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Macaw Conservation Volunteer - Costa Rica Costa Rica



Macaw populations have declined significantly over the past decades. The leading causes are illegal poaching for the pet trade and the loss of mature forest habitat, which they rely on for feeding and nesting. MRN's vision is to see a future with thriving parrot populations in healthy, connected forests, across their former ranges. MRNs breeding center consists of over 80 rescued non-releasable macaws, which can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives through the breeding and release of their offspring.


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 the responsibility of caring 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.

Volunteer Duties:


The volunteer is expected to work 6 days a week, from 5.30am until 5pm with a three-hour break and half a day in the weekend.

Other Benefits:

Please send your resume/CV to volunteer@macawrecoverynetwork.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

Age requirement:
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.

Other information:
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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