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    Fundación de Conservación JOCOTOCO
    • Employer: Fundación Jocotoco
      Location: Reserva Buenaventura
      Country: Ecuador
      Last Date to Apply: 10/10/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Reserve Buenaventura was created in 1999 to protect the typical locality of the Perico de Orcés (Pyrrhura orcesi), which was discovered on this site by Robert Ridgely and other researchers in 1980, and described by him and Mark Robbins in 1988. In the decade of the 90's, the forest cover of this area was reduced and devastated substantially due to the creation of extensive pastures. The reserve grew from its initial 400 hectares to almost 2,000 hectares in 2011.


    Volunteer activities will depend on the season and will include:

    Reforestation: collect seedlings and seeds for the nursery, help with planting, prepare fertilizers and monitor plots

    Data collection: every day, precipitation and temperature data for each station should be collected and the database updated

    Monitoring of trap cameras: location and review of cameras, classification and administration of photos, identification of fauna

    Nesting: construction, location, cleaning and constant monitoring of artificial nests for birds

    Monitoring of species: preparation of transects for different species of birds and record of information

    Hummingbird garden: provide orientation to the visitors of the garden

    Animal care: collection and preparation of food for feeders, ani feeding ailments, at least once a day.


    The volunteer house offers comfortable areas in the rooms, living and dining room, reading room and kitchen. Electricity is available 24 hours. The bathrooms have hot water. Wi-Fi is available in the living rooms. The laundry service is offered at low cost, or volunteers can use washing machines. The volunteer is provided 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and snack), we have different menus in case of dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, vegan and celiac.

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