Opportunities 2017-10-24T19:24:50+00:00


Position: Avian Studies Coordinator(s)

Organization: El Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque/ Third Millennium Alliance/ Grupo Ecologico Jama-Coaque
Location: Reserva Jama-Coaque, Manabí (between Jama and Pedernales)
Openings: 1-2 positions available
Dates: Start December 4th, 2017, minimum 1-year contract

Summary: Third Millennium Alliance’s (TMA’s) mission is to preserve the last remnants of the Pacific Ecuadorian Forest 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 2018, 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.
  • 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 in a remote (semi-off-grid) setting, i.e. the Jama-Coaque Reserve.


  • Competitive Ecuadorian salary dependent on applicant qualifications.
  • 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.
  • 6-8 weeks paid vacation/year (1 week every two months + Dec. 2018 break).

Applying Applicants are encouraged to learn more about TMA on our website (www.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 13, 2017.


Position: Media Production Expert

Summary: We are looking for an individual(s) interested in collaborating with our team to produce a variety of media products this year. We have a number of extremely exciting projects in the works in the Jama-Coaque Reserve and would like to produce a series of short films, photographic stories, and blog entries. Interested collaborators should have a passion for conservation storytelling and experience with the production of media from the design phase through the final product. Example backgrounds we are looking for include: film maker, art director, photojournalist, media producer, journalist, documentary producer, storyteller. We are looking for someone that is interested in collaborating in a mutually beneficial way, where the production of TMA media both expands our recognition and network, and helps build a dynamic production portfolio for themselves. Ideally we are looking for someone that desires to collaborate with TMA and offer their skill set free of cost, at a reduced non-profit price, or as a work exchange.

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