Working on a horticulture or landscaping degree? Need more experience to join the work force? Want space to create and implement your own garden and landscaping ideas and designs in a relaxed environment? Want to work organically with a focus on wildlife landscaping and sustainability? Wish to live in a tropical setting for a while? If so, then this is the volunteership for you!
The T.R.E.E.S Research Center is currently upgrading its gardens. We are looking to beautify the front of the center and add flower gardens and flowerbeds around paths to the facilities, with a focus on planting native plants for wildlife. We will also be requiring landscaping in the form of a series of ponds with running water and vegetation to attract birds and breeding frogs to the grounds.
In the 1980s this site was used as a plant nursery; thus, a variety of tropical garden plants can be found at the center and the volunteer(s) will have the opportunity to use these decorative plants for the gardens. There are also a few nurseries in the area where the volunteers(s) will be able to acquire other flowering plants and local expertise. At the landscape level we are very open to new ideas and will provide the manpower and proper equipment for the intern to complete approved projects. We also desire volunteer(s) to set-up a small nursery at the station in which future interns will be able to produce more plants for the gardens.
The volunteer(s) will have the opportunity to work with professional local horticulturists a few days every month, both at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center when they visit or elsewhere in Belize at their own sites. This will allow the intern to learn about the variety of plants available to them in Belize and in what conditions these plants need to effectively grow. In addition, the volunteer(s) will gain experience in organic horticulture methods as little or no pesticides are to be used at the center. The volunteer (s) will also have the opportunity to have their landscape ideas and projects verified and approved by a professional international landscape architect. The volunteer (s) will also work with the organic farm leader and volunteer (s) to help in the establishment of a variety of methodology and written protocols including: soil enrichment methods, organic insect deterrents, organic herb control, etc.
We are looking for volunteers who are independent yet willing to work in a team environment. Applicants should have a certain level of horticulture and landscaping experience and have ideas that they would like to develop at the center. Garden design an asset. A student in their final year or a recent graduate of a landscaping or horticulture program interested in applying their skills in a tropical environment will gain much valuable hands-on experience in their field through this volunteership.
- Design and create, plant, and organize T.R.E.E.S Research Center gardens and landscaping projects.
- Travel to different areas of Belize to discuss with local professionals about best plants to use at the center to attract wildlife and grow organically
- Help work on the humidalis project and create other one’s at the station
- Work on designing new life to old flower garden beds and implement this design
- With the help of the T.R.E.E.S team, help acquiring materials; rocks, wood, compost, plants (including plants and seeds) to complete different garden projects
- Travel to local nurseries to purchase plants and materials
- Start a small nursery for T.R.E.E.S flowering plants
- Work on soil supplement mainstays
- Write a report about the garden plan (4-5 pages)
- Understand and follow all safety regulations and priorities while working in the field and office
Desired qualifications, physical requirements and work conditions, benefits, terms, fees, and application instructions can all be found here.
Ecorana fees for internships for international students are $25 US/day. This includes lodging and use of all facilities at the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center, training on methodologies by Ecorana biologists and local T.R.E.E.S professionals in their field of study, as well as mentorship from Ecorana tutors for the duration of the intended internship. International students must have international travel medical insurance during their stay in Belize. At the discretion of the T.R.E.E.S managers, local Belizean students (especially those not staying on site) can have fees reduced or exchanged for work. All interns (international and local) are required to pay for transportation to/from the site and their food while on site (cooking facilities provided).
Application Form: Internship Application Form – Fall2018
Please indicate the position title in your email subject line. No phone calls please.
For more information about the organization and center, visit www.treesociety.org