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.
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.
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
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.