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Wildlife Monitoring Long-term Internship

At Osa Conservation, we reconnect the rainforest, monitor and protect biodiversity, and work hand-in-hand with the local community to build climate resilient ecosystems for people and wildlife. Our team works across southern Costa Rica, connecting and protecting landscapes and biodiversity from the ridges of the Talamanca mountains to the coral reefs of the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean.

Be part of our conservation successes and come get your boots dirty in one of Earth’s greatest wildernesses.

The Wildlife Conservation and Technology Program guides the region’s conservation action. This program led the largest camera trap survey in Central America, monitoring everything from dung beetles to jaguars. Interns will gain experience trialing and utilizing cutting-edge technology to collect and publish critical data on Costa Rica’s wildlife and learn how wildlife monitoring informs biodiversity conservation efforts in the tropics.

Long-term intern activities, training and experience:

Long-term internships are designed to empower and immerse early-career conservationists in one of the most important neotropical landscapes on Earth while developing crucial career skills. Come live in a tropical rainforest and learn, explore and achieve alongside an outstanding community of conservationists, biologists, media-specialists, educators, community outreach leaders, and more to fill knowledge gaps and push the frontier of tropical conservation. This team will provide one-on-one mentorship, advise on research methods, and equip interns with tangible career skills to solve real-world conservation issues.

The wildlife conservation long-term interns will:

Train in tree climbing techniques to assist the team in the installation, maintenance and monitoring of different arboreal bridge designs above roads to connect patches of fragmented forest to increase arboreal wildlife movements and reduce roadkill events.
Participate in the execution of long-term camera trap monitoring utilizing Wildlife Insights on OC properties to track wildlife movement and distributions across years.
Support the wildlife monitoring efforts of the Ridge to Reef Restoration Initiative, establishing and executing a long-term monitoring plan to assess restoration success on farms across the landscape ensuring forest connectivity for wildlife movement from the Osa Peninsula up to La Amistad International Park. Dung beetles, birds, and mammals will be used as target groups to monitor forest recovery success.
Assist  the wildlife and outreach team to host workshops with communities from the Osa Peninsula and surrounding highlands in southern Costa Rica to train participants  in the use of the citizen science app -iNaturalist, to create a region-wide monitoring network – the Osa Biodiversity Survey (OBS) and newly launched Amistosa Biodiversity Survey (ABS).
Manage GSM cameras for real time monitoring wildlife on Osa Conservation properties and feed the information into Earth Ranger – an app specially developed for monitoring protected areas.

Trained in acoustic annotation and assessment by OC’s wildlife acoustics research fellow to assist in annotating acoustic data obtained from a Ridge to Reef mega-survey to identify the  presence and absence of focal species, such as the endangered Central American spider monkey, to understand their distribution over an elevational gradient and landscape matrix, and contribute to region-wide and global distribution data and maps.
Participate in monitoring bat boxes installed in our restoration experimental plots to understand how these boxes can help to rewild degraded areas and restore ecological interactions and ecosystem services.
Training in radiotelemetry to study the movement patterns of tapirs and king vultures in the Osa Peninsula.

In addition to the Wildlife program activities, long-term field interns will interact with and build skills alongside Osa Conservation’s wide breadth of programs. You will:

Release baby sea turtles, monitor nesting mothers, and relocate threatened nests.
Plant and monitor native tree restoration efforts.
Practice regenerative farming techniques to grow sustainable produce.
Develop scientific communication skills and learn to produce cutting-edge stories from one of Earth’s greatest wilderness areas.

Long-term field internship details:

From Jun 2022 to March 2023, you can be part of this long-term field internship. Interns live alongside the team at the Osa Conservation Campus (OCC), located at the heart of Osa’s tropical rainforest. The OCC is home to our top-tier biological station, boasting a new research lab and classroom, regenerative farm, arboretum, restoration experiment, and over 20 km of trails through old-growth and secondary forests, mangroves, rivers and pristine coastlines.

During your internship, all food and accommodation will be provided. At the OCC, you will live in the middle of the rainforest in basic shared-living accommodation. You will be provided with one cooked meal per day (launch) by our campus kitchen and with weekly supplies for you to cook your own food in a basic shared-kitchen.


Apply to be a Wildlife Monitoring long-term intern now!

If you are interested in this unique field opportunity to develop your scientific and conservation career, please send your CV, cover letter and a 1-minute video explaining why you are the perfect person for this tropical rainforest conservation experience to [email protected] with the email title “Wildlife Monitoring long-term intern” by July 31st, 2022.

Osa Conservation
1300 I St. NW Ste 400E #9996 | Washington, DC 20005


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