Wolf Sanctuary Caretaker

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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The wolves are of paramount importance as they contribute not only for the protection of the target species but all others that interact with it.
Opportunity to observe a wolf for the first time in semi-natural conditions.
Become a volunteer and assist by providing care for wolves that cannot live in the wild and enjoy visiting beautiful Portugal!
Improve your Portguese
Meet new friends!
Join our Wolf conservation and sanctuary project in Portugal to help care and rehabilitate Iberian wolves that can not be released back in to the wild! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Join our Wolf conservation and sanctuary project to help careand rehabilitate Iberian wolves that can not be released back in to the wild. Iberian wolves are being threatened by the intense persecution driven by the human population. Wolves need adequate refuge and wildlife preys to survive but with the growing population of farms, protection of livestock is priority. The organizations main efforts are divided by running a sanctuary for wolves that can not be released back in to the wild as well as protecting and conservating existing wolves in the wild. The volunteers main focus is the Wolf Sanctuary. 

Wolves, like all other wildlife, have a right to exist in a wild state in viable populations. This right is in no way related to their known value to mankind. Instead, it derives from the right of all living creatures to co-exist with man as a part of natural ecosystems. " (Manifesto and guidelines on wolf conservation)

This is an amazing opportunity to understand the ecological and socioeconomic conditions essential for effective conservation of the wolf population in Portugal, together with the public awareness. Experience living off the grid while helping with the daily routine to provide the best captive conditions for wolves that cannot live in the wild: victims of trapping, abuse, and illegal captivity or those coming from other zoos or parks. These wolves who find refuge here are true ambassadors of wolves in nature, contributing to public awareness to conservation of the last big carnivore of this country.! 

Typical day

Volunteers and Interns are the backbone and the main force that pushes the organization forward. Attitude is the first thing the project looks at. It is always important to show respect, take initiative, ask questions and to get involved in all the activities that are done at the project. 

You will take part in some of the following tasks:

  • preparation of food and feeding and providing water to the wolves: helping on handling the meat and giving it to the wolves, checking the wolves’ water supplies (during summer at least 3 times a day). Food preparation involves handling and cutting raw meat.
  • monitoring and observation of the wolves.
  • site maintenance (e.g. picking litter, forest clearing, digging, painting, cleaning, etc only in winter); - during the summer months (June to October) fire watch - can include night rounds.
  • Forest maintenance (70% of the time of your time) tree felling and pruning removal of branches and other materials and subsequent burning vegetation clearing using agricultural tools like hoes and scythes and so on (mainly during winter). During the summer (May to October) fire watch can include night rounds.
  • Infrastructures maintenance checking enclosure’s walls and fences, painting pathways improvement.
  • Be flexible and help out with any new tasks that come up
  • Enjoy your time and volunteer knowing all your tasks help with this great cause.

Free-time activities

Your weekend are off and you have plenty off time to visit the nearby country side or visit the coast!



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Letter of motivation, Application Form, 2 pictures and Liability Waiver and Volunteer Policy forms (provided during application process)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Flexible, initiative, outgoing, teamworker
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel
Wolf Conservation & Sanctuary
Pick Up
We pick up the volunteers at the closest bus stop (Vale da Guarda). Volunteers must arrive at the pick-up point between 2 and 4 pm.
You’ll be staying in a shared wooden Cabins with other volunteers.
Meals are not included. However the project will arrange transportation to the nearest grocery store. Your food can be prepared individually and as a group. You are responsible for preparing and buying your own meals.
Ongoing service
If there are any problems with your volunteer project we are always there to help you and mediate between yourself and the organization.
Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours in Scotland after you have finished your volunteer project.
24/7 Emergency contact
If there are any problems during you stay in Portugal you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.
What's not included: flights, Meals and Insurance.

There is no women/men separation and both kitchen and bathroom are shared by all occupants. Volunteers will stay in wooden houses, The houses are equipped with washing machine, stove, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and cooking utensils. We provide towels and blankets.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) in Lisbon. We assist you to find cheap flights to Portugal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Portugal provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Portugal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Portugal.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Key start dates are From February till the end of November each year (book early in advance to be assured of a volunteer placement).

Volunteers work 7 hours daily starting at 9 am and finishing at 6 pm (with 2 hours lunch time) During the summer the schedule can be changed and the work day start earlier and finish later with a large break on hottest hours of the day Volunteers can have 2 days off (weekends usually), but extra days are possible if requested.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 days (min. stay)
3 weeks
24 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$406 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wolf Sanctuary Caretaker

Join our Wolf conservation and sanctuary project in Portugal to help care and rehabilitate Iberian wolves that can not be released back in to the wild!


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