Bioacoustics Researcher

Use sound recordings to understand species behavior, their distribution, habitat use and peak periods of activity.

The Program

IPBio recently won the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant and was donated bioacoustics hardware and software. The objective is to record species behavior, understand their distribution, habitat use and peak periods of activity. Moreover, we can combine the footage captured by our project “OBBIO-Observatory for Biodiversity” with high quality sound, which would allow us to construct a "sound bank" that can be used to, for example, compare the differences in sound between species and between individuals of the same species. By registering scientific data, we can analyze species well-being and use the data to take action as well as provide recommendations for conservation efforts of endangered Atlantic Forest species. We are looking for a volunteer who can lead this project which means setting up the bioacoustics hardware to collect data and analyzing the data recovered.

  • Identify how many vertebrate species occur inhabit in the Betary Reserve
  • Map species distribution on the reserve and in what/during period of the year
  • Observe the variation in/of species and long-term distribution, and understand the relationship between the distribution and ecological succession of the forest
  • Identify the reproductive period of these species, through sound, the recording of images of pregnant or females accompanied by cubs
  • Record the sounds emitted by the species and understand the relationship between the observed behavior and the type of vocalization
  • Disseminate this data to the scientific community and the general public
Living at IPBio

Volunteers will stay at the Darwin House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house, we take this very seriously. Volunteers can use our organic vegetable and herb patch in their cuisine. Shops are in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk or get a lift, where there are various shops with all you will need. Every day you will wake up to the sound of birds, monkeys and frogs and can explore the reserves grounds. During the weekend volunteers can visit the State Parks to explore the caves, hike into the dense forest surrounding them or visit the waterfalls. At the reserve we have a deck where you can swim as well as use our tubes (big circular water balloons) to drift down the river along with the current. Volunteers can also organize dinners, movie nights or social events which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or two. You can use the internet at the Center to Skype loved ones. 

Location

The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7% remains. In the Ribeira Valley, our region of the Atlantic Forest, we are at the footsteps of 21% of the 7% that is left, it being largest contiguous section of the Atlantic Forest. Despite the forests diminished state it still ranks as a global conservation priority. Although it is now just a small fraction of the size of the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic Forest still harbors a range of biological diversity similar to that of the Amazon. The Atlantic Forest harbors around 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians – 5% of the vertebrates on Earth. This includes nearly 200 bird species found nowhere else. The Betary Reserve is located next to one of the most famous Brazilian State Parks named PETAR. The region is called the Cave Capital as it known for containing over 300 spectacular caves, some which are accessible to tourists.  

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We are looking for a volunteer who can lead this project which means setting up the bioacoustics hardware to collect data and analyzing the data recovered. This means you will have to create a research plan in the first week of your stay. Once this is completed, you will hike to find a good location to place the recording equipment and set it up. It will need to be checked frequently and the data will need to be downloaded. You will then put them into the software, organize the data and depending on your research plan/topic you will need to use the software to analyze the data.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV/Resume
Other Skills
Education in biology or related field and experience with bioacoustics would be a huge benefit. We need someone who is IT savvy to work with the complex software (Song Scope).We are willing to accept a non-biologist who is very interested, willing to learn and who would stay at least 3 months so they have time to train.You must speak either English or Portuguese at an intermediate level.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Brazil? Volunteer World directly connects you with IPBio - Reserva Betary

Bioacoustics Researcher Our Micro Climate Greenhouse where frogs live Bioluminescent mushrooms Visit our Caves Studying frogs Iporanga, the closest town (6km) to our reserve IPBio Center Our neighbours ``Tubing`` down the  river The Darwin House where volunteers stay

Free-time activities

During the weekend volunteers can visit the National Parks to explore the caves, hike into the dense forest surrounding them or visit the waterfalls. Wildlife watching is a common free-time activity and at the center have our own greenhouse with frogs and native fish aquarium. At the reserve we have a deck where you can swim as well as use our tubes (big circular water balloons) to drift down the river along with the current. Volunteers can also organize dinners, movie nights or social events.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
This covers your accommodation, full access to the reserve, internet access and the use of any equipment we have. Volunteers will pay for their own food and cook for themselves. Volunteers are also responsible for paying for any extra costs such as travel costs, visa costs etc.
Example of basic food costs: spaghetti - 5 reais, beans - 5 reais and we have someone in town that provides ready-made meals for 12 reais.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Accommodation

The Darwin House, where volunteers stay, is situated on the reserve itself and accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$280
3 weeks
$420
4 weeks
$560
5 weeks
$700
10 weeks
$1400
18 weeks
$2520
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7000

You can volunteer at the project site in Iporanga/Brazil between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. IPBio - Reserva Betary will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$140/week
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 IPBio - Reserva Betary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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