JOB SEARCH – Reserve Managers – Ecuador

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Reserve Stewardship Couples: Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador

Search now open for 165 day contract starting September 26, 2021

Life Net Nature seeks capable couples with backgrounds in protected-area management, ecotourism, conservation biology, and related fields to steward and live at Reserva Las Tangaras. Las Tangaras is a 50-hectare nature preserve, near Mindo, Ecuador.  The reserve protects habitat for native plants and animals in threatened tropical montane forest and is home to more than 300 bird species. The reserve has one of the oldest and largest Andean Cock-of-the rock display leks in the region, several endangered mammals, and many endemic and endangered reptiles and amphibians.

Qualifications include ability to communicate well in Spanish (intermediate or above), and one person with a university degree in a topic related to the position. We seek applicants with experience in biology fieldwork in the tropics, hospitality services and nature interpretation, guiding nature or birding tours, and with bio-regional living experiences and ethics, wilderness leave no trace camping ethics, carpentry, plumbing, and building skills, basic financial management experience, first aid training, and business & loads of common sense.

New managers overlap with out-going stewards by two full days for training – and have a 165-day commitment on the reserve within a 180-day visa. Life Net will split visa renewal costs 50:50.

Please email Dr. Dusti Becker regarding current openings ( or (

Duties include cabin, trail, and property maintenance, water and septic system monitoring, transport of gas tanks, care and use of reserve tools, equipment, research materials, doing inventories and upkeep of a small library. Managers collect data on weather, an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek, hummingbird species at feeders, Swainson’s Thrush and Andean Solitaire. Managers skilled with birding record a monthly bird list and report “big days” via eBird and may continue research on Club-winged Manakins as needed. Managers sustain small organic gardens and agro-forestry projects and maintain and expand work of previous managers such as small construction projects, repairs, ecotourism promotion and services, and outreach to the local community.

As a buffer property on the edge of the Mindo-Namibillo Bosque Protector, Reserva Las Tangaras provides additional habitat for wildlife at elevations typically deforested for agriculture, and more recently, for poorly regulated and harmful “adventure” tourism. Las Tangaras receives light visitation by bird-watchers, nature enthusiasts, photographers, and tropical biology researchers and students. Contributions from visitors help to sustain the reserve and fund stipends for stewards. Stewards should be capable of:
1. Hosting nature-oriented guests and visitors and maintaining a tidy and clean research station and guest cabin.
2. Keeping financial records, & setting and completing management tasks including AirBnb reservations via phone & internet.
3. Maintaining all trails on the reserve and the entrance bridge
4. Improving trail(s) and signage from main road
5. Sustaining gardens and orchards, and wildlife friendly plantings
6. Using Excel & Word for monthly reports, updating and recording data,
7. Good internet skills to do a blog (at least monthly), submit Excel data sheets, doing regular emails including thank you emails to guests, contribute to eBird.

The reserve is an incredible place to live, and research and photographic opportunities abound. Life Net volunteer teams annually monitor and research bird communities, and stewards, visiting scientists and students can add to discoveries about the complex and diverse biological nature on the reserve.

Stewards receive $300/month as a cost of living stipend and basic reserve management. Stewards earn additional income by providing food and beverages, and by offering guide services to visitors.

To apply, contact Dr. Dusti Becker by email: and send one PDF document with: 1) a single joint cover letter expressing interest and qualifications of the couple, 2) your two professional resumes (CVs), and 3) three easily contactable references each.