The Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) Division at the Field Museum seeks an experienced social scientist for a one-year grant funded position with possibility for renewal.
ECCo’s efforts identify, establish, and sustain protected areas and their buffer zones. We give equal consideration to landscape protection, cultural understanding, and sustainable livelihoods for local communities. We are an interdisciplinary team of anthropologists, ecologists, communicators, and educators. Our goal in the tropics is to put scientific knowledge to work for conservation of large tracts of intact habitat while ensuring sustainable livelihoods for people in the neighboring communities. ECCo’s tropical work focuses in the Andean foothills and lowland Amazon, primarily in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
This position reports to the Social Conservation Programs Manager with guidance from senior anthropologists and ecologists at ECCo. This position requires frequent travel to South America for fieldwork. This position is based in Chicago.
- Training in-country professionals (such as agronomists, forestry specialists, social scientists, and extension agents), including designing and leading workshops and data-analysis sessions
- Contributing to the work of the Rapid Inventories program by conducting social assessments
- Contributing to the conservation sustainability program, specifically using asset based methodologies for protected area sustainability, and building capacity of indigenous organizations and rural communities to sustainable land use plans
- Writing grant proposals, technical reports, publications, and other materials for dissemination
- Masters or PhD in anthropology, cultural geography, or a related interdisciplinary degree with a social science emphasis
- At least six years of experience implementing community-based conservation (grassroots compatible development) programs, or participatory action research methodologies
- Ample experience working with forest dwellers in Latin America, in the context of environment and sustainable development issues, Andes/ Amazon region experience preferred
- Experience in project development and management, and competency working both independently, and in a team working with multiple partners
- Must be able to maintain a flexible approach to project management and work planning, to take advantage of emerging opportunities
- Ability to work with diverse, multidisciplinary teams
- Complete fluency in spoken and written Spanish
- Facilitation and group management skills and
- Excellent communication, synthesizing and writing skills