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Job Opportunities with Amazon Conservation

Three exciting positions are open at Amazon Conservation. Please scroll down to see all three. Come join our team and protect the greatest wild forest on Earth!

Conservation Programs Associate
Washington, DC

Description:
The Amazon Conservation Association is seeking a Conservation Program Associate to support grant-based fundraising along with grant and project management based in its Washington, DC office. The Program Associate will focus on researching and writing competitive grant proposals, identifying and following up on funding opportunities, and coordinating closely with our sister organizations in Peru (Conservación Amazónica - ACCA) and Bolivia (Conservación Amazónica - ACEAA). S/he will be responsible for program management, including grant reporting, financial reporting, donor relations, monitoring implementation and providing quality control of grant products. The Program Associate reports to and assists the Director of Programs and works closely with other DC staff members in daily program management and operations, strategic planning, and contributing to communications materials.

Responsibilities:

Grant writing (70%)

  • Write grant proposals including budget development
  • Prepare and submit high quality grant applications to donors
  • Assist in the formulation of project concepts and proposals in English and Spanish
  • Seek, research, and evaluate appropriate grant opportunities and support the development of a grant application plan at the beginning of each year
  • Create, manage and update the grants applications calendar (including cultivation activities) on a quarterly basis, and track progress of submitted proposals

Grant Management (30%)

  • Provide grant management support and technical backstopping to our sister organizations in Bolivia and Peru
  • Help draft and review narrative and financial reports for donors, including translating grant reports and other materials
  • Help maintain strong relationships with individual donors
  • Support management of ACA grant sub-agreements and budgets, disbursement requests, and modifications to grant implementation deliverables when needed

As a member of the Amazon Conservation team the Program Associate will carry out other activities that include: representing Amazon Conservation at events, conferences and other venues as needed; contributing to the writing & editing of annual reports, quarterly newsletters, and other institutional communications, coordinating with colleagues in the Amazon Conservation-DC office via weekly meetings and quarterly reports; Support preparation and execution of meetings of the Board of Directors; and  supporting the internship program.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) and 3-5 years of experience and PROVEN record of excellent grant writing/fundraising in biodiversity conservation or development sector
  • Professional competency in Conservation, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, International Development or related
  • Full professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is a MUST
  • Excellent research skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform well in fast-paced, cross-cultural team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain close working relationships
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 4-6 times annually

To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject title “Conservation Program Associate.” Due to the high volume of applications, the organization will only reply to finalist candidates. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please. 

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Administrative Coordinator
Washington, DC

Amazon Conservation is looking for an energetic and versatile administrative professional for a full-time position based in Washington DC. This position will provide administrative support and coordination to the DC team with a focus on finance and operations, and development and communications. The Administrative Coordinator’s activities  will be focused on assisting the Director of Finance and the Development and Communications Manager to carry out work that will strengthen the capacity and efficiency of operations for the Washington, D.C. office. The candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels, both internal and external to Amazon Conservation. The administrative Coordinator will report to the Deputy Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform basic bookkeeping activities by entering and processing invoices for the organization into Bill.com
  • Enter expenses and donations into Quickbooks and perform monthly reconciliation in collaboration with the Finance Director
  • Work with the Communications and Development Manager on special events and mailings
  • Support the monthly reconciliation of Quickbooks and Salesforce CRM database
  • Update Salesforce and Mailchimp databases to ensure data integrity with respect to all contact lists, including doing timely data entry on incoming donations and assisting with entering contact information for key funders, supporters and stakeholders
  • Serve as initial point of contact for the organization (e.g. answer phones, redirect calls, sort through the mail) and redirect inquiries to staff as relevant
  • Assist in maintaining and updating grant documentation, internal deadlines and presentations
  • Coordinate all logistics for board meetings, weekly staff meetings, and other meetings as needed
  • Provide administrative operations support for meetings such as preparing meeting materials, presentations and documentation as needed
  • Maintain the efficient operations of the office by monitoring/maintaining supplies, office equipment, and general office cleanliness
  • Maintain files and records with effective filing systems
  • Manage all DC-office technology needs and staff questions
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the Programs team
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with 3+ years’ experience in a professional office environment
  • Proficiency in MS Office with expertise in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Proficiency in Quickbooks or Quickbooks Online
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Ability to learn new technologies and software quickly
  • Detail oriented and comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment
  • Ability to analyze and revise operating practices to improve efficiency
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication and organization skills
  • Self-starter
  • Demonstrates energy, optimism, and passion for helping others

To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject title “Administrative Coordinator.” Due to the high volume of applications, the organization will only reply to finalist candidates. No phone calls, please.

 

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One Position is currently open with a partner of Amazon Conservation, Amazon Journeys

GENERAL MANAGER, AMAZON JOURNEYS
LIMA, OR PUERTO MALDONADO, PERU

POSITION SUMMARY

IMPORTANT:  

  • Application package should include: Curriculum vitae, Letter of interest, specifying specific experience in growing a tourist business and 3 professional references.
  • Application will be received through April,7th , 2019  to the mail rrhh@amazonjourneys.pe, with subject line "PF001-2019".
  • Applications will be evaluated and only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants who do not comply with the established indications, will be automatically disqualified from the process.
  • Download the full job listing here.

1. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Amazon Journeys is a fast-growing, Peruvian nature tour company that operates three lodges in the biodiversity hotspot of the Andes Amazon region. The lodge properties total 10,000 acres, include nearly 60 miles of trails, and are located in the buffer zone of Manu National Park.  They feature a total of 24 cabins, 5 dormitories, 3 laboratories, 3 dining halls, and other accessory buildings, and host tourists, researchers and field courses. Two of the lodge properties are accessible by road from Cusco and located along Manu Road, the famed birding route, and the third is located by road and boat from Puerto Maldonado in the lowland Amazon.

Amazon Journeys has offices in Puerto Maldonado and Cusco, and employs over 30 staff committed to providing excellent product and service to its guests.

Amazon Journeys’ main niche target markets, and the ones where marketing efforts are directed, are birdwatching, nature lovers, nature photographers and other similar.

The company’s environmental and social mission is to unite science, innovation and community to protect the western Amazon, the greatest wild forest on earth.

2. DESCRIPTION

The General Manager will be the legal representative for the company, responding directly to the shareholders. S/He will be the strategic business leader for the company and responsible for its overall success, which includes financial sustainability, an exceptional guest experience, well-trained and motivated staff, and a demonstrated commitment to conservation.

The General Manager will oversee all aspects of the operation including legal and tax representation, business planning, budgeting, pricing, facilities and maintenance, product development, sales and marketing, customer service, health and safety compliance, food and beverage, reservations and logistics, human resources, housekeeping, attractions, and guest services.

3. FUNCTIONS

  • Financial Management: Supervise the finance and admin department and prepare annual operating and capital budget, comply with legal, operational and tax requirements, prepare ad-hoc financial reports that will allow an effective cost control as well as a solid basis for decision-making.
  • Marketing and Sales: Develop sales and marketing plans with the goal of increasing revenue by at least 20% annually. Target marketing to birding, nature, photography, and similar tourist niche markets. Promote Amazon Journeys in national and international hospitality industry platforms (bird fairs, conferences, magazines, guide-books, websites and similar).
  • Security, Health and Safety: Ensure a safe and secure environment for guests and staff, in compliance with approved policies and procedures, and local regulatory requirements. Coordinate with local authorities as necessary.
  • Product Development: Develop and maintain a compelling product and guest experience. Establish and implement services and programs that meet or exceed guest expectations. Maintain product and service quality standards by conducting ongoing evaluations.
  • Operational Management: Ensure efficient operations that delivers a superior product and guest experience. Monitor performance through verification and analysis of guest satisfaction systems and other tools.
  • Personnel Management. Oversee all staff teams, and maintain a highly functional team, promote positive morale, and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Facilities Management: Implement a facilities plan that promotes a superior guest experience, makes efficient use of existing buildings and infrastructure, contemplates incremental upgrades as necessitated by anticipated growth, and ensures that all investments can be adequately protected.
  • Conservation: Ensure that the 10,000 acres of lodge property contribute to conservation of Amazonian forests by ensuring that site plans reflect forest and wildlife conservation priorities. Communicate conservation information and values to visitors, coordinating with scientists and program staff where necessary, for effective implementation of mission related science, education and conservation programming.

4. REQUIREMENTS

  • At least five to eight years of professional experience in hospitality-related environments with an international outlook.
  • Demonstrated success and experience growing revenue sources, targeting marketing to birding, nature, photography, and similar tourist niche markets
  • Experience with facilities management in weather demanding locations
  • Experience with the development and implementation of strategic plans and initiatives to grow sales and revenues through successful marketing initiatives.
  • Passionate and experienced about exceeding guests’ expectations.
  • Financial and business acumen to ensure financial long-term stability of the organization.
  • Strong team ethic, with demonstrated success in organizational or collaborative leadership.
  • Effective in public speaking and serving as an organizational spokesperson with a wide variety of stakeholders, respecting local and rural contexts.
  • Diplomatic and even-tempered with diverse audiences and in high-pressure situations.
  • Leadership skills and ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration, to inspire and motivate others toward stated goals.
  • Strong connection with and passion for the mission of Amazon Conservation.
  • Necessary: English and Spanish fluency in speech and writing.
  • Willingness to travel frequently at national and international level.
  • Desirable: an extended network of contacts related to the international adventure and nature related travel, with emphasis on Latin America and the Amazon.

5. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Suitable candidates shall apply through April, 7th , 2019 to the email: rrhh@amazonjourneys.pe, with subject line PF001-2019.

Application package shall include:

  • CV
  • Letter of interest, specifying specific experience in growing a tourist business.
  • 3 professional references.

 

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Steven Panfil on an ACA expedition. Photo: Raechel Running

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Guards or promotores of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: Nigel Pitman

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