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Volunteer Researcher Opportunities

ACA and our Peruvian sister organization Conservación Amazónica–ACCA are creative, hard-working, team-oriented, high-energy conservation groups and we welcome volunteers with the same qualities! If you are ready to get your boots dirty to conserve the Amazon, then we have volunteer opportunities available in biological monitoring and ecotourism management that might be just right for you.

Why Volunteer
Being a volunteer with ACA in Peru is hard work. This is not an eco-tourism opportunity. But your hard work will contribute to protecting the greatest rainforest in the world. Our volunteers frequently mention how much they gained from this experience, both personally and professionally. You will get first-hand experience in the area of biology and sustainable agriculture by working with top-notch professionals dedicated to safeguarding and understanding the Amazon. You will be able to advance your career with a boots-on-the-ground experience and see the Amazon that few people have the privilege of knowing. You may interact with locals and learn about indigenous cultures and traditions. Not only that, you’ll get to meet researchers, naturalists, and visitors from all over the world and all walks of life, building your network of like-minded professionals. By volunteering your time and skills, you widen your world while helping us protect the Amazon.

The Opportunity: Biological Monitoring and Ecotourism Management
At each of our three biological research stations, we have the opportunity for you to volunteer doing biological monitoring and helping with ecotourism management. Volunteers live and work at our stations and become an integral part of our science program gathering scientific data, supporting facilities and grounds maintenance, and assisting in critical research projects. Our volunteer opportunity would allow you to help manage some exciting projects, such as:

  • Terrestrial mammal monitoring program:
    • Monthly deployment of camera traps, monthly review of cameras to replace batteries and/or memory cards.
    • Analysis of camera trap photos.
    • Geographic and photographic record of mammal scat along trails.
    • Identification and tagging of trees marked by Andean bears.
    • Entering camera trap scat and marked trees data into data base.
  • Bird monitoring program:
    • Monthly audiovisual bird point-counts along trails.
    • Entering point-count data into data base and upload it to eBird.
  • Phenology monitoring program:
    • Monthly phenology evaluation of orchids along orchid trail.
    • Monthly phenology evaluation of marked trees along trails.
    • Entering phenology data into data base.
  • Weather monitoring program:
    • Record precipitation information daily.
    • Entering precipitation data into data base.
  • Supporting projects of visiting researchers and other duties as assigned.
  • Supporting the ecotourism activities and station management tasks.

The Logistics
For volunteers accepted to the program, a minimum stay of eight weeks is required. Volunteers are also required to be at least 18 years of age.

Volunteers work from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday (with two hours for lunch) and free Sundays, which you can use to explore the area or relax at our comfortable dorms. Volunteers are required to work 30-40 hours per week. All volunteers are overseen by the science coordinator at the station, who will work with you on developing a detailed work plan, and will provide technical and general support throughout your stay. Because you will be working closely with locals, Spanish proficiency is required.

Volunteers pay $48/day (covers food + lodging). Volunteers should bring their own towels, personal hygiene items, and laundry detergent.

Next Steps
Ready to become a conservation hero? Here are your next steps:

  • Read through our full volunteer job description and make sure you meet our minimum requirements.
  • Read our volunteer guide to learn more about living and volunteering at our biological stations.
  • Read and understand our code of conduct. You will have to agree and abide by this code to be a volunteer.
  • Send your completed application along with an up-to-date résumé or CV to A member of the ACA or ACCA staff will contact you following receipt of your complete application.


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Setting off. Photo: Raechel Running

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Emperor tamarin at Los Amigos. Photo: Lindsay Lough

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