Intern

Raptor Trainer and Conservation Internship

We are looking for interns for our raptor conservation program. Interns will get involved in raptor training, basic husbandry and bird care, and will have the opportunity to help with rehabilitation. The internship experience will vary according to the length of service and the needs of birds at the time of the internship. We tailor each internship to the individual.

Internships will be for a minimum of 2 weeks and max of 3 months. Longer internships may be approved.

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

We are looking for interns with an appropriate education background and a lot of enthusiasm; No experience needed, but an interest in raptor conservation, bird training and rehabilitation is strongly preferred.

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We have two intern packages:

Package one: $250 per week. Includes room, board,WiFi. Includes all accommodations during offsite education outreach. This package does not include food, it is the interns responsibility.

Package two: $350 per week. Includes room, board, WiFi. Includes food. Breakfast and lunch foods will be provided for intern to prepare. Dinner will be prepared for intern at main house.

Transport to and from the airport is $120 USD. We are unable to provide flights.

We require a deposit to hold space. This is refundable if internship is cancelled 2 months before scheduled. If it is cancelled any other time, we must be able to secure another intern before funds can be reimbursed.

We only schedule 2 interns at one time, this ensures that each individual gets as much hands on learning and can excel at their own pace.

If either party is unhappy with the internship arrangement they have the right to terminate the agreement. In this event, Belize Raptor Center is not liable for any additional costs incurred for flights that may have to be changed.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to belizeraptorcenter@gmail.com

Belize Raptor Center Internship
NOTE: This program is subject to vary from intern to intern. Since interns and birds are all individuals, no two internships will be exactly the same.

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Example of a ONE MONTH INTERNSHIP:

Intern will observe all training sessions and assist with cleaning of bird enclosures. As patients come in, intern will have the opportunity to help with rehabilitation. Should the need arise, intern will be allowed opportunity to participate in some hands-on bird care procedures, such as restraint, beak/nail trims, or equipment change.
· Week 1:
o Introduction to Belize Raptor Center
o Basic husbandry and bird care
o Introduction to bird training
o Introduction to bird rehab
o Introduction to education programs
o Meet the birds
· Week 2:
o Out on education programs
o Advanced bird husbandry
o Basics of operant conditioning
o Diet making
o Equipment making
o Enrichment- how and why
o Useful training notes
· Week 3:
o Assist with education programs
o Mechanics of bird training
o Applications of operant conditioning
o Basics of weight/food management
o How to perch an enclosure
· Week 4:
o Present an education program
o Write a shaping plan
o Implement a novel enrichment idea
o Step up, weigh, crate, and tether a bird (with supervision)

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are dogs on the property