Montis & Marca – A3.2

Deadline to apply to this volunteering scheme: 1 March 2019

MONTIS is an environmental non-governmental organisation. Based in Vouzela, it was created in 2014. Its mission is to create biodiversity value, through the sustainable management of natural heritage in a way that is engaging, transparent, and open to all interested parties.

The activities of the association focus on the active management of properties that it either owns or looks after, which cover more than 150 ha, the majority of which are located in the central region of Portugal (municipalities of Vouzela, São Pedro do Sul, and Arouca).

MARCA

The activities of the association focus on the active management of properties that it either owns or looks after, which cover more than 150 ha, the majority of which are located in the central region of Portugal (municipalities of Vouzela, São Pedro do Sul, and Arouca).

  • Support regular activities of a nursery of native plants, including caring out activities with the general public;
  • Complete control and removal activities in respect of invasive species and the restoration of the locations in question through the plantation of native species. Furthermore, the recovery of water courses will also be completed through natural engineering techniques.

These activities take place in the headquarters and nursery of MARCA ADL, on the coasts of Castelo de Montemor-o-Novo, in the local eco-trail, and locations covered under the Natura 2000 network (SIC Monfurado and SIC Cabrela). The tasks will also take place in schools and other informal settings to ensure the dissemination of project activities.

The volunteer will form part of a small team and will be in contact with other national and international volunteers. The activities run during week days, but may occasionally take place over the weekend.

MONTIS:

  • Office work (for example, communication, data base update, selection of measures, among others).
  • Field work support in managed properties (including natural engineering solutions, controlling invasive species, restoration of riparian and forest habitats, planting and seeding of native species, conduct of natural regeneration, among others).

MARCA:

  • Nursery work, maintenance, and promotion of native species activities;
  • Control of invasive species and plantation/restoration of intervened areas;
  • Recovery of protected areas through planting of native species and implementation of natural engineering techniques;
  • Environmental education activities;
  • Dissemination activities, such as in schools (for example, secondary schools in Montemor-o- Novo) and other informal settings;
  • Participation in events, meeting and fairs to disseminate information about MARCA ADL and the project.

Volunteering period:

  • Start of the volunteering period: 11 March 2019;
  • End of the volunteering period: 11 July 2019;

  • Volunteering duration: four months (first two months will be spent with MARCA, and the remaining two will be with MONTIS).

Application deadline for this volunteering scheme: 1 March 2019.

With the support of the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, MONTIS will deploy volunteers registered on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform:

  • Guidance by a specific supervisor, designated in the volunteering agreement;
  • Theoretical and practical instruction of the tasks to be performed;
  • Compulsory insurance provided;
  • In terms of accommodation, the volunteer will stay in a shared flat with other ESC volunteers. However, sometimes, it may be necessary to stay in alternative housing or to camp;
  • Daily allowance of 15 EUR for food;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses from place of residence to hosting organisation (away and return per volunteer per volunteering period), in accordance with the thresholds set by the ESC.

With the support of the LIFE Volunteer Escapes project, MARCA will deploy volunteers registered on the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) platform:

  • Insurance: MARCA will provide insurance against work accidents throughout the volunteering period as legally required;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses from place of residence to hosting organisation (away and return per volunteer per volunteering period), in accordance with the thresholds set by the ESC:
    • 10 to 99 km: up to 20 EUR;
    • 100 to 499 km: up to 180 EUR;
    • 500 to 1999 km: up to 275 EUR;
    • 2000 to 2999 km: up to 360 EUR.
  • Accommodation/sustenance: a daily allowance 20 EUR (21 days per month) will be given to the volunteer;
  • Training will be provided on the promotion of native species (nursery techniques, eradication of invasive species, implementation of natural engineering techniques, recovery of water courses, and possibly other areas;
  • Upon completion of the volunteering scheme, a certificate will be issued.