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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 22:10   #1
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Male Companion needed to Co-manage a Nature Reserve in Ecuador for 90 days

Intrepid, adventurous outdoorswoman seeking male companion to co-manage a Nature Reserve in Ecuador for 3 months (from September 4 – December 2, 2018). I have all of the below qualifications totally covered except the plumbing, carpentry skills, and proficiency in Spanish. More about me below. Check out this amazing opportunity:

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JOB IN ECUADOR: Reserve Managers: Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador

Life Net Nature seeks capable couples with backgrounds in wilderness property management, ecotourism, conservation biology, and related fields to steward and live at Reserva Las Tangaras for 88 days. Las Tangaras is a 50 hectare natural area, near Mindo, Ecuador that protects habitat for wildlife, and protects key species from illegal hunting and collecting. The reserve is home to more than 300 bird species, including some 25+ hummingbird species.

New managers overlap with out-going stewards by two full days for training, resulting in typically an 88-day commitment at the reserve within a 90-day Ecuadorian tourist visa. 2018 openings are as follows and include an arrival and departure day via Quito (total of 90 days). Visa extensions are optional and are the responsibility of the managers if they wish to travel in Ecuador before or after the contract period:

January 4 – April 4, 2018 (filled)

April 1 – June 29, 2018 (filled)

June 12 – September 7, 2018 (still hiring)

September 4 – December 2, 2018 (still hiring) ***I can do this***

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 field work in the tropics, with hospitality and nature interpretation, with guiding nature or birding tours, with simple bio-regional living experiences, wilderness and leave no trace camping ethics, carpentry, plumbing, and building skills, small business and financial management experience, first aid training, and & loads of common sense.

Duties include taking care of a 50-hectare property, cabin, and trail system as if it were your own. Specifically: cabin, trail, and property maintenance, water and septic system monitoring and repairing, transport of gas tanks, care and use of reserve tools, equipment, research materials, doing inventories and upkeep of a small library. Managers also collect data on weather (daily), an Andean Cock-of-the Rock lek (weekly), and hummingbird species at feeders (daily). 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 importanty 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 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 & online.

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 blogging and computer 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 you as a potential steward, along with visiting scientists and students are in position to make discoveries about the complex and diverse biological nature on the reserve.

Managers receive $300/month/couple as a cost of living stipend and to use for managing the reserve. Managers typically earn substantial additional income by providing food and beverages (using the cost of living stipend as start up funding), 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.

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More about me:
A good friend of mine from New Mexico personally knows the owners who posted this ad. Knowing my qualifications, she thought of me and contacted me to share it. I've already inquired for myself, and the owners feel strongly that a male and female couple are the best fit. I'm very interested in this opportunity, but I'm divorced and do not have a male friend/birding companion to go with. My background is in field biology/ornithology, therapeutic wilderness guiding, bird guiding, nature interpretation, off-the-grid homesteading on 20 acres, biodynamic gardening, orchard maintenance, volunteer management/outreach, coordinating Youth Conservation crews (projects like: trail work, forestry management, fuels reduction, disaster deployments) and of course, BIRDING and eBirding! I've spent 2 months in Peru, 2 months in Kenya, 1 month in Guatemala, 1 month in India, etc, so a 90 day commitment doesn't scare me. I am 45, healthy, and of sound mind and heart. I'm old enough to be exceptionally qualified for this opportunity, and young enough to still follow my bliss and be up for an adventure. Are you?

Not looking for a "Prince Charming" here, but someone who I am compatible with, has overlapping professional skills and the qualifications that I lack (namely proficiency in Spanish), and is not afraid of a little hard work during a short-term commitment in a beautiful place. Please send me a private message to share your interest and qualifications. Let's begin a conversation.

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Old Tuesday 13th February 2018, 22:14   #2
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Not looking for a "Prince Charming" here, but someone who I am compatible with, has overlapping professional skills and the qualifications that I lack (namely proficiency in Spanish), and is not afraid of a little hard work during a short-term commitment in a beautiful place. Please send me a private message to share your interest and qualifications. Let's begin a conversation.

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Me too. I've done trail repair, not interested in experiencing it in tropical conditions or with a team of size two.

On the other hand, I'm not at all charming.
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