Guayaquil native, Ernesto Vaca, began working in 1986 as a field assistant for the project, “Repopulation of land birds in the burnt area of Sierra Negra volcano, Isabela Island, Galápagos.”
It was a matter of time for his mind and soul to become part of the islands, so in 1989, as he finished his biology career, he became a naturalist of the Galápagos National Park. He has been in touch with nature ever since, learning about her ways and turning himself into a disciple of nature’s protection.
In the wakes that the islands produce, Ernesto has had the fortune of working as a park ranger, directing the Interpretation Center of the Park Service in San Cristóbal; a technician of Fundación Natura leading the project, “Management of solid wastes in the Galápagos”; has written a short introductory book about the Galápagos; been published on the internet; and created and brought scouting as a social project to the islands, becoming the very first Boy Scout of the archipelago and involving dozens of children of San Cristóbal and Sta. Cruz islands into this fantastic adventure of protecting the islands through scouting.
As well as being a naturalist, Ernesto is a firefighter with expertise in Homeland Security, thus working as a Provincial Director of Risk Management for the Galápagos from 2011 to 2013.
Although he is an experienced naturalist and lecturer, Ernesto considers himself an enthusiastic apprentice, excitedly discovering along with those that accompany him on his explorations of the Galápagos.