Ecologist and Scientific Coordinator – Para la Tierra


  • You will be in charge of supervising all intern projects onsite, in close collaboration with the Scientific Director, who lives offsite. You will also be expected to communicate with the interns via email prior to their visit in order to help them begin planning their project. One of these projects is a behavioural and ecological study of a tribe of capuchin monkeys which are resident in the reserve.
  • You will be expected to conduct your own research project(s) based on your own research specialty/interests. You may also enlist the help of volunteers.
  • You will be expected to seek funding and prepare grant proposals for your own projects and to collaborate with other members of staff in finding funding for other relevant Para La Tierra projects.
  • You will be expected to publish the results of your work in scientific journals, and in other media forms where relevant. Intern projects should also be published. It will be your responsibility to ensure that intern projects are of a high enough standard for publication, and to help them to write up and submit their work.


  • Masters or PhD qualification in biology, preferably zoology related discipline. BSc with suitable experience will be considered.
  • At least two years experience carrying out research at a biological research station.
  • Excellent communication skills in English both spoken and written.
  • Experience in supervision of both volunteers and projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
  • Good physical fitness and an ability to work in the heat.
  • Ability to identify relevant grant giving organisations and to prepare grant applications relevant to your own projects and those of Para La Tierra.
  • Willingness to comply with a schedule with good timekeeping skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Competence in using statistical analysis programs.
  • One or more publication in your own research field.

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