The Guardian of the Papuk Plants
The habitats of rare herbal species in the Papuk Nature Park are in danger – the forest vegetation is overgrowing grasslands and its spreading is endangering the future botanical reserve on the Turjak Hill. Dear volunteers, help us to prevent this!
Apply to volunteer in the Papuk Nature Park and join us in cleaning and clearing the vegetation which is endangering this habitat. Let’s preserve the biodiversity of Papuk – together.
Duties and responsibilities
– help the Guardians of Nature remove young forest vegetation which overgrows the protected plant species
– contribute to the preservation of rare and endangered habitats suggested for protection under the category of botanical preservation
Number of positions
2 to 3
During the first half of August and during September. Minimum volunteering time is 2 weeks.
Five hours a day, 5 days a week.
– communication and team work skills
– comfortable with field work, in sometimes hard to reach areas
– willing to work under different weather conditions
– open to spending time outdoors
Croatian and English. Volunteers from foreign countries must speak English in order to communicate with the Park staff.
Volunteering with a disability
The programme is not suitable for people with disabilities due to the demanding physical work in the field.
Volunteers work in Turjak located in the proximity of Velika.
Accommodation, a room with three beds, a shower and a toilet, is provided at the Park administration building located in Velika.
Each volunteer is ensured a 30 kuna allowance for food. They also have at their disposal a tea kitchen in the Jankovac Eco spot and in the Park administration building in Velika.
Local transportation within the Park for volunteers and their grocery shopping is ensured by the Park staff. Public transport and arrival to the Park expenses are not covered.
– take a 20 km train ride to Požega
– enjoy the local cuisine (restaurants, cafés) in Velika
– visit the famous Kutjevo Wine cellar built by the Cistercians upon their arrival here in 1232
– explore the various mountain trails
Why volunteer at our Park
– to gain new experiences and strengthen your communication skills
– to meet visitors, the local inhabitants and the Public Service, gain new friendships and expand your social network
– to improve your knowledge of foreign languages
– to meet the local community, come up with new business ideas and make new friendships
– to cooperate with the Guardians of Nature and learn about the management of protected areas
– to enjoy nature and engage in different sports activities
Contact Goran Pavić, our expert advisor-geologist at the Papuk Nature Park by filling out the form. Goran will contact you with further information or register you as a volunteer if you are interested (and if there are positions available)!