Kids Saving the Rainforest is a nonprofit wildlife rescue center and sanctuary near Quepos Costa Rica. In addition to providing care and treatment for rescued wild animals in our Veterinary Clinic, Nursery, and Rehabilitation program, KSTR is also piloting a behavioral study on 2- and 3-toed sloths post release to evaluate the effectiveness of rehabilitation and the survivalship of sloths released back into the wild.
Currently, volunteers are need to assist the Rehabilitation staff with orphaned and injured sloths in recovery, as well as to assist the research team monitoring sloths in the wild. Using telemetry, sloths are located and monitored several times a day. Volunteers will be trained in animal husbandry, food preparation, handling, telemetry, and data collection. Field hours can be expected to run between 4-6 hours a day including nights and early mornings. Total hours will be roughly 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. Other duties may include checking and setting up camera traps and assisting in construction of enclosures.
Volunteers will have to pay a fee of $35/day to cover food, housing, and training. Accommodations are provided in a shard dormitory and include access to the pool and grounds of the nearby Blue Banyan Inn. Lunch is provided, and volunteers have access to food and kitchen for breakfast and dinner. Volunteers must show proof of travel insurance and tetanus vaccination prior to arrival.
A minimum of 1 month is expected, with some flexibility. Longer stay are preferred. If staying longer, volunteers will be encouraged and supported to pursue their own independent studies. Up to 2 positions are available from August to October.
Volunteers must cover the costs of their own travel, but KSTR can help arrange transportation to our location.
Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have a valid passport and be eligible for a Costa Rican Tourist Visa.
Some field experience is required, especially in the Tropics. A high tolerance for insect bites, humid conditions, and late hours is expected. Volunteers do not need any prior experience with wildlife or telemetry, although studies or degree in Biology or related field is preferred. An advanced degree is not required. Any background in plant identification is a plus.
Volunteers are required to bring their own waterproof boots and binoculars.
Handheld GPS, laptop, or camera is not required but will be useful.
To apply, please send a Cover Letter and CV to Mckenzie Wing at email@example.com