The Explorer of the Amphibians of Medvednica
Did you know that Medvednica is home to the frogs we call the yellow-bellied toad, whose pupil is in the shape of a heart? They are the species of amphibians which we are monitoring at the moment so that we can promptly react to the potential reduction of their population. Considering how small and frightened they must be, and due to the Park’s vast area, your help is needed to find and monitor them.
You might get your hands a bit muddy while chasing the frogs in the puddles of Medvednica, but washing them later will be a pleasure knowing you have done something good and useful.
Duties and responsibilities
– transfer equipment and material used for monitoring the amphibians
– measure and note down the characteristics of each specimen
– note down data on the given forms
– photograph specimens
– take samples of specimens and hold nets for catching them with an antiseptic device
– help determine the number of amphibians and the state of their habitats
Number of positions
1 to 2
From March to September.
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)
– lover of nature (amphibians especially)
– 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 staff.
Volunteering with a disability
The program is not suitable for people with disabilities due to inaccessible terrain.
On the location of Medvednica Nature Park, on several locations with puddles, 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.
– enjoy walks in nature and well-preserved woods which cover over 80% 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
– attend Medieval Days on Medvednica which take place in September of each year
Why volunteer at our Park
– as an explorer of the amphibians of Medvednica you will have the opportunity to be part of the Park Service during the monitoring the fauna 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
Due to the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, applications to the volunteer program are currently not possible.
Contact Andreu 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, Sanja, or Denis will contact you with further information or apply you for volunteering if you are interested (and if there are positions available)!