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Apply to be the 2015 NESA Eagle Scout Amazon Biologist

Deadline extended to May 1, 2015.

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) has expanded its special projects to place Eagles on expeditions. These unique experiences provide an entry into the world of exploration. In 2015, NESA will select an Eagle Scout to participate in field experiments at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) in the eastern Ecuador Amazon rainforest. The program was highly successful and will be offered again. The Eagle will be accompanied by an adult, preferably a family member.

This is a spectacular opportunity to experience different biological disciplines! TBS resides in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, the Yasuni Reserve, deep in the Amazon rainforest. TBS is operated and staffed by University de San Francisco Quito (USFQ) and is affiliated with Boston College. Students and researchers who attend TBS are supported by good accommodations, meals, and health resources.

The Eagle will assist in the installation and monitoring of an important camera trap program to document the diversity of wildlife. Some animals have never been seen except in very rare photos from this system. This area has the highest concentrations of jaguar and ocelot in the world but it also has cougar, tapir, peccaries, capybara, giant armadillo, anteaters, and a host of smaller rare carnivore and herbivore species. Spectacular birds, insects, and arachnids are in abundance. There are other opportunities for the interested participant. Primate researchers are often there because of the multiple monkey species and scientists in other disciplines are common. Very interesting canopy walks are available in this Amazonian paradise.

Eagle Scouts who are qualified and would like to be considered for this wonderful opportunity must submit a 250 word essay submitted to NESAbiologist@Scouting.org with the subject line of Eagle Scout AMAZON Biologist, no later than midnight, May 1, 2015. Finalists will be required to submit a 3 minute YouTube video within a week of announcement expressing reasons to support their selection.

To qualify as the 2015 Eagle Scout Biologist, candidates must:

  • Be an Eagle Scout
  • Be 18 years of age by June 1, 2015
  • Major or intend to major in a biological science in college or graduate school
  • Be prepared to blog, speak, write, and be interviewed on behalf of Scouting to report on the trip, what it means to him personally, and how Scouting prepared him for this.
  • Either have a current passport or obtain one no later than May 30, 2015
  • Submit an essay no more than 250 words on why you are the best person to go on an expedition to the Amazon rainforest as the 2015 Eagle Scout Biologist. This must be submitted no later than midnight May 1, 2015.

The person selected to be the 2015 Eagle Scout Biologist will be notified May 8, 2015.

Costs for the selected candidate and companion will be paid by NESA except for about $1000. Dates for this approximately 10 day trip will be between July and September and be decided by mutual availability.

For additional information about the project, visit the Tiputini or University of San Francisco Quito websites. http://www.usfq.edu.ec/programas_academicos/Tiputini/Paginas/About-us.aspx