Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Estrada Iporanga - Apiai, km 6, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Iporanga -SP - Brasil
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine was founded by the couple Martine Schmid-Fiorini and Pedro Schmid, both Swiss veterinarians, who worried about the fate of the wild animals coming from the illegal traffic and seized by local authorities. In an improvised installation at their residence in Iporanga, they began to care for wild animals, enabling their return to nature. Their activities attracted attention and gained recognition in the region by the local population, as well as by environmental authorities. Thus, familiar with the necessary care and the requirements for the release of wild animals, they founded FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine in the Atlantic Forest.
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine will primarily focus on the release of native birds and will monitor their progress after reintroduction. The Release Center, with a management area of 4 hectares, is situated in the municipality of Iporanga on the Betary Reserve. We have partnered with IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute), an NGO that also works on the Betary Reserve with whom we cooperate closely, to develop a joint volunteer program.
Read the volunteer package: http://ipbio.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Package-IPBio-Celine-FINAL15.pdf
Read our Newsletter: http://ipbio.org.br/wp-content/uploads/IPBio-Newsletter-2017.pdf
Watch our Volunteer Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/obbioadm/playlists
- Protect the Atlantic Forest, an important biome that houses many endemic and endangered species.
- To release wild animals in their natural environment, using appropriate technologies to rehabilitate and monitor the species, seeking the protection of faunistic communities.
- Offer the chance of freedom from illegally captured animals.
- Combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals.
- Promote a more sustainable relationship between the local community and the environment in which they live.
Volunteer Work Description:
The Mammal Monitoring is a part of our Eco-Volunteer role. As an Eco-Volunteer, you will help both IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute) and Celine (Animal Release Center) in a range of activities which are conducted in a group. The majority of these tasks are field activities, so this is for the volunteers who like to be outside and enjoy physical activity.
We have various cameras which are installed in the forest and are on 24/7, so all this data needs to be sorted. Watch the footage, identify the species and organize the videos. This information is crucial to understand the natural competition animals will face and will help the Animal Release Center to decide where to release the animals.
Besides Mammal Monitoring, we have a lot of other fun projects for which we can use your help, including Tree Inventory, Gardening, Tadpole Research, Mushroom Inventory and many more!
Requirements and skills:
You must speak either English or Portuguese at an intermediate level. You must be over 18.
Accommodation and Living:
Volunteers will stay at the Darwin Guest House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 14 people in 8 rooms. Two rooms are collective rooms and 6 rooms are single rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, a closet space and electricity outlets. Individual rooms have a desk with a chair. The house has 4 bathrooms with hot showers, a washing machine and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook.
Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Buoy cross, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbeque or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Email us your CV/resume and clearly state the position (or positions) you are interested in to firstname.lastname@example.org we will get in touch with our volunteer package containing further details!