Career Opportunity /  31 December 2022

Movement Ecology Field Team and Data Coordinator: Osa Conservation [Open until filled) 

This role will be employed under Osa Conservation's Movement Ecology Program. Broadly, the project aims to develop and use novel animal tracking technology to increase our understanding of the movement ecology of scavenger networks, and the predators which drive them, in south and central America. It involves the capture and deployment of tracking equipment on cathartidae vultures and large cat species, taking biological samples and implementing a variety of different surveys to estimate the density and determine the ecological roles of scavenging communities.

Deadline: 31 December 2022 - 1 month 3 days
Costa Rica, Peru

Project Summary/ Resumen del Proyecto

This role will be employed under Osa Conservations Movement Ecology Program. Broadly, the project aims to develop and use novel animal tracking technology to increase our understanding of the movement ecology of scavenger networks, and the predators which drive them, in south and central America. It involves the capture and deployment of tracking equipment on cathartidae vultures and large cat species, taking biological samples and implementing a variety of different surveys to estimate the density and determine the ecological roles of scavenging communities.

 

Job Summary / Resumen del Trabajo

Osa Conservation’s Movement Ecology Field Team and Data Coordinator has a key role in managing the field teams to implement the project objectives and manage the data streams which the project will generate. Applicants should be comfortable living and working in remote tropical environments (field stations and forest camps in Costa Rica and Peru), have experience handling and manipulating multiple streams of ecological data (e.g. location data, camera trap records, biological samples), and be comfortable handling and using new technology (GPS collars, e-obs trackers, camera traps etc.). For the right person, there will be opportunities to lead-author and co-author scientific research papers associated with this position. This role requires a passionate and motivated individual to work in remote tropical field locations for long periods of time to push scientific and technological boundaries of movement ecology for conservation implications.

 

Roles and responsibilities / funciones y responsabilidades

Lead the execution of:

  • Establishing protocols with robust study design and scientific integrity for animal captures, monitoring and ecological experiments.
  • Creating and maintaining all databases for the Movement Ecology Program.
  • Ensuring data collection and database protocols are followed by the team and the databases are created and organized to a high-standard.
  • Designing experiments with the chief scientist to add ecological and behavioral information to the obtained GPS data.
  • Analyzing data and producing graphs and tables to communicate and represent results.
  • Using Movebank/MoveApps to check on the location and status of tracked individuals and creating workflows to generate automatic alerts.
  • Writing scientific publications (some as lead and some as co-author – as determined by the PI and Science Lead).

 

Work with field Operations manager to:

  • Coordinate field work activities on a day-to-day basis with a special focus on data collection and study design for animal captures, monitoring and scientific integrity of experiments.
  • Implement and monitor work plans (including animal captures, camera trap monitoring. radio tracking, and additional experiments) for the field team at the Costa Rican and Peru field site.
  • Execute bi-weekly team meetings incorporating both the Peru and CR team to ensure everyone is updated on work plans and problems can be solved quickly.
  • Execute general movement program activities logistics across both field sites (Peru & CR) as requested.

 

General Organization Activities:

  • Ensure the creation of good media for the movement ecology program for Osa Conservation’s social media accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Post 3 times a month on a personal social media account showcasing the field of movement ecology and life as a wildlife biologist in remote tropical rainforest stations.
  • Participate in bi-weekly science, operations and media meetings to discuss organization strategy.
  • Execute activities for visitors, volunteers, collaborators and researchers at the Osa Conservation Campus.
  • Execute report and grant writing for new and existing grants.
  • Write bi-weekly/weekly reports and share with the core movement ecology program team.
  • Collaborate with OC programs and projects when necessary.

 

Skill Requirements / Requisitos de Habilidad

  • Masters level degree in an ecology/conservation (or another relevant topic) [Essential]
  • Field work experience (tropical experience prefered) [Essential]
  • Experience managing, curating and manipulating large data sets [Essential]
  • Knowledge and experience in handling and capturing wild animals in remote locations (tropical experience prefered) [Preferred]
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse field team in remote locations for long-periods of time [Essential]
  • A manual driving license – B1 to be able to travel when needed across the South Pacific of Costa Rica on a variety of roads in 4×4 trucks and quad bikes [Essential]
  • Fluent in English (written and oral); basic conversational Spanish [Essential]
  • Good physical condition and experience working long hours in the field in difficult environments [Essential]
  • Confident in use of google applications, gmail, google drive and google calendar  [Essential]
  • A strategic mind with the determination and ability to generate solutions to problems under pressure [Essential]
  • Experience meeting deadlines and managing field teams [Essential]
  • Hard working, interpersonal skills,  team player, motivated leader, problem solver, positive attitude  and passionate individual [Essential]
  • Experience publishing scientific manuscripts [Prefered]
  • Experience with the movebank  and/or MoveApps platforms [Prefered]
  • Experience using code-based statistical software (e.g. R) and version control (e.g. GitHub) [Preferred]
  • Knowledge and experience in collecting and processing biological samples [Preferred]
  • Experience using mapping software [Essential]

 

How to Apply: To apply please send a CV and single page cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “Movement Ecology Team and Data Coordinator”. Position will be open until filled. The position All applicants who do not follow this guide will not be considered. Only successful applicants continuing to the interview stage will be contacted. Please state in the cover letter why you want this job specifically and what skills you can bring to tackle the outlined duties and responsibilities. We encourage applicants from Latin America to apply.

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