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.
This project will be conducted in the moist tropical forests of the Mamoni Valley Preserve, Guna Yala Comarca and Chagres National Park in the Republic of Panama. The study area encompasses ~280km2, and is located within the narrowest section of Central Panama. It is part of the largest remaining stretch of contiguous rainforest in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena eco-region, one of the top ecological hotspots on Earth.
The Mamoni Valley Jaguar Project goal is to gather scientific information on the jaguar by collecting photographic imagery, using a network of camera traps, set throughout the study area. The project aims to elucidate population status, habitat use, distribution, and prey availability. As part of our long-term monitoring program, other felids such as puma, ocelot, margay, jaguarundi and other mammals are the focus of our study.
Kaminando and The MVJP soon will begin filling multiple, temporary, seasonal positions in biology for the 2018 field seasons. We are seeking multiple (4-6) field biologists with various start dates between 04/04/2018 and 10/08/2018. These seasonal (not to exceed 15 days) positions will be, tentatively: April 4th, July 9th, and October 8th. Dates are dependent on the receipt of funding from the sponsor for these positions. The incumbent will serve as a member of the MVJP Monitoring Program Team. Candidates will be trained and oriented to the study area and project, prior to checking cameras in the field. Candidates will be working alongside the principal researchers and local guides.
Cost: $100/day plus one camera donation towards the project
Accommodation at Centro Mamoni
3 meals a day
Flights, personal expenses, hotels
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. Basic knowledge of Spanish is preferred.