Volunteering in Croatian protected areas and birdwatching
Dear Voluntourists, I’m writing on behalf of Association BIOM, a registered ESC host organisation. Association BIOM, BirdLife partner in Croatia, is looking for 4 volunteers interested in nature conservation/birdwatching for a unique opportunity to volunteer in protected areas in Croatia, including mountains and islands. 🌲
Gain first-hand experience in wild bird conservation and engaging local communities in nature protection. For more information please see the CONTACT DETAILS SECTION at the end of this announcement.
We are looking for 4 volunteers from EU and other ESC programme countries to spend 10 months in Croatian protected areas!
1st February 2020
30th November 2020
Croatia – Islands, Nature Parks
Association Biom (Croatian BirdLife)
Applications open until 20th November
The project aims to help save endangered bird populations and strengthen communities on the isolated Croatian islands to promote positive attitudes towards nature conservation and sustainable development.
Volunteer profile – apply if you are:
- Enthusiastic about sharing your passion for nature.
- Open-minded and ready to communicate with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds.
- Capable of living and working both independently and as part of a team.
- Flexible and dynamic, will be happy working irregular hours and moving between small communities within Croatia for the duration of the project.
- Reasonable physical fitness,
- capable of working on rough, rocky, and steep terrain in all extremes of weather.
- Comfortable working outdoors at night, around water, and from boats.
- Comfortable participating in small mammal eradication tasks (such as rodenticide trapping) for the purpose of endangered bird conservation.
- Able to communicate in English or Croatian.
Valid European driving license is desirable, but not essential.
All expenses covered + monthly allowance
- International experience
- Volunteer in motivational, dynamic, flexible, and friendly working environments.
- Learn about birds and nature conservation.
- Develop communication, leadership, and organizational skills.
- Deliver creative events or online content for the promotion of nature conservation.
- Interact with a wide range of people from different countries and backgrounds.
- Learn about how small communities work and how to strengthen them.
- Travel around Croatia.
Birdwatching – Project description
The Island Birds ESC project aims to build a new generation of active youth and strengthen communities on the isolated Croatian islands to promote positive attitudes towards nature conservation and sustainable development. The project consists of two phases, during which volunteers will be split up and spend time in the following locations:
The first phase (5 months).
- Lastovo Archipelago. Volunteers will assist with the LIFE Artina seabird conservation project. Activities include monitoring of seabird colonies (Yelkouan and Scopoli’s Shearwater, and Audouin’s Gull), satellite tracking,
boat-based surveys, and invasive mammal eradication.
- Hvar Island. The volunteers will work with Platforma Hvar NGO, which runs a community centre in the city of Hvar, on Hvar Island. With the guidance of an assigned mentor, the volunteers will have the opportunity to
develop their public engagement skills by implementing their own community-building and environmental education projects.
- BIOM Office in Sinj. A visit here will provide the volunteers with the opportunity to be involved in a grasslands restoration project with a focus on engaging the local community. They will participate in fieldwork activities on Dinara mountain; have an opportunity to learn about the ecosystem services; help plan activities for public engagement and encouraging the local community to take actions to protect biodiversity.
Second phase (5 months).
- Učka Nature Park. The volunteers will be based in the beautiful and remote Učka Nature Park assisting with the running of the Rovozna Ornithological Camp. Here they will be able to participate in bird ringing
activities, as well as share their passion for nature protection with the international participants of the camp. It will also involve volunteer coordination, habitat restoration activities and camp logistics. Here the volunteers may choose between being accommodated in the Ornithological Station building or camping in tents.
- Beli Griffon Vulture Rescue Centre, Cres. The island of Cres holds the last breeding population of endangered Griffon Vultures in Croatia. Here the volunteers will be involved in vulture nest monitoring, vulture rescue and aftercare operations, and public/tourist engagement and educational activities.
Link to full application: https://www.biom.hr/en/vijesti/prilika-za-volontiranje-u-sklopu-europskih-snaga-solidarnosti-2/
If you are interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter before 20th November 2019 to
indicating that you are applying for the Island Birds project. We will organize a skype interview with pre-selected candidates.
The project is supported by European Solidarity Corps and run by the Croatian National Agency “Agencija ze mobilnost I programe EU”. For more information on our organization check our website: