IBERIAN WOLF CONSERVATION, is a program that aims to help the conservation and preservation of the Iberian Wolf, an endangered species.
In this program, volunteers will participate in a wide range of day-to-day activities at the Center, including assisting with animal feeding, checking water, maintenance of the Center infrastructure, fire prevention, forest cleaning and observing wolves to check their health, among other tasks. The volunteers will be accommodated in very comfortable wooden houses at the Center itself and the local staff will guide them permanently.
The project is open all year round except in December and January but it should be booked early in advance to guaranty availability.
Tasks may vary according to the needs at the time. The work is supervised by the staff, but after receiving instructions the volunteer can work alone. These are the main tasks:
– Monitoring and observation of the wolves
– Preparation of food and feeding the wolves
– Checking the wolves water supplies (during summer at least 3 times a day)
– Infrastructures maintenance: checking enclosure’s walls and fences, painting; pathways improvement.
– Forest maintenance (70% of the time): tree felling and pruning; removal of branches and other materials and subsequent burning; vegetation clearing using agricultural tools like hoes and scythes; and so on. During the summer (May to October) fire watch – can include night rounds
Duration in weeks
Accomodation and Meals
Accommodation for volunteers is in wooden houses chalet-style at the Park located in Mafra. These are small and cozy houses with all the equipment necessary to cook and live comfortably. The house is equipped with washing machine, oven, fridge/freezer, cooking utensils and cutlery but there is no TV. Volunteers are responsible for preparing their meals, doing the washing up and keeping the house tidy as well as doing their grocery shopping. The IWRC ensures the weekly cleaning of the house, as well as the change of the bed (once a week). Volunteers are also responsible for washing/drying their own clothes. Please note that there are no women/men separation bedroom and both kitchen and bathroom are shared with all occupants. A house can house up to 6 people.
Volunteers work up to 7 hours daily: starting at 9 am and finishing at 6 pm (with 2 hours lunch time). During the summer the schedule can be changed and the work day start earlier and finish later with a large break on hottest hours. Volunteers have 2 days off (weekends usually), but extra days are possible if requested.
– Registration form with your contact information and travel dates (which we will send by email).
– Flights detail
– Passport copy.