mardi 11 janvier 2011

Principal Scientist

Hiring Organization:
Para La Tierra
Date Posted:
Position Description:
Para La Tierra is a pioneering conservation project based at Laguna Blanca in Paraguay, at the frontier of the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado eco-regions. We are currently inviting applications for a Principal Scientist to generate scientific projects and supervise interns. The position carries a six month fixed-term contract (with possibility of extension) with bed and board provided.

This position provides the opportunity to carry out your own research in an unstudied location in Paraguay.

You will be expected to:

develop and coordinate suitable biological fieldwork projects to investigate the wildlife and plant life of the area around Laguna Blanca, which will involve volunteers.
to help create inventories of the species found around Laguna Blanca.
be involved with the day-to-day work of the volunteers, making sure that they are kept busy.
provide supervision and support to field work projects of volunteers and interns, whether PLT-led or self-designed.
aim to publish research findings on a regular basis.
encourage a responsible attitude to data collection and wildlife survey techniques used, providing clear guidance to inexperienced volunteers from the outset.
follow sensible practices in regards to health and safety of all staff and visitors at all times.
assist in day-to-day tasks necessary for the successful, safe, efficient and enjoyable operation of Para La Tierra (e.g. assisting the volunteer coordinators with the weekly shopping, and with financial and admin tasks when necessary).
be enthusiastic, open-minded and willing to share knowledge with people from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of scientific experience.
be willing to work as a member of the Para La Tierra team with a flexible and willing attitude to contribute whenever necessary.
be a positive influence for staff and visitors.
Fluency in English, with conversational Spanish
MSc in one of the following fields: ornithology, herpetology, entomology, botany, conservation biology, zoology, tropical ecology, or other relevant scientific discipline
Significant field study experience
Some knowledge of neo-tropical flora and fauna prefered.
Experience working with (preferably supervising) volunteers.
Current First Aid qualification.
Ability to work as part of a team and with minimal supervision.
Demonstrable organisational and time management skills.
Ability to provide leadership and assist with management of volunteers.
Willingness to accept basic living conditions and long hours of work in potentially difficult climatic conditions.
Familiarity with MS Office software.
Unpaid 6 month contract with the possibility of extension with pay.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Bed and board provided.
Application Deadline:
To apply, please submit your CV/Resume with a brief covering letter and 3 references by email to

Immediate start available.
Contact Information:
Karina Atkinson
San Jimenez
Santa Rosa, none
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