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

  • Dormatory 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, summer activities are cancelled for 2020. Please check back here for future volunteer opportunities.

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

A prescription for Anti-Malarial medicine is recommended (Malarone is what I take).  Please discuss this with your primary care physician to determine if this is the correct medicine for you.

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?



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. 

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