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Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Volunteer and Internship opportunities are available in flexible time increments that match your needs, talents and experience goals. Due to the amount of training involved with anyone working on site at the center, preference will be given to volunteers and interns who are making a time commitment of a minimum of three weeks. 

  • Work in the aquarium 

  • Maintain livestock 

  • Perform aquarium maintenance 

  • Collection opportunities, when available 

  • Support active research projects 

  • Work with graduate students from UNAP 

  • Spanish speakers act as guides/interpreters 

  • Provide visitors with information on species biology and conservation, increasing their understanding of the human impacts threatening the region

  • Dormitory housing provided (double/triple occupancy) 

  • Some meals provided 



  • 18 or older 

  • Conversational Spanish Preferred 

  • Provide transport to and from Iquitos, Peru

  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

  • Demonstrate flexibility with work assignments based on center needs and research priorities

  • Must be a available six days a week


To Apply

COVID-19 Update: Due to the global pandemic, volunteer and
internship opportunities have been suspended until further notice. 

Complete the application form below.

Or, download the pdf and submit it via email to  

Download the pdf application or continue on with the online form.

Applying for:


Do you have medical insurance?


I have a current tetanus shot (required)- within the past 10 years?
I have a current yellow fever vaccination (required) – within the past 6 years
Do you have a medical condition or allergies requiring special accommodations?
This internship requires physical labor, heavy lifting, long periods of standing and walking, and working outside in all types of weather, including extreme heat and humidity. Do you have any health conditions or physical limitations that would limit your internship duties?


Ethnicity/Race Information

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I am (check all that apply)


Please include the following supporting documents: 

1. One letter of reference including addresses and contact numbers from a teacher/professor at your present high school/university. 



I certify that the information in this application is accurate, current and complete. I understand that misstatements or omissions may result in disqualification from further consideration. I authorize the Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes to contact my reference or any of my former employers directly concerning my work habits, character or skill, and any other data required, in connection with this application. 

Thanks for submitting!

Equal Opportunity Employer.

ARCOF is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in all positions paid or non-paid, recruitment, advertisements for employment (including volunteers, interns or students), compensation, termination, upgrading, or promotions, against any individual or applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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