Fundacion Para La Tierra

At Para La Tierra, we specialize in training young biologists in the skills they need to enter further education or the job market. Based in Paraguay, the ‘heart of South America,’ we are the country’s only year-round research station. Over the past 9 years, we have published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and discovered a few new species for science. Along the way, over 250 interns have helped contribute to the better understanding of Paraguay’s understudied habitats.

 

Our research base is located in the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay, and the gateway to the Ñeembucú Wetland Complex (NWC). The NWC is composed of a mosaic of habitats, including grasslands, marches and humid Chaco. Deep forests lining the rivers and streams running through the area are bursting with wildlife, while river monsters the size of small cars lurk in the murky waters.

Fundacion Para La Tierra Pilar, Paraguay
May 10, 2019
Internship- Unpaid
Where the great Paraguay River meets the even larger Parana river, the water rebounds and overflows the banks.  The amazing delta system spreads for miles as two rivers converge and the water carves a giant network of underground tunnels, large sandy lakes, and slow flowing streams spread across the country side. The name of this area is the Ñeembucú Wetland Complex. Located in Southwestern Paraguay, this area has been heavily understudied. Home to giant stingrays, tiny minnows, hundreds of cichlids and squirmy eels, this mosaic habitat is certainly hiding new species for science. Para La Tierra is searching for talented and hardworking research interns to join our team in Paraguay for 3 to 6 months. Our internship program provides young biologists an opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the field, gaining hands-on experience running a research project of their own design. Before arriving, our interns are challenged to come up with a research topic, review the relevant literature, and create a methodology with the support of our intern-supervisor. Towards the end of the stay, all our interns give a final presentation in which they share the results of their study with the rest of the research team. The internship program is designed to give young scientists the opportunity to take control of every step of a scientific project. From conception to completion, our interns are in the driver seat. When was the last time that your professor gave you the option to choose what you wanted to study? When was the last time your boss told you to follow your own passion? At Para La Tierra, we specialize in training young biologists in the skills they need to enter further education or the job market. Based in Paraguay, the ‘heart of South America,’ we are the country’s only year-round research station. Over the past 9 years, we have published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and discovered a few new species for science. Along the way, over 250 interns have helped contribute to the better understanding of Paraguay’s understudied habitats. Our ichthyology team is focusing on establishing a bio-geographical inventory of species to define just how much the species communities vary by micro-habitat. By comparing the community structure found in the different areas of the delta system we hope to find areas of interest to evolutionary biology. This confluence is a meeting place of many species and the network of temporary floodplains often leads to extended isolation events. Whether you’ve a proven interest in ichthyology or just beginning your career as a conservation biologist, this internship gives you the opportunity to design your own project and execute a methodology of your own design. Our research base is located in the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay, and the gateway to the Ñeembucú Wetland Complex (NWC). The NWC is composed of a mosaic of habitats, including grasslands, marches and humid Chaco. Deep forests lining the rivers and streams running through the area are bursting with wildlife, while river monsters the size of small cars lurk in the murky waters. Come discover for yourself what Paraguay has to offer. Our interns finish the program taking away a long list of newly learned skills, a professional reference, and one heck of an experience to share at their next interview. But they also leave behind a great deal. All of our intern projects are directly involved in conserving this threatened habitat. The scientific investigations of the area help raise awareness of the ecological importance of Ñeembucu at both the national and international levels. The most successful projects are published in scientific journals, further raising the profile of Paraguay, and many interns make their way onto the author line for the first time in their early careers through their work with Para La Tierra.     The application period is rolling and there are no start or end dates, so the trip can be organized to suit the project and the person. Interns must be available to stay for a minimum of three months. Applicants must be over 18 years old and have or be working towards a degree in a biology related subject. Conversational English is required. To apply please email your CV to  paralatierra.py@gmail.com . Costs – Because the best things in life aren’t free.  $925 per month for the 1st 2 months and $875 for each subsequent month.   Para La Tierra charges interns to cover costs of room and board. The price includes all living costs during their stay with us. Interns receive three meals a day, a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and access to WiFi. The fee also covers the use of PLT’s scientific equipment, minor administrative costs associated with the stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects.  
Fundacion Para La Tierra Pilar, Paraguay
May 10, 2019
Internship- Unpaid
  Para La Tierra is searching for talented and hardworking research interns to join our team in Paraguay for 3 to 6 months. Our internship program provides young biologists an opportunity to step out of the  classroom and into the field, gaining hands-on experience running a research project of their own design.  Based in the center of the  Ñeembucú  Wetland System, Para La Tierra’s research team has been investigating the behavior, ecology, and social structure of the Black-&-Gold Howler monkey. Our research station offers an incredible opportunity to study these highly adaptable arboreal primates in a variety of different habitats, from  riparian  forests to the city parks.  As tropical forests continue to disappear, it is increasingly important to understand how wild animals can survive alongside human  population s.   P ara  L a  T ierra  is interested in understanding how the primates are affected by the urban environment of the city of Pilar , how  their behavior  varies from th at of the  groups located outside the city,  and what can be done to better protect the wild a n imals from the negative effects of the near constant human-wildlife interaction.       Primate  Behaviour Research Interns are  challenged to further our  collective  understanding of the Howler monkeys found in  Ñeembucú . With the help of our expert on-site primatologist,  each intern  create s their own  methodology, collect s   independent  data, analyse s their  results, and presen ts their  findings. The focus of the study will be completely defined  by the intern’s  own interests. Previous interns have studied:  Parasitology , Human-Wildlife Interactions, Acoustic  Behaviour , Social Structure,  and much more .      When was the last time that your professor gave you the option to choose what you wanted to study? When was the last time your boss told you to follow your own passion?      At Para La Tierra, we specialize in training young biologists in the skills they need to enter further education or the job market. Based in Paraguay, the ‘heart of South America,’ we are the country’s only year-round research station. Over the past 9 years, we have published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and discovered a few new species for science. Along the way, over 250 interns have helped contribute to the better understanding of Paraguay’s understudied habitats.     Our research base  is located in  the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay, and the gateway to the Ñeembucú Wetland Complex (NWC). The NWC is composed of a mosaic of habitats, including grasslands, mar s hes and humid Chaco. Deep forests lining the rivers and streams are bursting with wildlife, while river monsters the size of small cars lurk in the murky waters.     Come discover for yourself what Paraguay has to offer.     Our interns finish the program taking away a long list of newly learned skills, a professional reference, and one heck of an experience to share at their next interview. But they also leave behind a great deal.  All of  our intern projects are directly involved in  promoting the conservation of  this threatened habitat. The scientific investigations of the area help raise awareness of the ecological importance of  Ñeembucu  at both the national and international levels. The most successful projects are published in scientific journals, further raising the profile of Paraguay, and many interns make their way onto the author line for the first time in their early careers through their work with Para La Tierra.      Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit conservation organization that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research ,  community outreach  and environmental education .     The application period is rolling and  there are no start or end dates, so  the  trip  can be organized to suit the project and the person .  Interns  must be  available  to stay  for  a minimum of three month s.   Applicants must be over 18 years old and have or be working towards a degree in a biology related subject. Conversational English is required.  To apply please email your CV to    paralatierra.py@gmail.com .   Costs   –   Because the best things in life aren’t free.      $925 per month for the 1st 2 months and $875 for each subsequent month.     Para La Tierra charges interns to cover costs of room and board.  Th e  price includes all living costs during  their  stay with us.  Interns receive  three meals a day, a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and access to  WiFi . The fee also covers  the use of PLT’s scientific equipment,   minor  administrative costs associated with  the  stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects .