Why work for CIWY

CIWY offers a unique experience to any individual wishing to truly make a difference. Our work is challenging, rewarding, dynamic and deeply fulfilling.


Work at CIWY can be difficult. Our work culture has been influenced by the needs of the animals, who need attention every day (feeding, cleaning, enrichment). As such, employees receive only one day off per week.

In the Bolivian Amazon heat, humidity, rain and mosquitoes are common disturbances. On top of this access to common comforts is limited, so our employees must be strong and able to give up normal home comforts.


Around here, employees really do see the fruit of their labour. Employees have basic responsibilities they must accomplish, but they are also expected to initiate projects to improve their areas of work. These projects are often self-directed and require personal investment for success. Our lean work environment means that employees may make decisions that impact the entire organization and can take ownership of the results.


CIWY is constantly changing and evolving. The political climate and regulations concerning NGOs are changing, obliging us to modify how our work is done.


All employees see and experience first-hand the work that CIWY carries out every day. Abused animals arrive that seem like hopeless cases. They are lethargic and often ill. However, given time, the impact of our work can be seen. The majority of the animals recover their physical and psychological conditions. Sadly however, many of the animals cannot be released due to the damage they have already suffered.

Working with CIWY

The work of CIWY is constantly growing, and with each step we need more and more talented individuals to help us. Our employees are our most valuable assets in achieving our goals.

As a grassroots organization our staff is lean, so everyone has a large hand in helping us reach our goals. We need zoologists, biologists and veterinarians, but we also need marketing professionals, administrative staff, accountants, teachers and construction specialists. If you are a team player, capable of spearheading and leading initiatives, and if you have a strong passion to work with and help wildlife, we would like to work with you.

CIWY is an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate against applicants due to their nationality, race, sex, age, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Apply your passion, skills, and talents to helping us protect Bolivia’s wildlife.


As well as offering professional careers, we are also always looking for volunteers to help us in our work. Since 2000, over 8,000 volunteers from more than 65 countries around the world have helped make CIWY what it is today. Join this ever-growing network and gain a unique experience working with wildlife. Learn more about volunteering.

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Our Partners

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.

Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.

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