Parrot Husbandry Volunteer in the Dutch Caribbean

Echo Bonaire
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
No Salary, but accommodation is provided. Food, Flights & insurance is the responsibility of the intern.
Last Date to Apply
Echo is a non-profit wildlife conservation organization that works closely with volunteers, interns, students, and the local community to protect the beautiful, Yellow-shouldered Amazon on the idyllic Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Our multi-faceted approach to wildlife conservation means that we have many different roles on offer that are available for volunteers of all backgrounds and interests. People love to join us for lots of reasons from kick-starting their career in conservation science and research to kicking back and surrounding themselves with plants and parrots. As a parrot husbandry volunteer, you will be caring for a captive population of Yellow-shouldered Amazons that have come to Echo's Conservation Center as confiscations from the illegal wildlife trade or as injured wildlife. Parrot husbandry volunteers focus is on the welfare of these animals whilst in Echo's care. Key duties include: Daily food preparation and feeding of the captive parrots, including collecting donated and native fruits/vegetables. Weekly aviary maintenance such as cleaning, creating enrichment, and collecting/installing branches and perches. Monitoring the health and behavior of captive birds. Assisting with the training of our feathery conservation ambassadors from the education aviary Assisting the site manager with health checks, relocations, and any other onsite work needed. Assisting with general site maintenance and upkeep. This is the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience at a working conservation organization and learn the needed skills to work within the wildlife, rescue, and rehabilitation sector. The “off-grid” Echo Conservation Center is in the lush valley of Dos Pos, located 3km from the small historical town of Rincon and 20km from Kralendijk, the main town on Bonaire. Dos Pos is also a Birdlife International Important Bird Area, and a stone’s throw from the Gotomeer lake Ramsar site that thrives with Flamingos and shore birds, making it the perfect location to submerge yourself into nature.
No previous qualifications are necessary as full training is provided by our parrot field conservationist. Volunteers must be 18+. The main traits Echo is looking for are a motivated, proactive individual who has a love for nature and is willing to work independently as well as within a small team. Previous travel experience, living communally, and volunteer work are advantages but aren’t necessary. The Echo accommodation is remote and “off-grid” and therefore volunteers must be comfortable with camping-style conditions. A minimum of 8 weeks is required for training and to avoid high turnover that can interfere with the welfare of the captive parrot population. There is no cost to volunteering, but the individual must cover their own flights, insurance, and food whilst on the island. To APPLY: Visit our current opportunities and fill in the Parrot husbandry volunteer form. Once submitted a team member will contact you to arrange a digital interview.
Contact Person
Jack Haines
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