Volontiranje u Parkovima Hrvatske

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AddressBliznec 70
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Medvednica Orchid Explorer

Did you know that orchids grow on Medvednica? We find them not only in the humid rainforests of the Amazon, but also on the dry continental grasslands of Medvednica. We monitor them in order to react in time to a potential decrease in their population. Given that the Adriatic lizard orchid (Himantoglossum adriaticum) is best seen during the short flowering period, we need your help in order to be able to find and monitor a sufficient number of individuals.

In the search for the Adriatic lizard orchid, you will also find other types of orchids that are no less beautiful than the well-known Amazonian orchids.

What does the Medvednica Orchid Researcher do?

– searches the field

– measures and records the characteristics of individuals (size, position)

– records data in prepared forms

– takes photos of individuals

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How many volunteers are needed

1 to 2

When can you volunteer

From May to June.

Working hours

Once a week, for 6 hours. Fieldwork, when scheduled, is from 9 am to 3 pm.


– comfortable with fieldwork regardless of the working conditions (mud, rain, the sun, no sanitary block)

– nature lover

– resourcefulness

– willingness to learn

– a team player

– willingness to evolve and apply the skills acquired

– physically fit – comfortable with shorter walks



Croatian and English. Permanent volunteers must speak English in order to communicate with the Park employees.

Volunteering with a disability

The program is not suitable for people with disabilities due to inaccessible terrain.


On the location of Medvednica Nature Park, outside the marked mountain trails and typical locations visited by tourists.



Accommodation is not provided. Volunteers have to arrange their own housing.



Food is not provided. Volunteers have to arrange their own meals.



Local transportation within the Park and the bus stop is provided. Travel expenses of public transportation and arrival to the Park have to be arranged by the volunteers themselves.


Leisure time

– enjoy walks in nature and well-preserved woods which cover over 81% of the Park area

– hike on some of the 72 mountain trails of various difficulties and varied landscapes

– ride on 8 circular cycling lanes

– walk along educational trails and the Bliznec forest road which is suitable for people with disabilities and allows easy access for public buses for those who are not willing to walk

– replenish or rest themselves in some of the mountain lodges or hospitality facilities and in two hotels (for those who wish to stay longer)

– in the winter you can ski on the route where the Snow Queen Trophy race takes place (route made famous by Janica and Ivica Kostelić)

– visit the main tourist attractions of Medvednica: the Vetrenica cave, the Zrinski mine, and Medvedgrad Visitor Center

– attend Medieval Days on Medvednica which take place in Autmn of each year


Why volunteer at our Park

– as an explorer of the Orchids of Medvednica you will have the opportunity to be part of the Park Service during the monitoring at Medvednica

– by spending time outdoors and actively participating in various aspects of the Public Service’s work you will help contribute to the protection and preservation/conservation of Medvednica



Contact Andrea Kostelić, the head of the department of promotion, education, and interpretation of the department at the Medvednica Nature Park by filling in the form. Andrea, Denis or Igor will contact you with further information or apply you for volunteering if you are interested (and if there are positions available)!