Reserve Stewardship Couple – Ecuador

Agency
Life Net Nature
Location
Mindo, Ecuador
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
Cost of Living Stipend $300/mo.
Start Date
03/03/2022
Last Date to Apply
11/10/2021
Website
https://lifenetnature.org
Description
Stewardship Couple: Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador Sector: Global Search Field: Protected Area Management Discipline: Nature Conservation Life Net Nature seeks a young but mature and responsible couple with a history of working and living together where safety in a remote setting is of extreme importance. Applicants should have backgrounds in wilderness or remote property management, ecotourism, conservation biology, small business management, marketing and related fields and be capable of stewarding and living at Reserva Las Tangaras for 165 days (an Ecuadorian 90-day tourist Visa plus an extension with 2 weeks left for your own adventuring). Contract dates: March 3, 2022, to August 12, 2022 Reserva Las Tangaras is a 50-hectare protected area, near Mindo, Ecuador, with mainly tropical montane forest cover. Wildlife include many endemic and endangered species of amphibians, birds, and mammals. The reserve is home to more than 325 bird species, including 25+ hummingbird species. New stewards overlap with out-going stewards by 2-4 days for training, and online communications with Dr. Dusti Becker, the supervisor from Life Net Nature are available as needed. Monthly reports are required. Qualifications include ability for both applicants to speak English and at least one applicant to communicate well in Spanish (intermediate to advanced with evidence), and one person with an undergraduate degree in a topic related to the position (ecology, biology, ecotourism, business & marketing, natural resources management, conservation, etc). We seek applicants with experience in: 1) field ornithology or biology (ideally some tropical experience), 2) ecotourism and hospitality services, 3) guiding or nature interpretation, 4) interest/experience related to simple bio-regional living including organic gardening, solar equipment maintenance, and composting, 5) wilderness and leave-no-trace camping ethics, 6) carpentry, plumbing, and building skills, 7) small business and financial management experience, 8) first aid training, 9) loads of common sense, and 10) a problem-solving and responsible attitude. Duties include taking care of a 50-hectare property, cabin, and trail system as if they were your own, as if you truly love and care about the place and its future. Being able to plan and manage the reserve with very limited supervision. Specifically: maintain and improve cabin and trails and infrastructure, monitor and repair entrance bridge, water and septic systems, transport gas tanks and supplies as needed to operate, take care of and use reserve tools and purchasing new equipment as needed with approval from Dr. Becker, steward research materials and data, do inventories and upkeep small library. Stewards collect data on weather (daily), an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek (weekly), and hummingbird species at feeders (daily), and must maintain the sugar water in the feeders. Stewards skilled with birding, tally a monthly bird list (birds seen/heard during a given month), and are encouraged to upload “big day” lists to the Las Tangaras eBird page. Stewards sustain small organic gardens and agro-forestry projects and are expected to maintain and improve upon previous projects, update or make new interpretive materials for reserve visitors, do ecotourism promotion and provide guest-hosting services, and do marketing in Mindo area. Marketing is critical for sustaining the reserve and for earning additional income while stewarding the reserve. As a buffer property on the edge of the Mindo-Namibillo Bosque Protector, Reserva Las Tangaras provides critical habitat for wildlife at elevations typically deforested for agriculture, and more recently cleared for vacation-housing and intensive “adventure” tourism activities such as ziplines, motorcycling, and trampling by waterfall enthusiasts. Las Tangaras receives light visitation by bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and tropical biology researchers and students. We want only moderate levels of eco-aware visitation. Contributions from visitors help sustain the reserve, the stewardship couple’s monthly stipend, and more. Stewards should be capable of: 1. Hosting international and local nature-oriented guests and visitors, maintaining a tidy and clean research station/guest cabin, preparing and selling meals and drinks to guests (with all proceeds from food and drink sales accrued by the stewardship couple). 2. Keeping financial records, setting realistic goals and completing management tasks including all AirBnb communications, reservations via phone & online communications. 3. Maintaining the critical water system and all trails on the reserve, and especially the entrance bridge. 4. Improving trails and signage from the main road and throughout the reserve. 5. Sustaining gardens and orchards, and wildlife friendly plantings. 6. Using Excel & Word for monthly reports, updating and recording data. 7. Good blogging, social media, and computer skill for doing: monthly blog with attractive photos, submission of Excel data sheets, monthly reports via email to Dr. Becker, email thank you notes to guests, contribute lists to eBird, and post interesting and alluring photos and facts on the reserve Facebook and Instagram sites. 8. One of the stewards must have at least intermediate to advanced-level skills with spoken and written Spanish. Both stewards must have advanced level with English. The reserve is an incredible place to live. Research and photographic opportunities abound. Each year in December, Life Net Nature volunteer teams monitor and research bird communities to raise funds for the protected area. Reserve stewards, scientists and students can make discoveries about the complex and diverse biological nature on the reserve. Reserve data are available to stewards for crafting scientific publications. Stewards receive $300/month/pair as a cost-of-living stipend to be used to sustain selves and cover basic reserve costs such as maintaining hummingbird feeders with sugar water and stocking basic supplies to host guests. Stewards typically earn additional income by providing food and beverages (using the cost-of-living stipend as start up funding), and by providing guide services to visitors (proceeds of guiding are split between reserve and stewards). To Apply: As one PDF document, please send 1) a joint cover letter expressing interest and qualifications of each person, 2) a professional resume (CV) for both applicants, and 3) three references per applicant with email & phone contact info. Email application materials to Dr. Dusti Becker at dustizuni@yahoo.com. If selected for an interview, Dr. Becker will contact you. Follow up with her to find out your status as we receive many applications each year. Dr. Becker will begin reviewing applications for the 2022 opening immediately, but candidates will most likely be contacted for interviews in October, 2021. Don't delay.
Qualifications
Applicants should have backgrounds in wilderness or remote property management, ecotourism, conservation biology, small business management, marketing and related fields and be capable of stewarding and living at Reserva Las Tangaras for 165 days (an Ecuadorian 90-day tourist Visa plus an extension with 2 weeks left for your own adventuring). Qualifications include ability for both applicants to speak English and at least one applicant to communicate well in Spanish (intermediate to advanced with evidence), and one person with an undergraduate degree in a topic related to the position (ecology, biology, ecotourism, business & marketing, natural resources management, conservation, etc). We seek applicants with experience in: 1) field ornithology or biology (ideally some tropical experience), 2) ecotourism and hospitality services, 3) guiding or nature interpretation, 4) interest/experience related to simple bio-regional living including organic gardening, solar equipment maintenance, and composting, 5) wilderness and leave-no-trace camping ethics, 6) carpentry, plumbing, and building skills, 7) small business and financial management experience, 8) first aid training, 9) loads of common sense, and 10) a problem-solving and responsible attitude. Stewards must be capable of: 1. Hosting international and local nature-oriented guests and visitors, maintaining a tidy and clean research station/guest cabin, preparing and selling meals and drinks to guests (with all proceeds from food and drink sales accrued by the stewardship couple). 2. Keeping financial records, setting realistic goals and completing management tasks including all AirBnb communications, reservations via phone & online communications. 3. Maintaining the critical water system and all trails on the reserve, and especially the entrance bridge. 4. Improving trails and signage from the main road and throughout the reserve. 5. Sustaining gardens and orchards, and wildlife friendly plantings. 6. Using Excel & Word for monthly reports, updating and recording data. 7. Good blogging, social media, and computer skill for doing: monthly blog with attractive photos, submission of Excel data sheets, monthly reports via email to Dr. Becker, email thank you notes to guests, contribute lists to eBird, and post interesting and alluring photos and facts on the reserve Facebook and Instagram sites. 8. One of the stewards must have at least intermediate to advanced-level skills with spoken and written Spanish. Both stewards must have advanced level with English. To Apply: As one PDF document, please send 1) a joint cover letter expressing interest and qualifications of each person, 2) a professional resume (CV) for both applicants, and 3) three references per applicant with email & phone contact info. Email application materials to Dr. Dusti Becker at dustizuni@yahoo.com. If selected for an interview, Dr. Becker will contact you. Follow up with her to find out your status as we receive many applications each year. Dr. Becker will begin reviewing applications for the 2022 opening immediately, but candidates will most likely be contacted for interviews in October, 2021.
Contact Person
Dr. Dusti Becker
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