We welcome graduate, postgraduate and independent researchers to conduct their study and research at Tobacco Caye Marine Station.

For a reasonable daily rate, we provide researchers full access to the Marine Station, including our scientific and sampling equipment. Since Tobacco Caye is situated directly on the barrier reef, there is no need to travel significant distances to access study areas and to gather data. TCMS can arrange boat charters if travel to more varied sites is necessary for your research. We provide assistance in obtaining research and collection permits, arrange transportation to and from the island as well as room and board throughout your stay at Tobacco Caye.

Christmas Tree worms grazing on Brain coral

Christmas Tree worm on Brain coral

Our menu of support services is quite extensive. Contact us for more information.

The Government of Belize enforces strict policies on collecting samples/organisms both for study in Belize and exporting them. We assist in providing researchers with the relevant application forms and procedures for permits necessary to perform their work.


Internships and volunteers are most welcome at Tobacco Caye Marine Station. Successful applicants do not necessarily have to have a strictly scientific or marine ecology background, but do need to be eager to learn about the environment in which they will be working, have strong work ethic, and adapt easily to new cultures. We ask potential interns for a commitment of at least one month, and the available funds to cover a reasonable daily rate that supports your room and board expenses while based at Tobacco Caye Marine Station.

Contact us for more information on duties and expectations, costs, and availability.