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Academic Program Coordinator 2024

We are pleased to announce the position of Academic Programs Coordinator, beginning May 13, 2024. The successful applicant will be based at the ASA’s field site in Peru’s Madre de Dios Department.


POSITION: Academic Programs Coordinator

LOCATION: Finca Las Piedras, Madre de Dios, Peru

POSITION DURATION: May 13 – November 8, 2024 (6 months)

START DATE: May 13, 2024




The Academic Programs Coordinator works closely with ASA academic faculty and staff to facilitate ongoing educational programs, including the Volunteer and Internship Programs, as well as other academic programs as required. The Academic Programs Coordinator is part of the public face of the ASA’s programs in Peru, and is part of a dynamic team of researchers, conservation and development professionals, and students from around the world.




Internship Program

The ASA runs an Internship Program at Finca Las Piedras, which is designed to give those with an interest in tropical biology, sustainable tropical agriculture, and/or biodiversity conservation the chance to gain direct, hands-on experience in those domains. The Academic Programs Coordinator is the immediate supervisor and first point of contact for interns staying at Finca Las Piedras, and is responsible for overseeing their activities and managing day-to-day operations regarding the program.


Volunteer Program

The Coordinator also oversees participants of the ASA’s Volunteer Program at Finca Las Piedras, and works closely with the Scientific Director to manage day-to-day operations and facilitate the program generally.


Other Duties

The Coordinator will also assist other ASA faculty and staff in facilitating other academic programs, including visits from local school groups, national and international university groups, and others.


Social Media

The Academic Programs coordinator contributes to outreach efforts on social media. The Coordinator is required to regularly create original material regarding ASA’s academic programs for distribution across a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and blog posts.



·        6 month commitment required

·        Minimum bachelor’s degree in natural or environmental sciences, education, or related field

·        Fluency in English (required)

·        At least basic Spanish (preferred)

·        Experience working/living abroad, especially in the tropics (preferred)

·        Teaching experience (preferred)

·        Enthusiasm and strong work ethic

·        Flexibility in schedule and work environment

·        Maturity/must live with and work well with others in close setting

·        Excellent physical condition

·        Traveler’s insurance (proof required upon acceptance)

·        CPR/first aid certification (proof required upon acceptance)



Upon arrival at Finca Las Piedras, the successful applicant will undergo an intensive, two-week training period, including an overview of current projects spanning the ASA’s three interrelated focal areas: biological research and monitoring, sustainable tropical agriculture, and community engagement and education, as well as the methodologies used for research and outreach work in those areas. The Coordinator will be supervised and trained informally throughout the duration of their term at Finca Las Piedras.



Monthly salary is 850 USD/month. Room and board is also provided on-site at Finca Las Piedras, 7 days per week, for the duration of the appointment (although work is only required M-F). Work-related local transportation, including pickup from the Puerto Maldonado airport (PEM) or bus terminal, is covered. The applicant is responsible for their international flight to Peru, including airfare, taxes, airport fees, flight insurance, etc., and domestic air or land travel to Puerto Maldonado.



The following are required to apply for this position:


1.      A cover letter of interest

2.      Current CV/resume with contact information for two references

3.      Most recent unofficial university transcript


Completed applications should include each of the three required items, and should be submitted as a single PDF document, in the order listed above, by the application deadline (March 5, 2024). Document title should read: “last name”_ “Coordinator Application”.pdf


Send completed applications to: with “Academic Programs Coordinator application” in the subject line.

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