Post-Hurricane Internship 2018 Information


University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras

Tropical Forest Research Experience for College Graduates


Complete applications must be submitted by July 21, 2018


RESEARCH DESCRIPTION: The University of Puerto Rico will carry out Post hurricane field work in El Verde Field Station in the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico. Interns will work on a variety of projects, including canopy and plot photos, soil moisture, vegetation surveys, litter processing, plot set up, animal surveys (frogs and lizards) and a variety of other field work. Following training and orientation, the volunteers will work in the forest in teams or individually, spending long hours in the field, sometime at night (generally Monday-Friday), often in wet and muddy conditions and on challenging topography. While in Puerto Rico volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of tropical ecology from scientists involved in the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

PERIOD: September 5- through December 22, 2018

STIPEND: $600 per month to cover food and general living expenses.

ACCOMMODATION: Free accommodation at El Verde Field Station in Puerto Rico. Housing is communal using shared resources. The field station is relatively isolated and transportation is available on a limited basis.


TRAVEL: Refund of up to $750 towards a round-trip plane ticket from mainland USA, if not already living in Puerto Rico.


NOTE: We are unable to provide any medical insurance.


REQUIREMENTS: College graduates with background in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field, preferably with field-work experience, knowledge of plant identification, and excellent organizational skills. Tropical experience useful, but is not required. We are currently only considering US citizens and permanent US residents for these opportunities.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants must fill out the online Application Form (if the link to the left does not work see For project selection choose: “Post Hurricane Field Work”. The following additional materials must also be submitted via email to the LFDP Research Manager, Jamarys Torres-Díaz, at or by July 21:

1) A letter of interest indicating why you wish to work in a tropical forest and describing your relevant experience. Include a statement that you understand your application is for a volunteer position; 2) Full resume; 3) University transcripts (scanned unofficial transcripts are fine); All email attachments must include the name of the applicant as part of the file name. Please include “Post Hurricane Field Work” as part of your subject line, as we may be hiring for multiple positions. Please email further inquiries to Following phone interviews, we will inform successful applicants in August, 2018. For more information, please see