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BFREE Avian Volunteer Field Assistant:


Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE)


Belize, Central America



Last Date to Apply:

31 May 2017
Open until filled


Join the Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE)

as an Avian Volunteer Field Assistant this Summer!


Have you ever seen a Scarlet Macaw? A Montezuma’s Oropendola? A Blue Crowned Mot Mot? Join BFREE as an Avian Volunteer Field Assistant and spend your summer birding in various habitats at one of the most acclaimed birding sites in Belize. With over 350 species of migrant and resident birds, the BFREE Biological Field Station and Private Nature Reserve is a great place to see rare tropical species. Situated in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, BFREE is teeming with exotic plants and wildlife where 80 species of migratory birds, and hundreds of resident species can be found.


As a BFREE Avian Volunteer Field Assistant, you will:

  • Facilitate the development of hot spots for other resident and migrant birds around the BFREE reserve to describe diversity; including canopy species as observed from a 114 foot observation tower, along the Bladen River, and in comparison habitats of an agroforestry plot versus pristine forest
  • Collect data to be submitted into eBirds and entered into an onsite database
  • Develop the protocol for eBird data and monitoring program at BFREE
  • Monitor a colony of Agami herons and Boat-billed Herons to determine nesting habits and successful hatchings, as well as mating and other social behavior


All volunteers will you will assist with general day to day needs around the field station including the cacao and coffee agroforest work, helping with meal preparation and clean-up, assist with trail maintenance, town runs, and administrative tasks. Duties may change as determined by current needs at the time of your assignment.



  • Have a positive and flexible attitude, a desire to learn and work hard as well as the willingness to adapt to a changing work environment.
  • Comfortable living in remote and rustic living conditions in a tropical environment and have a strong ability to get along with others in tight, close-knit, living conditions.
  • Commitment to BFREE’s mission and a passion for the environment and conservation
  • Proficient and active on eBird
  • Selected applicants must complete a physician signed health form of good health
Availability for Volunteer Field Assistants range from May1 - July 31, 2017. Start dates are flexible however, applicants must apply for a minimum of three weeks and maximum of seven weeks.


This is a complete volunteer position, Field Assistants will need to pay for their own travel costs to the BFREE Field Station and a project fee of $350 per week (3 week minimum required). This project fee covers food and accommodations while at the BFREE Field Station. A large number of past students have received funding and/or credit from their host institution to participate. Belizean rates available for local students, please contact Tyler Sanville at tsanville@bfreebz.org to inquire.


Apply Now:
Please email BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville at tsnaville@bfreebz.org with a letter of interest as well as a completed application by May 31st to be considered for summer 2017 opportunities. You will be notified once your application has been reviewed.
Application can be found here: http://www.bfreebz.o...ication-PDF.pdf


Please visit our website for more information regarding available Volunteer Field Assistant opportunities at BFREE: http://www.bfreebz.o...nteer-at-bfree/ or email Tyler Sanville, BFREE Program Coordinator at tsanville@bfreebz.org