Volunteer Field Assistant

Committee Against Bird Slaughter


Volunteer • Full or Part Time

www.komitee.de/en/homepage b.debersek@komitee.de

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Take part in Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus and help save thousands of birds. Dedicated volunteers are needed this autumn to monitor and report illegal trapping and hunting of birds migrating over Cyprus.

The organisation

The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) is an international charitable organisation based in Bonn, Germany. It was established in 1975 to help preventing illegal hunting and trapping of birds around Europe. Since 2008, CABS is conducting Bird Protection Camps in Cyprus to fight against illegal trapping and hunting of birds. More than one million birds are illegally killed in Cyprus each year. Most of them are songbirds, which are considered a culinary delicacy.

The position

Volunteer field assistants are needed this autumn to help with locating bird trapping and illegal hunting sites in southeastern Cyprus. Volunteers will work in small teams and report the illegalities directly to the enforcement officers. We are closely cooperating with anti-poaching police officers and game wardens to stop illegal activities in progress and to ensure that enforcement measures are taken against poachers. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to make a difference by saving many birds from imminent death.


  • conducting fieldwork to monitor illegal trapping and hunting of birds
  • reporting the findings to the enforcement agencies
  • collecting and storing field data
  • assisting in the release of caught birds
  • assisting in the care of injured birds
  • assisting with accommodation maintenance and food preparation

Desired skills

  • we are looking for physically fit people capable of undertaking long hours of strenuous fieldwork. Candidates must be prepared for long walks in the difficult terrain, which will often be uneven, rocky and densely vegetated. We work in all periods of the day, including the night
  • candidates must be motivated to perform well under difficult conditions. Work requires keeping a low profile during fieldwork to avoid confrontations with poachers and patience to observe certain locations for longer period of time
  • candidates must be capable to work well both independently and in teams

Dates, Accommodation & Costs

We are looking to fill positions for CABS & SPA Autumn 2019 Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus which will take place in late summer and autumn. This is unpaid position, however we will cover travel and accommodation costs. Accommodation is provided in touristical facilities on the coast in southeastern Cyprus. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom with one or two other volunteers. A common room and a well-equipped kitchen are also provided. Shopping, cooking and cleaning is shared communally.

Contact details

If you are interested to participate, please send an application to b.debersek@komitee.de. Positions to be filled as soon as appropriate candidates are found. For further information, please see the CABS website www.komitee.de/en/homepage or Facebook page www.facebook.com/CABS2011

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