The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a research facility located in Eleuthera, The Bahamas, which promotes a connection between people and the environment. Our holistic approach to island ecosystems, philosophy of collaboration and relationship building, and intrinsic bond between primary research and education helps to create models of effective resource management and sustainable development. In turn, these model systems help to enhance conservation initiatives and economic prosperity at local, regional, and global scales. With a diverse array of virtually unexplored environments at our doorstep, the Cape Eleuthera Institute acts as a hub for exploration, primary research, and information exchange. Regardless of your age, the Cape Eleuthera Institute is a place to learn, to teach, and to experience
CEI relies on the efforts of both full time staff and interns to make its programs effective and successful. Having 10 years + experience we are looking for people with an interest in sustainable development, ecology, conservation, and the systems that support a life style that revolves around these interests.
CEI currently has internship opportunities available in the field of biodigestion. Specializing in sustainable development, CEI’s systems involve everything from food and water production to energy generation and waste management. A willingness to learn, a strong work ethic, an ability to get along well with co-workers in a team setting and dedication to sustainability are pluses for all candidates. A college degree is recommended but not required.
Primary responsibilities will include working on the day to day operations of our biodigestion system, basic plumbing and electrical work, and intensive research and application of research onto the biodigestion system. Course work in environmental sciences, biology related sciences, and ecology would be beneficial. Practical skills involving drafting, spreadsheets, basic chemistry and lab work, and the ability to use or have experience with power tools are helpful. Most days require long hours and potentially physical labor; applicants should be in good shape, prepared for work in a variety of fields, and possess the ability to work independently and manage their time responsibly. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about experimental design, scientific method, sustainable development practices, as well as improve their communication skills. Interns will also have the opportunity to lead a project of they own choosing, culminating in successful implementation of said work.
Candidates should be comfortable working with people. Throughout a project, a fellow will interact with a great variety of people: local stakeholders, politicians, philanthropists, researchers, students, teachers, contractors, suppliers, and other engineers and consultants. Building cordial, working relationships is often essential to a project’s success.
CEI is able to provide housing accommodations and three meals per day as well as transportation to and from the airport at a cost of $700/month. Interning is unpaid work but CEI offers numerous opportunities to learn, connect, and develop professionally.
CEI is offering a five month internship beginning in February, 2013.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest as well as current CV or resume and be prepared to send both professional and academic recommendations if requested.
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Our internships positions are an incredible way to gain a familiarity with what is required to make a community function and develop appropriately in a coastal, tropical environment. Eleuthera is a large island with lots of space to explore; recreational activities include swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, and much more.