Forest Conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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Fundacion Runa

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Runa Foundation is implementing a project funded by the MacArthur Foundation to work with three pilot communities to develop integrative forest management plans. This includes sustainable forest management, agroforestry production, and community forest investment plans.

Our conservation interns will work with Runa Foundation staff in these three pilot communities to implement a baseline survey with community members to determine current forest management practices.

Intern Duties

  • Create a baseline monitoring system of extractive economic and non-economic activities that occur in communal forest reserves and protected areas.

  • Implement a household-level economic analysis of agricultural and non-agricultural economic activities.

  • Use GIS to create maps that outline areas of production, conservation, and communal reserves.

  • Create a feasibility study for generating payments for ecosystem services through a local water tax fund.


This internship is geared towards undergraduate and graduate students majoring in environmental science, policy, business, agriculture, or a related field. Proficiency in English and Spanish is required. Experience in Latin America and/or working in a rural setting is a plus.

Please send the following directly to our Program Manager, Lindsay McGeehon, at .

1. A simple resume

2. Letter of intent (including which project you are applying for and why you want to intern)

3. Two references (email addresses are OK)

If you are interested in working with us or have any questions about the internship program please send an email directly to

Dates are flexible throughout the year.


8 weeks room and program fees...........$1600

10 weeks room and program fees............$2000

Additional weeks...............................$200/week

Optional Homestay fee...........................$60/week

(Homestay includes all meals, lodging and transportation to/from homestay community)

*Program fees include living accommodations. Food and travel expenses are not included

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