About Amazon Frontlines

Amazon Frontlines works to defend Indigenous rights to land, life, and cultural survival in the Amazon rainforest. Alongside Indigenous Peoples, our mission is to protect some of the most biodiverse rainforests on Earth.

Description of Work

Amazon Frontlines is searching for a full-time Field Coordinator to join our Monitoring and Mapping team.  Your job is to accompany community land patrols of various Indigenous nationalities in order to strengthen their capacity and support their long-term autonomy in the use of monitoring technologies.  Along with a strong technical background in mapping and monitoring, you will have a passion for putting your boots on and applying your skills directly while walking in the rainforest.  Working closely with our Indigenous partners, community leaders and monitors in the Amazon, you will also play a critical role in co-creating and implementing territorial defense strategies that support communities’ rights to self-determination.

This is a chance to be at the center of a dynamic and passionate multicultural network of people who are deeply invested in the fight to protect the Amazon, Indigenous cultures, and our global climate. You should be ready to live and share the daily struggles of Indigenous peoples in the Western Amazon and committed to building a successful grassroots movement based on hard work, humility, mutual respect and honest partnership. The job would be a great fit for someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and who is able to think strategically and creatively in order to support the struggles and initiatives of our Indigenous partners.

The Role (aka what you’ll do):

  • Develop, jointly with the Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines Rights team, monitoring and land defense strategies and implementation plans with Indigenous partners.
  • Accompany and support the facilitation of assemblies, socializations, and meetings with indigenous communities and authorities.
  • Build, coordinate and implement community field trainings in the use of monitoring and mapping strategies and technologies, including GPS, drone, camera traps, mapping software, deforestation alerts, video, photography and archiving techniques;
  • Research current and potential threats to indigenous lands and help in the creation of reports, maps and other visual materials needed for community-processes, legal actions and online digital resources.
  • Help organize/coordinate community land patrols, regular field visits and monthly monitoring reports
  • Provide technical support to document and organize evidences of land invasions, illegal activities and pollution in order to feed legal and communication strategies at the local, national and international levels;
  • Write compelling and accessible reports, blogs and social media content to profile the work of the mapping and monitoring team.
  • Play a key role in proposal writing and grant reporting as well as broadening philanthropic partnerships for Mapping and Monitoring initiatives.

Who you are and must-haves to be successful in the role:

  • You are passionate about our mission and value and working in a diverse, multicultural team isn’t new to you.
  • You have experience working with Indigenous communities, preferably in the Amazon, and embrace the importance of supporting autonomy as a long term strategy.
  • You are experienced and comfortable working in the field and remote rainforest conditions, sometimes over many days.
  • You have experience giving training on the use of monitoring technologies.
  • You demonstrate humility and curiosity when giving and receiving feedback.
  • You love to wrestle with ideas in a kind and curious way and are hard to rattle and ready to laugh.
  • Our team and partners speak a variety of languages, but the majority of day-to-day interactions and project management, and staff supervision will be in Spanish, so you will need the Spanish-language skills to function at a high level in that environment. English language skills are an asset for communications and fundraising. Language skills will be assessed as part of the hiring process.

Location:

Position based full time in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, with availability to travel to territories when necessary.

How to apply?

Submit your resume, cover letter telling us why you are the ideal person for the position to the following link: https://amazonfrontlines.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33&source=aWQ9MjI%3D

A writing sample will be requested after an initial screening.

Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis. The position will remain open until filled.

Amazon Frontlines offers equal opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination based on race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, or any other legally protected status or classification.

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