Opportunities at the Field Station in Belize

Since we broke ground in 1995, over 100 interns and long-term volunteers have stayed at our tropical research station in the middle of one of Central America’s largest remaining tracts of intact rainforest (over a million acres).  Not only have volunteers benefited from the unique experience of living and working in the tropical rainforest, but their creative contributions and hard work have helped tremendously with our wildlands conservation, sustainable living, and environmental research and education efforts.


RESEARCH ASSISTANT: BFREE is seeking two dedicated and motivated individuals from June 15 – August 15 to assist in a growth experiment with one of the world’s most critically endangered freshwater turtles, Dermatemys mawii. Research Assistants will provide support to a University of Florida Ph.D. student conducting a cutting-edge experiment to study the nutritional ecology of Dermatemys mawii, locally known as Hicatee.

  • Research Assistant – Field Research on the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii, click on link below to view full job description.

Research Assistant Belize, Job Description 2017

BFREE is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Field Assistants to contribute to the following on-going projects for Summer 2017:
  • Avian Volunteer Field Assistant –Join BFREE in ornithological research and establishing a BFREE ebird program.
  • BFREE Volunteer Field Assistant  – Join BFREE for technical skill-building through various field methods and to conduct your own research while supporting BFREE’s ongoing research.
  • Hicatee Turtle Conservation & Research Volunteer Field Assistant – Join BFREE in the conservation of the Central American River Turtle, also known as the Hicatee, one of the 25 most endangered Chelonian species in the world.

Volunteer field assistant

How To Apply

There are three steps to our application process:

Step 1: Review the current volunteer field assistant positions available in the link above and determine that you meet the basic requirements. Keep in mind, not everyone is well-suited to the physical and emotional challenges of living in a remote wilderness setting.

Step 2: Email a letter of interest as well as completed application to BFREE Program Coordinator, Tyler Sanville at tsanville@bfreebz.org. Your letter of interest should state your preferred volunteer position as well as preferred field dates. Complete the Volunteer Application to include in your email here: BFREE Volunteer Application 2017 

(Note: The fillable PDFs need to be downloaded, then filled out and saved in Acrobat only as they are not compatible with other viewers such as Preview for Mac, or the browser viewer in Safari or Chrome.)  You will be notified once your application has been reviewed.

Step 3: If determined to be a good match for a volunteer field assistant position, a telephone interview will be scheduled.

Volunteer Program Costs

This is a complete volunteer position, Field Assistants will need to pay for their own travel costs to the BFREE Field Station and a project fee of $350 per week (3 week minimum required). This project fee covers food and accommodations while at the BFREE Field Station. A large number of past students have received funding and/or credit from their host institution to participate. Belizean rates available for local students, please contact Tyler Sanville at tsanville@bfreebz.org to inquire.

Payment is due 30 days in advance for the first month’s stay. Additional payments are due by the first of each month.