Gardening and Reserve Maintenance in Brazil
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Biodiversity Research Institute
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Estrada Iporanga – Apiaí, Km 6, Iporanga -SP - Brasil
About IPBio: The Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio) is a place where research meets conservation. IPBio is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that develops and supports projects in environmental education and scientific research on biodiversity, ecology as well as on the behavior of species of fauna and flora of Brazilian ecosystems.
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Context: IPBio is located on a 60 hectare reserve which is open to visitation. Our gardener, Rafael, always needs help maintaining the grounds, trails, animal enclosures, vegetable patch and microclimate greenhouse so if you are interested in getting your hands dirty then we always have a job for you. As the reserve maintenance requires a lot of physical activity, these volunteers can also support in other research related activites on the reserve along with the Eco-Volunteers. The Eco-Volunteer role contains a range of activities which are conducted in a group. The majority of these tasks are field activities so this is for volunteers who like to be outside and enjoy physical activity. Not all these projects occur at the same time as various projects are seasonal. Tasks of an eco-volunteer are not limited to the roles below but we have listed the main areas that the eco-volunteer will participate in: Tree Inventory, Gardening/Reserve Maintenance; Mushroom Inventory; Tadpole Research; Bird Inventory; Mammal Monitoring using Cameratraps; Fish Inventory; Literature Research; Communications Support; Creative/Arts & Crafts projects and much more.
Gardening Role Description:
- Trails: we have a couple of trails around the reserve which need to maintain for visits.
- Animal Enclosures: we have a turtle tank, frog terrariums and an aquarium which we will need support maintaining.
- The Grounds: the reserve is 60 hectares so we need to ensure it is in good condition and looks presentable to the general public who visits.
- The Microclimate Greenhouse: we have a greenhouse which has various frogs living in it. Help maintaining the infrastructure and the plants with the greenhouse would be great.
- Vegetable Patch: producing organic fruit and vegetables for humans and well as our animal’s consumption.
- Gardening: the reserve has aquatic plants as well as small gardens like our begonia patch which they can help maintain, water and plant when necessary.
- Other construction or maintenance tasks around the reserve
- Creative Projects: volunteer can also take on creative projects such as creating ant farms, road signs for the reserve or additional features to the aquarium. The volunteer is responsible for researching and developing a plan on how to construct these features. They will also look into material costs and present it to the reserve to see whether the project is feasible.
Life at IPBio:
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. Bouy 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.
Accomodation 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, 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. A cleaning lady provides basic cleaning services for public areas and will provide fresh bed linen once a week. However, it is also the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house; we take this very seriously. Shops are located in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk to or get a taxi, where there are various shops where you can by all the supplies you will need from groceries to toiletries. There is an organic small herb and vegetable patch volunteers can use in the gardens.
Requirements: You must speak either English or Portuguese at an intermediate level. You must be over 18.
Language/Cultural Support Available
How To Apply
Email us your CV/resume and clearly state the position (or positions) you are intertested in to email@example.com and we will get in touch with our volunteer package containing further details! We respond to all applicants within a week so if you can´t find a response please check your spam folder a week after you apply.