Volunteer Environmental Educators, Researchers and Activists
We are searching for skilled environmental volunteers that will work with OCN, the municipality of Huanchaco, and the Instituto del Mar Huanchaco (IMARPE) to support and protect the environment, with a deep emphasis on our oceans, beaches and marine life.
In the past couple of years, alarming numbers of sea animals have been washing up dead up and down the shores of northern Peru. This includes hundreds of dolphins, turtles, sea lions, pelicans and other sea birds. In addition, local fishermen have been suffering by a stark depletion of fish in the area, while fishing has been a local tradition for the past 3,000 years. In fact, fishing and tourism has become a critical part of the local economy, as Huanchaco has been made famous for their “Caballito Totoras” (see photo) that were created by the pre-Incan civilization known as the Mochicas, and are still used today for fishing and sport.
Our environmental volunteers will have the opportunity to work with the municipality of Huanchaco to research the cause(s) of these marine deaths and collect and evaluate samples when animals are found dead or injured on our beaches. This position is open to students, interns or professional volunteers who are knowledgeable in marine biology, ecology or who have some experience in aquatic animals, mainly cetaceans (dolphins), mammals (sea lions), birds and turtles, for research and recovery purposes when they have suffered a mishap, natural or manmade. In addition, we are looking for oceanographers and veterinarians, ecologists, farmers, specialists in marine pollution issues, educators and developers to create conservation awareness, education and to organize events and actions in support of the environment with a special focus on oceans and beaches.
Meanwhile, the beaches of Huanchaco are often littered with garbage, plastic bottles and plastic bags, as there is insufficient environmental awareness, which results in a lack of respect for our mother earth. Thus, we are looking for volunteers interested in conducting research to help us understand the cause(s) of these marine deaths, while also organizing events and activities to help us protect our oceans and marine life. We are particularly interested in connecting this work to our Surf and Skate youth development projects, so that environmental awareness and respect will be taught to the youth and families that participate in these projects. Volunteers will also be responsible for sharing their knowledge and skills with the community by organizing workshops, trainings, events and activities with the children and families of El Cerrito and Huanchaco as we strive towards a cleaner and healthier community and planet.