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You will use 4x4 trucks to explore this world-class park, home to 55 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles, and more than 370 species of birds. Your team will work with the Jaguar Conservation Fund to radio-track previously-collared jaguars and record the signal locations to discover jaguars’ habits and needs. You’ll conduct a small-mammal census to identify prey populations and, with the help of trained dogs, you’ll search for, collect, and analyze jaguar scat and jaguar kills to determine prey abundance and jaguar diet. (Volunteers who are uncomfortable working closely with dogs can generally be assigned to other tasks, but should be aware that dogs will often be present. Volunteers who enjoy working with dogs can help care for them in the kennel operations.) In the very rare event that you see a jaguar in the wild or that one is live-captured during your expedition, you’ll conduct behavioral observations, but would not be handling the animal. You will also assist with jaguar camera-trapping, potentially some image analysis, data input, and data processing. In your recreational time, you can enjoy swimming and bird watching in the unique cerrado environment.
Major responsibilities of volunteers:
For detailed information on what the program fee covers and what it does not, contact us at: Expeditions@earthwatch.org
No specific skills or qualifications are required. We expect our volunteers to be kind, flexible, friendly and have good communication skills.
Your team will share a comfortable house with four bedrooms and a full bath, bordering Emas National Park. The house has hot showers, flush toilets, electricity, a full kitchen, and other amenities such as laundry and bar service. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are provided at the house by a local cook. Meals will feature Brazilian favorites, including rice, beans, beef, chicken, salads, and vegetables. Snacks and fruits will also be available.
Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to the local people. Some communities might have a high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. For detailed information on this program feel free to contact us at: Expeditions@earthwatch.org