Internship – Logistics for Wildlife Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest (Peru)
~Fauna Forever is a unique and fast-paced non-profit organisation with too few hands to cope with the growing amount of logistics and field management work needing to be carried out each day. This position provides an opportunity to support the core Fauna Forever team with day to day management of the NGO’s ongoing research and conservation fieldwork. Moving regularly between the Fauna Forever base in Puerto Maldonado and the various rainforest study sites the intern will work and learn alongside Fauna Forever’s project managers and field coordinators while assisting with, and at times self managing, a number of important and often challenging tasks.
Assist with the arrangement of boats, buses, lodges, research sites, expedition staff (cooks, boat drivers, field assistants, etc.) and participants (volunteers, course participants, expeditioners, etc.), help keep track of spending and receipts, and particpate in Fauna Forever’s wildife research and monitoring.
Field & Logistics Support Internship Highlights:
- Get the teams safely up to their jungle-based sites
- Help plan and set up campsites
- Assist with mapping and GPS tracking for expedition teams
- Help with training and GPS/compass orienteering games
- Assist all teams with the monitoring of rainforest fauna
- Implement new systems and ideas to help improve the sustainability, efficiency and safety of Fauna Forever’s staff and participants during fieldwork
- Enjoy a number of rainforest experiences on days off including; animal rescue centre, kapievi cultural village (ayahuasca ceremonies, yoga, etc.), rainforest botanical gardens, serpentarium (snake rehabilitation centre), Anaconda Lodge (a rainforest oasis with a swimming pool and a number of tame monkeys), day trips into the Tambopata National Reserve, etc.
More information about Internships with Fauna Forever
Fauna Forever currently manages a long-term wildlife monitoring project called Fauna Forever Tambopata (FFT), specialising in mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and trees; an animal welfare project called Animal Welfare Forever, focussing on both domestic pets and some captive wild species (kept by other organizations); an environmental education and awareness initiative centred on schools in Puerto Maldonado and surrounding villages; an ecosystem services project, involving the economic valuation of intact forest; a mini-conservation corridor project called Forest Corridors Forever; a series of workshops focussing on (a) bird banding/ringing and handling techniques (Bird Ringing Forever, in collaboration with CORBIDI), (b) wildlife photography (Untamed Photography), and (c) statistical techniques. A lot of what we do helps various groups improve their knowledge acquisition methods and encourages them to make better land-use planning decisions to reduce impacts on the environment and to maximise human wellbeing.
To help our core team of Peruvian and international staff undertake and manage these initiatives, and to help us answer some deeper ecological and socio-economic questions revealed by our work, we have developed over many years what are now called the Fauna Forever Intern Program (FF Intern Program) and the Fauna Forever–Tambopata National Reserve Volunteer Program (FF-TNR Volunteer Program).
The FF Intern Program requires interested candidates to officially apply for one of our limited number of intern positions, either directly through us or one of our partner agencies in Peru, UK, South Africa, and USA. This can be done using our Intern Application Form.
We can accommodate up to 5 interns per month, and intern periods can stretch from 1-12 months (mean = 3 months). Some intern applicants express an interest in undertaking their own project, either as a dissertation requirement, to obtain extra credits from their university, or simply to get further experience of planning and executing such projects in a tropical environment. We are very happy to accommodate this type of project, and can provide the necessary supervision and guidance both in the planning and execution stages. All interns receive a general orientation and induction course at the start of their visit, after which they are assigned to one or other of our project staff, though swapping in and out of different projects is also possible.
Typically, a Fauna Forever intern will spend about 4-5 hours a day focussed on activities either in the Fauna Forever house/office, around Puerto Maldonado or off in the field. During the rest of their time, interns are free to explore the area, improve their Spanish language skills, coordinate fun activities with other interns and staff, and mingle with visiting volunteers and researchers. At least a basic knowledge of Spanish is encouraged, though it is not a pre-requisite as most interns pick up at least some Spanish during their time here.
Fauna Forever Study Sites
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~Dates & Prices
Due to a shortage of central funds to cover all intern-related costs, we ask all interns to contribute a fee to help cover their in-country costs. The longer the stay, the lower are the daily fixed costs, and thus the lower the daily rate. The basic contribution fees for 2012-2013 are summarised below:
- 1 month (minimum stay)
- 2 months
- 3 months
- 4 months
- 5+ months
US$ per day
- US$ 70
- US$ 55
- US$ 50
- US$ 45
- US$ 40 (**Minimum price per day)
Please Note: For other durations (e.g. 45 days) we apply a pro-rata system to determine the final fee. **This pro-rata system does NOT apply for periods longer than 150 days (5 months). For special requirements, requiring services other than our regular capabilities, an additional fee may be required to cover this.
* What the fee includes
- Accomodation from start to end of the period
- Three substantial and healthy meals every day
- Clean drinking water at all times
- Airport (Puerto Maldonado) transfers on arrival and departure
- Support and training: Health & Safety; species identification; impacts and challenges affecting the rainforest in Tambopata; machete use; and much more.
What the fee does not include
- Travel insurance (this is essential)
- Spending money for snacks, sodas and souvenirs