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Thank you for your interest in working with Osa Conservation. Staff openings are available periodically and a number of volunteer and internship positions are available year-round. Read the listings below for current opportunities.

Finance Director Position

Osa Conservation (OC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The organization seeks a Finance Director to be responsible for all financial matters of the organization. S/he will report directly to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The Finance Director will oversee all compliance, budgeting, financial reporting, and financial management for federal US government contracts and grants, foundation awards, and other sources of income. In addition, s/he will partner with the senior program and administrative leadership to develop and implement financial strategies and risk assessment across the organization and in coordination with our sister organizations. S/he must be able to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in an autonomous and deadline-oriented workplace.

The role will be responsible for managing 2 sets of books for 2 legal entities in 2 different countries

  • DC being the smaller of the two but the recipient of most funding dollars and the one reporting to donors and IRS
  • They must manage in CR according to international standards; conduct all necessary filings, annual audits
  • And in US using GAAP; submitting to the IRS annual 990 returns, annual audits

Specific responsibilities include:

Financial management & reporting

  • Develop and monitor annual organizational budgets, with participation from relevant staff members and partner organizations.
  • Conduct or oversee financial reporting for funders, including private foundations, US government and international organizations
  • Manage and maintain current and forward cash flow planning
  • Guarantee timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial reporting internally and to the Board of Directors.

Strategic financial planning & reporting

  • Maintain close engagement with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors to identify strategic budgeting and reporting needs and develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors to develop and utilize forward-looking, predictive models and activity-based financial analyses to assess financial risk and evaluate success of implementation of programs and business plans.
  • Recommend financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.

Accounting & administration

  • Represent the company to financial partners, including financial institutions, donors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc.
  • Conduct cash and asset management, including all ingoing and outgoing transfers of funds and payments
  • Coordinate closely with partner organizations in US and CR to ensure clear communication and excellent coordination between organizations.
  • Make certain that all legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions are followed appropriately.
  • Conduct timely and accurate bookkeeping for all organizational expenses and reconcile accounts and credit cards on a monthly basis.
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Work with auditor to conduct annual audit and any additional project audit required, consolidate audit with Costa Rican and US partner organization.
  • Ensure proper filing of tax returns.
  • Participate in organizational policy development.


The Director of Finance will be a proven financial manager with 5-10 years of finance experience, ideally in communicating and evaluating financial information and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership. S/he will ideally have experience managing finance functions (accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting) for a complex nonprofit with multiple funding sources and international partners. Experience managing federal government contracts and international subcontractors is desirable.

The Director of Finance will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A minimum of a BS; CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • Experience as Assistant Director or Director of Finance or equivalent, preferably in a nonprofit organization and experience with federal funding
  • Experience partnering with executive staff, resulting in the development and implementation of financial management strategies
  • Significant experience in or knowledge of nonprofit accounting, including sophisticated fund and grant accounting, and compliance, and preferably with federal agency reporting
  • Knowledge of accounting software and standard financial reports
  • Demonstrated knowledge of laws governing nonprofits in both the US and associations in Costa Rica
  • Demonstrated knowledge of both international accounting standards and GAAP
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in English and Spanish

Please send in resumes and an interest letter to dennisvasquez@osaconservation.org by the 16th November 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Osa

Volunteers are accepted year round for our sea turtle and general volunteer programs. For more information on our volunteer opportunities, send an email to volunteer@osaconservation.org.

Learn more about our volunteer program

Research Field Assistant Opportunities

Field assistant positions are posted according to availability but we have rolling application acceptance. These positions are 3 months – 1-year opportunities for post-grad students interested in hands-on field experience in tropical biology, ecology, sustainable agriculture, community involvement, and more! For more information on our field assistant positions, send an email to volunteer@osaconservation.org, or see our current job postings here:

Current Research Field Assistant Positions

Internships in Washington D.C.

Our Washington, DC office offers internships year-round, in the winter/spring (January – April), summer (May – August), and fall (September – December). Interns often assist in program and database management, communications and social media efforts, but other opportunities are available. Available internship positions are usually posted 1-2 months in advance of the upcoming semester, but applications are accepted year-round. To submit an application, send a resume and cover letter to info@osaconservation.org.

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