Ecotourism Specialist

Job type: full-time position

Terms:  3 month trial with extension to long term contract based on the result of performance evaluation

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Start date: December 2016

Deadline for applications: December 2, 2016

Building on 15 years of success as a catalyst and convener, Sustainable Travel International is leading the charge toward a more just, mindful and responsible travel and tourism industry – one that protects the environmental, economic and social fabric of destinations globally and that is accountable for its impact in these areas. We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated professional who is inspired by our vision and wants to support the company’s work in Indonesia. This is a significant opportunity for someone who is looking for non-profit management experience in a global environment.

The goal of the Ecotourism Specialist is to promote and grow Sustainable Travel International’s reputation for high quality destination work that inspires lasting positive change for conservation and communities. The Ecotourism Specialist will play an integral role in supporting Sustainable Travel International’s work with USAID LESTARI in Central Kalimantan and Aceh, Indonesia.


The objective of LESTARI ecotourism activities is to facilitate the development of ecotourism as a sustainable alternative livelihood opportunity for targeted communities adjacent to important conservation areas in the LESTARI Landscapes as well as facilitate ecotourism development with local government. Sustainable Travel International (STI) is the LESTARI partner leading the identification and development of viable ecotourism opportunities and partnerships that will have the highest impact on achieving LESTARI’s key results. Because STI is not based in Indonesia, we are looking for an Indonesian Ecotourism Specialist to join the team full-time, who will be based in LESTARI’s Jakarta office.

The key responsibilities of this position will be to:

  • Coordinate with STI and manage initiated ecotourism activities on a day-to-day basis.
  • Strengthen the coordination between the Jakarta office, Landscape staff and STI international staff and program implementation in the field to ensure the continuity and consistent implementation of agreed upon activities.
  • Ensure the integration and synergies between ecotourism and other LESTARI landscape activities.
  • Communicate any inputs from the field (local government, local communities and other relevant stakeholder) to STI international staff and support the incorporation of inputs into the current work plan.  

Desirable Experience, Skills and Qualifications

Language: Fluent written and spoken Bahasa Indonesian and English

Education: A bachelor or master degree in tourism, development and planning, resource conservation, or a related field

Work Experience:

  • At least five years of demonstrated and successful program management experience
  • Experience with multi-lateral donor projects
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder participatory planning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Bahasa Indonesian
  • Availability to travel at short notice for extensive field work
  • Demonstrated community engagement experience, preferably related to development
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking stakeholder surveys, leading workshops, and capacity building training
  • Experience in ecotourism development, the tourism industry and local government is preferred
  • Experience in private sector business and marketing will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of the Landscapes ecotourism key stakeholders
  • Experience working to preserve ecosystems or human cultures is a strong plus
  • Able to work independently but also a strong team player and excellent communicator


Based on experience and skills and LESTARI staff benefits handbook.

How to apply

Apply in writing with a cover letter and Resume in English. Send to and include “Ecotourism Specialist Application” in the subject line on or before midnight on 2 December, 2016 ET.

About Sustainable Travel International

Humans are a nomadic species. Driven by our need for recreation, contemplation, connection and reflection, we are on the go. Besides being the world’s largest industry travel and tourism has enormous and unsustainable impact on energy, water, land and food use.

At Sustainable Travel International, we believe that people’s inherent wanderlust, their desire for new experiences and concern for the places they care for most can inspire the protection of the world’s natural and cultural bounty and generate economic opportunity in destinations that rely on visitors.

Since 2002, we have been charting a new course for travel and tourism — one that leads to a healthier environment, greater economic opportunity, social justice and the protection of natural and cultural resources.