Job posting – BFREE Field Station Operations Manager

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

BFREE is looking to fill the position of Field Station Operations Manager immediately. The Operations Manager will work closely with and initially be the apprentice to BFREE Executive Director, Jacob Marlin, who co-founded and established the field station in 1995. The BFREE Field Operations Manager is responsible for managing all personnel and activities coordinated from the field station in Belize and will ensure the successful operations of the facilities on a daily basis.

A qualified candidate should be passionate about BFREE’s mission, possess excellent communication skills, be strong and hardworking, be both able to work as part of a team and in isolation, be resourceful and quick to solve problems, be willing to live off the grid and in very basic conditions,  and be comfortable in and stimulated by a dynamic work environment.

About BFREE:

BFREE’s mission is “to conserve the biodiversity and cultural heritage of Belize.” As the only field station in this biologically significant area, BFREE seeks to achieve its mission by successfully integrating scientific research, environmental education and conservation, while also enhancing sustainable development and providing alternative livelihoods for local community members. BFREE aims to help conserve the Bladen Nature Reserve, one of the last remaining unspoiled wilderness areas of its kind.

BFREE’s field season runs from late December through late June. Activity drops significantly during the summer and fall due to the rainy season. During the field season, BFREE is bustling with researchers, student groups (primarily from the US, Canada and from within Belize), and independent visitors. The months with less visitation are focused on infrastructure improvements, general maintenance and the development of new projects.

BFREE is also home to onsite conservation projects including the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center and an experimental cacao and coffee agroforest. These initiatives keep the field station and its staff active year-round.

Job Responsibilities:

The Operations Manager will live at BFREE, and report to the Executive Director. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Supervise staff of 10+ employees in a remote and active field station deep in the rainforest
  • Remain in frequent contact with BFREE’s Executive Director to report activities and issues at the field station
  • Manage use of tools, equipment and vehicles, maintain tracking system for employees and equipment
  • Work closely with visiting researchers, students, interns, and other visitors providing logistical and administrative support
  • Oversee administrative tasks such as accounting, payment of monthly bills, such as social security payments, hotel taxes, and other monthly payments
  • Conduct regular town trips to get food and other supplies
  • Work in conjunction with leadership staff to develop protocols for the field station and standards
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of regular and seasonal field personnel.
  • Ensure that safety policies, procedures, and practices are followed


  • Experience living and working in the tropics, preferably in the rainforests of Central or South America (comfortable in hot, humid, muddy and sometimes buggy conditions)
  • At least 1 year field research or project management experience
  • Ability to work entirely independently as well as in a group setting
  • Physical and mental strength to live full-time in a remote, off-the-grid field station alongside groups of students and full-time staff
  • Knowledge maintaining and managing facilities and equipment, including visitor and staff housing, vehicles and power tools
  • Ability to supervise building projects, both on a large and small scale
  • Effective problem solving skills and willingness to constantly adapt due to a dynamic work and living environment
  • Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities
  • Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others
  • Displays good judgment in ensuring safety and operational standards are met
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Valid Driver’s License; Ability to drive a variety of vehicles including those with standard transmission
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel)

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and three references and be submitted to


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