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We have created our academic internship to provide people who are passionate about the marine environment and keen to pursue a career in marine conservation with practical experience within Tobacco Caye’s local marine environment whilst working within a not-for-profit conservation organization.
During your internship you will be involved in the number of projects that the station runs including coral bleaching monitoring with the Coral Watch Project, Lion Fish monitoring – capture and dissection, reef clean ups, sea grass and mangrove monitoring and data collection.
We are a small not for profit organisation promoting citizen scientific research to both our interns and our study abroad students. In each intern date there are 8 spots available. You will be working and learning as a team alongside the Station Manager who will be running the program.
- Summer 2021 TBC
Program cost is $1100 USD
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Experience studying marine biology, conservation, environmental studies or related field is preferable but not essential
- Ability to work in tropical conditions within a hot and humid climate
- Confident swimmer with capable snorkelling ability
- Bringing your own mask, snorkel and fins is preferred but not essential
- Comfortable at sea and being on boats
- Interpersonal skills, initiative, enthusiasm and the ability to work within a team
- Having visited Tobacco Caye on a previous study abroad program would be preferable but not essential.
What skills will I learn?
- Advance your Caribbean reef fish, reef associated organisms and coral identification knowledge with lectures in our classroom
- Coral reef surveying techniques – identifying disease and coral bleaching with the Coral Watch Programme.
- Seagrass surveying techniques – participating in our collaboration project in determining seagrass health with Seagrassnet
- Participation in the mangrove watch project, an Australian based conservation organisation accessing mangrove health globally using video surveillance
- Experience of working within a marine educational institution and a chance to visit the Carribow Smithsonian Research Institute and connect with researchers in the field about their projects.
- Community outreach and environmental education skills including reef clean ups and learning about ocean plastic and pollution
- Experience of conservation and eco-tourism issues on a Caribbean island
What is included in cost of the internship?
- Water taxi pickup on arrival to Riverside Café, Dangriga (provided you give us your arrival details)
- Water taxi drop off in Dangriga on departure day
- Accommodation in bunk houses (includes wifi, breakfast, lunch and dinner, all drinking water)
- Welcome cocktail from Kirk, author of Kirk’s Belizean Island drinks from Sunset Bar
- Responsible lion fish removal workshop and a chance to contribute to our ongoing Lion fish Project
- Tobacco Caye Marine Station T-shirt
- All lectures
- Two night snorkels
- All boat excursions
- Use of the classroom, resources and surveying equipment
- Snorkel gear including mask, snorkel and fins
What is not included in the internship?
- Surcharges which may be associated with your preferred method of payment
- International flights to Belize City
- Domestic travel to the meeting point at Riverside Café, Dangriga
- Travel insurance covering you for diving up to 18 meters (if applicable)
- Any medication or vaccinations you require
- Snacks and drinks outside of planned mealtimes
- Any scuba diving activities
How to apply
Send an email of interest to [email protected] with your CV attached and a personal statement stating your interest in the internship and what you hope to gain from participating.
Do you already have your research planned and need a location to study?
At Tobacco Caye Marine Station we can offer discounted food and board rates in our researcher cabin with access to all of the station’s resources. We can help arrange scuba diving and boat excursions to local sites around the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. So if you are planning your dissertation and need a base to research whilst being support by a local Belizean marine conservation organisation – Get in touch via our contact us page and see if we have availability.