Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Sloth Technician with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

Organisation: The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

Country: Costa Rica

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Sloth Technician with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

The Sloth Technician absolutely must have the ability to work long days (12+ hours) with very little time off. In addition, because most of this work will occur at night, this person will need to be able to work when tired and basically become nocturnal.

This person must be extremely dedicated to sloth conservation and willing to forgo personal comfort for the benefit of the animals. You will to be hot, sweaty, wet, cold, eaten by mosquitos, sleepy, sore, and tired but you'll still feel that there is no other place in the world that you would rather be than watching sloths in the jungle. The ideal person will eat, sleep, breathe and dream about sloths!  This is rigorous fieldwork with limited hands on interactions with sloths. 

Research and fieldwork

·         Conduct behavioral monitoring at night in the rainforest.

·         Daily Data Entry

·         Using VHF radio telemetry

Animal husbandry

·         Preparing food/collecting wild food items for sloths

·         Feeding, cleaning and enriching sloth cages

·         Assist in opportunistic capture, sample collection and release of sloths

All applicants must be physically fit, healthy, have field research experience, behavioral research experience (requires patience!), excellent communication skills, a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation and a great sense of humor. Must be non-smoker.

Other Projects by this Organisation

  • Sloth Technician with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

    The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) was founded in 2014 for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of captive and wild sloths through research and educations and to collaborate with Toucan Rescue Ranch to assist with the care, rehabilitation and release of sloths. The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) accepts up to 6-8 Sloth Technician I's a year to support the Wildlife Director in daily fieldwork activities at the TSI field station. We are looking for an active, passionate individual to help us elevate both our sloth release and research programs.

    Find out more

  • Sloth Assistant Team Position with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica

    The Sloth Institute Costa Rica (TSI) accepts up to two Sloth Assistance Team members each month to support the sloth technicians and the wildlife director in daily fieldwork activities at the TSI field station. We are looking for active, passionate individuals to help us elevate both our sloth release and research programs. By volunteering for us you will be aiding in preserving sloths in Costa Rica.

    Find out more