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Lepidoptera Research Assistant 2022
Asistente de investigación Lepidoptera 2022

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The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA), a research-focused non-profit organization dedicated to biodiversity conservation in southeastern Peru, is pleased to announce the position of Volunteer Lepidoptera Research Assistant, beginning June 20, 2022. The successful applicant will be based at Finca Las Piedras, the ASA’s research and education center in Peru’s Madre de Dios region.


POSITION: Volunteer Lepidoptera Research Assistant

LOCATION: Finca Las Piedras, Madre de Dios, Peru

POSITION DURATION: 6 months (June 20-December 16, 2022)

SCHEDULE: 5 days/week, flexibility in scheduling required




The Volunteer Lepidoptera Research Assistant (LRA) position is intended for recent graduates and other early-career biologists and/or conservationists who seek hands-on experience in tropical field research. VRNs work under the direct supervision of the Lead Lepidoptera Research Assistant at Finca Las Piedras, and closely with other ASA staff and project leaders, to support the ASA’s research, reforestation, and education efforts in Peru. LRAs are part of the public face of ASA and are part of a dynamic team of researchers, conservation and development professionals, and students from Peru and around the world. For more information about the ASA, the region in which we work, and our projects in Peru visit





LRAs assist in the ASA’s Lepidoptera Diversity and Biology project, which aims to create a comprehensive butterfly and moth list at Finca Las Piedras, generate a region-wide database of butterfly distributional records, identify butterfly host plants, monitor populations over time, and conduct a variety of ecological studies of Lepidoptera in southeastern Peru. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, assistance in butterfly rearing, searching for Lepidoptera host plants, collection of adult butterflies and moths in the day and night, and general support for ongoing research projects.



LRAs, as well as all other ASA staff, contribute to day-to-day operations and basic facilities management at Finca Las Piedras. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: group check-in and orientation, etc.



  • Minimum 6 month commitment

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or equivalent experience

  • At least intermediate/conversational Spanish

  • Enthusiasm and strong work ethic

  • Flexibility in schedule and work/living environment

  • Maturity (must live and work well with others in a close setting)

  • Excellent physical condition

  • Traveler’s insurance (proof required upon acceptance)

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19



Upon arrival at Finca Las Piedras, LRAs undergo an intensive, two-week training period. Training includes an overview of the ASA’s research, reforestation, and education projects, as well as various professional development activities. Training continues informally throughout the duration of the LRAs’ time at Finca Las Piedras.



This is a volunteer (unpaid) position. However, all room and board is provided on-site at Finca Las Piedras, 7 days per week, for the duration of the appointment (although work is only required 5 days/week). Work-related local transportation, including pickup from the Puerto Maldonado airport (PEM) or bus terminal, is covered. International flight to Peru, including airfare, taxes, airport fees, and domestic air or land travel to Puerto Maldonado (bus or air) are included. Travel insurance is not included.



The following are required to apply for this position:


1.     A cover letter of interest

2.     Current CV/resume with contact information for two references

3.     Most recent unofficial university transcript


Completed applications should include each of the three required items, and should be submitted as a single PDF document, in the order listed above, by the application deadline (April 1, 2022). Document title should read: LASTNAME_LRA_application.pdf


Send completed applications to: with “Lepidoptera Research Assistant application" in the subject line.