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Conservation Project Manager

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 15/09/2019
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Katrina Will
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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This is a unique opportunity to independently manage and develop Frontier’s overseas projects in the field with supervision from the London Headquarters.

In Fiji these projects include teaching, sports coaching, healthcare and marine and diving projects.

The marine projects survey and monitor megafauna, such as sea turtles, sharks and rays, which all play a key role in the Fijian marine ecosystem. These surveys investigate subjects such as coral health, mangrove conservation and restoration and this data is then analysed for publication in scientific reports.

The teaching projects go beyond English lessons to that of maths, sciences and arts and crafts, while the sports coaching encompasses all activities, with the main sports being rugby and football.

The sports coaching is also a great step for the teaching of health nutrition and fitness for the school children.

The Project Manager will have overall administrative control of the field projects including volunteer communications; financial management; equipment resupply and maintenance; regular reporting back to headquarters; aiding in volunteer and staff recruitment; management of local relations, networks and contacts; fundraising for the project and the supervision of local staff.


General Outline

-      Organise the efficient reception and deployment of all project personnel.

-      Supervising the arrival, briefing, and deployment of new project staff.

-      Management of all project resources and equipment including sourcing equipment and organising repairs.

-      Collating and reviewing internal reports and equipment inventories from projects.

-      Administration and control of project budgets and production of accounts and reports to London HQ.

-      Collaborating with HQ on fundraising and income generation strategies.

-      Project Development through liaison with national authorities, research institutes, tourism and educational agencies, and preparation of proposals to secure new contracts and funding

-      Collaborating with HQ on fundraising and income generation strategies.

-      Ensure H&S standards are always maintained, reviewed regularly and updated when necessary.

-      Maintaining and managing communications between field projects, volunteers and London HQ.

-      Advising and preparing volunteers with regards to their project details, insurance, arrival details, equipment requirements and kit lists.


Main Responsibilites

-      To ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and field staff involved in the project, dealing with any medical incidents should they arise, being ready to initiate and implement an emergency medical evacuation procedure if necessary.

-      Monitor project activities through communicating via regular and timely situation reports and phone calls to London HQ and advise or enforce changes in project as necessary.

-      Ensure that quarterly reports include project videos (10 minutes or longer), 150+ photos and content for the quarterly SEE newsletter to be sent to London and uploaded on the SEE website.

-      Implementation of Frontier field project social media initiative including daily Facebook updates with copy and photos, science blog articles & tweets, and weekly volunteer reviews, project news and gap year travel news directly from the field.

-      To ensure that all volunteers / research assistants are deployed successfully and enjoyably including organising visa support letter and travel paperwork upon request.

-      Sending out introductory information to volunteers and ensuring that those arriving/leaving outside of those dates are fully aware of meeting arrangements.

-      Oversee and act as internal verifier for elements of the project field training.

-      Produce, check and update information and briefing materials available to volunteers and identify inconsistencies in the information provided to volunteers and ensure changes are made in consultation with the Head of Operations.

-      Provide independent reviews from outgoing volunteers on a weekly basis on websites such as Go Abroad Reviews. 

-      Ensuring the discipline and good behaviour of all members of the project team.

-      Managing the team to ensure that their analyse of subjects such as coral health, mangrove conservation and restoration can be run effectively.

-      Contracting and managing local employees, and where necessary the employment of new staff and payment of wages.

-      Oversee the maintenance, servicing and repair of all project equipment and identify in country suppliers.

-      Managing invoices for equipment purchases (in cooperation with the Accounts Department at London HQ).

-      Identifying potential opportunities for development including partners, sponsors, donors or sources of funding. Follow up on potential developments by producing funding proposals and maintaining relationships with current and potential donors, collaborators and stakeholders.

-      Monitor project prices and compare to similar projects available to ensure Frontier project prices remain competitive.



Essential: Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline; Basic First aid qualification.

Desirable: Knowledge of conservation, travel and development issues; Awareness of tropical diseases.



Essential: Project Management experience preferably in a tropical environment; Office management & administration; Report writing and database management; Working with volunteers; Budget & financial management; Experience in the conservation, biology or travel sectors.

Desirable: Working with NGOs; Developing conservation and development projects; Experience dealing with funding bodies and government organisations; Experience working or travelling in Fiji or the Pacific Islands.



Essential: Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills; Negotiation & liaison skills; Proposal writing; Administrative & time management skills; Ability to manage staff. 

Desirable: Knowledge of Fijian, Hindi or Fijian Hindi; Basic maintenance experience; Hold a full, clean driving license; Knowledge of Diving and Diving Equipment; Boat Driving experience.


Personal Attributes

Essential: Demonstrable commitment to conservation and development; Excellent leadership skills; Resilient & mature, with the ability to work alone & as a team in basic living conditions; Flexible approach; High attention to detail; Ability to motivate others.

Desirable: Physical fitness


Contract Duration:

Permanent, after successful completion of probation period.


Local competitive salary with subsistence expenses and on-site accommodation provided. Contribution towards airfare.


Target related bonus packages in addition to salary package.


Pre-departure and in-country training and handover provided.


Basic accommodation provided at field project.


Employer’s liability insurance provided.

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