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Feb 12 18

Marine Intern | Smithsonian Marine Station

by Grace L. Schumaker

The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) program is currently
seeking an undergraduate or recent graduate for a summer internship at the
Smithsonian Marine Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida.  MarineGEO
(marinegeo.si.edu) is a network of global observation and research sites
that focuses on biodiversity, how is it changing, and how that affects the
structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems.  Research includes
long-term, rigorous monitoring of important habitats as well as
standardized, coordinated experiments with network partners.  The
Smithsonian Marine Station is located adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon
(IRL), a biodiverse estuary on the east coast of central Florida.
Responsibilities of the successful applicant include data collection in a
variety of habitats including seagrasses, oyster reefs, mangroves,
soft-sediments, and artificial structures as well as support in a
large-scale experiment examining the effects of predators on native and
non-natives species.  Learning objectives include exposure to a diverse
suite of marine invertebrate species as well as becoming familiar with
research conducted in multiple habitat-types in a biodiverse estuarine
environment.  Additional experiments can be developed with staff based on
the applicant’s personal research interests.

Please send a cover letter expressing research interests and future goals as
well as a CV and current undergraduate transcripts to Dean Janiak at
janiakd@si.edu.  The internship has a flexible timeframe for start and end
dates but a desired start date would be prior to June 1.  The weekly stipend
in $400, not including housing.

Feb 12 18

Dolphin Research Intern | Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute

by Grace L. Schumaker
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) <http://www.thebdri.com/>, a marine science and education centre, offers unique hands-on research experiences as a marine mammal scientist in the NW coast of Spain. BDRI scientists conduct research across a wide range of subject areas that link marine top predators (cetaceans and marine birds) ecology with their physical environment, society and population dynamics; explore their interactions with human activities (such as fisheries, aquaculture and marine traffic); and investigate their behaviour and acoustic communication. 
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION – This internships program enables aspiring marine scientists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna in one of the most productive oceanic regions on the world (Galicia, North-western coast of Spain). An incredible diversity of cetaceans is present in these waters. In 2017, the BDRI team had the opportunity to study bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, striped dolphins, pilot whales, killer whales, sperm whales, beaked whales, humpback whales, minke whales, sei whales, fin whales, and even blue whales.
 
During the internship period participants will be working side by side with the chief biologist, and other experienced researchers. With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, participants will be trained to get involved with multiple research projects involving a combination of boat-based surveys onboard research vessels, land-based observations, laboratory work (photo-identification, GIS, bioacoustics, diet analysis, diving behaviour, video analysis, database work, etc), and strandings (response, rescue, necropsy, and data collection). 
 
The BDRI is a very international environment, and the everyday working language is English. Laboratory work days typically last six hours and field days typically exceed seven hours and occur several times per week (weather dependent). There will be two days off per week.
 
HOW TO APPLY – Research experiences are open to all applicants 18 years of age or older. An academic background in biology, veterinary or natural science, coupled with motivation and interest in marine research make the most qualified individuals. Start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 30 days continuous (internships) or 5 days (volunteering) commitment sometime between February 2018 through to end November 2018. 
 
The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, this research experience requires a monetary contribution which is used to off-set the cost of accommodation in an apartment, training, use of research equipment, facilities and research vessels, and other expenses (access to wifi in the apartment, kitchen utensils, electricity, taxes, etc). Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain).
 
Interested candidates should submit an e-mail to severine@thebdri.com, and we will provide you further information about the program. Approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Positions are open until filled.
 
For more information about BDRI’s research projects, please visit <https://www.thebdri.com> or our Facebook page (BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE BDRI).
 
Scientific articles published by the BDRI in 2017:
 
– Díaz López, B., López, A., Methion, S., & Covelo, P. (2017). Infanticide attacks and associated epimeletic behaviour in free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0025315417001266
–  Diaz Lopez B. and Methion S., 2017. The impact of shellfish farming on common bottlenose dolphins’ use of habitat. Marine Biology 164: 83.
– Díaz López, B., Grandcourt, E., Methion, S., Das, H., Bugla, I., Al Hameli, M., Al Hameri, H., Abdulla, M; Al Blooshi, A; Al Dhaheri, S.(2017). The distribution, abundance and group dynamics of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (UAE). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0025315417001205
– Diaz Lopez B., 2017. Temporal variability of predator presence around a fin fish farm in the North-western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology 38(1), e12378.
Feb 12 18

Field Ecology Intern, Maine Natural Areas Program

by Grace L. Schumaker
Maine Natural Areas Program
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Field Ecology Intern
The Maine Natural Areas Program seeks summer interns to assist with the identification, monitoring, and assessment of natural communities and rare plants in various locations throughout Maine. Fieldwork includes collection of ecological data (e.g., vegetation composition, soils, forest structure), identification of plants, and use of hand-held GPS units. Some office work is required, including creating GIS maps, data entry and analysis, and landowner contact. Individuals must be able to work outdoors for long periods of time under a wide variety of conditions, including long hikes across rugged terrain. The position requires a strong interest in plant ecology, forestry, or wetland ecology, and unmitigated enthusiasm. Familiarity with New England’s vegetation or related field experience is strongly preferred, along with experience using ArcGIS. Position is 40 hours/week from approximately May 2018 to September 2018 and pays $13.00/hour. Some overnight travel is required.
Preference will be given to applications received by Friday February 16th, 2018.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:
Kristen Puryear
Maine Natural Areas Program

93 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0093

Kristen.Puryear@maine.gov (electronic applications preferred)
Feb 12 18

River Ranger Intern, Bureau of Land Management

by Grace L. Schumaker

Come work in Colorado this summer!  This is a great opportunity to get a
foot in the door to work with the Bureau of Land Management.  This
internship involves rafting the Colorado River in the area in and around
Kremmling, CO.  Previous rafting experience and first-aid training a big
plus. See below for more details as well as on our website,
https://www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org/internship-program.  Please
contact Liz Doby at lizd@rockymountainyouthcorps.com to apply or with
any questions.

Partner Agency: Bureau of Land Management

Position: Internship – River Ranger Intern

Positions Available: 1

Location: Kremmling, CO

Tentative Session Dates: May, 2018- August 2018, upon completion of 450
hours.  Full-time, temporary

Stipend:  $520 per week

AmeriCorps Benefits: Anticipated $1538 AmeriCorps Education Award (450-
hour term)

Program Overview:
The successful applicant will:
• Present a positive image of the area and of the BLM; ensuring visitor
contact is conducted in a courteous, professional, and friendly manner
and will advise visitors concerning safety, fire prevention, amenities
available, and proper and authorized uses of recreational facilities.
• Intern will patrol and inspect facilities ensuring compliance with
rules and regulations pertaining to parking, campfires, noise level,
sanitation, and safety; bringing problems or violations to the attention
of visitors.
• Meet with visitors to provide information concerning points of
interest, travel routes, historical and natural features, site use
opportunities and limitations, and park activities.
• Review visitor use patterns and their effect on the resources;
suggesting changes in operations or facilities when necessary. Intern
will also assist with the management of and Special Recreation Permits
(SRPs); including issuance of permits, permit renewals, monitoring of
permitted uses, collection of fees, permit compliance, and data entry;
handling or reporting suspected SRP violations.
• Ensure that commercial outfitters are in compliance with SRP
stipulations; to include conformance with laws and land use plans,
public safety, resource protection, etc.; reporting suspected violations
to supervisor or higher graded employee.
• Initiate or assist with the creation or revision of interpretive
materials, such as guidebooks, handouts, and exhibits.
• Present a variety of formal and interpretive programs to include but
not limited to, orientation talks, environmental education programs,
conducted walks, demonstrations, and campfire programs.
• Assists in gathering and analyzing data related to existing
recreational resources to recognize prominent trends. • Performs routine
facility maintenance and/or repair.
• Install and maintains various types of signage on public lands, such
as off-road vehicle, wilderness, portal, boundary, directional road and
trail, and interpretive signing.
• Works with the public to provide information, conduct permit
compliance and safety inspections, and conduct river patrols.
• Responds to emergency situations, including swift river rescue and
administering first aid.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Pursuing or has a degree in subject related to land management or
recreation
• Willingness to learn new skills and adjust to new procedures and tasks

Physical Requirements:
The work requires physical exertion such as, but not limited to, driving
over unpaved roads, walking over rough terrain, bending, crouching,
digging, lifting or similar activities.

Pre-service background screening required including FBI background check

Apply Now! To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of
interest to LizD@rockymountainyouthcorps.com

Feb 12 18

Forest Research, Oregon State University

by Grace L. Schumaker
We have funding for one enthusiastic student interested in a research experience in forest ecology, physiology and genetics of disease resistance in collaboration with the Still lab at Oregon State University and the USDA Forest Service Dorena Genetic Resource Center in Cottage Grove, OR.
 
 
The successful applicant will become part of a research team working to quantify the geographic pattern and frequency of natural genetic resistance of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) to the non-native invasive pathogen, Cronartium ribicola, across the tree’s range. There is growing concern that many forests will become endangered as a result of climate change, shifting disturbance regimes and invasive pathogens. The broad aim of this collaborative project is to study how the mechanistic processes spanning scales of biological complexity over time and space interact with global change to influence the distribution, gene flow, local adaptation and host-pathogen dynamics in southwestern white pine. Our research utilizes genomic techniques, bioinformatics, and common garden experiments. This is an integrative research program that includes plant growth and physiology measurements in the common gardens at Dorena Genetic Resource Center and greenhouse experiments at Oregon State University, as well as analysis of patterns of resistance using statistical analysis, GIS, and landscape genetics methods. The student will be exposed to various methods and will be expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program.
Students will be fully supported for 10 to 11 weeks during the summer of 2018. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to our National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. A $500 weekly stipend will be provided to the student for food and lodging in the Eugene, OR area. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17.
To apply please email Johnson and Still an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a one page statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Applicants should arrange to have one faculty member provide a letter of recommendation (email is fine).
Students with experience in quantitative genetics, physiology, mixed model analysis, GIS and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 9 March 2018. Feel free to email us with questions.
 
 
-Jeremy Johnson, Postdoctoral Research Associate – Dorena Genetic Resource Center: jeremy.johnson@nau.edu

-Chris Still, Principle Investigator: chris.still@oregonstate.edu

Feb 12 18

Field of Greens Farm Manager, Food For Free

by Grace L. Schumaker
Field of Greens Farm Manager (seasonal and part-time)
 
Food For Free is seeking a farm manager for the 2018 growing season! Field of Greens is a program of Food For Free where staff and volunteers grow and harvest organic vegetables for distribution to agencies and programs who serve low income populations. Field of Greens takes place on 1/4 acre of land, at Lindentree farm in Lincoln, MA. The land, seeds, and equipment used are all donated each year by farmer Ari Kurtz.
 
The farm manager works approximately 5 hours per week with volunteers from April/May through October/November to grow a variety of vegetables using organic methods. Food harvested will be distributed weekly to the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter for men and women in Boston, for their 2000 meals per day, as well as be used in their restaurant training program for shelter guests. Please see some press from previous years’ partnership with Pine Street Inn:
 
We are looking to deepen and expand this amazing farm to shelter program and need an enthusiastic farmer with an interest in connecting farming with our most at risk populations.
 
Volunteers are a critical part of successfully producing vegetables at Field of Greens as they put in hundreds of hours of time each season.

The farm manager must be available to work on the farm from 8 – 12:30 every Wednesday during the season with some email interaction with volunteers between working days.
 
The farm manager is responsible for working with their Food For Free supervisor and farmer Ari Kurtz to plan the season’s crop and seeding schedule. Once transplanting or direct seeding begins, managers will recruit volunteers each week to help with the farm work. The manager should feel comfortable training the volunteers both on the purpose of their work as well as the technical specifics of farming. Food For Free has an active list of existing volunteers but the manager is encouraged to reach out to grow the base list. In past seasons, there have typically been 3 to 6 volunteers each week, with an occasional larger corporate or other group. The manager will track volunteers and their time, the weight of food harvested, details about the growing season, and more – all of which will be documented in a written report at the end of the season.
 
Skills needed:
Crop planning
Farm experience
Volunteer management
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently
Have deep respect for working another farmers land
 
Applicants must have their own transportation to and from the farm and must be willing to come to Cambridge at least twice during the year to meet other staff and see the main operation. Managers are invited to volunteer on our pick-up/delivery trucks at any point, should they wish to see how our core food rescue operations work.
 
 $15/hr approximately 5 hrs per week (Wednesdays) from April/May to October/November
 
To apply, send resume and cover letter to: Fiona Crimmins fiona@foodforfree.org. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
About Food For Free
Since 1981, Cambridge based Food For Free, has responded to local hunger by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, and distributing it to local emergency food systems such as food pantries, youth programs, shelters and more. As one of the nation’s first and oldest food rescue programs, Food For Free, a local nonprofit, feeds more than 25,000 families annually in Greater Boston and beyond. In 2015, Food For Free rescued more than 1.7 million pounds of fresh, healthy food, which translated into over 1.3 million meals. Through a combination of 
food rescuefarming, and transportation programs, Food For Free’s year-round services give people access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which are typically lacking from the diets of low-income individuals and families.
Feb 12 18

Agroforestry Intern, Wright-Locke Farm

by Grace L. Schumaker

Wright-Locke Farm

78 Ridge Street Winchester, MA 01890

Agroforestry Internship Posting February 1, 2018

 

About Wright-Locke Farm

Wright-Locke Farm is a small community farm that grows Certified Organic crops, raises small farm animals and offers robust farm-based educational programs for youth and adults. The farm in managed by the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 2008 to steward this historic farm that has been continuously operated since 1638. Our mission is to welcome local communities to explore sustainable agriculture and open land on a historic farm through farm-based education and hands-on involvement, fostering community engagement, land stewardship and appreciation of nature and history. Our 20-acre farms sits on the Lexington and Arlington borders, directly abutting over 100 acres of protected wooded trails and wetlands that, like the farm property, are open year-round to the public. We grow certified organic fruits, vegetables and flowers on our 2+ acres of flat land, and we raise a small number of goats, sheep and chickens. We sell our produce at farmers’ markets, through our community-supported agriculture program and at the on-farm stand. Our buildings and farmstead are architecturally significant and our four main buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our farm’s educational and community impact has significantly expanded since 2008 when the Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy took over operations of this formerly family-owned farm. The farm has become a center of lifelong learning and exploration on topics relating to sustainable agriculture, nutrition, the environment and community health.

 

Position Description

The Agroforestry Intern will help Wright-Locke Farm implement some of the recommendations and initiatives outlined in our recently completed Agroforestry Master Plan prepared by Appleseed Permaculture, Inc. The Master plan outlines a series of projects to achieve the goals of optimal use and regeneration of natural resources (agricultural, wild and in-between) of the farm, bolster pollinator ecology and resources, all while increasing community connections to the farm. This internship is part of a highly collaborative process and will involve close interaction among farm staff and volunteers. View the complete Agroforestry Master Plan here. Agroforestry Projects to be implemented are: Goat Herd Management Practices – design and implement a rotational grazing plan with appropriate fencing, housing and foraging schedules for our herd of 4 goats to encourage proper nutrient cycling, pasture health, invasive species control and animal health. Bioswales Design and Construction – determine location, best methods and design characteristics to implement bioswales to manage water runoff and wetland nutrient loads between composting facilities, animal paddocks and farm pond. Animal Fodder Windbreak – design, layout and species selection of Fodder Windbreak. This multipurpose planting will serve as a windbreak for our field crops, fodder for our ruminant livestock and a resource for our pollinators. Compost Management System – Design and implement composting plan for agricultural growing fields and pasture areas using on-farm composting resources. Soil Health Monitoring – Establish and implement baseline soil health monitoring practices for agricultural fields, grazing pastures, buffer areas and woodlands.

 

Duration of Employment and Required Hours

This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), 10-week internship, commencing approximately June 1 and running through mid August. There is some flexibility on start and end times depending on intern’s schedule. Interns must provide their own housing. This is an unpaid internship and the intern will be responsible for obtaining funding. Wright-Locke Farm will assist the intern in this effort.

 

Responsibilities

The Agroforestry Intern will take primary responsibility for design and implementation of the stated Agroforestry projects and work cooperatively with the lead farmer, Executive Director, other staff and farm volunteers. The intern will be expected to develop a plan of action for each initiative, develop resources (both human and physical) for each project, implement the project (to the extent that time will allow), document work completed and provide an outline of ongoing project steps and requirements. The Intern is expected to provide written documentation of the work plan and results.

 

Qualifications

Successful candidate should be enrolled in or recently graduated from a program related to environment management at the college or graduate level. S/he should demonstrate a passion for design and implementation of forward-looking strategies for regenerative practices on a small scale farm. Requirements Interns must:

● have their own reliable transportation

● be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

● be comfortable around animals (including goats, chickens, dogs and cats)

● be willing to work outside, despite weather

● be willing to complete a CORI check

 

Benefits

The intern has the opportunity to work alongside experienced staff members of a thriving community, organic farm. Further, the nature of the project allows the intern to put knowledge into action and gain valuable, hands-on experience in the fields of environmental studies, agriculture and ecological design.

 

Supervision

Interns will report to the Education Director who will provide support and ensure learning objectives are being met. Weekly check-ins will be scheduled for the duration of the internship.

 

To apply and set up an interview, please send a cover letter and resume to Erika Gorgenyi, Education Director at egorgenyi@wlfarm.org .

Feb 5 18

Technician, Oregon State University

by Grace L. Schumaker

Description: We seek four full-time temporary technicians in fire, wildlife, and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. The research project site is at the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (PWSWA), near Dayville, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys to quantify the changes following fire and post-fire restoration treatments in sagebrush communities, small mammal trapping, maintenance and observations for seed dispersal experiments, and data entry. Position is based out of OSU, but no housing is provided in Corvallis. However, transportation to field sites and primitive accommodations on site will be provided. Daily field conditions can be challenging, including varying weather and fire conditions, encounters with venomous reptiles, and remote and semi-primitive group living conditions at base camp.

Hourly Wage: $13/hour for technicians; $15/hour for crew leader

Dates of Employment: Preferred start date will be May 14, 2018 but start date is negotiable. Field season can be expected to last up to 10 weeks*.

*There might be a possibility to work on multiple projects and thus extend the term of employment beyond 10 weeks, but that can be discussed if hired.

Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related biological discipline. Abilities/Knowledge/Skills: Basic knowledge of the principles of ecological principles and systematic data collection as well as basic computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Willingness and ability to spend long days in the field in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions, hike up to several miles with a 30-pound pack, camp in a field setting occasionally, and to be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for several weeks at a time. Ability to live and work effectively as a member of a team sharing a project base camp. Current driver’s license and ability to drive an ATV and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Driving record subject to OSU review for approval to drive university and agency vehicles. Commitment to completing required animal handling training modules prior to field season and willingness to handle small mammals.

For crew leader candidates: Minimum 2-years of field experience with evidence of being able to lead crew and work as a team-member. Prior training and/or experience in ethical live trapping procedures as applied to small mammals and/or identifying sagebrush-steppe forbs and grasses.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Prior training and/or experience in ethical live trapping procedures as applied to small mammals. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently manage multiple task simultaneously. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of sagebrush ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding rangeland or fire. Experience using GIS tools.

Inquiries: Dr. Jake Dittel: Jacob.dittel@oregonstate.edu

Application: In a single .pdf file, send resume or CV with; (1) a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum, and where applicable, desirable qualifications, (2) contact information for 3 references, and (3) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine) to Dr. Dittel. Applications are due February 21, 2017. 

Feb 5 18

Intern, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

by Grace L. Schumaker

The Muller-Landau lab at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
seeks 3 interns to participate in research on tropical forest ecology in
Panama for 9-12 months each.  One internship will focus on tropical forest
carbon budgets, another on landscape-level variation in forest structure
and dynamics, and a third on the role of lianas (woody vines).  The carbon
intern will focus on synthesizing field data collected at multiple sites in
Panama and across the ForestGEO / CTFS network of large-scale, long-term
forest dynamics plots, and will participate in local field data
collection.  The landscape intern will focus on collecting and analyzing
geospatial data on forest structure and dynamics collected using drones to
quantify variation in relation to topography, soils and climate, building
on 3 years of data collection.  The liana intern will collect field data,
analyze pre-existing datasets, and/or conduct modeling to investigate the
determinants of liana abundance and the importance of liana strategy
diversity.  Additional information on these opportunities can be found at
http://www.forestgeo.si.edu/article/262/

All interns will have the opportunity to gain experience in tropical forest
field work, quality assurance/quality control of the relevant datasets,
programming and running analyses in R (and/or ArcGIS), and writing up
results for scholarly publication.  The successful candidates will work
closely with staff scientist Dr. Helene Muller-Landau and collaborators.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located in Panama, and is
home to a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, over 100
graduate and postdoctoral fellows, and 1500 scientific visitors per year.

The ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, strong
quantitative skills including programming experience, and strong English
and/or Spanish oral and written communication skills.  The positions are
particularly well suited for candidates seeking more research experience
prior to graduate school.  Each internship will be compensated with a
modest stipend sufficient to cover living expenses in Panama ($1000/month),
as well as roundtrip travel to Panama if relevant. The start dates are
flexible and can be as early as March or as late as September 2018.

To apply, please email a CV, a cover letter describing your qualifications
and interest in one or more of the positions, and contact information for 3
references to Helene Muller-Landau at mullerh@si.edu.  Review of
applications will commence on February 15, 2018, and continue until the
positions are filled.

Feb 5 18

Marine Programme Coordinator, Osa Conservation

by Grace L. Schumaker

The Marine Programme Coordinator is a leading role to develop marine
related research and conservation efforts of Osa Conservation, a
regional non-profit conservation organization in the Osa Peninsula
region, of Costa Rica. The organization is 14 years old. Its mission is
to conserve the extraordinary biodiversity of the Osa region and to
utilize OC facilities and programs to engage students, professionals and
the broad public with biodiversity conservation.

OC has offices in Washington, DC, Puerto Jimenez, and operates several
field research stations and other facilities on 2500 hectares of private
land that includes old growth rainforest, marine coastal habitats,
wetlands and agricultural landscapes.

The Marine Programme Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the
development of OC’s Marine Conservation Programme. Key duties include
leading and carrying out science-led conservation initiatives (with a
specific focus on Marine Protected Areas), fundraising, building
institutional partnerships, mentoring, and managing staff in a team-
based system. This high-energy, demanding position reports to the
Conservation Science Director. The organization is in a growth phase,
has a strong science-base and pursues data-driven conservation solutions
and program designs. The ability to multi-task by organizing and
managing a complex set of operations and facilities is essential. The
base of operations is the Osa peninsula and an enthusiasm for living in
the humid tropics is a must.  Travel regionally is required.

The salary will be commensurate with other professional non- profit
salaries paid in Costa Rica.

General responsibilities include:
1.      Project Implementation: lead innovative marine conservation
efforts, and introduce this to the regional community in Osa.
2.      Financial Performance and Viability: Develops and manages
resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the restoration
and rewilding program.
a.      Responsible for ongoing fundraising and managing the resources
necessary to support the program goals: and assisting both the
Conservation Science Director and other project staff in these efforts.
3.      Education and Outreach Strategy:
a.      Works with directors and staff to ensure that the mission is
fulfilled
b.      Responsible for Osa Conservation’s image by being active and
visible in the community and by working closely with other professional,
civic and private organizations.
4.      Program Operations:
a.      Responsible effective administration of operations.
b.      Responsible for the retention of competent, qualified staff.

Professional Qualifications:
•       Willingness to live in the Osa. Preferably Costa Rican
nationality or resident, or, someone with at least five years’
experience working in marine conservation in Costa Rica.
•       A higher graduate degree (MSc, MRes or PhD) in a relevant
discipline – Marine Ecology, Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, Marine
Protected Areas.
•       The ability to communicate and collaborate with scientists,
policy professionals and decision makers Experience working with local
tropical communities, preferably in Latin America.
•       Evidence of scientific and popular writings (scientific papers,
social media and blogs included)
•       Statistical skills and experience using R, GIS and spatial
statistics skills.
•       Transparent, charismatic  and high integrity leadership
•       12 months or more nonprofit experience
•       Experience of and compatibility with field conditions in the wet
tropics
•       Willingness to participate in budget preparation, analysis,
decision-making and reporting
•       Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating,
program development and task facilitation
•       Ability to convey the strategic vision of the programme to
staff, volunteers and donors
•       Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique
to nonprofit sector
•       Skills to collaborate with and motivate donors and staff
•       Strong written and oral communication skills
•       Ability to meet reporting and submission deadlines
•       Ability to interface and engage diverse stakeholders
•       Demonstrated ability to mentor, manage and collaborate with
staff
•       Strong public speaking ability
•       Bilingual command of English and Spanish

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•       Planning and operation of project budget.
•       Spearhead support for the creation of a new million acre Marine
Protected Area in the pacific south of Costa Rica.
•       The creation and development of impactful education and training
activities about Marine Conservation.
•       Lead and develop marine conservation and monitoring initiatives
related to restoration and rewilding in the marine environment.
•       Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations
and utilize those relationships strategically.
•       Report to and work closely with the Conservation Science
Director to seek their involvement in fundraising and to increase the
overall visibility of the organization, and related projects.
•       Contribute to maintain a high-performance field team with
excellent morale and commitment
•       Oversee and participate in weekly operations and science team
meetings.

Please contact Dr Andrew Whitworth (Science Director)
andywhitworth@osaconservation.org with a current CV/Resume and short 1-2
page cover letter by the 18th February. Please use ‘Marine Programme
Coordinator’ in the subject line. Successful applicants will be
contacted for interview.