BFREE Hicatee Turtle Conservation & Research Volunteer Field Assistant: Belize

Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education (BFREE)
Belize, Central America
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Volunteer Position
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The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC), is a captive breeding facility for the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle Dermatemys mawii (known in Belize as Hicatee) located at BFREE's biological Field Station in southern Belize. The Hicatee has been intensely harvested for its meat and is currently classified as Critically Endangered. In 2010, BFREE and the Turtle Survival Alliance launched a multi-prong conservation effort to halt the decline of the Hicatee. Come and join us this summer to take part in the conservation of this iconic turtle.
BFREE is seeking 5-6 motivated Volunteer Field Assistants for the Summer 2017 season. Availability for Volunteer Field Assistants range from May 1 - July 31, 2017. Start dates are flexible however, applicants must apply for a minimum of three weeks and a 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 to inquire.

* 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
* Selected applicants must complete a physician signed health form of good health

Please email BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville at with your resume and preferred field dates and length. Selected applicants will receive a Volunteer Application in return to complete.
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Tyler Sanville
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