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Principal Investigator (Costa Rica Wildlife Conservation)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 01/05/2019
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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To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.


The aims of the Costa Rica Project are to:  1) investigate habitat connectivity in Carate, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica to ultimately provide data for MINAE and 2) provide information to COTORCO on nesting sea turtles to make recommendations for their turtle conservation programme and contribute to their global conservation effort.

More specifically, our project focuses on:

  • Primate behaviour: How anthropogenic disturbance influences species distribution
  • Mammal studies: How large mammals such as big cats travel through and use the Corcovado national park
  • Bird studies: Species richness and distribution of endemic species in the national park
  • Turtle studies: Setting up a nest monitoring programme and species distribution
  • Herpetofauna studies: To understand the distribution and community composition of species within the Corcovado national park

- To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project;
- Development and implementation of the research programme;
- To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators;
- Supervision and training of junior staff;
- Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants;
- Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals;
- Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
- Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies;
- Assist with project logistics and administration.

-To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives;
- To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups;
- To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project;
- To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components;
- To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification;
- To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report;
- To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers;
- To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals;
- To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources;
- To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references;
- To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress
- Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and
management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of
project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the activities of and ensuring the
health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants.

- Contract Duration: 12 months, possibility of an extension
- Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project
- Travel: Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

- Insurance & Admin: Employer’s liability insurance provided.
- Subsistence: Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.
- Salary: £600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £500-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.
- Training: BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.


To apply please email a cover letter outlingin your motivations for the role along with your CV to staffing@frontier.ac.uk

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