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The intern apprenticeship is to provide young and upcoming scientists and conservationists an experience to further build a foundation in wildlife conservation, research and management. We accept interns on a continual rolling basis. We will not take more than 3 interns at a given time as we want to enhance the intern and research experience through a one-on-one mentorship approach to ensure interns gain an experience that provides a strong foundation in scientific research, and conservation and management. We encourage interested individuals to contact us promptly as slots are limited and fill up fast. As research projects will change, we will be in contact with interns prior to arrival in regards to the project work you should expect to conduct during your internship.
Interns are expected to put in about 30 hours of work each week during their stay, assisting CRC with all current research projects, which include a variety of scientific fields (population biology, ecology, community ecology, parasitology, eco-toxicology, phylogenetics, etc.).
Long-term interns (staying with us for more than 1 month) with specific research interests are encouraged to develop small attainable projects to complete during their internship. We will work with interns to gather and analyze data for potential publication following their internship. We also have various projects that are non-crocodile related (such as biodiversity surveys and drone survey of manatees), and welcome interns whose research interests may include ecosystems or species that are not our primary focus.
Internship program fees are used to cover all CRC activities during your internship, your accommodation, travel, training, equipment and supplies used for research activities (10% of cost go towards CRC in-country conservation and management efforts). Longer internships can be worked out on a case by case basis, and interns interested in long-term stay with the CRC should enquire about costs specific to their internship.
For more information please head to our website: https://crocodileresearchcoalition.org/internship-apprentice/
About Crocodile Research Coalition
The Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) is a Belize-based nonprofit, established in January 2016, that seeks to preserve crocodiles and their environments throughout Central America and the Caribbean to ensure the long-term sustainability of biodiversity in the region. We believe the success of our conservation efforts parallels the involvement and support from local communities, thus we are continuously working alongside with local communities and partner organizations to empower people with the knowledge of co-existence and sustainable practices to ensure the survival of crocodiles and well-being of the communities that live beside them. Our outreach also incorporates working with the local and national governments, utilizing our research to better inform policy decisions regarding wildlife and their habitat (= translational ecology).
Although crocodiles are our flagship species in pursuing regional conservation efforts, the CRC recognizes that the conservation success of crocodiles is not only dependent on direct conservation efforts of the focal species, but also understanding how crocodiles interact with its environment and other wildlife as thriving and long-lasting conservation management is dependent on preserving the integrity of ecological interactions. Thus, through our research center in southern Belize, we facilitate research projects investigating crocodiles, as well as the surrounding flora and fauna.
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