Saturday, May 26, 2018

Deputy Wildlife Director

Deputy Wildlife Director

Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife

The Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife is currently seeking an interested individual to join our team as Deputy Wildlife Director.

The Laos Conservation Trust for Wildlife is a non-profit wildlife conservation and rescue centre which is registered in Laos, we are currently the only all-inclusive species rescue centre in Lao PDR.
As a registered foundation in Laos, we work to conserve Laos’ biodiversity by continuing to work with the Lao government authorities.
The LCTW is currently at an exciting stage of development. Here, the successful candidate will be involved with the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of confiscated and donated animals from the illegal wildlife trade. We provide the highest standard of life-long sanctuary for those who are unsuitable for release and we aid in the care and husbandry improvement of the animals at the Lao Zoo.
Our site is now a beacon and focal point of conservation efforts in Lao PDR.

We house around 500 animals, mostly native to South-east Asia of varying taxa, these include Large Mammals such as Bears, Elephant and Leopard, a variety of Primates, Ungulates, Reptiles, Birds and Small Mammals including wild Canine and Feline species.
The LCTW is committed to conservation on both a regional and global scale, we are working alongside other wildlife organisations and the Lao government to aid in biodiversity conservation efforts.
Our future education programmes will utilise our unique placement in Laos to provide access to knowledge for Lao people about how they can help to conserve Laos’ incredible biodiversity. 

For more information about our project, visit
To see the centre in our mini documentary, visit

The Role
The Deputy Wildlife Director will work under the onsite Managing Directors to ensure the smooth daily running of the project; therefore, this is an extremely varied role.
Daily duties include working with our local staff to ensure a high level of animal welfare, help to plan future projects, coordinating and leading rescue missions when necessary, take charge of the site when the Managing Directors are away, running of current projects and daily running of the site, writing and submitting grant proposals, assistance with hands on rehabilitation, such as rearing orphans from the illegal wildlife trade, preparing presentations and writing best practice protocols, as well as a variety of other duties.
This role combines hands on animal work with office duties.
Working onsite with both our local staff and Vet team, the successful candidate will ensure a high level of animal welfare is upheld, as well as playing a key role in our 24/7 Rescue Team and development of key projects.

•        Experience of managing wildlife in a captive setting
•        A good understanding of Microsoft programmes and computer literacy
•        Excellent communication and reporting skills ensuring our team operates efficiently
•        Full driving license from your native country
•        Fluency of written and spoken English
•        Willing to commit to at least 1 year to this role
•        The desire to make a difference, in accordance with the LCTW ethos

•        Experience working with South-east Asian wildlife
•        Experience of living rurally with a small amount of amenities
•        Knowledge and previous usage of ZIMS or a similar online records system (ARKS, SPARKS, MedARKS)
•        Knowledge of financial processes and understanding of fundraising in the non-profit wildlife sector
•        Self–driven, able to work in challenging conditions and culturally sensitive
•        Some Lao and/or Thai language skills

Onsite accommodation, with 2 cooked meals per day and breakfast supplies will be provided with the role. This role offers 5 days off per month, a competitive regional salary with paid holiday days, plus Lao national holidays. The LCTW will provide the successful candidate with a 1 year rolling business visa, all business travel expenses and a Lao driving license, after a 3-month probationary period.

Our base centre is located in Ban Keun, around a 1 hour drive north of Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. We are fairly rural but our local town has various amenities such as pharmacies, markets, shops, ATMs and a lovely local resort to spend time on days off.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, suitable candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview.

Does this sound like your dream job? If you would like to help us conserve and rescue wildlife in Laos, please send CV along with a covering letter to

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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