Bird Area Coordinator, Machia


Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian and international professionals and volunteers. Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding Rescue Centres dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY currently manages three Wildlife Rescue Centres: Parque Machia (Cochabamba), Parque Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Parque Jacj Cuisi (Rurrernabaque, north of La Paz). Each Centre offers refuge to wild animals rescued from trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.


The Birds area in Machia is home to 67 birds of 6 different species, including macaws and Amazonian parrots. The work here includes feeding the birds, cleaning the cages, providing enrichment for them and the general manteinance of the area. Some of the birds are able to spend their days outside their cages, and you will need to watch over them to make sure that they are safe. You will also be in charge of the volunteers in your area.


The role requires autonomy and organization in carrying out the daily routine, which involves cleaning, preparing food, checking the animals and overseeing the volunteers’ work. The coordinator must have a strong level of teamwork, responsibility and initiative. The main goal is that the animals receive the best possible care and attention in the most efficient way possible.


  • The Bird area coordinator will be in charge of the Bird area and of the care taking of the birds.
  • Training new volunteers and teaching them the management techniques that have been put in place there as well as introducing them to the animals.
  • Take measures to ensure the safety of yourself, the volunteers, staff and visitors to the park.
  • Working with the biologist to update the animal files and liaise with the administrator to make sure that all information is up to date on the computers.
  • Record observations, deaths, births, and illnesses and learn the behaviours of our birds in the park.
  • Manage the daily routines and change them according to the conditions of that day.
  • Assure the safety of the volunteers and help them with any problems they might have.
  • Organise the calendar of activities, such as bleach days and treatment days and provision and cover for days off.
  • Understand the foods that they can and cannot eat and change the daily diet and meal times depending on what is available here in the park.
  • Listen to the volunteers, as they might be able to see things that you do not see.
  • Oversee the cleanliness of the area and the health of the birds.
  • Administer medicine and treatments if necessary and communicate regularly with park vets to ensure that health issues are communicated clearly and are being managed appropriately.
  • Carry out, when required, general repairs to your area.
  • Ensure that volunteers comply with park rules and report any breaches to the Administrator immediately.
  • Ensure the proper usage, safekeeping and return of all park equipment by all area volunteers.
  • Ensure that only volunteers assigned to your area are allowed to enter and report to the volunteer coordinator if any individual attempts to enter a prohibited area.
  • Attend park meetings as directed by the Administrator or the Park President and maintain a good level of communication with them.
  • Monitor the conduct and performance of all volunteers in the area and report to the Administrator or Volunteer Coordinator for any cause for concern or performance related issues.
  • Have a full understanding of the emergency procedures in the case of animal attacks, escapes or accidents.
  • Maintain a proactive involvement in the management of the group’s diet, including volume of food given and variety.

Terms of the residency

CIWY’s three refuges are located in remote locations in Bolivia and the standard of facilities varies. At Machia, electricity, Internet and water are available most of the time. You will be living alongside a community of Bolivian and international staff and volunteers, all of whom work exceptionally hard on a day-to-day basis. You must be patient, adaptable and prepared to deal with difficult, often physically demanding conditions.

Work hours

Work will include cleaning cages and areas, feeding the animals, construction and volunteer training. The days start at around 7am until 6pm everyday.

You will have one day off per week after your initial 15 days of work and 1 week off every 6 months.


Rooms and bathrooms are shared, with up to 4 people in each room.

Financial agreement

This position is for a minimum of 6 months. CIWY will provide you with breakfast, lunch and accommodation. CIWY asks that any future publications that should arise from your work here include a reference to the organisation.

Experience/Skills required

Candidate should have a strong interest in birds, in their behaviour and their well-being. Candidate should also have at least medium English or Spanish speaking, reading and writing abilities and the willingness to learn both languages. 

To apply

Please apply via email to


Including your CV and a letter of application, indicating:

            Why you are interested in this opportunity.



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Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.

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