Interns will have the opportunity to work on station research and sustainability projects at the Las Cruces site, and may support educational outreach and activities as well, depending on their level of Spanish. Interns will work four days per week on a primary project, with the fifth weekday focused on a community project.
Activities may consist of the following:
Some illustrative research topics include:
- Native species research in primary, old growth forest lands
- Restoration and recovery of native species in degraded areas
- Environmental monitoring of forest recovery in former pastures, e.g. monitoring plots and documenting natural regeneration of primary and secondary forests; micro-topography and biodiversity monitoring
- Plot restoration: Working to establish new farms, mark plots, catalog plants, and take soil samples
- Reestablishment of native tree species
- Management of the Wilson Botanical Garden. Monitoring species dispersion and impact from the Garden
- Bibliographic research and compilation related to station activities
Supporting the Biological Station’s Sustainability Coordinator with projects related to the Blue Flag Ecological Program and Certificate for Sustainable Tourism.
- Blue Flag Ecological Program:
- Conserving natural resources
- Decreasing pollution
- Implementing best environmental practices
- Changing attitudes toward the environment
- Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rican Tourism Board):
- Supporting responsible and sustainable natural, cultural, and resource management
- Four principal focus areas include water conservation, electricity conservation (including solar paneling), waste management, and climate change
Developing and delivering applied instruction in the forest and garden to elementary, high school and university students. Requires intermediate level of Spanish.
Intern assignments are designed to be doable with a minimum of equipment and high-level knowledge. Interns who have knowledge of pertinent methodologies or other applicable skills are encouraged to apply. Interns will be supervised by the Resident Biologist, Sustainability Coordinator or, in some cases, Principal Investigators on various projects.
Note: Interns are welcome year-round and should be aware that winter and spring terms are the busiest times at Las Cruces, as there is a seasonal influx of researchers and scientific staff.