Conservation Volunteer - Macaws in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Macaw populations have declined significantly over the past decades. The main causes are illegal poaching for the pet trade and the loss of mature forest habitat, which they rely on for feeding and nesting. Our vision is to see a future with thriving parrot populations in healthy, connected forests, across their former ranges. Our breeding centre consists of over 80 rescued non-releasable macaws, that through breeding and release of their offspring, can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives.
The applicant will be a caretaker at our Macaw Breeding Center during the non-breeding season. After a training period, the applicant will be given responsibility to care for a group of Macaws. Depending on the successes of the previous breeding season this includes caring for offspring and preparing them for release into the wild.
- Daily food preparation and feeding of captive breeding birds, pre-release birds and supplementary feeding of the released flock
- Regular site maintenance including aviary cleaning, providing perches and enrichment for captive birds and various other husbandry tasks
- Monitoring the health and behaviour of captive birds
- Different general maintenance or development tasks may be assigned depending on our current needs and the skills and abilities of particular volunteers
The volunteer is expected to work 5.5 days a week. Monday to Friday from 5.30am until 5pm with a three-hour break and half a day in the weekend.
- Great experience both in terms of travel and supporting a non-profit
- Increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles
- Increased skill in creative problem-solving
- Increased skill in team-communication
Please send your resume/CV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macaw Recovery Network
Punta Islita, Guanacaste
No previous experience or academic background in Biology needed. However, applicants with a background in animal care/veterinary or carpentry/construction are preferred. You should be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects over your head, walk up and down steep hills and not be afraid to get messy.
Dates of program:
Year-round. General availability is from the beginning of August through the end of December (some flexibility possible).
Duration of program:
1 month minimum, 6 months maximum
Adults of both sexes 18+
All international and national travel costs to initially get to the site are the responsibility of the applicant. However, once on-site, accommodation, daily transport, and utilities are provided at no cost. All team members buy and prepare their own food, for this we recommend you budget for at least US$100 per week, or more if you like luxuries. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and should be arranged and paid for by the applicant.
We are unable to accommodate couples at our site. If staying for more than 90 days, doing a visa renewal trip is also the applicant's own responsibility. The most cost-effective option is going to Nicaragua via bus for a long weekend.
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