Current Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Grounds Keeper – Available from March 2017

Is installing a fence to protect habitat from herbivores or creating a nature trail your idea of fun? Do you want to gain practical experience in conservation management? If so, the Groundskeeper position might be perfect for you. In this position you will help Echo develop new reforestation areas and be involved in habitat conservation from seed collecting to maintaining a native plant nursery and watering planted out trees. You may also be involved in the development of trails throughout the reforestation areas and the digging of holes (“future tree homes”).  This work will  help improve opportunities for our non-profit and local guides to provide nature tours for education and best practice eco-tourism.

This role will involve hands-on physical work in a tropical climate (think temperatures of 27°C/80°F+ and lots of cacti around you!). An early start (6:30 a.m. is best) is typically followed by a midday siesta or break before returning to work until sunset.

Plant Conservationist – Available from March 2017

Is a day filled with being outdoors, collecting seeds, potting plants and watering trees your idea of fun? Do you love to garden and have a knack for learning different types of plants as well as the types of environment they’ll grow in? Are you prepared to really get your hands dirty, building fences and trails and trimming branches? Do you want to gain practical experience in botanical work while also learning about conservation management and helping to make the world a better place? If so this could be a perfect position for you!

This role will involve hands-on physical work in a tropical climate (think temperatures of 27°C/80°F+ and lots of cacti around you!). An early start (6:30 a.m. is best) is typically followed by a midday siesta or break before returning to work until sunset.

Parrot Keeper – Available from March 2017

Do you have a passion for parrots? Do you have experience caring for captive parrots? Are you handy and creative enough to enrich the birds’ aviaries? If you answer yes to all these questions, this could be the volunteer position for you! A typical day will start with feeding the birds at 6:15 a.m. and monitoring the wild birds coming in to feed. The rest of your day will include finding native fruits to feed the birds, creating foraging activities for the parrots, and repairing or improving the aviaries. Depending on the unpredictable arrival of rescued birds, you may get to take part in a release or receive new birds into the aviaries. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in other research, conservation, or outreach activities, depending on Echo’s activities while you are here.

Daytime Volunteer Positions

Are you on Bonaire and want to help protect this unique and special place but don’t have a lot of time to commit to it?  No worries, we have regular morning and afternoon projects which could use your help!  If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at least a day in advance so that we can coordinate your visit and volunteering.

Other Positions

We’re always interested to hear from good people! If you have an interest in plants and/or birds, like the outdoors and hard work, or have skills you think could be handy (such as welding, gardening, mechanics, and carpentry, to name a few) then please contact us via the application form. We may have a need you’d be perfect for!

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Applicants must be highly motivated, physically and mentally fit, and able to work independently or as part of a team. You should also be prepared to live in basic group accommodations (outdoor living with cold showers, composting toilets, and solar power).

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