Amazon Basin Research and Conservation Project, Peru

The position provides a rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from expert biologists and conservationists in some of the most remote, fascinating and largely unspoiled parts of the Amazon rainforest. The aim of this position is to assist in the project’s long-term scientific research in the Peruvian Amazon; to better measure the effects of human activities on wildlife, including endangered species; to get the collected information to the people who can make decisions and act on the solutions that help conserve rainforest, and to make a clear and positive impact on the Amazon ecosystem in this part of Peru.

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What to Expect?

We currently offer four different taxonomic groups for volunteers to select to work with (although it may be possible to work with more than one, so please ask) – Mammals, Birds, Herpetofauna and Insects. Each phase is 10, 20 or 40 days in length and volunteers are needed for a minimum of one full phase. Beyond that it would be possible to extend your time by 10 or 20 day periods. We are also offering some Specials – see below for Summer 8 week special, Easter Special, 46 day Summer special, and a Deep Research Expedition.

Each volunteer will learn about all of the taxonomic areas that the project researches so as to benefit from a broad spectrum of rainforest knowledge, regardless of their chosen team(s). A training week at the start of every phase will cover the theoretical and practical background of the field methods to be used, the ecology and identification tips for the species under study, and forest safety. During this initial training period and throughout the project, open presentation and discussion sessions with the Principal Investigator and other project scientists and ecologists will be held about many of the current issues facing the rainforest, its wildlife and peoples, and potential solutions.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to the ongoing dialogue between conservation groups, the government, local grass-roots organisations and communities concerning the appropriate use of the Amazon rainforest. Coaching and mentoring will continue throughout the phase and while in the field with the team coordinators. 

  • Program ID: # 2033
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    13° 3' 29.07" S, 70° 8' 51.738" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Cusco (CUZ) / Puerto Maldonado (PEM)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
    $1500 to $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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