Monday, July 30, 2018

Primate and Predator Project

Primate and Predator Project

POSITION: Research Co-ordination and General Management of the field based activities for the Primate and Predator Project

JOB SUMMARY: Based in the Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo Province, South Africa: Ensure the implementation of the Primate and Predator Project research activities. This position would be most suited to a management/research couple, however, individual applicants will also be considered.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Principal Investigator: Professor Russell Hill (Department of Anthropology, Durham University)


KEY RESPONSIBILITY: Ensure the implementation of the Primate and Predator Project research activities, including student recruitment and training, hosting and management of international student and professional groups for field based workshops, provide general logistical support to the project and report on finances. On site point of contact for collaborating host partner, Lajuma Research Centre, Luvhondo Nature Reserve.

General Management
•        Management of all on-site staff and students, including work schedules, training and pastoral care.
•        Effective and timely communication with Principal Investigator, land owners, staff, students and general correspondence.
•        Overseeing finances, monthly and annual reporting.
•        Managing, implementing and improving health and safety protocols, while ensuring the procedures are followed by all staff and assistants.
•        Vehicle maintenance.
•        Management and maintenance of staff and student accommodation in coordination with the land owner.
•        Event organisation.
•        Field course group management and hosting.
Research Coordination
•        Planning and implementing ongoing and new research.
•        Supervision of placement students and their project requirements.
•        Data management, ensuring all data is entered and filed correctly, and backed up.
•        Primate Research, assisting and supporting the Primate Research Coordinator as required.
•        Predator Research, assisting and supporting the Predator Research Coordinator as required.
•        Supporting community engagement activities.
•        Maintaining and improving PPP's social media profile, including the website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
•        GPS and radio collar management as required.

•        A MSc qualification (or higher) in a biology related subject, (if applying as a couple this qualification is only required by one applicant).
•        Practical experience of conducting field research, behavioural data collection, phenological sampling, tracking using radio telemetry and using motion sensor cameras.
•        Basic practical and technical skills to maintain camp, technical infrastructure and vehicles.
•        Able to drive a manual 4x4 vehicle in off road settings.
•        Ability to live and work in a relatively remote location.
•        Capacity to work with an international team of students and volunteers.
•        Previous experience with primate and/or predator data collection is sought, but not essential.
•        The work requires a sense of leadership, and a strong motivation to serve the needs of different participants. Additionally, the candidate(s) must be responsible, organised, independent, resourceful, and get along well and easily with others.
•        Applicants must be eligible to work in South Africa, either a citizen of South African or hold a valid work permit/visa.

Salary: Negotiable, but dependent on experience and adjusted for an individual or couple appointment.

Benefits: On-site living accommodation in the form a tented house with utilities (gas, solar electricity, running water and Wi-Fi) and medical/travel insurance are provided.

Application process: Please send your C.V. a cover letter and the contact details for two referees to

Closing date: Applications considered until position is filled.  We will start initial shortlisting on August 15th 2018. 

Start date: Handover in September 2018 from current management team.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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