The role of the Field Biologist is to monitor the released Scarlet Macaws in Punta Islita throughout the breeding season. This includes extensive fieldwork to monitor, track and support several breeding pairs and their offspring in order to improve the rates of successful reproduction. They will receive training and will have the support of other in project specialists where necessary, however much of the role is independent and self-directed. The successful applicant will be encouraged to be involved in other projects that help the conservation center.

Field Biologists’ duties:

  • With the relevant training the applicant will get to know the released Scarlet Macaw population and is responsible for reporting on the condition of the birds, their behaviour, numbers and their flight range;
  • Locating, monitoring and potentially managing of breeding attempts, increasing the productivity of each pair
  • To take advantage of opportunities and learn broader conservation skills that can then be applied at the conservation center;
  • Different general maintenance or site/project development tasks may be assigned depending on our current needs and the skills and abilities of particular interns.


The successful applicant:

  • Will demonstrate a commitment to conservation and/or wants to pursue a career in conservation;
  • Has an independent work attitude and is a self-starter;
  • Has animal handling and/or fieldwork experience
  • Is comfortable being away from family and friends for long periods of time;
  • Enjoys being outside and is not put out by extreme weather and temperatures
  • Is an experienced and confident in their self-reliance skills 

Hours of work:

The Field Biologist is expected to work 5 days a week, following a flexible time schedule which is guided by the behaviour of the wild birds, but approximately from 4am until 6pm with a long mid-day break.

Duration of position:

The minimum and total duration is seven months, with the possibility of extending to 12 months to cover the monitoring of the newly released birds in June 2019.

Essential qualifications:

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  • An educational background in a relevant field; Biological sciences, Ecology or Conservation Management;
  • Full, manual transmission drivers’ license and CBT or equivalent motorbike license.

Desirable personal Qualities

  • Dependable and responsible
  • Motivated and positive with a desire to contribute
  • Interested in bird and nature conservation
  • Flexible, friendly, patient and optimistic
  • A sense of humor is helpful


  • Great experience both in terms of travel and supporting a non-profit organisation
  • The experience and satisfaction of working with endangered species
  • Increased understanding and appreciation of different values and lifestyles
  • Increased skills in creative problem-solving and time management
  • Opportunities to work with avian and conservation specialists
  • Learn and improve skills such as tree climbing, bird ringing, map reading and using GIS software
  • A recognition Certificate is provided if season is completed successfully

Anticipated costs:

All international and national travel costs to initially get to the site are the responsibility of the applicant. However, once on site, accommodation, daily transport, and utilities are provided. All team members buy and prepare their own food, for this we recommend you budget for at least $40 per week, or more if you like luxuries. Comprehensive insurance cover for the entire stay is a must, and should be arranged and paid for by the applicant.

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