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Volunteer/Intern Coordinator x 2

Reference VVC  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Paraguay - America South
Town/City Pilar
Salary Additional Information Unpaid, with full bed and board covered
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 31/12/2023
Company Name Para La Tierra
Contact Name Jack Haines
Email paralatierra.py@gmail.com
Website Further Details / Applications
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Live and learn at the Para La Tierra Ecological Research Station in the beautiful wetlands of Neembucu. An exciting position with all onsite expenses covered and opportunities to develop your field biology skills. This full-time position involves coordinating and leading groups of volunteers and interns so that they are able to carrying out their own scientific projects, contributing to the conservation of the surrounding habitats. Two six month contracts are available with quarterly start dates. Please apply at any time. While the post comes with no monetary renumeration, full bed and board will be provided with free WiFi.

The volunteer/intern coordinator position is a very broad position with a number of responsibilities. The volunteer/intern coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all PLT volunteers and interns get a well-rounded and rewarding experience during their stay in Paraguay. This includes providing orientation on arrival, organising visits to various field sites, accompanying volunteers/interns on daily activities, organising twice weekly entertainment evenings for all visitors, such as playing games, watching movies, trivia nights etc. The volunteer/intern coordinator is also expected to take on opportunistic scientific and community engagement projects in and around Pilar, using these projects as opportunities to improve the experience had by PLT visitors.

1.       Maintain a happy and healthy volunteer house.

  • Ensure that all PLT visitors are kept up-to-date with on-going activities, coordinating with everyone to ensure all interns and volunteers stay informed of events and opportunities offered by PLT.

  • Supervise the PLT cook and cleaner once each day to ensure her work is completed to a high standard, and address any needs for equipment or food-shopping in the house.

  • Lead a weekly house meeting with all PLT visitors to address any issues with the house or PLT activities, and relay relevant information to PLT management.

  • Organise volunteer chores, including Sunday cooking and cleaning.

  • Introduce new visitors to the house, give them the safety induction, pair them with a more experienced intern or volunteer “buddy” and orient them so that they settle well into the existing group.

  • Take health and insurance details on arrival of new visitors.

  • Ensure health and safety of PLT visitors through familiarity with all procedures and equipment.

  • Ensure that all visitors comply with the requirements for leaving the site, including depositing all photos and data on the designated hard drive.

  • Ensure compliance with PLT house rules. 

2.       Facilitate (but not supervise) Scientific Projects

  • Drive interns and volunteers into the field to guide them through new habitats and get them settled in their scientific projects.

  • Maintain a positive attitude in the field, leading by example for all interns and visitors.

  • Ensure that all field activities are conducted safely, providing volunteers/interns with the equipment, and support necessary to the safe execution of their projects.

  • Co-ordinate and train volunteers in data collection of any PLT priority projects.

3.       Admin and Accountability

  • Meet with the project coordinator.

  • Meet with all volunteers/interns each day in order to plan and schedule activities.

  • Submit a monthly report to the Executive and Deputy Director on the 2nd of each month.

  • Coordinate with the Scientific Commission to ensure good protocols for organisation of data collected through volunteer science projects.

  • Attend the weekly staff meetings and appointments when requested.

  • When necessary, fulfill domestic responsibilities including but not limited to cooking meals, cleaning dishes, doing the shopping, coordinating recreational activities, and managing PLT home projects.

  • Contribute to the engagement of PLT volunteers and interns in an academic and challenging culture.

  • Help establish a culture of acceptance and equality by leading by example.

A manual driving licence is required and a basic level of Spanish is preferred.

Reports to:

Pilar project coordinator

To apply:

Send CV and Cover Letter to paralatierra.py@gmail.com

Applications welcome from any background or nationality, must be 23 years old or older, physically fit and able to speak English. Please email rebecca@paralatierra.org with a CV or resume, cover letter and three references (academic, professional and personal).  

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