Position Information:
Title:                Tropical Ornithology & Field Techniques Intern

Organization:  Third Millennium Alliance, El Observatorio de Aves Jama-

Location:         Reserva Jama-Coaque, Manabí province, Ecuador

Start dates:      Multiple throughout the year, see 
http://bit.ly/2D7Oydd. Next is March 19th.

Open to:          Everyone! From the experienced bander seeking to handle 
new tropical species to beginners new to the field.

Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) is a registered non-profit dedicated to 
conserving the last remnants of Pacific Ecuadorian Forests and empowering 
local communities to restore what's been lost. The organization’s 
flagship project is the Jama-Coaque Bird Observatory (El Observatorio de 
Aves Jama-Coaque, OAJC) – Ecuador’s first international bird observatory 
dedicated to long-term, year-round avian monitoring, research, 
conservation and capacity-building. TMA and OAJC offer local and 
international interns the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in 
diverse tropical environments from dry to humid to premontane cloud 
forest over the course of 1-6 months. Each session begins with an 
intensive two-week training period followed by fieldwork allowing interns 
to handle more birds and master challenging techniques. Those joining the 
TMA/OAJC team in 2018 will dive into a number of mist-netting and 
ornithology projects as well as a study investigating nesting ecology of 
the endangered Gray-cheeked Parakeet and other cavity-nesters. Long-term 
participants are encouraged to pursue their passions by developing 
independent projects with TMA/OAJC staff and to take on leadership 
positions in our field teams.

TMA was founded in 2007 with the purchase of 100 acres and the 
establishment of the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) in Manabí province between 
the cities of Jama and Pedernales, 4km inland from the Pacific Ocean. Now 
encompassing over 1,300 acres, the Jama-Coaque Reserve protects some of 
the last remaining fragments of Pacific Ecuadorian Forest – one of the 
most critically threatened tropical forests in the world. Our 
organization has been running a hands-on, experiential learning-based 
internship program in the fields of Tropical Ecology/Conservation and 
Sustainable Agriculture since 2008, with more than 250 young and 
enthusiastic students from around the globe participating to date.

A complete program description with the 2018 schedule and associated 
costs can be found on our website (http://bit.ly/2D7Oydd), where you will 
also find additional details, the application form, contact information, 
various media and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Prior experience working with birds or other wildlife is not required but 
is encouraged. In addition to the intensive two-week training period at 
the start of each session, interns may be asked to review literature 
supplied by TMA before arriving for their programs. While Spanish 
language proficiency is not expected, it is recommended as we work in a 
bilingual environment, and it can improve the overall experience. At the 
very least, we encourage visitors to be open to learning. Interns will 
receive the full tropical field ornithology experience, which means many 
mornings spent waking before the sun and hiking in quite difficult field 
conditions while carrying equipment, thus applicants should be in good 
physical condition. Given these realities, a passion for conservation and 
wildlife (especially birds!), a strong work ethic, and a positive 
attitude are both critical to your success and our top requirements for 

While TMA is not currently in a position to offer college credit or 
scholarships to international interns, our staff are happy to assist 
students who wish to pursue independent credits and/or scholarships 
through their universities or elsewhere. Many previous students have 
successfully received credit for their time with TMA, often at lower 
costs than typical class credits.

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