Snake Studying

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.  BFREE volunteers have assisted in a wide range of programs from:

  • • assisting in scientific research programs
  • • participation in environmental education programs
  • • wildlife documentation
  • • light and heavy construction of facilities
  • • working in the organic garden and orchard
  • • development, maintenance and marking of trail network
We are in need of volunteers to assist with the following on-going projects:
  • Hicatee Conservation and Research Center – Assist BFREE staff in the care of these critically endangered river turtles and in the maintenance of the captive breeding facility
  • Sustainable agriculture – Learn agroforestry techniques while volunteering on the BFREE coffee and cacao farm or develop soil management skills while working in the BFREE organic garden and orchard
  • Trail system development – Work alongside BFREE staff to maintain existing rainforest and river-walk trails and develop new ones

How To Apply

There are four steps to our application process:

Step 1: Review the current volunteer field assistant positions attached above and determine that you meet the basic requirements found on page one of the attached PDF here. Keep in mind, not everyone is well-suited to the physical and emotional challenges of living in a remote wilderness setting. Email a letter of interest to Heather Barrett at Your letter of interest should state your preferred field project as well as preferred field dates.

Step 2: Complete the Volunteer Application, attached above, and email the completed form to Heather Barrett. (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: Complete the Health Form section of the Volunteer Application with your physician.

Step 4: If determined to be a good match for a volunteer field assistant position, a telephone interview will be scheduled.

Volunteer Program Costs

When you spend time at BFREE, you will be in a unique position to learn a great deal about operating a scientific field station. You will also be exposed to many innovative programs in sustainable agriculture, wildlife conservation, agroforestry and reforestation.

BFREE asks volunteers to provide financial compensation to the organization to cover the costs we incur facilitating your travel and learning experience. Required costs for volunteers is as follows:

$40 per day/ $280 per week for food and lodging (for tent camping)
$50 per day/ $350 per week for food and lodging (for bunkhouse accommodation – available between the months of July and November only)

Volunteer opportunities are a minimum of one week and a maximum of three weeks.

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

BFREE is able to provide volunteers with logistical support, an area to place your tent, project materials, and training. We do not provide any funds to cover the cost of travel to and from Belize or to the field station.