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Tropical Avian Technician Internship in Belize

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Want to learn more about neotropical bird species, bird census techniques, and avian field work? Want to spend time living and learning about the jungle in the beautiful country of Belize? Want to learn from professional ornithologists? Then this is the internship for you!

The goal of this internship is to give the student various experiences in tropical avian studies that will aid the student in developing their skills for a variety of future education and employment opportunities. The main component of the project will be to work with Ecorana tutors and T.R.E.E.S staff in establishing long-term bird monitoring projects (observational surveys and mark-recapture) that are part of a bigger project looking into seasonality off breeding, moult, and movement (resident as well as neotropical migrants) and how it correlates to insect abundance and plant flowering and seed production.

In addition to the survey work to be conducted at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center, the intern(s) may also have the opportunity to visit other avian conservation projects in Belize and intern for a few days on them, including at the Bird Rescue Center (a rehabilitiation project) and on a scarlet macaw breeding project in the Chiquibul forest and more...

We are looking for interns who are independent yet willing to work in a team environment. Applicants should have a certain level of avian identification skills and should be interested in improving their techniques for proper bird identification and survey methods applicable in the tropics. Applicants should have a desire for learning about the incredible biodiversity of Belize through systematic field surveys and data collection.


-Gain a working knowledge of bird monitoring methods.

-Learn Central American birds by sight and sound.

-Learn bird banding techniques; both in migrant and resident birds.

-Work with ornithologists in a professional setting.

-Opportunity to attend personal/professional development days with local experts.

-Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of a beautiful country in Central America.

-Opportunities to work with other interns, guides and locals from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands.


-Multiple positions available

-Start-date: Fall 2018 internships will run from September 10th to October 22nd 2018.

-Length of position: minimum 6 weeks

-Schedule: 30 hours per week, Monday–Friday.


Ecorana fees for internships for international students are $250 US/Week. This includes lodging, food (food 5 days a week, + 30$ for food on Saturday and Sunday) and use of all facilities at the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center. Training on methodologies by Ecorana biologists and local T.R.E.E.S professionals in their field of study, as well as mentorship from Ecorana tutors for the duration of the intended internship. International students must have international travel medical insurance during their stay in Belize. At the discretion of the T.R.E.E.S managers, local Belizean students (especially those not staying on site) can have fees reduced or exchanged for work. All interns (international and local) are required to pay for transportation to/from the site.

To Apply

 Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to: Stefano Ianiro at sianiro@treesociety.org or visit our sites www.ecorana.ca or www.treesociety.org


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