Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project Coordinator - Mountain Chicken

Project Coordinator - Mountain Chicken

Closing Date: Thursday 12 August '10

Enabling Montserrat to save the Critically Endangered mountain chicken

This UK Darwin Initiative funded project seeks to lead the restoration of the mountain chicken frog on its native island of Montserrat in the Eastern Caribbean. Found on only two islands, Montserrat and Dominica, the frog was almost completely removed from Dominica by the spread of the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis. This disease entered Montserrat in early 2009 and massive declines in the numbers of mountain chickens were identified. It was possible to remove a number of frogs from the island before the disease spread too widely to establish a captive breeding programme for future release in a number of European zoological institutions. These frogs are maintained in strict bio-secure conditions.

This project aims to study the ecology and conservation of the frogs in Montserrat, release frogs back into the island from the captive population and support the development of conservation capacity within Montserrat. It is a collaborative project between the Government of Montserrat, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Zoological Society of London

Terms and conditions

Start Date: September 2010, or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration of Contract: Fixed term contract until June 2013

Probation Period: 6 months

Salary Range: £19,500 per annum, with a 2.5% annual increase.

Location: Montserrat, West Indies

Benefits: These include:

•23 working days annual holiday entitlement plus Montserrat national public holidays

•One return flight to country of origin per year of project

Hours of Work: A full-time position of 40 hours per week, working Monday to Friday whilst based in the office in Brades. During fieldwork, flexibility on working hours will be required

Team/Department: Conservation Science

Reporting to: Director of Department of Environment, Government of Montserrat; Mountain Chicken Darwin project leader for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Main duties

•Management of a programme of field research, release and monitoring of frogs, capacity building and public awareness-raising. Development and implementation of species monitoring schemes and co-ordinating species action planning

•Organizing planning workshops in Montserrat.

•Line management of a Research Officer and 2 Field Research Assistants

•Development and maintenance of a close working relationship with a project steering committee, all project partners and stakeholders

•Management of a budget and financial reporting

•Regular reporting of activities and milestones to DoE and Durrell

•Drafting of project reports and assisting with scientific outputs

Person specification
We are looking for a highly capable and organised individual, with a proven track record of delivering conservation science in the tropics, including:

•A masters degree in a relevant biological science or equivalent experience

•At least one years’ experience of ecological field research in the tropics, with experience of surveying terrestrial vertebrates preferred

•A solid understanding of all aspects of data handling

•Good ICT skills, current driving licence

•High degree of initiative, motivation and commitment

•Excellent organisational and time management skills

•Excellent oral and written communication skills

•Ability to work under pressure and be flexible and accommodating

•Ability to work as part of a dynamic and multicultural team

•Good degree of fitness for working for extended periods in difficult terrain under tropical conditions

How to apply:
To apply for the position, please email a 2 page CV and covering letter to:

Mrs Charlotte Linney
Human Resources Manager

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,
Les Augres Manor, La Profonde Rue,
Trinity, Jersey, JE3 5BP

Or e-mail

Closing date for applications: The deadline for applications is 12th August, 2010. Candidates shortlisted for interview may be required to submit certified copies of relevant certificates of qualifications

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