CAPE TRIBULATION TROPICAL RESEARCH STATION
Focus: Conservation and Education.
We are a tropical research station, run by the Australian Tropical Research Foundation. We conduct research on a wide range of issues, from radio-tracking bats, rainforest rehabilitation to weed control, fringing reef, alternative technology and GPS tracking systems. We are trying to become food self-sufficient.
An independent low-land tropical rainforest field research station (in a World Heritage site) open to all researchers interested in working in the area, funded through the Australian Tropical Research Foundation.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteers assist in research and Station activities:
- Radio-tracking bats
- Counting figs
- Stomping grass for forest regeneration
- Constructing Station buildings
- Digging holes
- Running the Bat House (Austrop's Visitor Center)
- Whatever else is necessary!
They are our lifeblood! The normal stay is 2-3 weeks but extensions are available at the discretion of the Director (and are rarely refused).
Be prepared to be the only volunteer for a week or so. Self-motivation and independence are essential, but teamwork is essential when working with others.
An interest in conservation, the environment or native species - both flora and fauna, would be an added bonus.
You should NOT expect to be tagging around behind a learned scientist for the duration of your stay or have your own project - but it still will be a thoroughly worthwhile experience!
As we have a colony of spectacled flying foxes - which are our educational animals, it is a requirement for volunteers, interns, students and researchers to have a current rabies vaccination.
They are a long-captive colony and are clean – but we are obliged to require anyone who wants to work on bats (any bats), or interact with them, to be immunised. It is highly unlikely that you would contract Australian Bat Lyssavirus (a form of rabies, and an extremely rare disease) from contact with them, however it’s better to be safe than sorry (and it’s the law)!
If you are not vaccinated – you won’t be allowed near the bats, which would be a shame. Besides, if you are travelling, especially in Asia, vaccination against rabies is considered wise.
After an initial 2 week period volunteers can negotiate a longer stay.
Costs are $A35/day for ALL food and accommodation.
Interns, students and researchers pay more. Rates are negotiable. See www.austrop.org.au/aboutus.pdf for more information.
The station has bunkhouse style accommodation - all bedding supplied, 2 de-humidified labs, good workshop and garden.
Volunteers aged 19 - 99 years old,Fit older folk are most welcome, plus those with special skills.
Any skills; carpenters, botanists, computer programmers, etc. Researchers should provide a proposed research summary well before arriving-so we know what you might need.
Applications should be sent via e-mail to the Station director
with CV with photo and a statement of experience.
Current rabies vaccination is required.
Australian Tropical Research Foundation Limited
PMB 5, Cape Tribulation
Qld. 4873 Australia
Tel: +61 (7) 4098 00 63
Location:Cape Tribulation Australia
Average cost per day: $A35/day
Focus: Conservation and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 19 years old with current rabies vaccination.