Wildlife Protection Worker
Scientific fieldwork, work in the project’s museum, community outreach, wildlife protection, maintaining trails
This project is carried out by a non-profit organization which works to protect the inhabitants and species in Paraguay. They do this through scientific research and community outreach. The project is located in Laguna Blanca this region is a biodiversity hotspot. The project house sits by the side of Laguna Blanca, a crystal-clear lake. Many of the species are endemic to the area which makes Laguna Blanca a very interesting place to study with 10 new species already been discovered. Laguna Blanca is also home to the white-winged Nightjar, an endangered nocturnal bird species known to breed here and just two other locations worldwide.
There is a concern in Paraguay about the continuous destruction of nature this is due to the expanding agricultural activities such as ranching and soya production. Land purchased from conservation orientated organizations allows to protect land and wildlife due to wildlife corridors which link remaining pockets of original vegetation.
The reserve has around 804 hectares of land and is uniquely situated at the confluence of three important South American eco-regions: the Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest, the Cerrado, and the Bosque Central of Paraguay.
On this project there are different programs in which you can volunteer to take part in subject to availability:
- Capuchin Monkey study: The population of Capuchin monkeys is poorly studied and understood. The project aims to establish long term research into the behavior, ecology, and genetics of this species. On a day to day basis you will be: trail marking, working with GPS, making new maps, searching for monkeys and collecting data.
- Butterfly inventory: building a collection of all of the species found here to demonstrate to the world how special and biodiverse the reserve is. On a typical day you will be learning to grow caterpillars into adults, help understand the creatures lifecyles and prepare the creatures for collection.
- Reptile and amphibian survey: museum and databases are up-to-date, showing the more interesting specimens to tourists, and helping to design and develop new educational materials.
- Reserve maintenance: Maintain trails, maintain facilities, build rest areas, expand the trail system, help with the organic garden or recycling projects.
- Outreach: The project works in the communities close to the reserve, providing environmental education to adults and children.
You need to speak
at High School level
Your helping hand will be required on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
There are many different activities to do in your spare time such as relaxing on Laguna Blanca’s golden white sands or take a swim in its crystal clear waters as well as this you can go explore the wonderful nature.