Seeking Volunteers for Cat Research in Rainforests of Costa Rica

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 12:15pm


United States


Feline Monitoring Program

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Volunteer Opportunity

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Job Description:


Raven Adventures is seeking volunteers for our annual Feline Monitoring Program. Research will be conducted at Aula Global Bioligcal Reserve, a private stretch of protected rainforest conserved with the purposes of scientific study and preservation of natural habitat in mind. Since its reforestation, Aula Global has become home to a number of rare and endangered cat species, such as puma, oncilla, and jaguar. Our objective is to monitor the populations of these cats on the reserve. Volunteers can expect responsibilites to include, but may not be limited to:

  • General reserve maintenance.
  • Track pad placement and maintenance.
  • Taking of plaster casts.
  • Placement and maintenance of game cameras.
  • Monitoring camera results.
  • Taking field notes.
  • Organizing or digitizing collected data.  

This program is tailored to the learning undergraduate student looking to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in the field, while honing practical field skills. This position is open to any applicant with an enthusiasm and respect for our natural environment; past experience in the field or a research background is not required. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, and willing to work. Please note that this program is physically-demanding and involves hiking uneven rainforest terrain. 

2017 Dates:

Session 1: March 12th - 18th

Session 2: March 19th - 25th 

Attending back-to-back sessions is possible. Cost is $250/session, plus a mandatory conservation fee, which covers transportation from Monteverde to the reserve, all food and lodging within the reserve, technical equipment, and workshops. Volunteers will stay in a rustic, dormitory-style building at the field station. 

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