Daniel pulled together some landscapes from the different activities and excursions at Tranquilo Bay and within Bocas del Toro. These are but a sample of what you might experience during your time at the lodge.
Daniel pulled together a great collection of some of the birds you may see onsite at Tranquilo Bay. Red-legged Honeycreeper, Blue Dacnis, Red-lored Amazon, and two Crowned Woodnymphs in all their glory. Makes me want to pick up a pair of binoculars and go outside. Come see for yourself as soon as you can!
We are looking for a chef/cook. We are looking for someone, preferably a Panamanian woman, to begin working with us as soon as possible so that we can do the training during what remains of low season.
This position is responsible for managing the kitchen and meals in their entirety. Menu planning is not the chef’s responsibility; however someone with the right experience may have this responsibility. Breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to 30 in the dining room and up to 12 staff each day. Our hotel is secluded – access to other islands is limited. Approximately 8 other staff members live on site in the staff dormitory. Our boat goes to town twice weekly for supplies, etc. Due to our secluded location and since our staff is housed on the premises, the environment is very much like being on a ship. It is vital that our chef is secure, friendly and teamwork oriented. It is key that our employees get along with others well, both guests and staff. We need a person who is healthy and highly dependable. English is not necessary (we have this job description in Spanish if you need it). We prefer a Panamanian for this position. This position calls for an individual who is professional and presentable. The chef position is a challenging yet rewarding one. Split shifts combined with a busy high season require a self-starter who is dedicated and remains focused on the job. Because of our location, it is very difficult to replace any of our crew. We do expect a commitment from our employees to stay at least a year. It is important that our applicants understand the operation and what responsibilities will be required of them. Under normal circumstances, our staff works a six or seven-day week for five weeks with a week off at the end of the five-week period. This schedule is dependent upon guest reservations. It is possible during high season that the leave week be delayed due to guests on site. During green season, employees may have extended periods of time off to travel the country or to relax after a busy high season.
We do not allow “partying” or dating within the staff living on site. We require that all staff abide by posted rules and regulations.
Generally there two people (who take turns) in the kitchen to help this person with meals and dish-washing, etc. following each meal. We need a person who is ready to work and does not have specific lines set about what is and is not a part of the job. This position is a great one for someone who thinks they are ready to have their own restaurant but does not yet have the funding to do so. This position allows someone to save money as it is impossible to spend money here. We do not need someone with experience. We will manage the responsibility level based upon the applicants and the ultimate hire.
The salary will be between $800 and $1200 a month and is completely dependent upon the applicant’s experience, etc. We pay transportation costs to and from this person’s home at the end of the five-week period by bus. We pay all social security and other governmental requirements. The person who fills this position will live on site. On site all meals are provided. Personal expenses are limited to mobile phone and personal toiletries. We do have internet which are available to this person during their off hours until 10:00 pm each night.
If you know of anyone who might fit this position, please have them contact me at info @ tranquilobay .com. Thanks.
After returning from vacation earlier this fall, Ramon was presented with an opportunity to watch this Double-toothed Kite right outside his apartment door. One must take advantage of these opportunities so he set up his camera in order for all of us to have a chance to take a look at this outstanding bird. Thanks Ramon!
This Monday, we have a birding video for you. We get a quick glimpse of the number of birds one might see at Bird Island and then a few longer clips of Magnificent Frigatebirds and Royal Terns. We hope you enjoy it.
It’s Monday, so its time for a video. Panama Eco Adventure Episode 8 highlights the bat cave near Bahia, Honda on Isla Bastimentos. This cave is an amazing formation in itself and then you add several bat species, an awesome kayak (not shown in this video) and a short hike through an indigenous owned farm and it makes for a very unique excursion. Enjoy.
Daniel Dickinson prepared an episode of Panama Wildlife for us focusing this week on butterflies and moths. All of these spectacular winged creatures are found on site at Tranquilo Bay. Many of our guests enjoy combing the grounds for the multitude of species that may be found here. Take a look.
This week’s video is an episode of Birding Panama. The hummingbirds are fun to watch directly from the balcony at the main building among many other locations. The Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds have claimed these feeders as their territory and fight pretty hard for it.