Panama Amphibian Conservation Volunteer Program – made possible with generous support from the Smithsonian Woman’s Committee

We are offering a chance to participate in the frontlines battle against amphibian extinctions.  We require 2 volunteers to assist project staff at any one time. This is a start-up project so funds are limited and we need all the the help and funds we can get. However, preference will be given to those who have previous amphibian husbandry experience and those with some ability to speak Spanish. Costs will vary, but expect to pay a bare minimum of  around $25 per day plus airfare & taxi from airport. This is a big job, not a vacation, but we highly recommend you build in some extra days into your itinerary to see other parts of the country as a tourist.

What we expect from you

  • 2 week minimum commitment to the project, with strong preference for 2 weeks or longer.
  • Organize your own transport and accommodation. To facilitate your travel arrangements, we have prepared a volunteer travel guide to Gamboa.
  • Positive attitude, preferably some Spanish speaking ability, working long days 6 days per week.
  • Willingness to perform manual tasks such as cleaning cages, mopping floors, collecting food and plants as assigned, and take on one self-guided project after discussion of your skills and interests with project staff.
  • Willingness to read and abide by all husbandry protocols.

What we provide:

  • Experience with an exciting on-the ground conservation venture, work with endangered species and some of the leading scientists in their field.
  • Training in the basics of amphibian husbandry.
  • Use of a cell phone, a Panama guide book, a guide to frogs of the Canal zone.
  • All equipment and materials necessary to complete your tasks.
  • Opportunity to participate in Smithsonian lectures at Tupper center and Barro Colorado islands.
  • Occasional opportunities to participate in field sampling and rescue operations.

To apply please fill out the following volunteer form and send a copy of your resume to angiestrada@gmail.com. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee for financial assistance in developing this volunteer program.

Former volunteers: Please use the comments field below as an electronic guest-book.

15 thoughts on “Volunteers

  1. Just returned from a ten day trip to Sumitt zoo in Gamboa, it was a wonderful experience. I used my knowledge of frog husbandry to help set up tanks, care for frogs and assist in any way i could. I learned as much as i shared. Best of luck with the project and i hope to return some day soon.

  2. Summitt was a great place to host this project, I spent hours cutting up bamboo and harvesting bromeliads and other plants for frog tanks! Many thanks to Brian for getting me settled and driving me around, and to Danny and the keepers for fitting me into the project for the week I was there. All the best to the frogs and I hope I was of use.

  3. My husband and I spent last Christmas and New Years volunteering with the frogs at the Summit Zoo and it was an amazing experience! Working with this frogs is like literally holding conservation in your hands! Here is a hands on, practical way to help save species, and to top it off, its in a gorgeous setting. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!

  4. Hi,

    If you send me the code for your Paypal-Donation-Button and some sort of an introductory text & logo, I’ll translate it, put it on my German website and twitter and facebook it.

    Perhaps others will follow suit. Many hands make easy work (or hopefully lots of money).


  5. Me gustaria participar en el proyecto, me gustan estos animalitos …
    se que estan en extincion en algunas areas mundiales debido a un hongo….
    tambien se q los mas vistosos son venenosos…he visto documentales de ellos
    y su habitat .
    Vivo en la ciudad de Panama y dispongo del tiempo.

  6. I just returned from two weeks of volunteer work with the Amphibian Ark. It was a wonderful experience. I am an educator/interpreter at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. I helped with the husbandry of the frogs and an equal amount of time on the bugs and worms that are grown to feed the frogs. I also helped with the anti-fungal treatment for frogs that were newly captured in the wild. While I was there some of the tadpoles morphed into frogs which was very exciting.

    I highly recommend that people go help out. Two weeks is really a minimum amount of time that you can be useful. If you speak Spanish, that helps a lot. The living accommodations were not ideal – I moved seven times in 14 nights so it’s good to find a place that will take you for at least a full week at a time. The Volunteer Travel Guidance is very helpful.

    They need a lot of help with a public education program and with fundraising so people with those skills should be encouraged to volunteer. The folks there are wonderful, committed and very pleasant to work with.

  7. I am AIda Pardo, I have worked with the smithsonian previously and would like to volunteer but I strictly can only volunteer on Saturdays.
    Please let me know,
    Aida pardo.

  8. Hi. Ever since my sisters got really interested in frogs, it didn’t take very long for me to get really into them myself. We have a pond in the backyard and have at least 2 types in and around it all the time. It helps make my day to know that they are there. I am unemployed right now but I am a very friendly, sociable person and a good writer and would like to do something to help out if I can. I have recently acquired 4 frog documentaries and although I love to watch frogs & toads in life and at play, I am greatly saddened by their decline and feel I want to do my part to make a difference. Please contact me if there is something specific I can do.

  9. No requieren voluntarios de el pais soy de el valle de anton y me interesaria mucho ser voluntario si llegara a tener el tiempo y la oportunidad

  10. He estado siguiendo el ataque del hongo de las ranas aca en Santa fe de Veraguas desde el año 2004. cuan do las ranas del Parque nacional Sant fe fueron atacadas encontrabamos muchos individuos muertos por todos lados. La especie más atacada fue el Atelopus varius, muy parecido a la rana dorada lo que cambia es la coloración principalmente. Hasta el año 2011 logre ver algunos individuos sanos y apareandose.
    me llamo mucho la atención encontrar un macho de atelopus cargando sobre su cuerpo unos huevos sobre su espalda. Actualmente ofresco una expedición nocturna en el Parque Nacional Santa fe, para observar ranas, serpientes y otros animales que salen por la noche.
    Edgar Abel Toribio Pérez
    Explorador y Fotografo de la Naturaleza

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