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Job Opportunities with ACA

We currently have two open job opportunities. The Research and Director of Science and Research will be based with our sister organization Conservacion Amazónica-ACCA in Peru and the Program Associate will be based at our DC office.

Director of Science and Research


The Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA, by the Spanish acronym for La Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica) is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve biological diversity through effective policies that lead to sustainable land-use practices and environmental protection. ACCA seeks to hire a Director of Science and Research to be based in Lima. 

The Director of Science and Research is responsible for directing, promoting, managing, regulating, and systematizing the science, research, and education activities of the organization, with particular emphasis on activities carried out at ACCA’s three biological stations. Similarly, an important component of this position is to communicate these findings and work within the national and international science and conservation communities, and to maintain fluid communication with researchers, academics, donors, local leaders, students, and national and regional authorities in Lima, Madre de Dios, and Cuzco.

The main objective of the Director is to position ACCA’s biological stations as leaders in research of ecosystems of the Andes-Amazon region through the pursuit and promotion of research and funding opportunities that also contribute to the stations’ financial sustainability.

The Director will:

  • Report and coordinate their actions directly with the Executive Director of the organization.
  • Coordinate closely with the directors of regional offices, management of the biological stations, and the headquarters of our partner Amazon Conservation Association in Washington, D.C.
  • Supervise the work of the Science and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators at ACCA’s biological stations.


  • Develop and present to the Board of Directors a research plan for the organization, promoting key research priorities that improve the effectiveness of our conservation efforts.
  • Develop and implement a research plan for each of the biological stations, according to research priorities defined to ensure compliance with contractual commitments and institutional goals.
  • Propose to the Board of Directors the processes and policies that allow for the improved implementation of research activities.
  • Analyze the scientific aspects of our programs and projects, and propose, formulate, or revise methodologies to be used as needed.
  • Oversee the research scholarship program and, in coordination with the Science Coordinators, provide technical support to scholarship recipients.
  • Disseminate at the national and international level the services offered by ACCA, creating connections with researchers and professors at national and foreign universities to encourage them to conduct their research at ACCA’s three biological stations.
  • Lead the systematization and dissemination of information produced by scientists to regional and national authorities so that it can be used for the implementation of public policy.
  • Oversee the follow-up and maintenance of a database of key performance indicators and other information about station visitors and activities.  
  • Support the Science Coordinators of the biological stations to develop research lines and in the publication of their findings.
  • Contribute to the identification and search for researchers, courses, and other potential users of ACCA’s biological stations.
  • Actively search for and develop proposals for the funding of research projects and for the maintenance and implementation of science programming at the biological stations.
  • Lead the volunteer program at the biological stations, creating priority volunteer activities and projects at each station.
  • Organize training courses at the biological stations as part of the implementation of the Science and Research Program.
  • Represent ACCA at events, trips to the field, and in any other public setting, particularly those related to science.
  • Actively participate in national and international conferences in order to promote scientific research at ACCA’s biological stations.
  • Participate in the organization’s strategic planning efforts, contributing  specific requirements related to your area of expertise and experience.


  • Professional in Biology, Forestry, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field with a minimum of 3 years of scientific fieldwork in rural areas in the Andes-Amazon region.
  • Master’s or PhD preferred in themes related to conservation and biodiversity management in ecosystems of the Andes-Amazon.
  • Required: excellent oral and written communication in English and Spanish (Reading, speaking, and writing in English must be at a level of full professional competency).
  • Highly Preferred: Peruvian candidates or candidates with extensive experience working in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Ability to coordinate with multiple actors and work as part of a team and to develop activities in diverse cultural settings.
  • Good physical condition to work in remote locations under extreme conditions.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 60% of the time.
  • Knowledge of computer systems for biological data analysis (ideally ArcGIS, Maxent, Distance, R, etc.)
  • At least three publications in indexed and peer-reviewed scientific publications; of these, at least two as the principal author.
  • Specialization in ornithology and/or experience or interest in birdwatching would be considered a plus.

Application Details:
Send a resume and cover letter, as well as:

  • Salary history
  • Salary expectations
  • Three professional references

Mail the following documents to the email address: with a subject line that indicates you are applying for the "Director of Science and Research" position. Only selected candidates will be contacted. 


Program Associate


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 position will be focused on research and writing to develop competitive grant proposals, identifying and following up on funding opportunities, and coordinating closely with our sister organizations in Peru (ACCA) and Bolivia (ACEAA). The Conservation Program Associate will also be responsible for program management, including grant reporting, financial reporting, maintaining donor relations, and oversight of implementation and grant products. The position also includes assisting the Director of Programs and other DC staff members in daily program management operations, strategic planning, and contributing to communications materials.


Grant writing (45%):

  • Write grant proposals and prepare and submit grant applications, including budget development
  • Assist in the formulation of project concepts and proposals in English and Spanish
  • Seek, research, and evaluate appropriate grant opportunities. This includes developing a grant application plan at the beginning of each year

Grant Management (40%):

  • Support ACA in providing grant management support and technical backstopping
  • Help draft and review narrative and financial reports for donors
  • Support management of ACA grant budgets, including management of sub-agreements, disbursement requests, and changes to grant implementation deliverables
  • Assist ACA in maintaining strong relationships with funders, partners, advisors and others
  • Assist Director of Programs in monitoring & evaluating project advances, timetable, budget & deliverables

Other duties (15%)

  • Raise ACA's profile by attending or presenting at events, conferences and other venues as needed
  • Contribute writing & editing to annual report, quarterly newsletter, and other institutional communications.
  • Coordination with colleagues in the ACA-DC office via weekly meetings and quarterly reports.
  • Support preparation and execution of meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Support Internship Program


  • At least a Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) and 3-5 years of experience and PROVEN record of excellent grant writing/fundraising in biodiversity conservation sector
  • MUST have professional competency in Conservation, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, International Development or related
  • Full professional proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is a MUST
  • Proven experience using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation is a plus
  • Excellent research skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with coordinating fundraising strategies and activities
  • Familiarity with tropical forest conservation issues
  • Ability to perform well in fast-paced, cross-cultural team environment
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 4-6 times annually
  • Sense of humor essential

Please email your résumé, a cover letter, and a list of 2 references to (subject line: Program Associate application). No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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Steven Panfil on an ACA expedition. Photo: Raechel Running

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Working with the high-andean community of Quico. Photo: Steven Panfil

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

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Crossing the river on a raft to the Haramba Queros Wachiperi Ecological Reserve. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Staff and board members celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: ACCA

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