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Conservation Education Intern - Costa Rica

Hiring Organization:
Wild Sun Rescue Center

Date Posted:

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 our local wildlife, but also to the 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
-Compiling information on conservation-related issues and presenting your findings to the other volunteers
-Assisting with educational programming on local school visits
-Educating the public via social media
-Help with fundraising campaigns

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.

The program fee for a 12-week internship is $500. An additional $25/week ($300 total) is requested for housing fees and utilities. Finally, a $400 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Upon successful completion of your full 12 weeks, the $400 of deposit will be returned to you.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Interns receive lodging at Wild Sun Jungle Resort in one of our simple shared rooms or co-ed dormitory for $25/week. Hot showers and internet are available for all. You may cook your own meals in our shared kitchen, or you can opt in to a professional meal plan for $90 + 13% sales tax/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 for more information and photos regarding accommodation.

Term of Appointment:
12 weeks

Application Deadline:

To apply, email Melanie ( with the subject line "Conservation Education Internship." Please include a resume or CV, a list of references, and a brief letter of intent.

If you cannot commit to a 12 week internship but are interested in our program, we do offer shorter-term volunteer appointments.

Contact Jeremy ( for questions about packages and pricing.

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

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