Gain valuable field-based experience and critical technical skills to kickstart your career in conservation by joining our conservation internship in the pristine coastal rainforests of Costa Rica. Learn from an international team of researchers while contributing to projects focusing on species like jaguars and sea turtles.
The first twelve weeks of your internship will be spent living and working with GVI staff and other participants in Tortuguero park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Here you will complete intensive training to allow you to participate in the research projects on base. Our team in Tortuguero partner with local and international conservation organisations operating in the region including the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), Panthera, Coastal Jaguar Conservation, and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and apply their methodologies to conduct forest biodiversity surveys, jaguar camera trapping, and nesting turtle research during turtle nesting season. In the process you will master a range of technical skills from best practices for identifying species to how to set up a remote wildlife camera trap as well as more practical ones like how to maintain a forest trail. You will also gain in-depth insight into how conservation studies are set up and managed, as well as how data is collected, inputted, and analysed.
On successful completion of your initial training phase, you will proceed on to your work placement within the GVI team to help run our conservation research program in the Tortuguero National Park, or on to one of our partner organisations within Costa Rica like the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and Aso Macao, to assist these organisations with local conservation efforts and research.
By the end of the internship programme, participants will have the skills to monitor a wide range of mini-ecosystems in a very diverse location, apply a holistic approach to conservation, and return home with a range of certifications alongside valuable field-based experience.
Due to the fact you will work in a national park, you will need a special scientific permit to approve you for conducting research. Further permits are required for turtle and jaguar research. The permit for turtle research takes about one month to process, while the permit for conducting jaguar research takes about 2 to 3 months to process.