Green Planet Ventures (GPV) is a social enterprise that works in the interface of Environment and Development. We provide opportunities for students to apply their research skills and develop these further conducting field research in tropical forest conservation, climate change mitigation and sustainable development; studying environmental and social dynamics.
Forests are one of the most important ecosystems to preserve life on the planet and mitigate climate change. However, they are under serious threat due to human needs of social development. Hence, our focus on catalysing research to understand these complex social and ecological interactions.
The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, so we aim to aid their professional development to help equip our future leaders with the tools to preserve our planet for future generations.
GPV provides a service to students and graduates, to help develop their career, this being as part of a holiday, volunteering and/or internship experience. Our current programme is located in Costa Rica, with base in a tropical forest nature reserve that also operates a research station. The students/ graduates can apply for specific positions within projects currently underway; or can contact us to arrange their own research (as professionals or for dissertation purpose).
As an assistant within the environmental monitoring team of Iguazu National Park authority, you will be involved in water quality assessments, monitoring road kills and surveying Jaguar populations amongst other activities.
The Iguazu water falls system is the biggest in the world. Iguazu National Park also protects the largest remnant of Atlantic Forest in existence. It is considered to be the second most diverse ecosystem in the world (after the Amazon) and one of the most endangered of extinction, as only less than 8% of the original habitat remains. The park is inhabited by many threatened species such as the jaguar, Vinaceus-brested parrot, Broad-snouted caiman and others. Due to its global importance, the Water Falls and surrounding forest was the first protected area of Brazil designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, also nominated Biosphere Reserve.
The park receives 1.5 million visitors a year to see the falls, with a potentially high environmental impact on the flora and fauna of the area, inflicted not only by the visitors but also by the infrastructure needed to serve the visitors. So, the national park authority is constantly busy monitoring the impacts to set mitigating measures. The species target of the studies is the Jaguar for being an endangered species, not only affected by the volume of visitors, but also by other impacts such as road kills that affect the food chain for killing some of its preys.
The objective of the internship is to assess environmental impacts caused by visitors to the National Park to inform mitigating measures.
The candidates for this position are required to have strong interest and or background in environmental management as well as an attitude for field research.
You will assist the national park environmental officers in their endeavours to monitor visitors’ environmental impact and the Jaguar population. So you will be required to participate in field surveys for which a responsible attitude to work in the field is required as well as respect and sensitivity for the natural environment.