Help us to maintain the grounds, the vegetable patch and the native seedling production.
This role is perfect for people who like gardening and don't mind getting their hands dirty. We have a management area of 4 hectares, which needs maintenance. You will help with maintaining the grounds, gardening and support in our vegetable patches on which we grow the food for the animals. Also you can help us to collect native seeds for our native seedling production. We will use these native seedlings to plant more fruit trees on the reserve so there is plenty of food for the animals which are being released.
During your work at the organization, there is a good chance you will encounter wildlife. All volunteers are expected to support in our fauna monitoring; whereby, sighting of wildlife should be noted and hopefully photographed in an attempt to identify species living in the area. It is important to know what birds are already on the reserve, as well as identify their predators like the oncilla, to understand the natural competition they will face.
The Betary Reserve is situated about 6 kilometres from Iporanga. Iporanga is a small municipality in the State of São Paulo, founded in 1755 on the banks of the Ribeira de Iguape River and at the mouth of the Rio Iporanga. The name Iporanga of Tupi origin means "beautiful river". Iporanga has around 4,300 inhabitants and a total area of 127,700 hectares.
You will be working closely with our volunteer coordinator, the manager of FreeWildlife Brazil Celine and our other volunteers. We have partnered with IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute), an NGO that also works on the Betary Reserve with whom we cooperate closely, to develop a joint volunteer program. Although you won't work directly with them, you will definitely meet IPBio's staff members and volunteers with whom we often do weekend activities and have dinner parties.
A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm including the tasks of:
Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Buoy cross, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbeque or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
This fee covers the volunteer’s accommodation, internet access and project costs.
Volunteers will stay at the Darwin Guest House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms, together with IPBio’s volunteers. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. Volunteers are expected to do groceries and basic cleaning themselves.
Collect information, which will help us to assess where to release the birds and where we can find them to monitor their progress.
Build and design an informative website that can promote FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine and its ability to combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals.
Raise awareness about FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine and fundraise to support our projects.
Help us by expanding our wildlife database of photos and videos on flora and fauna of the Atlantic Forest and create videos and documentaries.