Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) was founded in 2007 with the purchase of
100 acres and the establishment of the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) in the
western province of Manabí, Ecuador, between the cities of Jama and
Pedernales, and four kilometers inland. Now encompassing over 1,000
acres, the Jama-Coaque Reserve actively protects one of the last remaining
fragments of Pacific Equatorial Forest, which is considered to be one of the
most threatened tropical forests in the world. Learn more at

Internship Opportunities: Interns are to take on high-impact and dynamic
projects; we are a young organization forging our path as we discover it.
There is a tremendous amount of work to be done and experience to be
gained – for interns and for us. Above all, creativity, innovation, and self-
motivation are the fuel of our intern program. Immediately surrounding the
house we are designing/growing/building a living laboratory of sustainable
resource management (i.e. permaculture), which also serves as our field
station for field biological research and forest monitoring.

We are offering two optional courses with this internship, to be taught
throughout the two-month duration.  The first is a Permaculture Design
Certification course, and the second a GIS workshop. The main objective of
the GIS workshop is to provide participants with the basic skills needed to
use GIS in their research. We work with QGIS, a free open source GIS
software that has evolved during the last few years as an ESRI competitor.
There is a difference in price based on whether you choose to take the PDC
course or the GIS workshop; please visit our website for more information:

In addition to work managing the agroforestry production zone and organic
vegetable garden, each intern is assigned a personal project, which is akin
to ainternship project. Generally speaking, there are three categories of
personal projects: 1) conservation biology research, 2) sustainable food
production, and 3) appropriate technology.

The following is a list of some of the projects we’re looking to tackle during
the upcoming sessions. Some are new projects and others are ongoing and
multi-year projects. Projects with stars next to them are of high interest and
priority. When applying please prioritize three projects from the list below in
the order of most interest.

Flora & Fauna Research:
•*Ethnobotany* (requires strong Spanish-speaking skills)
•*Native Seed Bank Nursery* (requires strong Spanish-speaking skills)
•*Water Quality Measurements* (knowledge of aquatic macrofauna is an
•*GIS Research* (mapping of the JCR, related mostly to another Flora &
Fauna Research Project, probable slight difference in the internship price)
• Camera trap survey of wild felines (ocelot, jaguarundi)
•*Monkey Troop Demography & Behavioral Study (Mantled howler monkeys
& critically endangered Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchins)
•*Herpetofauna survey* (reptile and amphibian diversity and abundance)
• Ornithology Survey – (ornithology experience and Spanish-speaking skills)

Sustainable Food Production:
•Production Zone Intensive – Focused on increasing food production, crop
zonification & rotation, plant propagation, care/maintenance, integrated
pest management and food preservation (ie, canning)
•*Natural Building* – bamboo, adobe walls, enlarging our kitchen
•*GIS mapping of our irrigation systems*

Appropriate Technology:
•*Building a bike-powered & solar system using transforming human & solar
power into electricity for the Bamboo House*
•*Build a cacao fermenter*
•Design and build a non-electrical refrigerator

Spring Internship Dates: March 19 – May 15, 2015

Spring Application Deadline: Monday, January 19, 2014

To see a complete program description, please visit our “Internship” page
on our website at Here you can
download the application form and contact details, as well as other media,
such as photos, video, and the program FAQ. NOTE: When applying to the
internship, please make sure to specify in your e-mail subject that you are
applying for the Spring session, and whether you are interested in taking
the PDC course or GIS workshop.

We look forward to working with you!

Eva Filipczykova
Internship & Research Coordinator
Third Millennium Alliance
Jama, Ecuador