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Conservation Education Intern - Costa Rica

Hiring Organization:
Wild Sun Rescue Center

Date Posted:
2018-09-20

Position Description:
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:

-Animal husbandry
-Diet preparation
-Enclosure building/maintenance
-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 include, but are not limited to:

-Research into the biggest threats facing local wildlife
-Guiding educational visits of the center
-Help with educational programming on local school visits
-Educating the public via social media
-Help with fundraising campaigns

Qualifications/Experience:
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.

Salary/funding:
We offer free lodging in exchange for a 12 week commitment, however a $500 deposit is required to confirm your spot. Upon successful completion of your full 12 weeks, $400 will be returned to you ($100 is a donation to help cover rescue center costs).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Interns receive free lodging at Wild Sun Jungle Resort after the required deposit. You may cook your own meals in our shared kitchen, or you can opt in to a professional meal plan for $150/week.

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. We have a private chef who will prepare all meals for those on the meal plan, except for lunch and dinner on Saturdays. Most dietary needs can be accommodated. See www.wildsunjungleresort.com for more information and photos regarding accommodation.

Term of Appointment:
12 weeks

Application Deadline:
Rolling

Comments:
If you cannot commit to a 12-week internship but are interested in our program, you may still come as a volunteer. We offer shorter term volunteer appointments for a price.

Contact Jeremy (jeremy@wildsunrescue.com) for questions about packages and pricing. Direct all other inquiries about internships and volunteering to our site managers, Carmen and Ezra (carmen@wildsunrescue.org, ezra@wildsunrescue.org).

To apply online, visit https://www.wildsunrescue.org/volunteer-application

Contact Information:
Carmen Atwater
Del Super Chicho, 100m al sur, 700m al oeste
Cabuya 60111
Costa Rica

Telephone Number:
+506 8884 8444

Website:
http://www.wildsunrescue.org

E-mail Address:
carmen@wildsunrescue.org

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