Camera Trapping Project Lead

San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica (CR)
Mar 14, 2017
May 11, 2017
Job Level
Entry level, Mid level
Salary Type

Founded in 2002, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a private, non-profit cloudforest reserve in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. Beginning with the purchase of degraded farmland, Cloudbridge has been actively reforesting the area in order to connect the forests of the Cerro Chirripó National Park with adjacent nature reserves and forested areas. Beyond reforestation work, Cloudbridge is also committed to environmental education and conducting research on the unique and diverse cloudforest ecosystem.

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is looking for a research intern to run our camera trap monitoring project, which focuses on monitoring mammal presence and movement in the reserve. Start date is flexible, with a minimum 11 week commitment. This is an unpaid internship position. Training and guidance will be provided.

Interns stay in one of our dormitories and share kitchen and living spaces with our other interns and volunteers. Dorms rooms cost $15 USD/night. Some private rooms with queen beds may be available (subject to current occupancy) for an additional fee. Food costs and cooking are the responsibility of the intern. A basic diet typically costs around $4-6 USD per day.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect camera trap data and change batteries once every two weeks,
  • Maintenance of camera traps,
  • Identify animals captured in images and enter data into our camera trap database,
  • Enter historic images collected from camera traps into the camera trap database,
  • Perform analysis on data in the database to identify animal presence patterns,
  • Summarize results into a report and give a presentation on the results,
  • Greet visitors at the Welcome Centre (rota shared between all volunteers and interns),
  • Perform required cleaning duties in shared living areas; and,
  • Participate in reserve activities and community events.


  • Schooling in biology, wildlife, related studies, or relevant work experience.
  • Experience with data entry, databases and data processing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel; familiarity with pivot tables and usage of more complex formulas preferred.
  • Experience with GIS.
  • Must be physically fit and able to hike in steep, high-altitude terrain.
  • First aid training an asset.
  • Good English communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in Spanish an asset.
  • Must be able to commit to 11 weeks.
  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Able to pay for your accommodation for the duration of your stay ($15 US/night).
  • Able to pay the $200 USD good faith fee upon acceptance. This fee is credited towards the last two weeks of your stay.


  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others in a communal living environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail and adherence to survey protocols.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Ability to persevere and maintain high-quality work in difficult environmental and physically demanding conditions.
  • Demonstrate good judgement and common sense in a wilderness environment.

Locations/Working Conditions

  • Position is located in the montane cloudforest of the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica, adjacent to Cerro Chirripó National Park.
  • Survey trails are steep and at times difficult and narrow, with river fording required.
  • Altitudes range between 1550 m (5085 ft) and 2200 m (7220 ft).
  • 8 hour work day with flexible hours, 5 days a week.
  • Required to work outdoors under varying weather conditions.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able/willing to hike in steep and difficult terrain.
  • Must be able to work outdoors under varying weather conditions.

To learn more about Cloudbridge, please visit our website at and check out the Volunteer/Research section ( for more detailed information on the research intern program.

To apply, please fill out our application form at including your CV and two references. Indicate you are applying for the Camera Trapping Project Lead position in the ‘Additional Comments’ section.

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