Recover endangered neotropical parrot populations

Project name:

Macaw Recovery Network

Project purpose:

Recover endangered neotropical parrot populations (Macaw) through leading a conservation network

Project activities:

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

  • care for captive breeding macaws

Terrestrial

Costa Rica

Central America

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

75

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Basic facilities, shared bedroom, living room and bathroom.

Requirements:

  • 18 years old, hard working, dedicated, team worker.

Facilities:

accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, drop toilet, wifi, washing machine

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Purpose:
The applicant will be a care taker 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.

Volunteer Duties:
• 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

Background:
No previous experience or academic background in Biology needed. However applicants with a background in biology/veterinary or carpentry/construction are preferred.

Hours:
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.

Duration of Work:
The minimum duration is one month with a maximum of 6 months. Only available from the beginning of July through the end of February. 

Desirable personal Qualities:
• Dependable and responsible
• Motivated and positive with a desire to contribute
• Interested in bird- and nature conservation
• Flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic
• Sense of humor is helpful.

Other Benefits:
• 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 

Anticipated costs:
All international and nation travel costs to get to the site are your responsibility. Volunteers pay $300 per month for on-site accommodation and all utilities. Volunteers buy and prepare all their own food and we recommend you budget for at least $40 per week. 

Various other positions available, see website.

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