Wildtracks: Conservation, Research and Education
Volunteer with young monkey

Volunteer Programme

Wildtracks has been hosting volunteers since its establishment, with volunteers being at the core of the success of Wildtracks initiatives. Wildtracks has no paid staff – positions at all levels from directors down are unpaid.

Join us!

The Wildtracks Volunteer Programme has been established to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to gain experience in tropical conservation...

Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife Rehabilitation Volunteers

Do I need to have any qualifications to be able to apply?

No... but you do need to be highly motivated, willing to work long hours in uncomfortable conditions, with a high level of interest in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation. If you have experience, whether it is veterinary, education, graphics or in another field, it will be very welcome!

Hilmar working with a manatee

 Volunteers need to be ready to take on
any task, however wet or dirty...

Is there a minimum time commitment required?

We require a minimum of 1 month, and prefer longer – rehabilitation care works best when the carers know their animals well, and can recognise changes in health and behaviour. The animals are also happier when there is less change in their environment.

Is there a minimum or maximum age for volunteering?

We don't take volunteers under 18, unless as part of a family unit. There is no maximum age – many of our volunteers are retired.

Can I work with both manatees and monkeys, or do I have to only choose one programme?

We encourage applicants to be open-minded in their approach to Wildlife Rehabilitation, and be willing to work where best suited and most needed. Generally, volunteers are able to work with both programmes – some jobs, manatee feeding and pool cleaning, for example, require the whole Wildtracks team. Some of the very young monkeys require one-on-one care.

Other animals also pass through the Centre from time to time (affectionately known as the 'odds and sods'). These have included deer, peccary, margay and otters – these too, require dedicated care and attention.

We never know what is going to come in or when... orphaned manatee calves, confiscated monkeys – these can arrive at any time, so volunteers need to be prepared to be flexible!

A young howler monkey

Work can range from intensive care for the nursery monkeys...

Working on the prerelease enclosure fence

...to constructing pre-release enclosures to ensure older monkeys develop the forest skills they need to return to the wild.

What does a Wildtracks Volunteer do all day?

Check out the volunteer blogs!

Wildtracks volunteer blog

How much does it cost?

Wildtracks asks that for the first month, volunteers provide US$600 towards food and living costs. For subsequent months, volunteers are asked to provide US$550 per month contribution towards these costs. Basic accommodation is provided free at Wildtracks.

Where does the money go?

All funds go towards supporting your input into the programme – your food, fuel and supplies for the activities you are participating in (eg. boat fuel for post release tracking of manatees).

What other costs will I have?

All volunteers are required to have full insurance coverage for health and personal equipment.

Volunteers are required to cover all travel costs to and from Wildtracks, including international airfares.

Volunteers need to bring their personal equipment and toiletries, as well as spending money for extras such as soft drinks and after placement travel.

How can I apply?

You can either download an application form (33Kb, Microsoft Word format) directly from this website, or request a copy of the form by emailing office@wildtracksbelize.org.

Collecting seagrass for manatees from Shipstern Lagoon

Collecting seagrass – manatee food

What other costs will I have?

"We estimate that we spend between US$10 and $25 a week each on drinks and snacks (depending how addicted we are to Snickers bars or soft drinks). We occasionally go out for a 'night on the town' in the village, which may cost US$30 for the night – this happens maybe twice a month"

Volunteer feedback, March 2013