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Costa Rica Bird Observatories is seeking for a field coordinator

Job title: Field Coordinator
Location: Costa Rica (San Jose, Tortuguero, Madre Selva)
Application: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references, attached to an email with the subject ³Field Coordinator² to <>
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin July 15 of 2013 and will continue until position is filled. You can submit your application at any time.

Job description
The Field Coordinator ensures that fieldwork gets done, and provides guidance to other banders in how to collect and process bird monitoring data. The coordinator works in close coordination with the Executive Director and the Data Manager to ensure proper collection and archival of banding and census data, as well as to schedule field crews and management of equipment and band inventories.

Salary: U.S. $500-$700 per month depending on qualifications, plus room and board at CRBO facilities. Minimum commitment 6 months.

Why work with CRBO
CRBO is an established science and conservation organization, and the oldest bird observatory in Latin America, working in Costa Rica since 1994. We work at some of the most important bird watching and conservation destinations in the country. CRBO has one of the most important datasets of bird banding in Latin America, and offers a wide variety of opportunities including the possibility of empowering your career through data analysis, and the chance to actively participate in the collaboration and preparation of scientific publications. This position allows you to become fully immersed in Latin American culture by living amongst Costa Rican colleagues.

Highly qualified bird bander (passerines) Experience with coordination of teams and crew leading Latin America experience is a plus Social and outgoing person North American Banding Council (or other) certification is a plus Spanish is a plus Strong organizational skills and ability to follow directions Dedication to the Mission and Goals of CRBO Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word and Access) Must be independent and task oriented. Capable of functioning independently

Job Duties
Provide leadership to bird monitoring crews in all aspects of data collection, data archival and data entry.
Ensures proper and timely scheduling of bird monitoring activities and promotes coordination between partners.
Facilitates travel reservations and notifications to stations and partners when crews are scheduled.
Provides travel and logistics advice and leadership to the crews.
Performs frequent inventories and manages equipment and supply requirements.

60 % of time in the field 40% at CRBO headquarters at INBio in San Jose.

Pablo Elizondo

In partnership with
INBio / Klamath Bird Observatory / US Forest Service Wings Across the Americas /

Western Hemisphere Bird Banding Network

Comunicaciones Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica Coordinador Nacional Partners in Flight
Tel.(506) 2507-8208 -
Cel. (506) 8834-4858
INBioparque, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica <> / <> <> / <>

posted July 16



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