Sustainable Farm Research Field Assistant

Sustainable Farm Research Field Assistant 

Finca Osa Verde Mission: Finca Osa Verde is a working wildlife-friendly farm that supplies Osa Conservation’s field station kitchen and dining hall.  Our vision is to create a model for the region, where we can demonstrate sustainable, integrated farming techniques that can be easily adopted by local farmers – improving livelihoods and positively impacting the environment.

As a Research Field Assistant with Finca Osa Verde, you will help us maintain our sustainable wildlife-friendly farm and grow the food you and other visitors enjoy while staying with us. You will learn all about tropical agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture principles through hands-on experience, animal husbandry, and systems of farm management.

Below is a list of regular responsibilities:

  • Regular contact with Osa Conservation management/monthly reports
  • Work Monday-Friday from 6:30 am to 2 pm; Outside of the 5-day commitment, you’ll be able to assist on other projects, and help our staff with various small tasks to keep our station running smoothly.
  • Feed the animals, and helping maintain the greenhouses and animal enclosures.
  • Assist with weeding, harvesting produce, and sowing crops.
  • Giving presentations at local ecolodges and for student groups
  • General support around the station and on science programs

Important characteristics:

  • Farm life is not the easy life. You should be fit and healthy to participate. (There will be a lot of walking, bending, and lifting).
  • Problem solving skills
  • Able to work with little “day to day” guidance
  • Time management
  • Organized
  • Friendly, personable, comfortable with groups

Ideal candidates:

  • 6-12 month commitment study abroad or field experience
  • Spanish language
  • Basic experience in farming or animal husbandry
  • Interest in gaining more international experience, learning more about how a nonprofit works, gaining grant-writing experience

To apply, email at volunteer@osaconservation.org with subject line “RFA Sustainable Agriculture Application” with your resume and cover letter and the dates you are available to work in Costa Rica.