Namibian Job Openings
Closing Date: 5pm Friday 8th of December 2018.
Position: Ecologist / Conservation Scientist
Position Status: Full-Time Staff – The position is available immediately.
Reports to: Executive Director
Collaborates with: other Ecology staff, Human Wildlife Conflict staff, staff from other CCF departments, Assist. Director for Animal Health and Research and Volunteer Coordinator
About The Cheetah Conservation Fund:
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is the world’s leading NGO dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. CCF uses multidisciplinary approaches to research cheetah ecology and develop interdisciplinary solutions for human cheetah co-existence. CCF’s work is based upon the principle that the future of the cheetah can only be ensured by securing the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah. CCF thus works with stakeholders at multiple levels, from villages to national and international organisations, to achieve its goals. Please note: The position will be based at CCF’s research and education centre 44km east of Otjiwarongo within the central region of Namibia. Accommodation is provided by CCF.
Overview of the Role:
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is recruiting for the position of Ecologist / Conservation Scientist at our research centre. The successful candidate will work on a range of projects requiring a mix of field, office-based, and management skills. Currently the ecology team is responsible for delivering a wide range of projects, including monitoring the CCF Reserve lands and providing management recommendations to understand cheetah and other large carnivore distribution and density within the CCF Reserve and surrounding habitats, and to extend the knowledge across Namibia and other cheetah range countries. The ecology team is also responsible for contributing to the understanding of the drivers behind human-wildlife conflict and suitable mitigation methods; community capacity building through educational training; training and monitoring university interns; and working with volunteers.
The successful candidate will assist with all CCF’s ecology, community based research, and other activities. The role will require the candidate to plan, prepare, and carry out a range of ecological surveys, as well as being central to the organisation and local communities in which CCF works. This will include the curation of old datasets, data collection through ecological and social methodologies and other techniques, including but not exclusive to: camera-trapping and analysis, satellite collaring, monitoring and analysis, and game count data collection and analysis. Having experience and an understanding of the planning and running of ecological surveys, in particular camera-trapping in
rural community and remote areas, is required, along with the skills to analysis the data. As part of the team the successful candidate will be required to produce regular progress reports, contribute to scientific publications, research proposals, and grant applications. The candidate must be able to demonstrate prior experience working with managing and manipulating large data sets collected from projects including but not limited to camera trapping, spatial research (including VHF and satellite collar data), questionnaires, and biodiversity surveys. The candidate will also be involved in intern and volunteer management, project supervision, delivering lectures and practical training to student interns and visiting groups. The applicant will be an experienced, enthusiastic researcher with good teamwork skills and a proven track record of field experience and scientific publications.
CCF is seeking a suitably qualified, strongly motivated individual who is able to work independently and as part of a team. Candidates should preferably hold a post Graduate Degree in conservation or biological sciences in a relevant field and be familiar with modern ecological survey techniques and equipment. Candidates without a post Graduate Degree must be able to demonstrate they have significant fieldwork experience and statistical analyses. A broad knowledge of conservation biology and community-based resource management research in developing countries is required. The candidate must be able to demonstrate their experience of working with large carnivores in relation to human-wildlife conflict resolution as well as working with multiple stakeholders from government to communities and key associations. The candidate will have proven research skills demonstrating a strong understanding of experimental design and analysis of biological data with emphasis on large carnivores including a working and current knowledge of mammal/bird inventories and monitoring techniques.
Primary responsibilities include:
- To collect, manage, and analysis ecological data including, camera trapping, game counts and biodiversity studies both on CCF farms as well as throughout Namibia.
- To work with the Ecology Department to undertake community based research and training programs.
- To plan, prepare for, and carry out a range of ecological surveys, as well as being central to the organization.
- To collect and analysis data through questionnaires, camera trap surveys and other techniques.
- To be involved in producing scientific publications, research proposals, and grant applications.
- Assist with courses, deliver lectures and help design courses geared towards rural communities.
- Prepare regular reporting on various projects.
- Supervise interns and volunteers.
- Curate data from the Ecology Department.
- Produce collaborative research and lay publications.
- Grant writing.
- Write articles for newsletters and trade publications and any other articles required.
- Produce regular entries for CCF’s social media.
- Post Graduate Degree in conservation or biological sciences.
- Broad knowledge of conservation biology and community-based resource management research in developing countries.
- Experience of working with large carnivores in relation to human-wildlife conflict resolution.
- Experience working with multiple stakeholders from government to communities and key associations.
- Proven research skills demonstrating a strong understanding of experimental design and analysis of biological data with emphasis on large carnivores including a working and current knowledge of mammal/bird inventories and monitoring techniques.
- Prior experience of living and working independently and in remote environments.
- Experience using Microsoft Office Suite and analytical database programs.
- Experience using GIS Spatial software.
- Proficient in computer skills and using statistical analysis software including but not limited to: R, SPSS, Distance, PRESENCE, CAPTURE.
- Proven research skills and ability to analyse biological data.
- Strong working knowledge of mammal/bird inventories and monitoring techniques as well as a thorough understanding of experimental design and application.
- Excellent spoken and written English.
- Good report-writing skills including technical reports, scientific papers and grant proposals.
- Good presentation skills.
- Valid driver’s license and suitable driving experience.
- Demonstrable commitment, initiative, enthusiasm, patience, a strong work ethic and problem- solving abilities.
- Strong communication skills, with an aptitude to work with people of all backgrounds, such as local communities, government officials and international donors.
- Ability to network and motivate people and organisations to collaborate: private land owners, reserve managers, government, researchers and NGO’s
- Proven leadership skills, coupled with enthusiasm for working with a large team and numerous collaborators and stakeholders.
- High degree of self-motivation and pro-activity, excellent administrative skills and organisational skills.
- Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and cope with uncertainty and emergencies.
Applicants should send a full CV (maximum 3 pages) and covering letter detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why you want the position and including details of availability to Dr. Laurie Marker and Dr. Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title in the subject header of your email. We regret that we will only be able to contact applicants who have been selected for interview. Closing Date: 5pm Friday 8th of December 2018.
You can also learn more about our Namibian volunteering and intern positions.