathing suits.
    Especially perfect for anyone interested in marine science and/or Mexican culture.

  • Help


    We're looking for talented and skilled individuals with initiative. If you need lots of direction, this probably isn't the right fit for you. We're hoping to connect with people who can see that something is broken and figure out how to fix it. People with backgrounds in construction or plumbing would be especially appreciated!

    -There are wooden window frames that are deteriorating under 80+ years of termite damage.
    -There is an aging PVC pipe system that probably needs to be completely replaced.
    -The water pump always seems to be broken and I don't know why.
    -We have cement floors that need patching where the cement has worn away.
    -We have 2 small rooms where I would love to put tile down on the cement floor.
    -I would love to see if we could start a garden. We would first need to build some soil.
    -Perhaps in the space where I eventually see a garden, we could start by raising some chickens for eggs.

    We also have a bunch of great local kids who are eager to learn. I would love some help in developing/implementing some curriculum for them. I would especially love to help support them in learning English. I think kids learn best when they are *doing* rather than just listening.

    We would love to host you if any of these jobs (or one of your own design!) speaks to your skills and experience.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We don't have any beds. We offer comfortable canvas cots that can be placed inside, or out under the stars. You'll stay in a staff house with up to 5 other individuals. There is ample shelving for personal belongings. There are two outdoor toilets set apart from the main buildings. These are bucket flushed. There is also a full bathroom available for your use in the staff house.
    There are large indoor and outdoor spaces and you are encouraged to make yourself at home. There are wonderful places to relax and enjoy the sea breeze.
    When there are classes at the field station, we have 3 (delicious!) meals per day and you're welcome to join. When classes are not on site, you're responsible for your own food, but are welcome to use our full kitchen (coffee, Vitamix, mixer, stove...), We just ask that you leave all spaces and equipment as clean as you found them and be respectful and accommodating to other guests and team members.

    Also available: barbecue, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, kites, hammocks, beach chairs, microscopes, telescopes, library with field guides, snorkeling equipment, and wetsuits.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're right on the water. If you choose to sleep out under the stars, you could throw a rock and hear it splash into the sea. However, we're also walking distance to town. Local cantinas, internet cafes, shops and restaurants are just a short beach walk away.
    Life in Baja can be unpredictable; a "go with the flow" attitude is a *️must*️️️️️️️. In the summer months especially, it can be hot during the middle part of the day. We often get up early (~6am) and enjoy a much earned siesta after lunch.

    **a note on scheduling**
    The soonest we are accepting workawayers would be around Christmas.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Our beautiful field station as seen from the sea. This has been home for scores of students and researchers for half a century. We love life here. We work together and we enjoy everyday. But there are projects around that we just don't know how to begin!
Many sleeping areas available. Choose the one that speaks to you!
It seems like these benches need refinishing every year. Shouldn't there be some sort of shellac that would last longer? Marine deck stain maybe?
We recently gave the whale skeleton a new coat of paint+preservative
Our oven is having trouble maintaining temperature. Do you have any experience with this?
Termites are no longer active here, but maybe the wood needs to be replaced?
Eek! I don't even know where to start with this one!
Termite damage on kitchen window sill
We have gotten some exterior patching done. Next step? Fresh paint!
These bathroom doors are falling apart. Great for ventilation - not so great for privacy.
This shade structure was completely destroyed in a recent storm. Do you have any ideas for building a new one?
Staff house front porch
Museum room. One recent project was to safely affix these shelves to the house without causing damage to the adobe walls.
Helping hands are messy, but also artsy!
Host ref number: 489131648359