Macaw Conservation Volunteer

If you’re passionate about Parrots and Conservation and love to visit a beautiful country with lots of wildlife, volunteering with Macaw Recovery Network will be perfect for you!

Working at MRN will give you an opportunity to work with a non-profit conservation organisation, meet people from all over the world and experience Costa Rican life and culture in a remote area. And, of course, you will be making a difference to the survival of two endangered species of macaw.


The applicant will be a care taker at our Macaw Breeding Center during the non-breeding season. After a training period, the applicant will be given responsibility to care for a group of Macaws. Depending on the successes of the previous breeding season this includes caring for offspring and preparing them for release into the wild.

Volunteer Duties:

  • Daily food preparation and feeding of captive breeding birds, pre-release birds and supplementary feeding of the released flock
  • Regular site maintenance including aviary cleaning, providing perches and enrichment for captive birds and various other husbandry tasks
  • Monitoring the health and behaviour of captive birds
  • Different general maintenance or development tasks may be assigned depending on our current needs and the skills and abilities of particular volunteers


No previous experience or academic background in Biology needed. However applicants with a background in biology/veterinary or carpentry/construction are preferred.


The volunteer is expected to work 5.5 days a week. Monday to Friday from 5.30am until 5pm with a three-hour break and half a day in the weekend.

Duration of Work:

The minimum duration is one month with a maximum of 5 months. Only available from the beginning of August through the end of December.

Desirable personal Qualities:

  • Dependable and responsible
  • Motivated and positive with a desire to contribute
  • Interested in bird and nature conservation
  • Flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic
  • Sense of humor is helpful.

Other Benefits:

  • Great experience both in terms of travel and supporting a non-profit
  • Increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles
  • Increased skill in creative problem-solving
  • Increased skill in team-communication

Anticipated costs:

All international and nation travel costs to get to the site are your responsibility. Volunteers pay $300 per month for on-site accommodation and all utilities. Volunteers buy and prepare all their own food and we recommend you budget for at least $40 per week.

Sign up now!

We are looking for motivated volunteers year round preferably for a minimum of 3 months. Please learn more about volunteering with us and apply on our website!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

How to Apply

Please read all the information and submit your application on our website.

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Key Information


Macaw Recovery Network




Full Time


Entry Level


Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Sustainability


Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Application Deadline:

Not specified, apply soon.