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Avian Studies Coordinator


El Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque, Third Millennium Alliance


Reserva Jama-Coaque, Manabí (between Jama and Pedernales)



Last Date to Apply:

None provided


Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) is a small conservation non-profit whose mission is to conserve the last remnants of Pacific Forests in Ecuador and to empower local communities to restore what has been lost. We achieve these goals through a conservation framework of science, education, partnerships, and communication at local, regional, national, and international levels. In January 2017, TMA will open El Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque (OAJC) as their flagship research program to help fulfill its mission. The role of OAJC Avian Studies Coordinators is two-fold: (1) to facilitate empowering educational experiences for OAJC visitors (interns, researchers, students, community members) and (2) to conduct meaningful scientific research. Daily routines typically revolve around early-morning field work studying birds with relaxed afternoons spent reviewing data, planning projects, or discussing scientific literature. Work schedule is Monday-Friday with weekends free.


Responsibilities and duties
· Managing field operations and logistics of research projects.
· Leading hands-on field experiences for interns, students, and bander trainees.
· Facilitating group discussions of research advances, techniques, and primary literature.
· Upholding rigorous data collection and entry standards.
· Facilitating class and researcher visits.
· Co-leading community outreach and capacity-building events.
· Fostering a welcoming and comfortable living environment in Reserva Jama-Coaque.
· Assisting interns with independent projects that may fall outside the field of ornithology (e.g., camera trapping, primate surveys).


· Bilingual in Spanish and English. Preference will be given to residents of Latin American countries.
· B.S. or M.S. in biology, natural resources, environmental science, or related field preferred.
· Prior experience mist-netting and banding birds.
· Physically fit – able to quickly and safely hike through steep, tropical terrain with field gear.
· Passionate about avian studies, conservation, and field work.
· Positive attitude, independent, and experience leading others in a team environment.
· Willing to live and work in a remote (semi-off-grid) setting, i.e., the Jama-Coaque Reserve.


· All room and board is provided year-round in Reserva Jama-Coaque. Selected applicant(s) will have essentially no living expenses apart from their weekends and breaks.
· Salaries are offered on the Ecuadorian pay scale: $500-600/month dependent upon experience.
· 6-8 weeks paid vacation/year (1 week every two months + major holidays).


Applicants are encouraged to learn more about TMA on our website (tmalliance.org). Interested parties should address any inquiries/questions and CVs/résumés with a 1-page cover letter detailing their experience and interest to TMA’s Director of Research, Mike Ellis (mike@tmalliance.org), by November 19, 2017






Mike Ellis
Director of Research
Third Millennium Alliance
Reserva Jama-Coaque
Cantón de Jama, Manabí, Ecuador
mike@tmalliance.org | (+593) 098-545-1251