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Laura Escobar

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  1. The Punta San Juan Program from the Center for Environmental Sustainability of Cayetano Heredia University is seeking for volunteers to participate in the “2019 Guano Harvest Monitoring Campaign” at Punta San Juan Reserve, Marcona town, Ica, Peru (from June to August). The monitoring campaign is a conservation tool, use to mitigate possible negative effects on wildlife during the guano harvest. This conservation action has been happening for the pass 15 years in coordination with Peru’s agriculture and environmental departments, whom are in charge of the guano harvest. WHAT THE VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM IS ABOUT? All volunteers will participate of daily activities in the field, under the guidance and supervision of their volunteer coordinator and Program staff. Main tasks: · Enforce the boundaries for the guano extraction stablished in the master plan. · Daily monitoring of indicator species (Humboldt penguins, Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies, Peruvian pelicans and Inca terns, sea lion, and fur seals) · Help with seabird and pinniped sample processing · Offer talks to the local community and guano harvesters · Rodents control · Install artificial nests for Inca terns WHAT VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM OFFER? · The chance to collaborate in a direct conservation action in an active research station. · Learn the mitigation strategies and monitoring methodologies. · Live in a multicultural environment, next to coastal marine wildlife. REQUIREMENTS · Be at least 18 years old. · To have availability for 15 continuous days in the field. · Preferably to be graduated or in the last year of biology, environmental engineering, veterinary or related. · International insurance. · Being comfortable in a bilingual Spanish/English environment. · To have previous field experiences, highly recommended. COST Bus fare (Marcona-Lima /Lima-Marcona), Food, lodging and materials at PSJ for 15 days: 950.00 USD; this fee includes support for Peruvian volunteers. Airfare to Peru, local transport and hotel in Lima cityis not included in cost (should be self-provide). CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Vacancies are limited to 6 International volunteers per group. Application deadline is on *May 5th*. Results will be announced on *May 10th. You can apply for following groups: Group 1 > 30-May- 13-Jun Group 2 > 14-Jun- 28-Jun Group 3 > 29-Jun- 13-Jul Group 4 > 14-Jun- 28-Jul Group 5 > 29-Jul- 12-Aug Group 6 > 13-Ago- 27-Aug * The volunteering program last 15 continuous days in the field. We recommend to arrive to Lima one day prior your departure to Marcona- To apply send a Motivation Letter and a Curriculum Vitae to laura.escobar.m@upch.pe. All application should indicate the subject: “2019 Guano Harvest Monitoring Campaign”.
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