This internship is for ecologists/biologists/students/individuals looking to get experience in the field of hands-on tropical bat biology. Skills acquired during the internship will include proper mist-net setup, extraction techniques, and bat handling, identification and sample processing experience. Habitat sampling and characterization will be conducted in various habitat types used by bats. Acoustic monitoring and processing may be included as a component of this internship. Interns will have the opportunity to design and execute individual research projects using bats as a model system. A current Rabies Vaccine is required for handling bats.
Bat mist-netting will run 5/days a week, and interns will have weekends off to explore the beautiful country of Belize. The internship runs from October 30th through December 8th. 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 choose to stay longer or shorter if desired. There are multiple research projects ongoing at the research station (including a turtle radio-telemetry study) and students can stay beyond the bat internship period if they would like to get experience in other field techniques.
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 biologists, a bed in our jungle cabins, hot/cold showers, Wifi (limited for personal use), 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 when our cook is on site. 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.