Osa Conservation is hiring a Wildlife Research Field Assistant. You can
learn more about the position and Osa Conservation by visiting our website
*Osa Conservation – Wildlife Research Field Assistant (9-months; January Ã¢ÂEURÂ”
October 2021) *
Food and accommodation included at the Osa Conservation Campus – Osa
Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Monthly stipend included – dependent on experience.
*Wildlife Research Field Assistant position summary *
The Osa Conservation Wildlife ProgramÃ¢ÂEURÂ(tm)s mission is to protect, restore and
safeguard OsaÃ¢ÂEURÂ(tm)s wildlife for future generations. It does this by combating
four major threats: 1) poaching, 2) data gaps in wildlife populations, 3)
habitat fragmentation and 4) climate change. The program combats these four
major threats via executing ecosystem-scale data collection, trailing and
implementing conservation technologies, and recruiting region-wide
stakeholder participation and citizen science to restore degraded and
disconnected habitats and rewild lost wildlife populations. These actions
allow long-term viable wildlife populations to be restored and maintained
for healthy ecosystem function.
The Wildlife Research Field Assistant will assist Osa ConservationÃ¢ÂEURÂ(tm)s
wildlife team with field work efforts to assess the health and status of
OsaÃ¢ÂEURÂ(tm)s wildlife community and explore new approaches to overcome the
challenges listed above. They will do this by executing region-scale
wildlife assessments, trialling rewilding techniques, assessing the success
of restoration approaches and implementing technology in monitoring and
*Role and Responsibilities:*
Ã’Â· Execute wildlife monitoring via traditional survey techniques and
data entry in the 40 Osa Verde Experimental Restoration Plots as part of a
team. Including dung beetle pitfall trapping, bird point counts, butterfly
trapping, amphibian surveys and mammal camera trapping.
Ã’Â· Execute regular monitoring and maintenance of artificial nest
boxes (bird and bat) via camera trapping and endoscopes, compile and
analyse results for a short communication/publication.
Ã’Â· Assist the restoration team with tree growth and mortality
measuring in the 40 Osa Verde experimental restoration plots.
Ã’Â· Maintain and monitor white-lipped peccary food banks and tapir
Ã’Â· Utilize and become an ambassador for citizen science apps
(iNaturalist, eBird, Instant Wild and eMammal) to monitor the incredible
biodiversity of a tropical rainforest system.
Ã’Â· Assist the tree climbing team to maintain and install
connectivity tools (rope bridges) and canopy camera traps to monitor
success and wildlife movements.
Ã’Â· Work alongside Osa Conservations Media and Communications
Coordinator to design, create and execute an impactful Wild Cat
Conservation media campaign and a Ridge-to-Reef Photography Competition.
Ã’Â· Assist the wildlife team in region-wide field work activities and
Ã’Â· Create content for personal and organizational social media
accounts to promote the work of the wildlife program and communicate
stories of a young wildlife biologist in the field.
Ã’Â· Execute monthly equipment cleaning and inventory and data
Ã’Â· Attend bi-weekly science meetings to interact with Osa
Conservations science team and outside researchers.
*Skills and Attributes Required:*
Ã’Â· BSc degree in a wildlife, environmental or conservation topic or
in the process of completing one.
Ã’Â· Fluent in English and Spanish (Oral and Written).
Ã’Â· Knowledge and experience in wildlife monitoring surveys.
Ã’Â· Physically fit and able to work long hours in a difficult and
Ã’Â· Good team member with excellent communication skillsÃ¢ÂEURÂ” able to
live and work with a multicultural team.
Ã’Â· Able to live in basic living conditions and tropical rainforest
Ã’Â· Hard working and passionate with a desire to learn and improve Ã¢ÂEURÂ”
willing to put the hard work in to go the extra mile for conservation
efforts and personal career development.
Ã’Â· Excellent computer skills with a confidence in all Microsoft and
To apply send your CV and cover letter (including links to your social
media accounts) with subject title Ã¢ÂEURÂoeWildlife RFA 2021Ã¢ÂEURÂ to Wildlife Program
Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th November 2020.