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RESIDENT

NATURALIST PROGRAM

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Long-term assistance for biological research stations and
ecolodges in Amazonian Peru

Details coming soon...

A very common species of armoured centipede walking along a log. Resident Naturalists quickly learn to identify the common species at each biological station and ecolodge, and in turn help researchers and ecotourists understand and interpret the wildlife and forest around them Video: Chris Kirkby

Volunteer and Intern Participation Fees

2 months -  US$ 3700

3 months -  US$ 4600

4 months​ -  US$ 5700

5 months -  US$ 6400

Included

Full board (veg options available) and lodging (shared rooms), scheduled transfers, training and supervision, research permits, research activities, local Sunday expeditions.

Not included

Flights, non-scheduled transfers, clothes washing, rubber boots, rain poncho, personal medical issues.

Dates

Any time of year. We recommend successful applicants arrive in the city of Puerto Maldonado (PEM) on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday if at all possible. The city is served by daily flights from Lima (LIM) and Cusco (CUZ) via the airlines Latam and Avianca. 

Non-profit Fee Breakdown

Transfers 4% 

Accommodation 18%

Meals 14%

Equipment  4%

Repairs 4% 

Communication 18%

Staff 14%

Profit  0%

Recommended Reading

Books and Field Guides

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals

By: L. Emmons

Bats of Los Amigos Biological Station

By: S. Grillo, J. Pacheco, S. Velazco 

Birds of Peru

By: T.S. Schulenberg

Butterflies of Southern Amazonia

By: Garwood, Lehman, Carter

Trees of Peru

By: Pennington, Reynel, Daza

Medicinal Plants of Tambopata

By: Rainforest Expeditions