Wednesday, December 7, 2016

International Technical Advisor

International Technical Advisor

Save Vietnam’s Wildlife: International Technical Advisor
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife is a national conservation Non-Profit Organisation in Vietnam, ensures ending the extinction of threated species and recovering their wild populations in Vietnam. 

Our aims are:
ü        Delivering effective education programs to empower people to take informed action.
ü        Working with Government to effect positive, long-lasting change for wildlife.
ü        Rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing confiscated threatened wildlife, and contributing to conservation-breeding programs for globally-threatened species, in support of wild populations.
ü        Increasing understanding of conservation requirements of threatened wildlife through rigorous scientific research.
ü        Demonstrating and promoting good animal welfare to organisations throughout Vietnam.

The Technical Advisor will report to the Executive Director, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, but will also be required to maintain regular contact with the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK (the primary funding body for this post). He or she will work closely with the existing team to deliver an excellent husbandry programme for the small carnivores and pangolins held at Cuc Phuong National Park including health monitoring, environmental enrichment, live food production and captive breeding of Owston’s civet. Importantly, the Technical Advisor will also help develop captive research to increase the successes of conservation breeding programs for global threatened species. He/She also responds to develop fund-raising, reports and communication and will be expected to contribute to grant applications and maintaining relationships with donors.

Start date: in February 2017.

Duration of contract: 2 year; preference will be given to candidates prepared to stay for longer. 

Probation period: 3 months

Salary:         £10,000 per annum (For who may not be familiar with the cost here, total local living cost and accommodation are less than 20% of your salary). Travel insurance is the responsibility of the employee but will also be covered by the project.

Location: Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan District, Ninh Binh Province

Accommodation: will be provided at Cuc Phuong National Park.

Benefits: 12 working days annual holiday following Vietnamese Labour law, plus 10 national holiday days.

Hours of work:        8 hours each day and 5 days/week. However, as the animals within the centre are nocturnal it is expected that the employee would sometimes work during the evenings. Any overtime will be accrued and time given off in lieu.

Working with: Save Vietnam’s Wildlife /WWCT staff, including those based at Cuc Phoung and in the UK; other NGO partners; government departments; visiting researchers; and community organisations.

Essential criteria:

• Educated to degree level in biology or similar field.
• Veterinary nursing qualifications and/or zoo keeping certificate would be highly advantageous Knowledge and experience
• Significant experience in the field of captive animal management.
• Clinical nursing skills, including wound care, euthanasia and post mortems, and dispensing medications.
• Demonstrable experience in staff training and capacity building.
 • Sound knowledge of wildlife and habitat conservation.
• Familiar with south-east Asian conservation issues and living/working in Vietnam/Asia.
• Demonstrable experience of working effectively with a number of partners including communities, government departments and NGOs.

Skills and personal qualities
• Dynamic, effective team leadership skills with ability to work under own initiative.
• Good communicator; able to write, speak and present with a high level of proficiency in English.
• Excellent administration and organisation skills.
• Computer literate with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, website management and social media.
• Resilient, highly motivated, good humoured and positive personality.
 • Creative, adaptable and resourceful to meet the demands of a challenging environment.
• Active, fit and healthy.

Desirable criteria
• Experience of captive husbandry of small mammals.
• Proven fundraising skills and experience of writing successful grant applications.
• Driving licence and ability to ride a motorbike.
• Ability to maintain basic equipment and vehicles.
• Some knowledge of Vietnamese would be advantageous.
• Willingness to travel as required.

A job description is available. Please send a CV and covering letter to Ms Kim Anh: by 30th December 2016.

For more information of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife please visit:

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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