Lend us a limb.

Or two or four. There's no better way to learn more about wildlife than getting your feet mucky right where they are. In this case, the stunning forests of Mhadei Bio region of the Northern Western Ghats of India. Read on more about how you can join in.

Who can volunteer?

Just about anyone. If you are young, physically fit and packed in with oodles of enthusiasm for herptafauna, you fit the bill. We'd also like to warn you volunteering will require involve substantial amounts of time in field at a stretch and we appreciate

Do I need to have any special qualifications to apply?

A keen interest in herptafauna is the basic qualifier, so immaterial of your background you're welcome to apply. But you must be highly motivated, attentive to details and keen to learn different aspects of field research work in herpetology. We can terminate the training if volunteers don't meet our expectations.

What are the volunteering opportunities?

We have space for four volunteers in our ongoing and new research surveys from November 1, 2011 for a minimum period of 15 days. The scope of the project will broadly involve carrying out field surveys, community outreaches and helping establish a base for further activities in the Mhadei Bio region with regards to Herpetofauna. Basic field equipment and requisite training will be provided and will get an opportunity to work with field herpetologists on research projects and surveys.

How long can I volunteer for?

This will depend on what project you volunteer with. However, the minimum period of volunteering must be at least 15days.

Is there a compensation?

This is an unpaid position, but during the volunteer period, we will bear the expenses of your field accommodation, field travel and food expenses.

If selected, do I have to bring anything? Field trip essentials

given a list of essentials that they will have to bring along and will include dull coloured clothing, tough walking shoes, torch, water bottle, binoculars and sleeping bag.

For further details contact Nirmal Kulkarni at [email protected] with your CV. Do mention any outdoor/field experiences.


We welcome researchers, academicians, students as well as wildlife enthusiasts to spend time at our field stations and affiliated bases. You can participate in a wide range of projects – social as well as purely scientific, depending on your area of interest and skills.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate, Graduate or Post‐graduate students with interest in areas such as sustainable development, ecology, conservation biology, environmental education, rural development, community-based conservation, wildlife rescue and monitoring, GIS mapping, eco‐tourism, are welcome.

What projects will an intern be working on?

If you want to initiate a research project of your own then we can certainly facilitate it, provided it adheres to our value system, our legal and social commitments and has necessary permissions.

What are the skills we are looking at?

Patience, flexibility and transparency are essential to ensure a long‐term association with individuals. Passion for the work and willingness to work with diverse people is equally important. Organizational and analytical skills, communication skills, basic computer skills, field experience related to the individual’s area of interest as well as the ability to work independently are needed. Basic knowledge of Hindi, Marathi, Kannada and English would be an added benefit to work in our bases.

What will you be the facilities available?

We'd also like to warn you that the conditions under which we live and work are extremely trying.

You need to Know

All of our work is focussed on conservation-based research. We work with communities that live around our field stations where there's a direct link with human - wildlife issues too. So if you wish to get involved, this is something you would have to consider.

Finally, human welfare, safety and health protocol is an important value at Herpactive. Therefore all our work is carefully geared to ensure that there is no compromise in this regard and every project/survey is assessed for its safety and human welfare at all times.