Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Round Island Wardens / Conservation Biologists

Great opportunity to gain experience in conservation
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We are recruiting
Round Island Wardens / Conservation Biologists

Profile: A degree in Biology or related subjects. Experience in field conservation, restoration and research will be an advantage.

Send your Cover Letter and CV (with Round Island, followed by your surname and initial in the filename of each document) to Executive Director, MWF, Grannum Road, Vacoas

Closing date:  24 February 2017

Project overview
Round Island is one of the few places in the Indian Ocean to have remained free from non-native and invasive predatory mammals and reptiles. For this reason Round Island became the last location in the Mascarenes to support endemic and native reptiles, seabirds and plants that have declined or become extinct elsewhere. However, introduced herbivores almost denuded the island’s vegetation, threatening the existence of its unique biodiversity. Herbivores were removed by the 1980s, which led to the recovery of palm-rich habitats. Since 2002 there has been a permanent presence of wardens who monitor the fauna and flora and work to restore the island’s lost plant species. These actions have been important for rebuilding the unique ecosystem on Round Island.

Round Island Warden
Job Description

The Round Island Warden works in a team of three persons on a rotation of one month on the island living in the field station and two weeks on the mainland for work purposes and time off. Wardens must be comfortable travelling by small boat in rough seas. The post requires a high degree of self-motivation, organisation and people skills, physical fitness as well as a scientific background. Previous conservation experience with plants, reptiles, seabirds and biosecurity, particularly working in remote conditions within a team is desirable. First aid certification, being able to swim and a clean driving license preferred.

The main responsibilities of the post are:
•        the monitoring and implementation of all flora and fauna work (day time and night time surveys, reptile and seabird handling, PIT tagging snakes, ringing of seabirds)
•        planning, monitoring, supervising and carrying out native plant propagation in the nursery and the planting on the island
•        coordinating and participating in the day to day work on the island and the execution of work plans while adhering to protocols
•        the collection and entry of data, maintaining datasets and transferal of data for reporting the training and supervision of support staff including volunteers
•        the maintenance of the field sites, station and equipment on the island including the safeguarding of  all assets
•        the preparation and submission of monthly and yearly reports on all activities carried out
•        maintaining a good working relation with all stakeholders (Government, National and International partners)

Work on the mainland includes:
•        planning subsequent trips to Round Island
•        organising the logistics, acquisition and purchases of all materials and supplies required for the project
•        attending relevant meetings
•        supporting other island restoration work upon request
•        data management, analyses, reporting and the preparation of other related documents

A more comprehensive job description is included in the contract of employment.

For more information on the Round Island project see webpage- In the field: Mauritius: Round Island

For additional information:  executive@mauritian-wildlife.org

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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