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Assistant Research Officer (Big Cats, Primates and Turtles)

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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Location Costa Rica
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 09/04/2019
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Alex Gardner
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
Email staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods.
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Description

Deadline: Rolling, we recruit AROs throughout the year based on project availability.

Frontier are seeking Assistant Research Officers for our Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation project.

Background

Established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), Frontier has been an innovator in creating quality volunteer programmes across the globe. Since then, Frontier has grown to operate over 330 capacity-building conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries, spanning 5 continents. Over the past 26 years Frontier has had volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

The Project

At first glance, Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a mere pin prick on the world map, covering a measly 0.03% of the world’s landmass. This makes it even more astonishing that an incredible 4% of the world’s species call the park home and that it is, as described by National Geographic, ‘one of the most biologically intense places on the planet’.

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and is home to over 500,000 different species of animals, giving it the highest species density of any country in the world. Over 50% of species found in the country call the Osa Peninsula home, meaning this project is located in the most biodiverse region of one of the most biodiverse countries on the globe – truly a hotspot within a hotspot!

Sadly, the region and its inhabitants are being gravely challenged by habitat fragmentation and destruction, pollution, poaching and climate change more broadly. Over the past several years, Frontier has been working on the peninsula to carry out groundbreaking survey work and vital data collection in an attempt to combat the effects of these challenges and to preserve this environmentally significant area.

The research camp itself is based amongst dense tropical forest on the edge of Corcovado National Park, close to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Volunteers live and work with other enthusiastic and energetic conservationists, working together to carry out critical surveys and data collection activities. Joining this vitally important project will not only give you an opportunity to experience a world of fragile beauty, but to more importantly contribute to the conservation of Costa Rica's precious and unique habitats for the future.

Project Highlights

  • Primate density and behavioural studies
  • Turtle patrols to monitor nesting and predation
  • Big cats and other mammal monitoring using field sign surveys
  • Neo-tropical river otter surveys
  • Bird surveys in the forest and lagoon
  • Amphibian and reptile surveys
  • Butterfly surveys (seasonal)

To learn more about the project, please visit our website.

Job Description

The primary function of an Assistant Research Officer is to assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing.

More specifically, the role involves:

  • Assisting the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily supervision of volunteer Research Assistants
  • Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  • Assist with project logistics and administration

Requirements

  • Graduate in an environmental or biological science discipline
  • Previous experience with Sea Turtle Conservation and/or Sea Turtle Ecology
  • First aid qualification
  • Experience of data analysis & report-writing
  • Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills
  • Administrative & time management skills and ability to train research assistants
  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation
  • Resilient & mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions

 

Terms and conditions:

Contract Duration:

A minimum 6 month period with the possibility of extending.

Accommodation:

Basic accommodation provided whilst at the field project site.

Travel:

In-country ground travel costs to be provided.

International flights to be self-funded.

Subsistence:

Terrestrial project participation fee: £1000 for 6 months (excluding Costa Rica).

To be paid quarterly (£600 first quarter, £400 second quarter).

Marine project and Costa Rica participation fee: £1100 for 6 months.

To be paid quarterly (£650 first quarter, £450 second quarter).

Fees to be paid by staff member to cover project participation.

Training:

Tropical habitat conservation training & pre-departure training provided.

Although these attributes are ideal, every application is carefully considered and this post is an opportunity for less experienced individuals to gain overseas field experience of research, project and volunteer management and training.

For further details and to apply please visit our website or send a CV and Cover Letter to staffing@frontier.ac.uk

 

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