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Conservation Project Coordinator - Costa Rica

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 18/07/2020
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Sam Hope
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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Job Title:Project Coordinator

Reporting to:The Project Manager or Operations Managers  

Responsible to:The Directors of the Society & the Operations Managers, London HQ

Location:Terrestrial Field Projects in Costa Rica


Responsible for the successful running of the project including management of volunteers, logistics and administration of the project


-To ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and field staff involved in the project, dealing with any medical incidents should they arise, being ready to initiate and implement an emergency medical evacuation procedure if necessary.

-Management, support and development of volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project.

-Organisation and supervision of camp activities and the schedule of Research Assistants camp duties. Preparation of a camp work schedule taking into account all relevant safety, physical, logistic and financial considerations. 

-To manage local Frontier employees, camp assistant, driver, guards, as appropriate including payment of wages as and when necessary.

-Administration and control of project budget, ensuring that expenditure does not exceed allocated funds. Over spending will be recovered from future budgets.

-To develop proposals for work with other potential sites/organizations (including site visits and meetings as and when required).

-To coordinate the teaching and community aspect of the project, including leading teaching sessions when required. 


-To oversee and arrange arrival of new volunteers and project staff, arranging immigration, visas, work permits, transport, accommodation and briefing volunteers and staff on all aspects of country life upon their arrival in country.

-To ensure that all volunteers / research assistants are deployed constructively, usefully and enjoyably and will ensure the discipline and good behaviour of all members of the project.

-To act as deputy to the Project Manager and take on overall leadership of the project should the necessity arise.

-To send through RA updates to LHQ during weeks 1, 4 and 10 of projects

-To send situation reports through to LHQ each week.

-To send quarterly and mid-phase reports to LHQ to set deadlines including reporting on accounts, logistics, staff, equipment inventories and risk assessments.

-To oversee the maintenance, servicing and repair of all project equipment and camp as necessary.


Contract Duration:6 months, possibility of extension.

Accommodation:Basic accommodation provided on camp.

Travel:Contribution towards an international airfare may be provided plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Insurance:Employer’s liability insurance provided.

Subsistence:Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided for time spent off project site.

Salary:£600 fee (per annum) dependant on experience, qualifications & availability 

Training:BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.




-First aid qualification

-Undergraduate qualification in biological/ecological science or teaching

-Knowledge of environmental conservation and methodology


-Experience of working in the field

-Experience managing and supporting volunteers

-Experience of budget management

-Experience in a teaching environment

-Experience of report writing

-Experience of project and camp management


-Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills

-Proven leadership skills

-Administrative & time management skills

-Demonstrable commitment to conservation

-Qualified SCUBA diver (for marine projects) (minimum BSAC Sports Diver/PADI Advanced Open Water)

-Technically orientated

-Off road 4WD skills

-Knowledge of local language

-Boat-handling experience

-Knowledge of local language

-Expedition Management skills

Personal Attributes:

-Resilient & adaptable, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions

-Professional approach


-Ability to motivate and support others

-Physical fitness

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