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Volunteer field assistants


Centro para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves Rapaces en Argentina (CECARA)


La Pampa



Last Date to Apply:

30 Sep 2017




Center for the study and conservation of the birds of prey in Argentina (CECARA)


Parque Luro Natural Reserve (La Pampa province)




31 Sep 2017


Work in the semiarid forest studyng the biology, ecology, conservation and in some case the migrations of differents bird species like American Kestrel, Blue-crowned Parakeet, Vermilion Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Flycatcher and other passerines and raptors.
This project is seeking field volunteers between October and February every year to support monitoring activities.
It is an excellent opportunity to learn to work with birds and their environments


Training on searching and monitoring nests will be provided. Volunteer duties include participating in searches, climbing trees to check nest, bird censuses, trapping and banding efforts, take birds sampling (blood, morfometric measures, ectoparasites collect, etc), re-sighting marked birds, take pictures and videos, assisting with collect of data from habitat variables, helping maintain field equipment. The typical day will start in the first hours (very early) in the morning, we take a break for the lunch and a short nap, and after continues the field work until sunset.


Field season begin 1-5 November and ends the last week of February every year. Minimmun commitiment 8 weeks, 4 months preferred.


Physically fit, enthusiastic, young biologists, vets, bird breeders, naturalists, students of the natural sciences, veterinary medicine, conservation, etc. basically anyone with experience working with birds and working in the field or a deep desire to learn these skills. Applicants must be self-disciplined, responsible, patient, and able to get along well with others in remote field setting.
Applicants must be self-disciplined, responsible, patient, have a good mood and able to get along well with others in remote field setting. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus. Volunteers must pay their transportation to Santa Rosa, La Pampa Province, Argentina. Volunteers must pay U$S70 per week to help cover the cost of their food and lodging. We take care of the expenses of the field insurance. To apply please send resume, e-mails for 3 references, availability dates and a brief letter of introduction to Fernando López, Centro para el Estudio y Conservación de las Aves Rapaces en Argentina, fernando.lopez@cecara.com.ar or ferlopez_87@yahoo.com.ar. All applications must be submitted by e-mail.



  • Cover letter expressing why you are interested in working on the project, your experience and your future plans
  • Resume or CV Names and e-mail addresses for 2 – 3 professional references
  • The range of dates you are available and the amount of time you would like to stay within those dates: For example “I am available for any 8 week period from September – January”
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years


Step 1: Reception of required information
Step 2: pre-selection (Personal interview on skype or questions via email)
Step 3: Selection (final decision)


I am often in the field and the delay in response time may be substantial. Please accept my apologies in advance for this.


For more information, please visit www.cecara.com.ar


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