The Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) intern apprenticeships are a one-on-one internship opportunity to help young scientists and conservationists build a strong foundation for a career in conservation or wildlife management, or graduate school. 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, wildlife management, human-wildlife conflict, etc.). Interns should expect to participate in community outreach, as well as working with one of our several partners here in Belize.
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 and welcome interns whose research interests may include ecosystems or species that are not our primary focus.
Please inform us if there is something particular that you would like to learn during this intern apprenticeship as we want you to gain and learn as much as possible to further your interest and scientific foundation.
What’s Included in CRC Intern Apprenticeship:
– Accommodation at intern Hatchling House, field lodging when we travel.
– Travel to and from field sites.
– Research equipment for CRC internship activities.
– Personalized, one-on-one training on wildlife research techniques, data collection and organization, tropical ecology, wildlife handling, community engagement and education, and much more!
– Opportunities to work with partner organizations in Belize and Central America.
*You are responsible for your travel to Belize, meals, and fun money for exploring and experiencing Belize outside of CRC activities*
For more information on the CRC Intern Apprenticeship, please head to: 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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