Kaminando is offering a unique, self-funded volunteer/intern opportunity to work in the tropical montane cloud forest of Panama. Gain invaluable conservation research experience, while setting up camera traps to study the iconic jaguar (Panthera onca). The elusive jaguar is a difficult species to see and therefore, to study. This experience will provide our biological volunteers the opportunity to contribute directly, to the long-term conservation of this threatened big cat. You will be trained to handle and set camera traps in the field, while working alongside your local guides from the Mamoni Valley community. This is an excellent chance to gain exposure to the cloud forest, a non-invasive method of researching big cats using camera-traps and enjoy some cultural immersion.
Project Donation Cost: $1200 plus one camera trap
Accommodation at Centro Mamoni
3 meals a day
Flights, personal expenses, hotels
Candidates will be trained and oriented to the study area and project, prior to checking cameras in the field. Interested candidates with experience conducting intensive field work will be considered. Work requires the ability to hike for long hours (6-10) and up to 10 kilometers in the cloud forest, often in adverse conditions. Candidates must be physically fit and able to bush camp for 2-3 days at a time, with limited supplies. Candidates will be working alongside the principal researchers and local guides.
Knowledge of Spanish is useful.
Please e-mail the following:
(1) A cover letter of application (200 words) to include field experience, dates preferred and goals to participate in the program.
(3) Name and daytime phone number of two references, including one current or former supervisor to:
For more information please contact:
Co-founder/Vice-President Kaminando-Habitat Connectivity Initiative