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Please note: You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

The IWRC has a volunteer programme for anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in nature conservation and the Iberian wolf in particular.


Our program allows you to participate in a wide range of daily activities at the centre, including assisting with animal feeding, checking water, maintenance of the Centre infrastructure, fire prevention, cleaning, observing wolves to check their health, support for reception and administrative work and monitoring of visitors.


The programme is open all year round and volunteers can work for any period they wish. Please note: volunteers cannot start at the weekend, only on weekdays.



The IWRC provides accommodation, according to availability. There is a small house, called 'The White House' for two people at a daily rate of 5 euros.

There is also a rustic wooden house which is new and fully equipped with appliances, linen and towels. A reservation can be made by payment of 25% of the total cost.

Please contact the CRLI, by e-mail: crloboiberico@ciencias.ulisboa.pt, to know more information about the prices


If you come to the Centre by private car please follow the directions found in the Itinerary section (page IWRC).

Bus: Buses run by the Barraqueiro bus company leave frequently from Central do Campo Grande in Lisbon – the terminal is opposite the exit of the Metro.  Take a bus in the direction of Torres Vedras - via Malveira and get off at Vale da Guarda.  When arriving at Vale da Guarda volunteers should phone the IWRC to arrange to be collected (there is a payphone at the bus stop). The volunteers should aim to arrive at the Centre before 4pm.

Bus times:

Barraqueiro – Lisbon, Campo Grande to Torres Vedras (via Malveira)

During the week:

08:30, 09:35, 13:10, 14:10, 15:10, 16:10


7:15, 9:30, 11:00 pm, 12:00, 13:30, 15:25, 17:00


09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30


The provision of food and preparation of meals are the responsibility of the volunteers.  For volunteers without their own transport, the IWRC staff will take you, once a week, to go to local shops. The volunteer should bring food for the day of arrival. If you arrive on a Friday please bring food for the weekend.


It is not necessary to bring any special clothing but volunteers should note that a lot of the work will be outdoors and clothes will get dirty. Waterproof clothing is essential and warm clothing is necessary for winter, spring and early summer and, please note, evenings can be cold. Hats and sun screen are essential.  Please bring comfortable shoes suitable for walking and working outside.


We recommend that volunteers bring with them the following items: waterproof clothing, boots or comfortable outdoor shoes, sunscreen, alarm clock, camera, first aid kit and basic medicines, binoculars, flashlight, and hat.

We ask our volunteers to comply with a few basic conditions:

Please repay fellow volunteers and staff with the same degree of courtesy that you expect to receive; respect the rules and procedures of CRLI and Grupo Lobo, including health and safety rules; notify the team if you will be arriving late or are unavailable; respect confidentiality; comply with the agreed work; convey constructive criticism, if appropriate; request support, if necessary; accept constructive comments; be trustworthy; participate in volunteer training.

Volunteer work plays a vital role in the development of the centre's activities, while giving volunteers a chance to have close contact with endangered animals at the same time as making an important contribution to the conservation of the Iberian wolf.

For additional information, please contact the CRLI.

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