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Interns & Volunteers

Every year since 1971 we have welcomed and trained interns and volunteers from all over the world who are committed to the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Volunteers are a vital part of what makes the Charles Darwin Foundation such a special place to be.

Interns & Volunteers

Make a lasting impact with us

Volunteers may be local, national or international, students, professionals or retirees. The more diverse our volunteering team, the more we believe we can learn from one another. We also accept internships.

Check out our application process and open opportunities below.

OPEN POSITIONS

Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF

Terrestrial Invertebrates Collection Volunteer

Join our Terrestrial Invertebrates Collection team as a volunteer. Initially for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending the placement for an additional time upon agreement.
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COMMUNITY LIBRARY VOLUNTEER- ECO PROGRAM

Join our Environmental Education & Community Outreach team as a volunteer. Initially for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending the placement for an additional time upon agreement, after a performance review, contributions and the needs of the program. This project does not cover any type of financial assistance.
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Terrestrial Invertebrates Project

Join our Terrestrial Invertebrates Project team as a volunteer. Initially for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending the placement for an additional time upon agreement, after a performance review, contributions and the needs of the program.
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Jordi Chias

Shark Ecology Volunteer

Join our Shark Ecology team as a volunteer. Initially for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending the placement for an additional time upon agreement.
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Camilo Cruz-CDF

Exhibition Hall Volunteers

Join our Exhibition Hall team at the Charles Darwin Research Center as a volunteer. Multiple positions are open for a period of 2-3 months.
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Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF

Herbarium Volunteer

Join our Herbarium team at the Natural History Collections as a volunteer. Initially for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending the placement for an additional time upon agreement, after a performance review, contributions and the needs of the program.
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Philornis downsi, an invasive fly.

Control of Philornis downsi Volunteer

Join our Control of the Invasive Parasitic Fly Philornis downsi team as a volunteer. [Position available only in Spanish.]
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Joshua Vela Fonseca

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer

Join our Sea Turtle Conservation team as a volunteer. [Position available only in Spanish.]
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FAQ

1. What is the minimum age and minimum educational requirement for volunteers?

You must be 18 years or older and must have completed high school to volunteer.

2. What is the minimum time I can volunteer?

We generally recommend a minimum of 3 months.

3. How long can I volunteer for?

Ecuadorian nationals and local residents: maximum 6 months for professionals and students. If you are retired, there is no limit.

Internationals: one year, renewable.

4. Does CDF cover food, accommodation and other expenses?

The Charles Darwin Foundation covers food and accommodation expenses for national and local volunteers, depending on the budget of the project or department.

International volunteers must cover their own expenses.

5. Do I need to have health and life insurance?

Yes. We require all foreigners to have health and life insurance.

6. Can I apply to volunteer even if there is no position open at the moment?

Due to high demand, we prioritize volunteer applications that respond to an immediate open position advertised on the site. Only exceptionally do we accept people who write letters of interest.

7. How can I submit my application?

If you are interested in applying to one of the positions advertised on this page, send a completed application form and relevant attachments by e-mail to vol@fcdarwin.org.ec. We accept applications in Spanish and English language.

If you have any questions or require more information, please reach out to our Volunteer Program office at vol@fcdarwin.org.ec or call us at +593 (0)5526-146 or +593 (0)527-013/014, extension 338.

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If you have any questions or require more information, please reach out to our Volunteer Program office at vol@fcdarwin.org.ec or call us at +593 (0)5526-146 or +593 (0)527-013/014, extension 338.