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Volunteer & Research Wildlife & Nature Travel Opportunities by Country

We don't list opportunities here in the US except Hawaii and Alaska. However, we do list some on our ornjobs page, mostly bird jobs/internships for students and recent graduates.

We haven't included specific opportunities from environmental volunteer websites such as Ecovolunteer for the sake of space - go directly to their sites - see our volunteer travel page for these.

We keep these opportunities on the list for longer than they may be available, as we are not told if they are filled, but don't want to eliminate them if they are still open. We apologize if you apply and find it was filled a few weeks earlier.

As the countries & opportunities keep changing you'll need to click on through to check if there's a country you're interested in. There's only 5 or 6 pages so it won't take long.

Please note that due to spammers trolling for email, all email addresses are written with the word AT, rather than with @; they are not live hyperlinks. Web links are live.


AVICULTURE INTERNS WANTED for the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC) on the island of Maui. Daily tasks include husbandry duties such as: diet preparation, aviary and facility maintenance, behavioral observations of breeding birds, grounds keeping, predator control. Applicant must be able to live with several roommates in a remote area and should show enthusiasm for work with captive endangered Hawaiian birds. Applicant must have a valid driver's license and health insurance. Internships last for a 3-6 month period. Interns receive $20/day stipend plus housing. For more information on internships at KBCC, please send a resume, cover letter and the names and contacts of three references to: ROBBY KOHLEY P.O. Box 39 Volcano, HI 96785 (FX: 808-985-7034). For more information on internships at MBCC, please send this information to: AMY POOPATANAPONG 2375 Olinda Road Makawao, HI 96768 (FX: 808-572- 3574).

TWO FIELD INTERNS are needed for the Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (TMAPS) Program. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) is seeking two bird banding interns from 24 Mar to 19 Jul 2008 to operate constant effort mist-netting and banding stations on Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands. Field conditions include high heat and humidity; exposure to intense sunlight; rocky, sharp, and rugged terrain; regular exposure to bees and wasps, and possibly other unpleasant tropical insects and critters. The position entails working a minimum of 6 out of every 10 days, depending on weather and logistical considerations. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with some experience working independently in the field, and a solid background in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing landbirds using plumage characteristics. A valid passport and driver’s license are required. We particularly encourage previous MAPS interns to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to learn the MAPS protocol during an intensive training session in central California beginning 24 Mar. After training and travel to Saipan, the interns will be responsible for setting up and operating 6 TMAPS mist-netting stations, liaising with the CNMI DFW (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Division of Fish and Wildlife) contacts on Saipan, and submitting monthly progress reports to IBP’s main office. Roundtrip airfare to Saipan from San Francisco and free shared housing will be provided in addition to a per diem of $22 for 90 days in the field, totaling $1,980 for the season. These positions are an opportunity to expand your experience working independently in the field, and individuals in these positions frequently have the opportunity to step into supervisory field biologist positions with IBP during subsequent seasons. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and email addresses of three references to AMY FINFERA, The Institute for Bird Populations, P.O. Box 1346, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.( FX 415-663-9482, PH 415-663-1436, EM: Applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are found.




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