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Range use and terrain preference of adult Southern white rhinoceros

Vacancy - Ecologist

We're looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Ecologist to join our team in South Africa!

Role Title:   Intern Ecologist

Location:    Cape Town, with extensive travel in Southern Africa

Salary:       ZAR3,000 per month + accommodation

Contract:    14 month fixed-term position (contract may be extended)

Our mission at Wildlife & Ecological Investments is to provide self-funded conservation, research and training programmes in areas of ecological importance in Southern Africa. WEI’s applied research projects provide conservation managers and provincial governments with an evidence-based framework for decision making in best-practice management.

We are recruiting an Ecologist to join our young and dynamic team. The incumbent will be responsible for:

  1. Assisting the development of new and exciting research programmes, including the drafting of research proposals for new potential partnerships;
  2. Creating applied research reports for existing partners;
  3. Creating a GIS support framework for our research sites;
  4. Database management and the analysis of existing datasets;
  5. Assisting the ongoing development of accredited university courses and community environmental education programmes;
  6. Assisting undergraduate dissertation students with project design and data analysis;
  7. Developing potential grant opportunities to increase organisational capacity;
  8. Presenting research ideas and findings to reserve managers, governmental institutions, and conservation partners.

Qualifications & Experience: MSc in Ecology, Conservation Science, or related area. A proven background in data analysis and report writing, and applied experience with GIS and DISTANCE sampling. A background working on research projects in developing countries, especially in Southern Africa, will be an advantage. The position requires proven interpersonal and motivational skills, as well as a passion for conservation.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for this role to tom.avent@wei.org.za. The deadline for this position is Monday 26th May.