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Internship Positions

Check out the latest Ceiba internship positions below!

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CeibaIntern

Wildlife Research and Monitoring

Collect data on wildlife populations in threatened coastal dry forests through camera trapping, road surveys, and field observations

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

HOWLER MONKEY DEMOGRAPHICS AND BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

Collect demographic and behavioral data on populations of Mantled Howler Monkeys in the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve .

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

WOMEN'S MICROENTERPRISE

Contribute your skills to help women's groups in rural villages develop sustainable businesses and market their products

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & TEACHER TRAINING

Improve environmental education capacity in rural Ecuador through teacher training, nature trips, and youth programs

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

WATER QUALITY COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

Monitor streams and other drinking water sources and investigate linkages between water quality, land use, and public health

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY AND RECUPERATION

Work closely with local communities to help them recover and rebuild a more vibrant and resilient community

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

CONSERVATION CORRIDOR

Gain first-hand experience with conservation in action as Ceiba works to establish a biological corridor and restore coastal dry forests

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

REFORESTATION & FOREST RESTORATION

Produce and plant native trees and other plants with local landowners as part of a large scale reforestation effort

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

FOREST DYNAMICS RESEARCH

Study the diversity and structure of tropical dry forests and analyze how the community changes over time

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

AGROFORESTRY

Establish a new organic agroforestry demonstration plot and take baseline data for its long-term monitoring

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

NATURE CENTER & NATIVE PLANTS GARDEN

Create educational exhibits and do environmental interpretation in the Lalo Loor reserve's EcoCenter

Internship Description (pdf)

 

CeibaIntern

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA INTERNSHIP

Harness the power of media to help Ceiba get its conservation message out to the world!

Internship Description (pdf)

 

The Setting

Coastal Ecuador is a beautiful region of verdant hills, quaint villages, and expansive coastline. Your internship in coastal Ecuador will be based at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve and the nearby communities of Tabuga, Camarones, and Jama, where the Ceiba Foundation has been working since 2004 on conservation, education, and community development projects.

The Lalo Loor reserve is located on the Manabí coast, between the city of Pedernales to the north and the cities of Jama and Canoa to the south.  The villages of Tabuga and Camarones are within walking distance of the reserve.  The Lalo Loor reserve protects one of the finest examples of coastal forest that exists today in Ecuador, an ecosystem type that is highly threatened (at over 95% deforestation, this habitat type is far more endangered than the lowland rainforest).  The region around the reserve is dominated by scenic, forested mountains, clear rocky streams, and wide unspoiled beaches.  Waterfalls are tucked away in many of the forest patches, accessible by foot trail or horseback.  The coast offers an excellent place for swimming, sunbathing, beach soccer, and surfing - one of the best “beginner’s breaks” can be found in Canoa, where many surf shops rent equipment and provide lessons. Please visit www.ceiba.org/loor.htm for background on Lalo Loor Dry Forest and Ceiba's latest newsletter Kapok for an overview of Ceiba's projects.

The People

You will be working closely with the Science and Volunteer Coordinator who oversees ongoing projects at the reserve, including internships. The reserve is also staffed by a manager and a cook. The nearby community of Tabuga, a 10 minute walk away has a population of approximately 750 people that dedicated themselves to agriculture, tourism, and other small enterprises. Camarones, a 50-minute walk, is located more inland and has a population of about 500 people, most of whom are farmers. Jama is a larger town about 20 minutes south by bus, where there is internet, several high schools, and a hospital. Community members participate directly in many of Ceiba's internship projects.

Accommodations

Interns are housed alongside researchers and volunteers in the bamboo station house at the Lalo Loor reserve that accommodates up to 24 people in four-person rooms adjoining a spacious common area.  The station is located within the forest, where howler monkeys wake you nearly every morning.  Meals are provided in the station, which has no electricity (but plenty of candlelight!), but cold water showers, and composting toilets. At the reserve’s entrance is an educational EcoCenter for visiting tourists and school groups; electricity is available there for charging of cameras, laptops, etc.  Some interns may also reside with host families in the communities of Tabuga and Camarones. Discuss these options with Ceiba.

Reserve Objectives

The primary objectives of the Lalo Loor reserve are to protect the forest and its wildlife, offer facilities for students, visitors and researchers, maintain an extensive trail system, conduct species inventories and scientific research, and care for reforestation plots.  One goal is to demonstrate that a small private reserve can generate sustainable income and stable employment for local people.  It is our hope that other community members will develop their own ecotourism options - and this is already underway - so that the region can become a focal point for “green” tourism.  Another goal is to show communities that forest protection is beneficial to their own health, since intact forests provide clean water and other ecological services.  To this end we have turned our attention to providing environmental education to residents of nearby communities, particularly school teachers and school children.  Many of school groups routinely visited the reserve to carry out small research and discovery projects.  The reserve has recently been the center of an extensive private forest conservation effort, Socio Bosque, created by the Ecuadorian government but implemented in this region by Ceiba; in this effort our aim is to establish a continuous biological corridor by linking protected forests throughout the region.

 

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