As an on-going project, we accept volunteers throughout the year.

Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of The Macaw Society. The thousands of hours of observations that have been conducted over the decades would not have been possible without the help of the many volunteers and assistants who have offered their time and energy for the cause of science and conservation. There are no qualification limitations, although most volunteers come from a biological or environmental sciences background. All applicants are welcome, as we can find a role for almost any type of volunteer.

Working as a volunteer with The Macaw Society is physically and mentally demanding but highly rewarding. The chance to live and work in remote locations is a wonderful learning experience for all those interested in biology and biological diversity.

What are we looking for in a volunteer

If you are responsible, enthusiastic, self-disciplined and patient PLUS you enjoy being outdoors and working with wildlife, we encourage you to check our volunteer jobs opportunities.  We have different volunteer assistantship programs that required different (1) levels of experience (from amateur nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers to graduate-level professionals), (2) ages (from 18 to 65+ years old) and (3) duration (from 2 weeks to 2-3 months).

Tambopata team 2020 coming back from checking wild macaw nests. Credits Astrid Anderson

Are you interested in volunteering with us?

We are receiving volunteers in our two locations in Bosque Escondido (Costa Rica) and Tambopata (Peru). We have different positions which are available year-round.

How To Apply

To apply please send an email to volunteering@themacawsociety.org with the following information:

  1. A letter of interest explaining why you want to work with the society
  2. Your CV or resume
  3. Email addresses for at least 3 references
  4. The location(s) you have chosen as your volunteering destination(s). For example, you may say “I would like to help just in Costa Rica, just in Punta Leona”, or “I choose to help in Costa Rica in both Bosque Escondido and Punta Leona”.
  5. The range of dates when you will be available and how long you can participate. For example you may say something like “any 20 day period between March and July 2015”.