Long term Volunteer Field Assistant

Tambopata Macaw Project Coordinator
Peru (PE)
Sep 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019
Employment Type
Salary Type

Tambopata Macaw Project


Would you like to live in the middle of the amazon rainforest as part of a fantastic multicultural team while helping to preserve wild macaws? Add to that learning a new set of skills and great field experience at one of the longest running parrot projects in the Americas.

If this sounds good to you, come and join our team of dedicated volunteers!! 


Long term field volunteer assistant preferred stay

8 weeks minimum, 3 month stay preferred


General requirements:

Volunteers should be self-disciplined, responsible, enthusiastic, and patient. You should also be able to tolerate moderate insect levels, and hot weather (85-90F/30-33C with high humidity). You must also be able to get along well with others in a remote field setting.

Additional requirements:

Good physical condition, able to carry a 40 lb (18 kg) pack over moderate terrain for up to 2 km, no fear of heights.

Volunteer activities:

You will be trained to identify all parrots by sight and sound, climb trees to check macaw nests (Nov – Mar), monitor the clay lick, conduct parrot censuses, locate foraging parrots and enter data.


Previous field work experience

Biology/Ecology/Forestry degree or Senior Students (or similar careers)

Some knowledge of Spanish (not required but helpful) 


Volunteers must pay their transportation to Peru (Puerto Maldonado City) and a fee of $20 per day to cover the cost of food and lodging

How to apply:

To apply please send an email to proyectoguacamayo@gmail.com .  This email should contain the following:

 1.A letter of interest explaining why you are want to work on the project

 2.Your CV or resume

 3.Email addresses for at least 3 references

 4.The range of dates when you will be available and how long you can participate. For example you may say something like “any 60 day period between March and July 2013”.

For more information please check:  http://vetmed.tamu.edu/macawproject/volunteer

The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru under the direction of Dr. Donald Brightsmith of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University. This project has been working with wildlife and local communities since 1989. A long history of dedicated research and monitoring has provided many insights into various aspects of parrot and wildlife of south eastern Peru. We are always looking to collaborate with anyone with a passion for conservation and biology