Position: Great-green and Scarlet Macaw Breeding Season Apprenticeship Program
Term: full-time 8 months, unpaid but includes accommodation, more (see below)
Organization: Macaw Recovery Network
Location: Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Great-green and Scarlet Macaw Breeding Season Apprenticeship Program
Macaw populations have declined significantly over the past decades. The main causes are illegal poaching for the pet trade and the loss of mature forest habitat, which they rely on for feeding and nesting. MRN's vision is to see a future with thriving parrot populations in healthy, connected forests, across their former ranges. MRN’s breeding center consists of over 80 rescued non-releasable macaws, that through breeding and release of their offspring, can still contribute to the conservation of their wild relatives. Provided annually since 2016, the apprentice program has been put in place to be able to provide a high level of care for breeding pairs and their offspring, but also to function as a network of passing on our knowledge to future conservationists.
This Apprenticeship program helps recent graduates get the hands-on experience needed to pursue a successful career. The apprentice will be taught all they need to know to look after and manage a breeding group of Great-green or Scarlet Macaws. They will be given the responsibility of managing this group at our captive breeding program. This includes monitoring for and care of several breeding pairs and their offspring. Our program is tailored to the individual and where interested the applicant will be encouraged to be involved in other projects relevant to a conservation center. Besides learning about captive husbandry the apprentice will also learn what it takes to run a conservation organization and get experience in managing a team of volunteers, a vital and transferable skill in the practical conservation field.
The Apprentice is expected to work 5.5 days a week. Monday to Friday from 5.30am until 5pm with a three-hour break and half a day in the weekend.
Duration of work:
In 2019, we will offer five Apprenticeship positions. Since both species at our breeding center have a slightly different breeding season, these are the program dates for both seasons:
The application deadline for both positions is the 1st of August 2019.
Desirable personal Qualities:
All international and national travel costs to initially get to the site are the responsibility of the applicant. However, once on site, accommodation, daily transport, and utilities are provided. All team members buy and prepare their own food, for this we recommend you budget for at least $40 per week, or more if you like luxuries. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and should be arranged and paid for by the applicant. Doing a visa renewal trip is also the applicant's own responsibility.
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 12 2019 ID: 53844