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Construction Assistant Jacj Cuisi

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Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)
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Villa Tunari, Bolivia
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Published 2 months ago

Description

Do you have experience with construction? Are you interested in a jungle change? If you are looking for an opportunity to apply your skills and support rescued wildlife in the Bolivian Amazon, then this is the role for you!

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is looking for a Construction Assistant to start immediately at Jacj Cuisi. The candidate must be highly motivated, with demonstrated experience in construction, plus be willing and able to live in a remote area of Bolivia.

Introduction

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO, made up of a team of committed Bolivian professionals, Bolivian and international volunteers. Founded in 1992, CIWY was the pioneer of the environmental movement in Bolivia and is recognised nationally and internationally for founding centres dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife. CIWY currently manages three Wildlife Sanctuaries: Machia (Cochabamba), Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Jacj Cuisi (Rurrenabaque, north of La Paz). Each Sanctuary offers refuge to wild animals rescued from illegal trafficking, offering them a better quality of life.

Overview

Jacj Cuisi houses three pumas. Its 300 hectares border Madidi National Park, a 1.8 million-hectare reserve, lending to its serene beauty. Each species is different and needs specific conditions for their management and wellbeing. It is necessary to know each one of these animals, their biology, behaviour and particular management, to be able to offer them a better quality of life. The work is hard, and sometimes accompanied by difficult environmental conditions.However, it is also incredibly rewarding, unique and sure to be a memorable experience.

Description

The Construction Assistant is required to work with the Construction Coordinator to conduct all construction and maintenance projects and work with the Administrator and volunteers in order to get jobs done. You will need to come up with creative ways to complete projects with limited resources.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Centre administration to plan and manage new construction projects including volunteer and staff management, buying supplies and materials according to the budget.
  • Undertake regular maintenance of Centre buildings and infrastructure including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, power tool operation and maintenance, and welding.
  • While we strive to build new enclosures each year to improve the lives of the animals we provide a home to, most of the work will consist of maintenance on existing enclosures, and working closely with management area coordinators to assist them with the maintenance needs of their areas.
  • Ensure the proper use and return of any Centre tools in all areas.
  • Take measures to ensure the safety of yourself, the volunteers, staff and visitors to the sanctuary. Help volunteers with any problems they might have.
  • Ensure that volunteers comply with park rules and report any breaches to the Administrator immediately.
  • Attend sanctuary meetings as directed by the Administrator or the Sanctuary President and maintain a good level of communication with them.
  • Have a full understanding of emergency procedures in case of accidents, animal attacks or escapes.
  • You might have to help with the day to day caring of the animals that are currently at the Centre should volunteer numbers become low.

Conditions

CIWY’s three sanctuaries are located in remote areas of Bolivia and conditions vary. At Machía there is electricity, internet and water almost always, although some interruptions are possible. Conditions are more basic at Ambue Ari and Jacj Cuisi (limited electricity and cold water only), and there is a possibility that you may be asked at some stage over the year to travel for work to these centres should the need arise. In each sanctuary, you will be living in an international community composed of volunteers and staff from Bolivia and different parts of the world.

You can expect to work hard every day. You must be prepared for a work environment that requires great physical effort and demands decisiveness, creativity, ingenuity and adaptability within a context with limited economic and material conditions. You will enjoy the pleasure of taking part in the process of giving a second chance to wildlife rescued from illegal trafficking. Your day to day activities will be focused on maintaining and improving the welfare and quality of life of animals in their process of reintegration into the wild.

Commitment & Work hours

The Construction Assistant should commit to a work period of at least six months, which commences after the initial two weeks as a volunteer. You can expect a work schedule that usually begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. with breaks for breakfast and lunch. 

Each staff member works 6 days a week, with one week of vacations per six months. 

Accommodation

CIWY’s three refuges are located in remote locations in Bolivia and the standard of facilities varies. At Jacj Cuisi, there is no electricity and limited to no cell service. At Ambue Ari there is restricted electricity and limited cell service. You will need to be in contact with Machia at least once every 2 days. You will be living alongside a community of Bolivian and international staff and volunteers, all of whom work exceptionally hard on a day-to-day basis. You must be patient, adaptable and prepared to deal with difficult, often physically demanding conditions.

Compensation

CIWY receives no government funding, the only financial support comes from volunteers and donations. CIWY will provide you with breakfast, lunch, dineer and accommodation. Unfortunately funds are not available to offer a salary for this role.

When applying for this position you must take into account out-of-pocket expenses such as visa procedures (in the case that you do not already hold Bolivian residency), and transport costs to the Centre. CIWY will support you with all the required paperwork.

Experience & skills required

The ideal candidate will have strong abilities in construction and knowledge of a variety of trades and be able to work independently to get projects completed. You will need to be prepared to work in difficult and physically demanding conditions with limited resources. Candidates should be able to improvise and come up with ideas that will benefit the organisation. Candidates should also have as a minimum an intermediate level of written and spoken English and Spanish.


Description

Do you have experience with construction? Are you interested in a jungle change? If you are looking for an opportunity to apply your skills and support rescued wildlife in the Bolivian Amazon, then this is the role for you…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring

Location

On-site

Jacj Cuisi, San Buenaventura

Parque Machía, Villa Tunari, None None, Bolivia
Avenida Integración

How to Apply

Please apply via email to info@intiwarayassi.org

Including your CV and a letter of application, indicating:

Why you are interested in this opportunity.

Your experience in construction projects.


Please apply via email to info@intiwarayassi.org

Including your CV and a letter of application, indicating:

Why you are interested in this opportunity.

Your experience in…

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