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Assistant Research Officer (Wildlife and Forest Conservation)

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Sectors Environmental, CSR & Sustainability
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 30/11/2019
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Alex Gardner
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
Email staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods.
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Deadline: Rolling, we recruit AROs throughout the year based on project availability.

Frontier are seeking Assistant Research Officers for our Madagascar Terrestrial project.


Established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), Frontier has been an innovator in creating quality volunteer programmes across the globe. Since then, Frontier has grown to operate over 330 capacity-building conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries, spanning 5 continents. Over the past 26 years Frontier has had volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.

Project Information

The enchanting Island of Madagascar is famous for its bizarre assemblage of wildlife, its dramatic landscapes and its unique and varied ecosystems. No other island or place on earth boasts such a combination of species richness and endemism! For example, every native terrestrial mammal species found on this huge island is found nowhere else on earth! Most famous of all of its inhabitants though are the lemurs, primitive prosimians, whose name, derived from the Roman Lemures, meaning 'spirits of the dead' alludes to the country's ancient cultural traditions.

Our Madagascar forest project aims to measure and monitor the abundance of forest animals over time and space; map the structure and geographic layout of woodlands adjacent to Lokobe national park (LNP); build a fuller understanding of how species utilise forests and their resources; and to examine these factors along with human disturbance to understand the effects of changing anthropogenic influences. We are currently based on the 'scented island' of Nosy Be, famous for its vanilla, ylang-ylang and mangoes! The island is home to three species of lemur: Black lemur, Hawk's Sportive lenur and Clair's Mouse lemur, as well as six species of chameleons. Whilst on the wildlife conservation project you’ll discover a huge variety of Madagascar's exotic species, as you trek through rugged and remote regions of this hugely exciting island. 

Our resarch focuses on the following organisms: 

  • Lemurs: We study the three species found on the island of Nosy Be
  • Herpetofauna: We mostly observe skinks of the genera Zorosaurus and Trachylepid. As well as chameleons and other native reptiles
  • Birds: We infrequently conduct observation studies on the small number of bird species present on Nosy Be (approx 250)
  • Invertebrates: We have begun to study the invertebrates on the island, stating with butterflies and we will begin to include spider surveys

To learn more about the project, please visit our website.

Job Description

The primary function of an Assistant Research Officer is to assist with all aspects of the research programme involving daily supervision of research team, data analysis and report writing.

More specifically, the role involves:

  • Assisting the Principal Investigator with the development and implementation of the research programme
  • Daily supervision of volunteer Research Assistants
  • Supervision, management and training of volunteers/assistants
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
  • Assist with project logistics and administration


  • Graduate in an environmental or biological science discipline
  • First aid qualification
  • Experience of data analysis & report-writing
  • Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills
  • Administrative & time management skills and ability to train research assistants
  • Demonstrable commitment to conservation
  • Resilient & mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions

Terms and conditions:

Contract Duration:

A minimum 6 month period with the possibility of extending.


Basic accommodation provided whilst at the field project site.


In-country ground travel costs to be provided.

International flights to be self-funded.


Terrestrial project participation fee: £1000 for 6 months.

To be paid quarterly (£600 first quarter, £400 second quarter).

To be paid quarterly (£650 first quarter, £450 second quarter).

Fees to be paid by staff member to cover project participation.


Tropical habitat conservation training & pre-departure training provided.

Although these attributes are ideal, every application is carefully considered and this post is an opportunity for less experienced individuals to gain overseas field experience of research, project and volunteer management and training.

For further details and to apply please visit our website or send a CV and Cover Letter to staffing@frontier.ac.uk


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