This internship is for birders/ecologists/biologists/students/individuals looking to get experience in the field of hands-on avian ecology. Skills acquired during the internship will include proper mist-net setup, extraction techniques, and assistant banding experience. Interns will get experience handling North American Neotropical migrants, as well as Resident Belizean bird species. Interns will also learn how to conduct transect surveys and Point Count surveys, including how to identify birds my sight and sound. Banding will run 5/days a week, and interns will have weekends off to explore the beautiful country of Belize.
Banding will run September 11th through October 20th , so start dates are flexible. The recommended length of the internship is the full 6 week period (to get the most out of the work training experience), but interns can chose to stay longer or shorter if desired. At the end of the internship period, the North American Banding Council (NABC) is hosting a fall bird banding workshop (Oct. 22nd to 26th) and certification session (Oct. 27th & 28th) at the field station. Interns will have the opportunity to attend the lecture series at no additional cost and may apply to take the certification at a reduced cost compared to other participants.
This internship is held at the Toucan Ridge Ecology & Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) field station in Belize, Central America. The station is located in Belize's pristine rainforest in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Interns must be prepared to work in hot, humid conditions.
The internship costs $180 US/week which includes: training by our on-site professional ornithologists, a bed in our jungle cabins, hot/cold showers, Wifi, and full access to the lab/lab equipment. Food is not included in this price though meals will be available for purchase for $4.50 US/breakfast, $5 US/lunch, and $5.50 US/dinner. Otherwise interns will have access to a fully equipped kitchen to prepare their own meals. T.R.E.E.S is on a public bus route and a 40 minute bus ($2.00 US/each way) to major towns and markets/grocery stores. Estimated meal costs for own cooking is about $5.00 US/day.