Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest for Bird Research & Conservation, Training Provided!



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


CECCOT-Hacienda Herrera
Puerto Maldonado
Madre de Dios


Are you ready for an amazing adventure where you will see beautiful nature, help an environmental nonprofit and also learn exciting information and skills? Join us in the Amazon of Southeastern Peru! . . . for 10 days of bird surveying and bird banding, along with hiking, canoeing, and wildlife exploration.

Summary Objective: Be part of our team as we continue to document the diverse bird populations of our conservation area. Our site covers a unique mosaic of secondary and primary forest and palm swamp with some agricultural land along the Madre de Dios river, located 8 km from the town of Puerto Maldonado in the Madre de Dios of southeastern Peru. 

Your 10 day program will include training in bird capture techniques using ground and canopy mistnets, bal-chatri traps, data collection and discussion of field methods (instruction will be offered in English, but all instructors are bi-lingual). It will also offer a rare opportunity to examine bird plumage variation by species, age and sex up-close on birds in the hand. Bring your cameras! Birds will be individually marked for long-term monitoring and research. We plan to work in different habitat types around the reserve and will leave plenty of time for birding and independent exploration of the reserve’s rainforest. Furthermore, an overnight field trip to Lago Sandoval (more birds and giant river otters!) and to a parrot lick are also included.

CECCOT is run by the collaborative efforts of Washington State-based ornithologists, visiting biologists and local and conservationist. We aim to provide opportunities for locals and international visitors to learn hands-on about research and conservation of the wondrous Amazonian biodiversity with a minimum impact on the area ecosystems, while supporting the CECCOT conservation efforts and sponsoring local students to participate in training programs. 

** our website is rich with photos and more information.

To go directly to the information about this bird program, choose "how to participate" from the menu. Please review our website before applying. Thank you! 

Program cost of $950 covers all food, lodging and training for the 10 days.

Fee Required


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • Groups
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply


The primary qualification is a strong interest in exploring the natural world and culture on the Amazon Rainforest. Each region of the Amazon is unique, and the Southeastern part of Peru (close to the Bolivian border) is truly spectacular and diverse. 

- Regarding bird banding: all levels of experience are welcome. You can be a complete beginner or someone with years of experience. Regardless of your level, you will learn and benefit from this program.

 ** A keen interest in learning about birds and the role that they play in the local and global ecology helps us to have a dynamic and motivated group. 

- You will be in the field for 10 days. As you might expect, conditions will be wet and humid in the "rainforest"! You will have a comfortable bed with mosquito nets. Excellent, fresh food will be prepared for you daily. Filtered water and fresh coffee will be available. 

- Important detail: You must have travel insurance and a yellow fever vaccine to participate. Don't worry, we can help you sort these things out!! Get in touch and we'll go from there. 

** How to apply: send an email to Astacianna Hatcher with the following information

1) name

2) nationality (This information is for us to help you with travel logistics and determine if extra vaccinations might be needed. It is not used as part of a selection process.)

3) Why you are interested? - one to two paragraphs 

4) What relevant professional or personal experience do you have? (anything from studies, working with birds or other wildlife to rugged experiences such as hiking and camping)

5) Where did you learn about this opportunity? 

Formal CVs or resumes are accepted, but they are not required. The above information is sufficient for us. ** Keep in mind that having "zero" experience is okay. Please be honest. We just want to have a motivated group of people to collect awesome bird data and explore the Amazon. 

Finally, only 15 spots are available. Apply now and tell others that May 1 is the last day to get a spot in CECCOT's Birds Program. 

A deposit of $450 is required to hold your place upon acceptance into the program.