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URGENT: 1 Volunteer Field Assistant position at Pacuare Reserve, Caribbean coast, Costa Rica to start ASAP (end is the 31st of May 2020 and potentially longer)

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Ecology Project International Costa Rica | Limón, Limón, Costa Rica
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Ecology Project International Costa Rica


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March 1, 2020
May 31, 2020
February 29, 2020

Monitoring of Sea Turtles, Bats, Monkeys, Jaguars and Agami Herons.
About Ecology Project International (EPI):EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based partnerships between local experts and high school students. We engage adolescent youth from local communities and visiting youth from other regions in applied hands-on science and conservation as they learn about and help protect threatened species and habitats. Through EPI’s programs in five countries throughout the U.S. and Latin America, teens are inspired and empowered to engage in conservation efforts at home and worldwide to become the next generation of conservation leaders. More information can be found at www.ecologyproject.org
About Pacuare Reserve:Established in 1989 and administered by Ecology Project International (EPI) since 2016, it has 800 hectares of tropical rainforest on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and have a high density of wildlife and its 6km (3.7 miles) of beach, is the most important nesting beach in the country for the leatherback sea turtles and is habitat to the only accessible breeding colony of Agami herons in the Caribbean and northern South America. Our goals are conservation, research and environmental education. More information can be found at www.pacuarereserve.org
Job Summary:The field assistant (FA) is a long-term volunteer job whom supports the work and data collection of the different investigations of Pacuare Reserve: sea turtles, Agami heron, jaguars and monkeys, among others. Field Assistants (FA) will be trained in sea turtle monitoring techniques and the primary responsibilities will include leading night beach censuses, conducting morning beach surveys, tagging sea turtles and collecting data, relocating and excavating nests, train new volunteers, manage the database, building and being in charge of the sea turtle hatcheries.
Monitoring activities are carried out along 6 km (3.7 miles) of nesting beach. FA ́s will be in charge of leading visitors and/or groups of students while on the beach, explaining the beach protocol and supervising them on the process of data collection. FA ́s are expected to participate in other activities carried out by the Reserve like personal research projects, environmental education activities, talks and workshops with students and visitors, beach cleaning, recycling projects, or other needs of the station. FA ́s are expected to work 8-10 hours throughout the day and/or night, often with little sleep. Beach censuses require walking on soft sand and under the rain, therefore, a good physical condition is a requirement for the FA position. The position starts ASAP and finishes on the 31st of May, with the possibility of extending the period based on the execution of activities and performance.
Qualifications: Required:
- Minimum age: 22 years. - Graduates of or close to graduating in Natural Resources Management, Biology, Environmental Science or a related field. - Availability to work full dates, according to the chosen period - Be bilingual in Spanish and English, or at least proficient in one of these - Being in good physical condition - To be able to work actively in an atmosphere of variable sleep hours, with day and night schedules - Be proactive - Experience of living with many people over long periods of time - Experience teaching or sharing knowledge with other people - Desires to live in a remote place and get the most out of the experience
Preferred:· Previous experiences working with sea turtles · Previous experience volunteering and living in Costa Rica, especially in the Caribbean coast · Previous Experience in environmental education · Previous Experience with customer service
Schedule and Location:The position needs to be filled in ASAP, so applicants who can start the earliest will be preferred. Pacuare Reserve, central Caribbean coast, Costa Rica.
The field assistant work is voluntary; approximately 4-6 hours are worked on the beach and 2-3 hours during the day. The assistant has one night a week to rest and a free day that can be accumulated to leave the Reserve once a month. Rooms are shared, limited privacy and limited internet connection.
Monitoring of Sea Turtles, Bats, Monkeys, Jaguars and Agami Herons.
About Ecology Project International (EPI):EPI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to addressing critical conservation issues through field-based…

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Compensation:FA Positions are voluntary and selected candidates are expected to plan and finance their own travel to and from the Reserve, as well as travel insurance. FAs will receive 3 meals a day and basic shared accommodations for the duration of their time working for Pacuare Reserve.
Compensation:FA Positions are voluntary and selected candidates are expected to plan and finance their own travel to and from the Reserve, as well as travel insurance. FAs will…

How to Apply

To apply:
- Applications must be submitted electronically using the form in the link (applications will be reviewed when received)
You will need:
-A CV or resume with pertinent information.
-A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Field Assistant position, details of any relevant experiences and a statement of your level of proficiency in English and Spanish.
For questions, please contact BOTH persons below:
Claudio Quesada-Rodríguez, claudio.quesada@ecologyproject.org
Karolina Czechowska, karolina@ecologyproject.org

To apply:
- Applications must be submitted electronically using the form in the link (applications will be reviewed when received)
You will need:
-A CV or resume with pertinent…

Location

Limón, Limón, CR

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