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Fauna Forever, a non-profit based in Peru, is now recruiting interns and
volunteers to assist with its Amazon rainforest-based wildlife research and
conservation projects, community development projects, botanical, forest
carbon and medicinal plant studies, and agroforestry and green energy
initiatives in the Madre de Dios region. There are also a few limited
opportunities for those interested in office-based non-profit management
activities at our bases in the cities of Puerto Maldonado and Cusco.
Opportunities are available throughout 2018.
If you are a student, recent graduate of the environmental or social
sciences, or you are someone looking for a worthwhile activity during a
career break period, and you want to gain active field experience in the
humid Neotropics and contribute to rainforest conservation efforts, then
we’d encourage you to get involved.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Those interested should contact us at our central email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with a CV and cover letter detailing the following
Period or dates (number of weeks or preferred arrival and departure dates):
Why you would like to assist our projects?
What skills could you bring to our teams?
Any other relevant information that the selection committee should take
SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES TAUGHT
The skills and techniques that our international team of conservation
biologists and community project coordinators can teach interns and
volunteers in an experiential learning context in Peru, include:
1. Wildlife research techniques for studying diversity, population
dynamics, home range size, and the behavior of focal taxa = Unbounded line
transects, camera traps and DSLR photography, mist netting with
banding/ringing, baited and un-baited pit-fall traps, point count stations,
quadrats, Bal-chatri traps, Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) and Global
Positioning System (GPS) tagging, acoustic monitoring, and associated data
analysis methods. Focal taxa = Terrestrial and arboreal mammals (primates,
cats, ungulates, tapir, etc.); Birds (tanagers, flycatchers, toucans,
parrots and macaws, raptors, etc.); Herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles,
including snakes and caiman); Insects (butterflies and dung-beetles);
2. Botanical, forest carbon and medicinal plant research techniques =
Cuadrats and larger plots, line transects, microscopy, voucher collection,
direct observation and interviews with locals, local market surveys.
3. Community development project skills = Interviews of individuals and
focus groups in rural community settings, developing action plans, economic
valuation of natural resources, business and risk management plans,
ecotourism marketing plans, environmental education in rural schools,
indigenous knowledge storage and retrieval mechanisms, etc.
4. Office-based non-profit management skills = Data analysis and
infographics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) management and mapping,
social media management, project development processes (planning,
budgeting, decision making etc.), calculating carbon emissions per project.
MAP OF RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION SITES
A map showing the location of Fauna Forever’s research, conservation, and
community development sites can be found at this link:
Chris Kirkby (PhD)
Founder, Managing Director, and Principal Investigator at Fauna Forever
Tambopata Hostel, Gonzales Prada 161, Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Urb. Santa Maria P1D, San Sebastian, Cusco, Peru
Tel: +51 993915158 / 992771166