Wildlife conservation, community and environmental volunteer projects and internships worldwide

Creative for Conservation volunteer
Creative for Conservation volunteer

Amazon Creative for Conservation Programme, Peru

This programme uses media and art to connect people with rainforests. To do this, the project develops data, information and media. Then, it actively shares this content through open-source portals, galleries and schools. An example of one initiative is a film series covering natural history and current topics in the Amazon. Another is the recording of forest sounds for a ‘chill-out’ album. All content is developed by the fantastic network of voluntary co-creators and participants.

January 7th 2020

Medicinal Plants Interview with local
Medicinal Plants Interview with local

Amazon Permaculture & Forestry Conservation Programme, Peru

Sustainability is one of the highest priorities on this project. Previous volunteers have helped create a recycling system, a compost pit and a pilot project for composting toilets. Maintenance of these systems is essential. They must function properly. Thus, volunteers are asked to help in maintaining and harvesting the compost. In addition, volunteers get to use their own background to suggest new systems that the project may not be aware of. Permaculture volunteers also assist in the medicinal and vegetable gardens. As well as on reforestation projects. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

January 7th 2020

Forest ranger teaching volunteers
Forest ranger teaching volunteers

Amazon Forest Ranger for Conservation Programme, Peru

While on patrol, the Forest Rangers collect a wealth of research data. This helps keep track of wildlife populations and biodiversity. They also identify areas where impact to the forest may be likely to happen in the future. The Forest Ranger team also contributes to the long-term collection of core data sets. This is for both Neotropical mammals and for big trees. The rangers are also responsible for maintaining an extensive trail network and boundary lines. As well as all boundary signage and flagging. They also support relations with our neighbouring communities and forest concessionaires.

January 7th 2020

Jaguar in Amazon
Jaguar in Amazon

Amazon Tropical Mammal Conservation Research Programme, Peru

The Mammal Research team aims to better understand the current status of the diverse wildlife found in the Las Piedras Watershed. The team uses two primary strategies: transects and camera trapping. It uses these to determine the presence and densities of certain mammals on the reserve, as well as the predator-prey relationships between them. It also looks at their foraging behaviour. Volunteers will learn how to run visual encounter surveys of mammals, setup and maintain camera traps, and revise and analyse the data collected.

January 7th 2020

Spider monkey in tree canopy
Spider monkey in tree canopy

Amazon Primate Conservation Research Programme, Peru

One main goal of this project is to better understand the current status of the endangered Peruvian black spider monkey (Ateles chamek). Focus is also given to at least 9 other species of primate found in the Las Piedras watershed. The team conducts research throughout the day, normally from sunrise to sunset. Plenty of rest in-between is given. Night walks may occur. Data is collected by various methods including VES transects and monkey follows. Conservation volunteers and interns assist the researcher with their daily fieldwork. This includes observation, documentation, data input and analysis.

January 7th 2020

Volunteer measuring caiman
Volunteer measuring caiman

Amazon Herpetofauna Conservation Research Programme, Peru

This intensive programme focuses on population dynamics, behavioural observations and population status of herpetofauna (reptiles/amphibians) groups. The team surveys the rivers, streams, palm swamps and the forest for all herpetofauna. It also focuses on the four species of caiman that reside in the region. The caiman research focuses on the abundance, density, and distribution of the 4 species as well as specific environmental factors of habitat selection and use. Other current research efforts include an intensive assessment of the reproductive ecology of the Gladiator Frog (Boana boans), and a comparative analysis of herpetofauna trapping methodologies.

January 7th 2020

Green anaconda in amazon Peru
Green anaconda in amazon Peru

Amazon Anaconda Conservation & Telemetry Study Programme, Peru

The Anaconda Conservation and Telemetry Study focuses on tracking and observing the behaviour of the green anaconda (Eunectes murinus). This Amazon Research project is now operating the first-ever long-term study of the green anaconda within the lowland Amazon rainforest ecosystem. The study will run for at least 3 years. The team hopes to reveal new information about the anaconda’s range, behaviour, habitat and more.

January 7th 2020

Rescued iguana Costa Rica
Rescued iguana Costa Rica

Wildlife Rescue Conservation Internship, Costa Rica

This Wildlife Rescue centre rescues injured and abandoned animals with the aim of returning them to the wild as soon as they are fit and able. For those who can no longer fend for themselves in the wild, we make them as comfortable as possible and hope that their presence will help to educate others of the dangers these precious animals face and what we can do to live more harmoniously with them in nature. Conservation interns are expected to help the Rescue Centre educate the public on our goals towards the rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction of wildlife as well as the issues we face.

January 3rd 2020

Baby howler monkey with volunteer and staff
Baby howler monkey with volunteer and staff

Wildlife Rescue Field Research Crash Course, Costa Rica

Our 2 week Field Research Crash Course will help you gain introductory practical training in field research, with an emphasis on building skills in observational data collection on wild and rehabilitated local species. This course is most suitable for students at an early undergraduate level who have a keen interest, but little experience, in field biology and conservation, and those who wish to gain a rich knowledge about Costa Rica’s wildlife and conservation efforts.

January 3rd 2020