Volunteers advance their careers with a boots-on-the-ground experience, while meeting other researchers and visitors from all over the world.
The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the world's most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity. ACA conserves the Amazon by protecting state, community, and private lands, by working with governments, by supporting local people to improve their management of natural resources, and by developing conservation solutions. Scientific research guides our approach, and is rooted in our biological stations and field programs in the Andes-Amazon. Our biological stations are located along a gradient spanning from the eastern slope of the Andes to the Amazon lowlands in Peru, an area known to harbor the greatest known richness of species on the planet. Researchers, students, volunteers and travelers from around the world journey to our stations to witness their rich wildlife and see conservation in action.
The volunteer program offered at the stations is an integral part of our science program, with positions available in biological monitoring, sustainable agriculture, or a combination of both. Volunteers live and work at the station monitoring camera traps, analyzing camera trap photos, compiling a data, registering wildlife sightings, monitoring weather data, supporting projects of visiting researchers and other duties as assigned. Volunteers advance their careers with a boots-on-the-ground experience, while meeting other researchers and visitors from all over the world. Positions are highly competitive and typically won by candidates with specialized skills, relevant experience, good Spanish language skills, a significant time commitment, and independent funding.
The biological stations offer a number of opportunities for self-guided activities in hiking, sports with staff and other station guests, boat and kayak excursions, as well as area activities such as visits to area indigenous communities, wildlife viewing, and cultural sites just as Machu Picchu.
Volunteers are lodged in a comfortable, shared dorm with pillow and sheets provided. There are restrooms and showers. Volunteers are required to bring their own towel. Basins are available for washing personal items. Each biostation includes several miles of trails.
The program includes three hearty meals a day. With prior notice, we can provide alternate menu items to accommodate volunteers with food allergies and vegetarian preferences. Given the remote location of stations, it may be difficult to accommodate dietary preferences, and the variety of food may be limited.