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  • Head of Bird Observatory Operations

    Mike Ellis
    • Employer: Third Millennium Alliance / Jama-Coaque Bird Observatory
      Location: Jama-Coaque Reserve, Ecuador
      Country: Ecuador
      Last Date to Apply: 06/18/2018
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position details:
    Employer: Third Millennium Alliance, Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque
    Position Title: Head of Bird Observatory Operations.
    Duration: Permanent, full-time position.
    Schedule: 7-14 days/month in Reserva Jama-Coaque, Manabí, Ecuador. Remaining 
    days in Quito.
    Start-date: Late July 2018.

    Third Millennium Alliance’s (TMA’s) mission is to conserve the last remnants 
    of Pacific Equatorial 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 December 2017, TMA 
    established El Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque as their flagship research 
    program to help fulfill its mission. The role of the Head of Bird 
    Observatory Operations (HBOO) is split into three components:

    33% Overseeing field operations (banding work, capacity-building/education, 
    community outreach, infrastructure and reserve maintenance/operations).

    33% Organizational development (developing new projects, forging 
    partnerships with other businesses and non-profits, government relations, 
    grant-writing, fundraising, etc.)

    33% Science (data collection and management, analyses, publication, 

    Major responsibilities and duties

    One of TMA’s long-term goals is to turn the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) into a 
    center for tropical research. The HBOO will help achieve this objective by 
    conducting high-quality, in-house research and promoting OAJC’s work. The 
    HBOO assists the Director of Research (D.R.) to ensure each phase of all TMA 
    and OAJC studies, from design to publication, is conducted at a level worthy 
    of international recognition. Essential functions include writing 
    manuscripts and grant applications, designing study protocols, data 
    analyses, overseeing field work, etc.

    Since its founding, TMA has acquired a good deal of its unrestricted funding 
    through an internship program geared towards international students who work 
    and learn at JCR. The HBOO is responsible for working with the D.R. to 
    ensure all science-based internships are rewarding and worthwhile for both 
    participants and TMA. This can entail, but is not limited to, designing 
    interesting and meaningful projects for interns to work on, establishing a 
    welcoming and comfortable living environment, and facilitating intern 
    learning/research in JCR. Beginning in August 2018, these programs and 
    duties will be extended to include Ecuadorian nationals.

    Group educational experiences offered by TMA or by visiting institutions 
    provide TMA with unrestricted funding and an opportunity to get more people 
    involved in the organization. The HBOO may at times be asked assist in 
    attracting these classes to the reserve, teach lessons, and otherwise 
    facilitate student learning.

    Workshops and Outreach
    National and community-level educational events are a core component of 
    TMA’s conservation framework. The HBOO is responsible for organizing such 
    events conducted under the OAJC umbrella with other OAJC and TMA staff.

    Team Management
    The HBOO, along with the D.R., is responsible for ensuring OAJC staff are 
    productive, responsible representatives of TMA. The HBOO will assist with 
    staff hiring/training and ensure OAJC offers the highest-caliber educational 
    and research experiences to its visitors.

    Operations Management
    The HBOO will oversee day-to-day operations and logistics of OAJC and ensure 
    research and education programs are properly implemented by staff on the 
    ground. The HBOO will collaborate with the D.R. to ensure logistics and 
    operations are well-designed and running smoothly.

    Scientific and educational programming/curricula, especially that pertaining 
    to OAJC, are written/organized by the D.R. and the HBOO. Primary foci 
    include bander training, workshop, and outreach materials.

    MSc. or PhD in avian ecology, conservation, or related field preferred.
    Fluent in both Spanish and English or nearly so.
    Highly experienced bird bander/ringer. Certified trainers will be given 
    Experience using GIS and R.
    Able to hike long distances in steep, muddy, tropical conditions while 
    carrying equipment.
    Management and teaching experience.
    Positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills.
    Passionate about avian studies, conservation, and field work.

    The selected candidate will be salaried on the Ecuadorian pay scale and 
    receive government-provided health insurance. All food/lodging and 
    transportation costs in the reserve are covered by TMA. Temporary housing in 
    Quito can be provided to assist with relocations.

    Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, and contact 
    information for three references as a single PDF to Mike Ellis 
    (mike[at]tmalliance.org) by June 18th, 2018. Additional information about 
    TMA and OAJC can be found on our website – tmalliance.org.

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