Research Supervisor: Caño Palma. Limón, Costa Rica

Caño Palma Biological Station
Caño Palma. Limón, Costa Rica
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$600/month stipend
Last Date to Apply
Research Supervisor Fellowship – Costa Rica To begin as soon as the right candidate is found! The Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) seeks a biologist (minimum M.Sc) to administer and oversee research projects at Caño Palma Biological Station (CPBS) for a one year appointment. A great stepping-stone for the right individual. The fellow is encouraged to use the time and resources as an opportunity to produce publications using data from our long-term projects. During the fellowship period the Research Supervisor will continue long-term monitoring projects at the station, will assist independent researchers with projects in the area, and will have the opportunity to pursue independent research questions. We are looking for someone who is adaptable and with a recognizable level of maturity and professionalism when presented with cultural differences, and an ability to relate conservation/scientific concepts to lay people. Applicants must be willing and able to work under challenging conditions in a remote area. The successful fellowship recipient is foremost expected to work in the development of wildlife monitoring programs but will also work in concert with the station manager to ensure the overall quality of experience of user groups and visitors, and to ensure compliance with Health and Safety standards. Special attention is to be given to issues of education, community conservation, sustainability, and working with a local village. The recipient will work closely with the station manager, under the oversight of the Director of Research and Conservation of COTERC. General Description: • Coordinate long-term monitoring projects at CBPS (for list of projects and relevant publications, see • Develop student supervision skills working with undergraduate students conducting independent research projects • Train and supervise volunteers on data collection for multiple projects • Contribute to species conservation and area management in both academic and applied settings • Work with local communities and governmental agencies to promote conservation practices • Publish from/leverage station’s long-term data sets • Consolidate data management and report writing skills • Opportunities to develop other projects within the mission of COTERC • Food, accommodation, and a small stipend are provided The Biological Station is located on the Northeastern coast of Costa Rica within the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and north of Tortuguero National Park. The lowland rainforest floodplain is a region renowned for its high species diversity. The position is a yearlong experience at Caño Palma Station.
Skills/Qualifications: • Master of Science in biology, ecology, or other related field, with thesis development and research component • Knowledge/familiarity with Neotropical biology/ecology • Experience with field work under challenging conditions • Record of experience coordinating volunteers, student groups, independent researchers • Interest in mentoring long-term students on individual research projects • Experience with living in close quarters with others, conflict resolution skills • Fluency in English • Working knowledge of/competence with common statistical programs (such as R) • Proficiency (at minimum) in spoken and written Spanish (all official documents and meetings are in Spanish). Compensation: • Room and board is provided by Caño Palma Biological Station • $600/month stipend • $200 bonus every three months • $1,000 bonus at the successful completion of 1 year contract For further details, visit our website and facebook page: To apply or for further questions, email Emily Khazan at Application materials should consist of a cover letter, CV, and 2-3 professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
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Emily Khazan
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