Internship and Volunteer Program

Become part of a team working to support conservation of biodiversity through community outreach and environmental education; gender equity and sustainable development in biological reserves and rural areas of Ecuador and Venezuela. 



Great Wilderness is offering an internship for one or two individuals to assist FONMSOEAM, an association of small scale cacao farmers in the Choco Bio region of northwestern Ecuador.Activities include support to farmer with organizational capacity building, grant writing and computer literacy.  Additional, interns will  assist farmer's organization in their post harvested daily routine such:  bean's fermentation, sun dried, quality assessment, beans classification, storage, etc.  Become part of a team working to create a market-based solution to poverty in the poorest province in Ecuador.

This group of cacao farmers lives in ancestral communities, some of which are in the Mache-Chindul Ecological Reserve.  Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Additionally, we are working with universities in Ecuador to create more internships that will support teachers and medical students to spend a semester at rural schools and medical centers. Scholarships to high school and university students are awarded for those interested.



Field assistants are required, from 1 June – 30 August and/or  from 1 September - 30  November 2018 (exact dates flexible) to work as part of a team on a long term study of behavior and demography of the Green-rumped Parrotlet.  Duties will include mist netting, banding and resighting, nest checking, behavioral observations, audio-video monitoring, playback experiments and keeping detailed records. 

 The ideal candidate would:  have experience conducting field research with birds in tropical ecosystems; be interested in avian behavioral ecology; be willing to work long hours six days per week; enjoy work in a hot, humid environment; have a sunny disposition and be able to live under primitive conditions with few people on an isolated ranch; have a working knowledge of Spanish and a driver’s license; be able to work without supervision; and enjoy but not become too distracted by the fabulous avifauna of the Llanos.  Please submit resume, and phone numbers/email of three referees  to Karl Berg at:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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GW supports the Tropical Conservation and Education Center (TCEC) at Hato Masaguaral (HM) in the Llanos of Venezuela. HM is a private preserving reserve whose main mission is the conservation of the endemic neo-tropical fauna such the Caiman del Orinoco and ecosystems of Los Llanos of Venezuela. Both the HM and the TCEC function as one unit promoting active stewardship of the local and international community through various ongoing activities. Such projects include environmental education and awareness programs in local communities and schools, captive breeding and reintroduction programs of endangered species such the Caiman del Orinoco, and local involvement as a strong voice for the protection of the environment in Los Llanos de Venezuela and the region. 




La Hesperia  is a 814 hectares nature reserve located in the western range of the Andes at 1100- 2040 m. above the sea level. It is located in the center of the Rio Toachi- Chiriboga, a very Important Bird Area (IBA), declared by Bird Life International and Conservation International. La Hesperia is also part of two important bioregions: The Tropical Andes and the Choco-Darien- Western Ecuador, considered the top five biodiversity hotspots on earth.


La Hesperia's conservation efforts focuss on reforestation and ecological restoration of degradated areas within the reserve and its buffer zones, promoting sustainable management practices, improve the living stadards of rural communities, and provide environmental education and commuity outreach.  

1Teach Abroad at La Hesperia Biological Reserve in Ecuador

La Hesperia is currently seeking an English teacher to work with students ages 3-8 at our Montessori School located in a rural community nearby the reserve. The school is relatively new and has been serving the community since 2009.

 Skills, Experience, and Qualifications:

a) Previous teaching experience

b) Advance knowledge of the Montessori philosophy

c) Fluent in English and Spanish is highly desirable

d) Flexibility 

e) Willing to live in a relatively remote part of Ecuador

Three meals a day plus room and board are provided by La Hesperia.

2. Assistant Reserve Manager:  Position available for a minimum of three months and six months is recommended.  Qualified and motivated person will assist the reserve manager with her duties and with compliment the volunteer coordinator in his work.  Room/ board and a stipend are offered.  Call or write for details.  This position may qualify as study abroad for credit.

 This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested on working in the non profit sector, biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration, environmental education, community outreach, and  sustainable development. Room and board are provided. If you wish to know more about this position, please contact Soraya at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Great Wilderness is seeking volunteers to work in a biological reserve in  San Cristobal Island

The Galapagos Islands, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. Forty percent of the species in this island chain are found nowhere else in the world, but they are under increasing pressure from a growing human population, unsustainable resource exploitation, the introduction of invasive species and an ineffective implementation of existing land use legislation.

The San Cristobal Biological Station and Reserve, with 236 hectare covered with native vegetation, mostly, is located in the highlands of San Cristobal Island. The reserve is administered and managed by our partner Ecuadorian non-for profit organization.

Galapagos introOne of the reserve's goals is to develop technologies to reconstruct native habitat and to serve as a center for similar upland areas on other populated islands in the Galapagos chain. The remaining native upland forest on the populated islands are quite limited due to farming and the introction of invasive species such as the tropical Cedar and Cinchona. The foundation has established a Plant Conservation Center for the production of native plant species usually used in  reforestation and restoration projects within the reserve.


congalAdditionally, the station is developing a 16 hectares biological corridor in the reserve, using native plant and trees species found at different altitud. As far as community development, our partner organization works with local land owners providing technical assistance and promoting the use of best managemnt practices in the production of agricultural vegetables and fruits for family and local consumption. The sustainable agricultural production program reduces the use of imported vegetable products arriving from the mainland  that ususally are infested with invasive specie.



nh1Job description

Interns and volunteers will have the opportunity to work on both, habitat restoration and sustainable agricultural components, within the station. Complementarily, volunteers and interns usually participates in recreational activities lead by the reserve staff such as hikes to nearby lagoon, forest, beaches combined with visits to local villages to explain the ecological and human dynamics taking place in the Galapagos Islands.

Activities: habitat restoration, reforestation with native species; seed collection and clasification; nursery plant work; organic agriculture; agroforestry; station and reserve management; trail maintanance; elaboration of trail signs; conservation assistance in the Petrel Project; phenology study, bird observation; coffee production.

Please contact Soraya Delgado

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