Volunteer opportunities are available for a limited number of overseas volunteers at Quito Zoo and on conservation projects with the Fundación Zoológica del Ecuador.
Volunteer posts currently available:
Zookeeper Volunteers: Experience needed, at least 6 months either as a zookeeper or a volunteer at a zoo overseas. More details to follow soon.
Conservation Biology Volunteers - Condor Project: A fantastic chance for biology students or graduates to gain experience on a scientific research project to help save the endangered Andean condor from extinction. Volunteers observe and make detailed notes of condor behavior, in addition to helping catalogue camera trap photos, log data, maintain trails, maintain project infrastructure and explain the project to visitors. There's also a strong possibility of seeing spectacled bears in the area. Commitment: 30 or 37 days, fixed start dates. Minimum age 20. Volunteers must have studied biology, conservation or a similar subject for at least a year at university level. Basic Spanish will allow you to get more from your volunteering experience. To apply, download the Conservation Biology Volunteer Information Pack from the project website.
See also the zoo intern page.
Zoo volunteering opportunities often book up well ahead of time, so prospective volunteers are advised to apply several months in advance if possible. It's probably not too early to apply a year ahead for a summer volunteer program at the Zoo, though its still worth enquiring at the last minute. "Summer" volunteering depends where you're from: roughly December to February for the Australasians, or for European and North American volunteers, June to September.