Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior theses at our sites.
The Peru project is based in the Pacaya Samiria National reserve, deep in the forests of the Amazon basin - so deep that this project involves living and working off a river boat! The first few days of the project are spent doing a wildlife ecology and conservation course en route to the site, traveling along the river on a restored and converted boat from the rubber boom era. Once at the site location, the boat moors up and surveys are conducted from it, and involve surveying everything from pink river dolphins to macaws and caiman alligators.