WWF has started to operate in Armenia since 2002 and as of November 2006, WWF Armenia has been registered as an official branch of WWF International as a part of WWF Caucasus Programm Office. The main priority areas of the organization is the development and strengthening of protected areas of Armenia, the conservation of threatened species, the conservation and restoration of ecosystem, mitigation and adaption to climate change, introduction of economic mechanisms for alter-native livelihood for local communities in order to promote sustainable use of natural resources and to protect biodiversity and support and promotion of environmental awareness and education.
The volunteer will work 5 days per week (from Monday till Friday), in total 35 working hours. The main aim of the project is to work in WWF-Armenia, helping the staff in all their projects. The volunteer will learn about biodiversity protection and monitoring. In particular, how WWF protects and monitors threatened species like Leopard, Mouflon, Bezoar Goat, Brown Bear, Lynx etc. Any initiative taken by the volunteer will be highly appreciated, besides the volunteer will be gladly involved in any activity of the hosting organisation as he/she wishes.
Main tasks of the volunteer will be: 1. Assisting in biodiversity monitoring together with caretakers 2. Data coordination and analysis from the camera traps 3. Assisting in Eco-Trail Mapping, Eco-Routs Management. The Volunteer will work on a rotational basis with WWF-Armenia and its partner organisations: Arpa Protected (Vayots Dzor region), Khosrov Forest State reserve. The volunteer will spend initial 1-2 months at WWF-Armenia office where he/she will be acquainted with WWF-Armenia's projects, get trainings on the field work and instructions on how to use related equipment and software. The volunteer will go also at each partner organization and help their staff with their daily work in wildlife data coordination and analysis. WWF Armenia has been conducting monitoring of wildlife since 2002. The monitoring is done by field observation and camera traps. The photos should be processed and inserted in Camelot software.