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Principal Investigator (Terrestrial)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location Madagascar
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 06/06/2018
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Steven Bratten
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
Email staff@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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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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 for marginalised communities in the world's poorest countries.
We are looking for a terrestrial Principal Investigator to co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.

- To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project;
- Development and implementation of the research programme;
- To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators;
- Supervision and training of junior staff;
- Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants;
- Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals;
- Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
- Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies;
- Assist with project logistics and administration.

- To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives;
- To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups;
- To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project;
- To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components;
- To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification;
- To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report;
- To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers;
- To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals;
- To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources;
- To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references;
- To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress
- Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and
management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and
maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the
activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country


Contract Duration: 12 months, possibility of an extension

Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project

Travel:Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Subsistence:Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.

Salary £600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £500-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.

BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.

For further infromation and to apply, please follow the link below or send a CV and cover letter to staff@frontier.ac.uk. Please read the job description and terms of the position in full before applying. 



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