Conservation Biologist Required – Islands Restoration Programme

Closing Date: Friday 8 April 2016

Project background

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), has been working on and restoring island biodiversity for the past thirty years. The focus have been removing invasive species, replanting native vegetation, monitoring and reintroducing threatened bird and reptile species.

The position

We are looking for a highly self-motivated and conscientious individual to work on the offshore islands within our project teams to:

– ensure island biosecurity is maintained and to remove emergent threats caused by invasive species introductions;
– assist when required, our reptile projects (skinks, geckos, snakes, tortoises) for the monitoring of island populations, assisting with reptile translocations and headstarting of young reptiles for release;
– assist when required, our seabird translocation project, particularly with the hand-rearing of seabird chicks;
– assist Round Island Wardens when required, involving plant, reptile and seabird research;
– support the maintenance of island infrastructure, such as equipment, enclosures, field stations etc.,

Due to the nature of working on islands, the hours worked will be irregular and at times will involve working nights, weekends and public holidays, with sometimes up to a month spent on an island at a time. Training and guidance from the Islands Restoration teams will be given. The work will involve the capture, handling and release of wild animals. Accurate data collection/entry and reporting are a necessity and the Conservation Biologist will be expected to talk to tourists/visitors about the restoration work and assist with specialised tours. The Conservation Biologist will also be expected to assist in training of staff and students, and also assist with research projects.

Requirements

Applicants will need to:

– Have gained a BSc in the biological sciences
– Demonstrate a keen interest in conservation and wildlife
– Be physically fit and able to stay focused on repetitive work
– Be ready to adapt to unforeseen circumstances with initiative and due care
– Have good written and spoken English
– Have a sound knowledge of spreadsheet applications and data management
– Preferably have a driving license for car and/or motorbike
– Preferably be able to swim and have first aid certification

To apply please send a CV and covering letter, by email to executive@mauritian-wildlife.org

The selection process will involve short-listing and interview for the short-listed applicants with the Islands Restoration Manager and Project Staff.

https://www.durrell.org/home/work-at-durrell/conservation-biologist-required–islands-restoration-programme/

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