Research Opportunity: Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America

$20,000 for 4-month research project on Latin American biodiversity conservation.

In partnership with a charitable foundation, is seeking an experienced researcher to work on a 4-month project that will analyze emerging trends in biodiversity conservation in Latin America. Working closely with both Mongabay and the foundation, the researcher would be expected to produce a series of written updates and a report (in English) on the findings.

Project Questions

  • What are the trends in conservation in Latin America, including Central and South America?
  • What approaches are the most effective? Examples could include government policies, activism, supply-chains policies, law enforcement
  • What types of groups (large, small, local, regional) are having success?
  • Do successful groups have certain characteristics?
  • What are tipping point trends in the region? Examples of past and current tipping point trends include PES like REDD+, certification, debt-for-nature swaps.

Research Process

  • The researcher would be in frequent contact with the supporting foundation
  • The researcher would likely conduct a number of interviews with relevant players (NGOs, foundations, policymakers, conservation scientists, etc.) on their views on trends, programs and current investments
  • The researcher would review recent scientific literature for relevant information and credible data on conservation outcomes
  •  We don’t expect the researcher to come in with a preconceived notion on what the most effective approaches to conservation in Latin America are, but having knowledge of the regional conservation landscape and dynamics will be helpful.


  • Strong research skills and writing skills are required
  • An ability to synthesize disparate data into useful information is required
  • An ability to work independently and meet deadlines is required
  • A background in conservation in Latin America is a strong plus


We can offer up to $20,000 in compensation for the 4-month project. No travel is required, but the researcher will likely need to conduct interviews via Skype, email, and other platforms.

To Apply


Submit both a resume and a 1-2 page letter on your background, specific examples of your applicable skills for this project, and why you feel you are the best fit. Please include specific examples of times when you have worked independently and produced significant results.

Submit your letter and Resume or CV to [email protected] by July 21, 2014 to be considered. Please do not send any other materials.

Special Note – this is not an application for journalistic endeavors, but for research only. Please tailor your application accordingly.