Meet the Team
By-Catch Net Release Programme/ Nest Monitoring & Protection Programme Coordinator
Fikiri joined LOC in 2009 and he is the By-Catch Net Release Programme/Nest monitoring and Protection Programme Coordinator. As part of Fikiri’s job he is involved in recovering turtles that have been caught in fishermen’s nets and releasing them back into the marine park or admitting them to the Turtle Rescue Centre. He also is involved with patrol the beaches at night looking for nesting turtles and ensuring both mother and hatchlings make safe return to the ocean. What he loves most about his job and working at LOC is that he increases his passion for animals and especially turtles every day.
Gladys started back in 2013 and is the Assistant to the Manager. Her job involves dealing with the staff, ensuring that the LOC runs as smooth as possible. Another very important role that Gladys plays is correspondence with the EcoVisitors that are looking to make a difference and help out at LOC. She has expressed how much she enjoys the dynamic diversity of people that this jobs allows her to experience.
Animal Welfare and Community Outreach & Awareness Programme Coordinator
Kahindi joined the team back in 2000 and is the Animal Welfare and Community Outreach and Awareness Programme Coordinator. This job incorporates many aspects of the work conducted at LOC including helping with the By-Catch Release Programme, the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, mangrove restoration and educating local fisherman about turtle conservation. As well as doing all of this he is also studying Environmental Studies with a Diploma in Community Development at Pwani University. The things Kahindi enjoys about working at LOC is the amount of variety it provides him with and allows him to explore many different areas of marine conservation.
Mary started in 2010 and is the Cook. She can take all of the credit for the amazing local authentic lunches that are produced daily for the staff and EcoVisitors. Mary says that the best thing about working here is that she gets the opportunity to help with some turtle rescues.
PR and Volunteer Program Coordinator
Ruth began her time here in 2011 and she is the Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator. Her daily duties involve providing tours for the local tourists that are interested in the work we do here. Ruth also is the main person involved in welcoming and helping the EcoVisitors settle whilst also arranging the activities that they will take part in when they are here. Ruth loves the interaction of new people that she gets on a daily basis and she also loves sharing her passion for what we do here at LOC.
Samuel started with LOC in 2017 and is a Beach and Nest Monitor. He is part of the night patrol team that are looking for the nesting turtles and turtle hatchlings when they emerge from the nests. He also helps with the monitoring of the nests during the nesting process. Samuel says that the most enjoyable part of his work is when he sees the baby turtle hatchlings making their journey from the nest all the way to the ocean not matter how long that takes.
Sharlet started her time at LOC in 2010 and is the Housekeeper. She is the one responsible for the amazing upkeep and cleaning of the EcoVisitor’s accommodation. Sharlet says the thing that she loves about working at LOC are her colleagues and the fun environment that is always present.
Conservation Education Programme Coordinator
Ann started her time here in 2010 as our Education Coordinator. Her job involves travelling to local schools and communities and educating them about marine conservation and how important the marine ecosystem is not only to them but also Watamu and Kenya. Ann couldn’t identify just one thing that she loves about working here and said that she loves every aspect of it.
WTW Day and Night Beach Monitor
Lewa joined the team in 2010. He is currently our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre Officer and is a major part of the dedicated team that helps nurse sick or injured turtles back to full health. He makes sure that the TRC is fully stocked with everything that is needed to allow the TRC to run smoothly. Lewa has expressed how much he enjoys working with the EcoVistors and also the rewarding feeling that he gets once he releases a turtle that he has helped recover.
Community Liason Officer, Watamu Village
Athuman joined us in 2000 and his role is a Community Liaison Officer that focuses on the Watamu and Ocean area. As part of his job Athuman goes out and talks to people and educates the local communities about the danger that turtles are facing from poaching. The part that Athuman enjoys the most about his job is seeing the change in people’s attitudes towards turtles and wanting to conserve them rather than kill.
Community Liason Officer, Mida Creek
Sammy joined the LOC team in 2012 as a Community Liaison Officer focusing on the Mida Creek area. As part of his job Sammy meets with local community groups and fishermen and discusses how they can all help with the conservation of the marine and other environments around the Watamu area. The part that he most enjoys about his job is talking to the community groups and sharing experiences with each other.
Beach and Nest Monitor
Newton joined the team in 2016 and is a Beach and Nest Monitor. This means that he will take part in the nightly patrols that are looking for nesting turtles. Once the nests have been laid he will also help monitor these nests and conduct nest assessments to assess how close to hatching they are. Newton’s most enjoyable part of the job is watching the watching the nesting turtle and then seeing those hatching emerge from the same nest almost two months later.
General Plot Maintenance
Kalume joined us in 2011 with the job of General Plot Maintenance. He maintains the garden and plants and looks after all of the seedlings that they grow. Kalume also solves any maintenance issue that may arise on a day to day basis. He says that they part he enjoys most about working here is going out into the field when he has time to conduct turtle rescues/releases and getting involved in the local communities.
Ngatia became a part of the LOC team in 2018. He has taken on the role of Research Officer and is the member of the team that is responsible for the management of the data that we collect and also developing research plans. He also plays a big part in our Mangrove Restoration Programme by helping with the monitoring, data collection and planting. Ngatia really enjoys the versatility that he gets with all the different areas of marine conservation he has to look at.
Bookkeeping & Admin
In 2007 James joined our team as Administration and his job has many aspects to it. The main two areas that make up James’s job are Human Resources and Accounting. His job role allows him to have a large amount of contact with many members of the staff which he enjoys. He also enjoys overcoming all of the very different challenges that his job may throw at him.
Dickson was new to the team in 2015 and he is part of the General Plot Maintenance team. He helps with the planting of various varieties of trees and plants around the compound and makes sure that LOC is looking its best. He also helps fix any maintenance issues that may arise on a day to day basis. Dickson really enjoy interacting with the EcoVisitors that come and go throughout the year at LOC and he also really enjoys being able to participate with the Bycatch Release Programme and in the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Beach and Nest Monitor
Carlos was welcomed into the team in 2018 and is a member of the Beach and Nest Monitor team. He is involved with patrolling the beach at night looking for the nesting female turtles. He also take part in the nest assessments and monitors their progress throughout the incubation period. Once the nest has hatched then he and the rest of the Beach and Nest Monitor team will conduct an exhumation of the nest to see how successful it was. Carlos’s favourite part of his job is the night walks, especially on the nights when he encounters a nesting female turtle and he gets to watch the unique process unfold.
Project-Coordinator – Diani Turtle Watch
Nevil joined the team in November 2018. Prior to joining the LOC family, Nevil had spent time in terrestrial conservation but the call of the big blue was too strong, so he drifted Eastwards from Kisumu country to the beautiful coastline.