Osa Conservation invites applicants to the 2022 Rainforest Science and Conservation Fellowship in Rare and Endangered Tree Conservation.
Rare and Endangered Trees Fellowship
Explore the world of botanic discovery, first hand. The Rare and Endangered Tree Fellow will work alongside Osa Conservation’s botanic team to protect understudied tree species throughout southern Costa Rica - from the Osa Peninsula to La Amistad National Park. Advancing knowledge on species ecology and physiology is fundamental, especially in the face of climate change, land-use change and natural resource extraction in the region.
The fellow will help lead botanical expeditions deep into the tropical rainforest to locate and protect key species, allowing us to better understand distribution, improve propagation and planting methods, and prioritize immediate conservation actions needed.
The fellow will conduct research in the new Osa Arboretum, which spans coastal, wetland/mangrove, riparian, grassland, secondary forest, and old growth forest habitats located within Osa Cosnervation’s 3,000 ha wildlife refuge - protecting more than 300 native, endemic, rare and threatened tree species. With a trail network spanning 250 ha, the Osa Arboretum is on its way to becoming one of the largest arboretums in Central America.
The successful candidate will work alongside local botanical expert Marvin Lopez, Ridge to Reef Director M.Sc. Andres Santana, IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer M.Sc. Ruthmery Pillco. and the rest of the Osa Conservation team, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth.
Each fellowship is valued at $12,000 and the 6-month fellowship starts in March 2021; the exact start date is flexible (earlier start dates will be given preference).
The fellowship provides funding for:
6-months of room and board, including 3 meals/day
Equipment and supplies needed to complete fellowship activities
International travel to Costa Rica and domestic travel to the OCC
Monthly stipend to provide for personal expenses
Health and accident insurance while at OCC
6-month visa and all permits to conduct research
We are seeking innovative and ambitious early career scientists and graduate level students who are interested in researching the next big topics in tropical ecology, restoration, and conservation; and the best ways to tell the story of habitat and biodiversity conservation. If you want to live and work at our Osa Conservation Campus for 6 months in the heart of Osa Peninsula’s rainforest, in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region, then we want you to apply.
Applying is easy!
Please send your CV, a 1-page research proposal, and a short video* explaining why you are the best person for the fellowship (maximum 2 minutes) to Andres Santana [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Please include “Rare and Endangered Tree Fellow” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is 7 February, 2022.