Two VOLUNTEER Rainforest Carnivore Technicians Desired: Belize

University of Tennessee
Chiquibul Forest, Belize
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Volunteer Openings
VOLUNTEER only, no pay or benefits
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University of Tennessee PhD student is seeking 2 volunteer rainforest carnivore research technicians interested and capable of working in in Belize, Central America. The technicians will help collect data via remote cameras and vegetation sampling as part of the PhD student’s dissertation research. Additionally, the technician will gain experience working at a research station with the Program for Tropical Ecology and Conservation Science (PTECS), a joint venture between the University of Florida and the University of Tennessee.

Our study area – the Chiquibul Forest – is located in the Maya Mountains of western Belize. With wildlife species that include jaguars, pumas, tapir, peccary, ocellated turkeys, and scarlet macaws, volunteers and technicians would have the unique opportunity to gain field experience studying multiple taxa in a little-known system.

This is a strictly volunteer position without pay or compensation. Airfare and food costs are not covered by the program. However, housing at our study site, and in-country travel to and from the airport and our study site is provided. Applicants that can commit to 2+ months are desirable.
The Chiquibul forest is an extremely remote and rugged area. Typical days will include accessing remote areas via ATV, hiking, and bush-whacking to study wildlife-habitat relationships in the mountains and rain forest. Prior field experience is not necessary but desirable. The technician MUST be in good physical condition, capable of hiking a minimum of 10 miles per day carrying 35+ lbs of equipment, and able to maintain a positive attitude under stressful conditions. Venomous snakes, biting insects, extreme heat and humidity, and storms are the daily norm. Successful applicants will have a positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and capable of working under strenuous and isolated conditions. Most importantly, applicants MUST have common sense, be SAFE and comfortable working in backcountry settings, and have heightened situational awareness.
Please note that we will NOT be handling wildlife! Work will largely consist of vegetation and passive (e.g., remote cameras and acoustic monitoring devices) wildlife sampling, data entry, and equipment maintenance. Experience operating and maintaining chainsaws, and driving and maintaining 4WD vehicles and ATVs is a plus.

This is a volunteer position without pay or insurance benefits. Applicants must have a valid passport. Positions are available from May through mid-August, with excellent technicians having the chance to return in 2018.

This is a rare opportunity to build your resume by gaining experience working in truly unique region, while having fun and contributing to the conservation of rare species.

More Information:
Belize has many opportunities for the adventure-enthusiast, including the longest cave network in Central America (located in the Chiquibul Forest), the world’s first and only sanctuary created specifically for the conservation of jaguars (Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary), and contains the second-largest barrier reef system in the world with many unique snorkeling and scuba-diving locations, including the oceanic sinkhole called the Great Blue Hole.

To Apply:
Please send a one-page cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, CV, and >3 references to Lauren Watine at The subject line should read “Volunteer rainforest carnivore technician.” For more information on the PTECS program, visit
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