Volunteer Coordinator at a Wildlife Sanctuary & Rehab Center

7 days left

Dominical, Costa Rica
A bi-monthly stipend will be provided
Mar 10, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Contract, Full time, Volunteer

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica operates a dynamic volunteer program and runs a rolling application for volunteer coordinator throughout the year. The Volunteer Coordinator will assist the program coordinator in implementing and developing the volunteer program by providing high standards of animal welfare to all animals in our care as well as managing all volunteers. The role is designed to support the day-to-day running of the sanctuary and rehab center, and to ensure that volunteers/ interns are receiving the best educational and social experience. The role is a minimum six month contract and includes a monthly, financial stipend.

Job duties:

  • Training new volunteers/ interns according to the sanctuary’s policies and procedures
  • Supervising volunteers during working hours and assisting in husbandry-related tasks
  • Implementing our enrichment calendars and making amendments were necessary
  • Assisting and teaching our volunteers how to assess animal’s welfare through various techniques such as body scoring or qualitative behavior assessment
  • Creating a safe working environment for volunteer/ interns
  • Creating volunteer working schedules
  • Educating volunteers/ interns with weekly presentations on various case studies & topics
  • Assisting with orphan care of neonates and juvenile wildlife
  • Assisting and training volunteers in diet preparation
  • Assisting with our wildlife clinic
  • Assisting with animal rescues and releases
  • Working on-call for any wildlife or volunteer emergencies after working hours
  • Organize and attend social and cultural events for volunteers
  • Handling volunteer check-ins/ outs, including coordinating transportation
  • Ensuring that volunteer accommodations are kept up to standard


Person Specifications:

  • Candidates must hold a degree in or must be studying for a degree in a related field  
  • Previous experience managing/ supervising individuals, preferably volunteers
  • Minimum of three months experience working with wildlife
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish (preference will be given to Spanish speakers)
  • An extremely organized individual
  • Adaptable and responsible
  • A self-motivated individual who is confident in their supervisory abilities
  • Someone who can work well both independently as well as in a team
  • Eager to expand your career/ gain work experience in a sanctuary setting
  • Valid manual driving license
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 months 


Additional information:

  • All basic food will be provided (meals/ food orders are based on a vegetarian diet)
  • Accommodation is provided (participants will be required to be on-call on certain nights)
  • Monthly stipend amount will be discussed during the interview phase
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will need to pay for own flights/travel arrangements and must have valid personal health/travel insurance.
  • If you fit the job requirements, you will be interviewed virtually. There will also be a second interview round after a couple of weeks.
  • If accepted, there is a one month probationary period.

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