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Macaw Internship 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. 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, that through breeding and release of their offspring, can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives.

This Internship program helps recent graduates get the hands-on experience to pursue a successful career. The intern will be taught all they need to know to look after and manage a breeding group of Great Green or Scarlet Macaws. They will be responsible for managing this group in our captive breeding program. This includes monitoring and care of several breeding pairs and their offspring. Our program is tailored to the individual and where interested the applicant will be encouraged to be involved in other projects relevant to a conservation center. In addition to learning about captive husbandry, the apprentice will learn what it takes to run a conservation organization and get experience managing a team of volunteers, a vital and transferable skill in practical conservation.


The intern is expected to work 6 days a week, from 5.30 am until 5 pm with a three-hour break.

Other Benefits:

We can also connect you with other projects that might have a position available.

Please send your resume/CV and cover letter at volunteer@macawrecoverynetwork.org


Macaw Recovery Network

Punta Islita, Guanacaste

Educational background in a relevant field like Veterinary, Biology, Conservation Management or Zoology; can demonstrate a commitment to conservation and/or wants to pursue a career in conservation; has previously volunteered at a conservation organization or animal facility; must be comfortable being away from family and friends for longer; has experience living communally or in a shared living space; able to lift heavy objects overhead and walk up and down steep hills.

Dates of program:
From December to July or from January to August

Duration of program:
8 months

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. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and it should be arranged and paid for by the applicant.

Other information:
Since you would be 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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