The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) has had a long history with volunteers. After the formation of the Society as a chapter of the Florida Audubon Society in 1969, the Belize Audubon Society’s members became very active in environmental education, protected areas management, advocacy and birding field activities. For the first fifteen years of existence, the BAS was the only environmental organization in Belize operated solely by volunteers and through a close working relationship with the Government of Belize, worked to preserve Belize’s precious natural resources.
Volunteers and interns are placed under the following programs:
- Protected Areas Management
- Biodiversity Research and Monitoring
- Environmental Education
- Community Outreach
- Finance and Administration
If you have a deep passion for conservation, you’ve come to the right organization! Our volunteers come with experience from varied backgrounds from all over the world and across Belize. Some volunteers are recruited by partner organizations; however, the majority apply as individuals. We receive applications from both Belizeans and non-Belizeans interested in volunteering. Volunteers have the opportunity to better understand our work through various programs. Other opportunities include exposure to new cultures, professional development and exploring new activities.
People who have worked in developing countries, community development, teaching, tourism development, art, small business development, conservation or park management fit well into our volunteer program. Volunteers interested in working at our marine protected areas are required to have dive certification, adequate diving experience and an interest in marine research. Those interested in volunteering at our terrestrial sites should be open to rustic accommodations, harsh jungle environment, strenuous labour and be physically fit (for hiking and labour intensive activities).
In order for the experience to be beneficial for both the volunteer and BAS, we require that non-Belizean volunteers work for a minimum of 3 months. Certain volunteering opportunities may require a longer duration based on the needs of the organization. Volunteers are expected to cover all their personal expenses.
The objective of our internship program is to enable the intern to provide service to Belize Audubon Society as well as fulfilling their degree criteria, whilst gaining work experience in their program of choice. Internship opportunities with BAS are focused on our main programs mentioned above. They must be affiliated with an established institution or University. Based on the intern’s qualifications, they will be placed in the relevant program.
Contact us to learn more about our volunteering program.