A full-time position in the BFREE Science and Education Fellows Program is now available. This is a two-year immersive work training opportunity for recent Belizean junior college and college graduates who exhibit leadership potential combined with a clear interest in the conservation of the country’s natural resources.

By working in the field alongside seasoned professionals on a daily basis, BFREE Fellows have the opportunity to become budding experts in their area of focus. Fellows are based at the BFREE Field Station and Privately Protected Area which adjoins close to 1.5 million acres of lowland tropical rainforest. BFREE is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the Maya Mountains Massif through environmental education, outreach, training, and research. The current position will be assigned to the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center (HCRC).

This is a competitive application process. BFREE selects candidates based on their academic achievements, level of scientific competence, aptitude for conservation, leadership potential, likelihood of bringing back new ideas to their community, and flexibility and aptitude for success in a cross-cultural and ever-changing environment.

Primary duties at the HCRC for your work assignment will include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the daily activities at the HCRC including feeding, facility maintenance, and cleaning the area.
  • Implement daily responsibilities when the HCRC manager is in the field doing research.
  • Collect and manage data on eggs, turtles, and other items as needed.
  • Assist in the creation of quarterly and annual reports.
  • Collaborate on the development of educational materials and signage on display around the HCRC.
  • Help prepare for and participate in bi-annual health assessments of all captive turtles.
  • In conjunction with Administrative Staff, develop a plan for Hicatee Awareness Month and other outreach.
  • Present on the activities associated with BFREE and the HCRC
  • Participate in field work when the opportunity arises

This job is a balance between the administrative and physical tasks that are required to successfully run a program in a remote and wild location. Successful candidates must:

  • Be citizens of Belize
  • Be fluent in English
  • Have completed junior college or higher
  • Be in the early stage of their career, with some volunteer and practical experience
  • Have a strong interest in reptiles and be comfortable handling and caring for turtles
  • Be capable of doing physically taxing work to care for captive turtles, collect food from the wild and assist in daily maintenance of the facility

Fellows receive a regular salary, room and board, and a two-week vacation after one year of work. Schedule is Monday through Friday with a one-hour lunch break. On occasion some schedule adjustments may be required.

Applications are to include a letter of interest and description of relevant experience, two strong letters of recommendation, official transcript from college/university degree received, and copy of social security card.

Please email applications to Ms. Heather Barrett at by April 4, 2022. Only complete applications will be considered.