Location: St Eustatius
Duration: Minimum 4 months commitment
(Only interns or volunteers with US or Dutch passports are currently being accepted as they can stay longer than 3 months. We will start in include all nationalities when quarantine measures are lifted on the island. Let us know if you want to be told when we can accept all. We apologize deeply for the limitation and inconvenience)
Start Dates: Project is ongoing
Cost: This varies for quarantine. Accommodation cost listed below.
- Work with local staff on trail maintenance and monitoring of important species
- Take part in all nature conservation activities on the island
- Design, paint and repair signs/erosion control
- Learn about interesting species
- Keywords: Terrestrial conservation, Trail maintenance, Species monitoring, Internship
Caribbean ecosystems are very sensitive, yet vital to the island economies and the well being of its populations. However they are under threat. From water pollution to climate change many ecosystems across the world are in decline. St Eustatius National Parks are part of a Dutch Caribbean wide conservation effort to preserve these vital resources on the small island of St Eustatius (Statia as it is locally called) in the North-East Caribbean .
St Eustatius National Parks manages a large land & marine protected area in order to preserve this fragile ecosystem for future generations. Part of our work is to ensure that these are upheld by the community and visiting tourists.
On land we manage the Quill/Boven National Park with a network trails that appeal to hikers all walks of life – from children to the intrepid climber. We aim for trails to blend into the environment and try to use as many natural materials as possible. Our interns are part of every step along the way, are crucial to the organization and to the protection of nature.
The maintenance and monitoring of Statia’s terrestrial protected areas need your help for their survival. The terrestrial parks comprises one extinct volcano at the northern end of the island called Boven and a dormant volcano called the Quill at the southern end, both of which have a combined total of 17 trails. Weekly maintenance of these trails is required to ensure visitors safety and enjoyment of the park. You will work alongside the national park ranger.
Whilst doing this, you will also carry out various monitoring projects of our important species. For example, we are currently experiencing an invasion of the Green Iguana onto the island. This species has mated with the local and critically endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana of which several hybrids have now been found. We are working with other stakeholders on the island to survey selected areas in order to find hybrid specimens. Any prior knowledge of invasive reptiles and/or of iguanas would be of much assistance in our efforts to stop the extinction of the Lesser Antillean Iguana on our island.
- Tri-weekly maintenance hikes across the national park
- Assist with the development of weekly maintenance schedules
- Development of trail signage
- Map trail using GPS
- Carry equipment to specific points on the trails for use in maintenance activities
- Assist with guided hikes
- Accompany educational hikes with various youth groups
- Assist the garden ranger twice a week in the botanical garden
- Assist with regular iguana surveys and tagging
- Sea turtle patrols (depending on the season)
Travel & Accommodation
We have made a few changes in 2021.
Currently, accommodations are dorm rooms at the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute.
View Accommodation and costing here: http://www.cnsi.nl/accommodation-kopie
Quarantine accommodations vary in location and cost. This will be at your own cost.
- Min age: 21 (preferably)
- Minimum commitment is 2 months (post-quarantine)
- US or Dutch Passport (temporary condition – will be in place once quarantining is required)
- Good English skills
- Good organizational skills
- Ability to work as a team but also able to work independently
- Must be physically fit with ability to do manual labor and the use of heavy tools
- Must be a good hiker/used to climbing (no gear needed)
- Has preferably a drivers license (manual driven preferred)
- Hard worker with good organizational skills
- Preferably has previous experience of working in a national park or relevant educational qualification
- Handy with carpentry/painting/construction and other related skills
- Willing, enthusiastic and proactive
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary flights & visas
Accommodation in shared dorm section of a science facility, utility bills, internet and airport pick up / drop off. The fee is paid upfront.
What’s not included:
Food (grocery runs are included during quarantine), flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations (if applicable). Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our
You should budget a minimum of $300 per month for food.
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