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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 sustainable agriculture 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
Our three biological stations are located along a gradient spanning from the eastern slope of the Andes to the Amazon lowlands in Peru, an area known to harbor the greatest known richness of species on the planet. Volunteers live and work in this environment as an integral part of our science program gathering scientific data, supporting facilities and grounds maintenance, and assisting in critical research projects. Volunteer opportunities are available in biological monitoring, sustainable agriculture, or a hybrid of both. 

Some of the activities you may do include (but are not limited to):

  • Monitoring camera traps, including periodic review of the cameras to change the batteries, memory cards, or moving the cameras
  • Analyzing camera trap photos and registering wildlife sightings, which includes training in species identification
  • Monitoring weather data
  • Helping with seedling production and reforestation efforts
  • Maintaining the kitchen garden, including fruit trees
  • Preparing value-added products, such as sauces, marmalades and other prepared foods
  • Maintaining and managing farm plots (according to the agricultural calendar)
  • Assisting in the production of biochar
  • Measuring and comparing plants under different techniques in agriculture and forestry
  • Supporting projects of visiting researchers

The Logistics
For volunteers accepted to the program, a minimum stay of one month is required, with positions commencing the first Monday of each month. Volunteers are expected to arrive to the station that Monday or earlier and are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the stations.

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. All volunteers are overseen by the science coordinator or sustainable agriculture 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 at all 3 stations pay $57/day (covers food + lodging) for any stay less than 28 days. For volunteer stays of 29 days or longer, the cost is $48/day.

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

  • Make sure you meet our minimum requirements to become a volunteer.
  • Read and understand our code of conduct.
  • Fill out the application form below. Make sure you apply at least 30 days before your expected arrival.

Volunteer Application



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