Call for Volunteers Monitoring Saproxilic Beettles in Vrancea Mountains, Romania


Background Environmental Protection Agency Vrancea (EPA VN) is an environmental public authority representing the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests at the local level (Vrancea County) having the main role of implementing national environmental policies, issuing environmental permits, regulations of natural resources use and forestry activities as well as establishing environmental targets for Vrancea County and enforcing the achievement of these objectives (including for biodiversity).

Over the time, EPA VN was a successful coordinator of several large projects LIFE02 NAT/RO/8576, LIFE05NAT RO/000170, LIFE08NAT RO/000500, and LIFE13 NAT/RO/00205.

Monitoring saproxylic insects and their habitats
Currently, EPA VN runs the project Conservation of saproxylic beetles in the Carpathians LIFE19NAT/RO/000023 where we are looking for 4 volunteers to work and gain experience helping us at the same time to collect data on saproxylic insects within Putna Vrancea Natural Park.

We will provide to the selected applicants accommodation at Lepsa field station and food, they will also get professional experience in monitoring saproxylic insects and their habitats, collecting and processing data.

Accomodation facilities: shared dorms, kitcken, shower with heated water, electricity from solar panels.

The activities envisaged are specific to field work, involving monitoring of saproxylic beetles (live traps, active searching). and their habitats, filling in the monitoring sheets etc. The activities are daily basis.

Volunteer Dates 2024
Volunteer positions are available between 17th June -11th August 2024 as seen below (minimum 14 days per person).
• Block I: 17th June – 14th July 2024
• Block II: 15th July – 11th august 2024

Volunteer Qualities
• biology, geography, ecology, environmental studies, forestry, agronomics freshman or graduate student.
• willingness to perform field work
• sociable by nature, team-oriented

How to apply
To register send us an email to with „Saproxylic beetles volunteer app 2024” in the subject line. Please provide a short CV and a motivation letter (max 1 page where you explain why you are interested to join our team and the reasons behind applying this call).

Deadline – 30th April 2024