Director of Agroecology and Forest Restoration


The Azuero Earth Project [] is a United States tax-exempt organization (501-C-3) operating in Panama as the Proyecto Ecológico Azuero. The organization is dedicated to local education, reforestation and sustainable land stewardship on the Azuero Peninsula, on the Pacific Coast of Panama, about 100km west of Panama City.

The mission of the Azuero Earth Project is to preserve the earth’s ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable actions, and share knowledge.

The Azuero Earth Project facilitates connections among scientists, educators, students, planners and designers and local communities to explore advanced concepts for appropriate land use with a focus on developing simple, sustainable models for architecture, agriculture and development.

Position Profile

The Azuero Earth Project seeks a Director of Agroecology and Forest Restoration (DoAF). The DoAF will be someone interested in working with a small high-energy team dedicated to researching and communicating ecological and environmental issues in an international setting. The DoAF will perform the essential function of collaborating with local landowners to create a biological corridor prioritized by AEP’s GIS database of conservation priorities where land management strategies are focused on maximizing economic and social returns to investment while protecting biodiversity.

Primary Responsibilities

Reporting to the President, and working closely with the Program Director, the Director of Agroecology and Forest Restoration will:

  • Design framework, action plan, evaluation criteria and measurables for restoration program in prioritized conservation corridor using data collected as a part of AEP’s GIS database
  • Initiate implementation of restoration of prioritized land to connect forest patches, working with farmers and other landowners to determine best land management strategies that increase biodiversity while providing social and economic returns
  • Work with AEP to explore opportunities for grants, loans, returns on investment and financing for long-term support of the Corridor Project
  • Provide technical companionship to ensure the success of the program
  • Collaborate with government agencies, non-profits and funding organizations in the forestry sector
  • Coordinate collaborations with scientists, NGOs, educational institutions and botanists to enhance program functionality and resilience
  • Select, task and supervise volunteers and interns to the project
  • Maintain AEP tree and GIS databases and ensure availability to researchers and community collaborators pursuing projects on the Azuero
  • Represent the Azuero Earth Project to the local community at AEP events, including preparing maps, presentations and publications showcasing project results to donors and the local community
  • Incorporate GPS field information into the GIS database of conservation priorities
  • Manage and update the Azuero Earth Project website sections related to the Corridor Project, Tree Database, and GIS database of conservation priorities
  • Install and maintain computer hardware and software for AEP Pedasí office


We seek an individual with the following qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in forestry, agroecology, forest ecology or related field
  • Field experience in forest restoration and knowledge of neotropical dry forest species, tropical agroecosystems and landscape multifunctionality
  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish; working knowledge of English
  • Willingness to work long hours in the field under difficult and hot conditions
  • Experience with GPS field data collection and integration into software
  • Current knowledge and experience with ArcGIS, editing and managing geographic databases, working with satellite images, aerial photographs, and remote sensing software
  • Understanding of financial models for farm profitability and forestry economics
  • A passionate and demonstrated personal and professional commitment to the environment
  • Outgoing personality and ability to work well with local farmers, landowners, and government agencies
  • Ability to take initiative, lead a team, problem-solve, be technologically creative, and assume responsibility
  • Ability to adapt to a diverse work environment, patience, persistence and high attention to detail
  • Working knowledge of basic office information technology management
  • Ability to drive stick shift and 4 wheel-drive vehicles

    Salary & Benefits

    Salary is dependent on experience. Benefits include health insurance.

    Application Procedure

    Email your application to:

    Please send your resume, cover letter, three or more reference contacts, and samples of previous work (this could include links to previous projects, maps, presentations, publications). The cover letter should detail your experience, match of skills to the position, availability, and minimum salary requirement, as well as introduce any samples of past work included with the application. The deadline for submitting an application is March 31, 2013.

Pedasi, Panama,
Azuero Earth Project
Human Resources