Trail Design and Management Internship

Want to learn more about creating and maintaining trails systems? Want to spend time living and learning about the jungle? Want to learn how to swing a machete and track animals from real Belizean bush guys? Happy to get down and dirty? Then this is the internship for you!

The T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center is currently upgrading its trail system. The center sits on 200 acres of lowland broadleaf forest and is in the process of opening up 3 new loops for a total of about 10 kms of trails. An additional trail which is planned to become a multi-day hike into the mountains from the center will link with the incredible Sibun forest Reserve and the rest of the southern block of protected areas, which is composed of over a million hectares of intact contiguous tropical forest. T.R.E.E.S is currently working with the Belize Forestry Department to create this first trail system into the Sibun Forest Reserve.

We are looking for interns who are independent yet willing to work in a team environment. Applicants should have a strong desire to learn techniques for proper trail design, creation, and management while learning about the incredible biodiversity of Belize in the process. This internship is ideal for a student pursuing a career path in national park management or as a protected areas warden/ranger.

Tasks

  • Use topographical maps, orthophotos, ArcGiS, and GPS to design new trails with interesting ecological features i.e., large trees, termite mounds, ant hills, wildlife dens and foraging grounds, etc.
  • Add to the existing trail map of the T.R.E.E.S Hosting Center.
  • Learn from locals about the plants and animals of the Belizean jungle.
  • Learn the use of trail tools.
  • Cut and brush trails, out-slope trail tread, build safe walk-ways up slopes and over waterways
  • Understand and follow all safety regulations and priorities while working in the field and office.
  • Flexible easy-going attitude.

Desired Qualification

  • Experience reading topographical maps
  • Physically fit and ability to spend long hours in the field (under difficult conditions)
  • Desire to learn trail maintenance and construction techniques.
  • Desire to learn how to operate trail tools and experience trail maintenance work first-hand.
  • Ability and desire to listen to and following safety instructions from local bush guides.
  • Enjoy working with a diverse community of people.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, and ArcGIS an asset.
  • Flexible easy-going attitude.

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

  • Ability to tolerate high temperature and high humidity.
  • Ability to work in environments where exposure to spiky plants, toxic vines, scorpions, spiders, and ticks is common. In addition, it is the jungle; venemous snakes are uncommon but present.
  • Ability to live in remote conditions away from electronic ammenities.
  • Possible indoor work is performed in a typical office setting.
  • Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

 Benefits

  • Gain a working knowledge of trail construction and maintenance with a non-profit organization in the tropics.
  • Opportunity to attend personal/professional development days with local experts.
  • Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of a beautiful country in Central America.
  • Opportunities to work with other interns, guides, and locals from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands.

 Terms

  • Multiple positions available
  • No application deadline; we officially have a session June 15th-July 30th, 2016
  • Length of position: 4 to 6 weeks
  • Schedule: 30 hours per week, Monday–Friday.

Fees                                                                                                                           

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).

 To Apply

Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to: info@ecorana.ca (international students) OR info@treesociety.org (Belizean students).

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