Osa Conservation invites applicants to the 2022 Rainforest Science and Conservation Fellowship in Rare and Endangered Tree Conservation.
We are seeking innovative and ambitious early career scientists and graduate level students who are interested in researching the next big topics in tropical ecology, restoration, and conservation; and the best ways to tell the story of habitat and biodiversity conservation. If you want to live and work at our Osa Conservation Campus for 6 months in the heart of Osa Peninsula’s rainforest, in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region, then we want you to apply.
The selected fellow will:
Fellows will live at our Piro Biological Research Station in the Osa Peninsula. Located about 1 hour from the nearest town, the biological station is uniquely positioned to inspire and equip early career scientists. At the OC Campus, state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research, extraordinary landscapes and conservation technology fuse to create an elite field site.
Nestled in the heart of the Osa Peninsula, the surrounding geographic and biological uniqueness makes this an exceptional place to conduct research and tell conservation stories. The peninsula is a global biodiversity hotspot, with over 400 species of birds, 140 mammals, 115 amphibians, 500 trees and 6,000 insects, and exceptionally high levels of endemism and rarity. The research station is often visited by troops of endangered spider monkeys, Red-capped Manakins and White-lipped peccaries.
Within a single location, the OC Campus allows one to explore a diverse array of ecosystems including mature and secondary lowland and premontane forests, coastal and marine ecosystems, mangroves, lagoons and rivers. The campus boasts over 28 km of maintained trail system and a sprawling arboretum of over 301 species of rare, endangered and endemic trees.
Fellows will be immersed not only in a unique geographical setting, but also in an outstanding scientific community of local and international conservationists, biologists, media-specialists, educators and community outreach leaders. The team is led by renowned tropical ecologist and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Andrew Whitworth, Executive Director of Osa Conservation and Associate Researcher at University of Glasgow. Dr. Whitworth and the OC team of 20+ conservation practitioners and scientists.
6-months of room and board, including 3 meals/day
Equipment and supplies needed to complete fellowship activities
International travel to Costa Rica and domestic travel to the OCC
Monthly stipend to provide for personal expenses
Health and accident insurance while at OCC
6-month visa and all permits to conduct research
Please send your CV, a 1-page research proposal, and a short video* explaining why you are the best person for the fellowship (maximum 2 minutes) to Andres Santana [[email protected]]. Please include “Rare and Endangered Tree Fellow” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is 7 February, 2022.
*Make sure the security settings on your video allow anyone with the file to access and share it.