Reserve Managers: Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador
Considering applicants for 2019/2020.
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 that secures habitat for native plants and animals in threatened tropical montane forest. The reserve 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 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 an 88-day commitment on the reserve within a 90-day visa. Managers may obtain a longer visa but most cover those costs and do so before signing their contract.
Please email Dr. Dusti Becker regarding current openings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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, and hummingbird species at feeders. Managers skilled with birding record a monthly bird list and report “big days” via Ebird. 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. Illegal gold mining is a problem as well. 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 manager stipends. Managers 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.
Managers receive $300/month as a cost of living stipend and to use for managing the reserve. Managers earn additional income by providing food and beverages, and by offering guide services to visitors. Longer contracts are possible, but stewards must obtain extended visas on their own prior to starting the position, and sign a contract indicating such agreements.
If interested: Contact Dr. Dusti Becker by email: email@example.com. If invited to apply, you will send her as one PDF document, 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 per applicant.