Wild Sun is a non-profit organization located in Cabuya, Costa Rica. We are not only dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of of our local wildlife, but also to reintroduction of locally extinct species and other large-scale conservation projects. Preserving biodiversity and ecosystem balance are at the core of what we do.
We are looking for interns that can make a 12-week long commitment. Conservation Interns are expected to help Wild Sun Rescue Center educate the public on our goals surrounding wildlife conservation as well as the issues facing our ecosystem. Volunteers and interns work 6 days a week, 6-8 hours per day, as needs dictate. Interns begin their stay being trained to work alongside our other volunteers, assisting in the care of our animals in rehabilitation. Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to:
-Cleaning and upkeep of the center
As interns become comfortable with our system and have the swing of general volunteer tasks, we begin training and work on the internship program. Duties specific to the Conservation Education Internship may include, but are not limited to:
-Research into the biggest threats facing local wildlife
-Guiding educational visits of the rescue center
-Educating the public via social media
-Compiling research and information on conservation-related issues and presenting your findings to the other volunteers
-Help with fundraising campaigns
-Assisting with educational programming on local school visits
Wild Sun is a beautiful, ocean view property with a yoga deck, infinity pool, on-site rescue center and various common areas among 5 acres of land next to the Cabo Blanco National Park. The cost of a 12-week internship is $500, paid upfront to cover your lodging and site fees. As an intern, you will live on-site in dormitory-style accommodations and have access to a shared kitchen to cook your own meals, or you may opt in to a professional meal plan for $80/week. Most dietary needs can be accommodated.
Applicants must be at least 20 years old, able to work in all weather conditions, and comfortable being on your feet for extended periods of time. Prior experience in animal husbandry is valued but not required, as all interns and volunteers go through formal training upon arrival. Experience and/or studies in wildlife conservation, environmental education, ecology, biology, communications or related fields will be given preference. Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and a passion for animals are a must.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Conservation Internship Application." Please include a resume or CV, a brief letter of intent, and a list of references.