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Terrestrial Science Manager

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 15/10/2017
Company Name Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Contact Name Caitlin Nagle
Email caitlin@madagascarvolunteer.com
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Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute (MRCI) are currently looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the team as Terrestrial Science Manager. MRCI is a government approved institute undertaking environmental research for and on behalf of the Malagasy Government and our partners.

We are a volunteer based organisation, working with volunteers in terrestrial and marine conservation and community education. We are committed to protecting biodiversity in ways that also benefit local people.

Summary Job Description

The successful applicant must be independently motivated, work as a valued member of the team, be able to motivate and lead small groups and be experienced in leading forest surveys. Applicants must be comfortable conducting training, and giving talks/presentations to volunteers and the community.

The main responsibilities of the Terrestrial Science Manager are to collect meaningful research to go towards conservation management strategies and to train, lead and supervise volunteers. Our current research initiatives are lemur behaviour and the influence of human habituation, long term bird monitoring and habitat associations, and reptile and amphibian surveys looking at habitat use and species-specific projects. In addition, we run ongoing education work within the community, aimed at informing about good conservation practices and sustainable resource use.

You will lead small groups of volunteers into the forest therefore you must be confident finding your way and have a reasonable level of fitness, this is mountainous terrain and can be strenuous, especially in the heat/humidity.

The successful candidate will hold the following qualifications/experience;

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related topic, master’s degree preferable
  • Experience collecting data in tropical forest environments
  • A bird ringing license is advantageous
  • Ability to work independently
  • Confidence training and leading small groups.
  • Fluent written and spoken English

This is not a 9-5 role so the successful applicant will have a balanced personality, be able to deal with all situations at all hours, self-motivated and enthusiastic about all aspects of life in the field, and ready for a challenge.

Accommodation and 3 meals a day will be provided when at Turtle Cove, our research centre, along with $300USD per month remuneration. You will need to cover your own pre-departure costs including flights, personal equipment, insurance and visas. There is a minimum commitment of 6 months commencing immediately with the possibility of extension.

Applicants should send a cover letter and a recent copy of their CV to caitlin@madagascarvolunteer.com detailing their suitability for the role and motivation for applying by 15th Oct 2017. 

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