Volunteer Position: Field Assistant Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Program

March 12, 2015 by Tiskita Jungle Lodge No Comment

Between 2002 and 2014, 75 Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao) were reintroduced in Tiskita Private Biological Reserve in Costa Rica. The reintroduction program is ongoing. Tiskita Jungle Lodge, the ecolodge within the private biological reserve, is in the process of setting up a nonprofit specifically designed to continue and reinforce the reintroduction program (website expected to be finalized late 2015).

Tiskita’s biologist, a PhD student with Ghent University, is looking for a field assistant to assist full-time with the program starting in June 2015.


The position starts June 2015 and is for a minimum of six months. The candidate is expected to start an on-site training preferably at the beginning of June 2015.


The main responsibilities are the following:

  • Monitoring the health and safety of the reintroduced Scarlet Macaws
  • Collecting ecological data on the behavior of the reintroduced Scarlet Macaws
  • Participating in conservation education (optional)

Profile & Qualifications

  • A biology-related B.Sc. or higher degree. Higher qualifications are preferred.
  • Significant field work experience, preferably in the tropics
  • Affinity with birds
  • A working knowledge of Spanish
  • Ability to work alone under sometimes difficult conditions


The accommodation is a basic cabin with private bathroom and small outdoor kitchen area within Tiskita Private Biological Reserve.


Please send a CV, a brief cover letter (keep it short and to the point), and the contact information of at least two references to:


Extra Information

We accept couples; the attached condition is that both persons fit the profile and qualifications outlined above.

This position is a great opportunity to start and expand your career in conservation and ecological research!

For more information:

Macaw Conservation

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