Para La Tierra Vacancy: Field Scientist Wanted - Santa Rosa del Aguaray, Paraguay

Scientist Wanted for a diverse and challenging role in the Atlantic Forest/Cerrado transitional zone in Paraguay. Based at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, you’ll conduct and teach field science at a fully equipped ecological research station, contributing to our understanding of this unique ecosystem. The role is composed of two main parts: 1. Conduct a long-term independent research project, 2. Educate and assist young scientists on Para La Tierra’s internship program.

Responsibilities include:
  • Spend a minimum of four days a week in the field working on your own independent project, or a Para La Tierra priority project as determined by the Scientific Council. Involve volunteers in data collection stages. You can design and develop your own project wherever your interests lie, including mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, botany and entomology.
  • Through your research, contribute to the Para La Tierra scientific reference collection and Outreach Museum.
  • Mentor between one and five interns who will be university students or graduates. Advise them on project design, methods and troubleshooting. Through a weekly meeting, help them to analyse their data and prepare reports and presentations on their work.
  • Contribute to a healthy, happy house atmosphere, entertaining visitors and ensuring high standards of living.
  • Contribute to the general running of Para La Tierra in a variety of capacities, including picking-up and dropping-off volunteers, hosting outings to nearby community events and leading field trips to other parts of Paraguay.
  • PhD or Masters Degree, or equivalent experience in a conservation science, zoology, ecology or similar field.
  • Skill in scientific writing.
  • Relevant experience in leadership or training of others.
  • Motivation and passion for your work that permits you to work for extended hours at a variety of tasks.
  • Adaptability and flexibility towards new situations, cultures and people.
  • Spanish language proficiency, or willingness and proven ability to learn.
  • Valid driving licence.
Working conditions:
  • All bed and board is covered and salary is dependent on experience. Your expenses will be extremely low.
  • You’ll have a bed within the ecological research station house, with a private bathroom and hot water shower. You’ll be served three meals per day, and have free access to a laundry service, Wi-Fi and Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca leisure activities including horse riding, kayaking and beach volleyball.
  • You are responsible for your own flights to Paraguay, visa (and other residence papers depending on your nationality) and insurance.
  • You’ll have 6 weeks of vacation time per year to be taken as one extended period, or split into smaller breaks.
  • Contracts for one year with opportunity for renewal upon agreement from both parties.
With this position, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a young and ambitious team of conservationists within a fast-growing and unique organisation in the neo-tropics. You’ll be contributing to ground-breaking research in Paraguay, while enjoying all the benefits living on a clear lake in a beautiful nature reserve has to offer.

To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter, two professional or academic references and one character reference to The recruitment process will also include a Skype interview, and a written project proposal for the project of your choice. No closing date - rolling applications until the right candidate is found.

Deadline: 15/05/2016