Echo Parakeet Project Coordinator

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation


Paid • Full Time • Temporary

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Saturday, 18th April 2020  

Echo Parakeet Project Coordinator

This is a unique opportunity to lead a dynamic field team, and contribute to the conservation of what was once considered the rarest parakeet in the world. The project has been one of the most intensive and successful parakeet conservation projects ever conducted.

Project background/ purpose

The Echo Parakeet (Psittacula eques) is endemic to Mauritius. The species began to decline in the nineteenth century as a result of habitat destruction and the introduction of invasive competitor and predator species. By the end of the 1980's, around 20 Echo Parakeets remained, making it then the rarest parrot in the world. From that point intensive conservation management actions were applied on the population by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). As a result of these actions, the Echo Parakeet population has risen to over 800 birds today. The purpose of this project is to safeguard the Echo Parakeet population by using conservation management actions to further encourage population growth but also to consider what minimum management strategies need to be implemented. Conservation techniques used include; the provision of supplementary food, the provision of artificial nest sites, the removal of exotic competitors from nesting sites, close monitoring of the population and translocations and releases. We invite you to visit our website for further information on the MWF.

The position

This Echo Parakeet project employs a team of staff and volunteers dedicated to the conservation and recovery of the Echo Parakeet. The Project Coordinator is responsible for the management of two sub-populations of Echo Parakeet. The majority of the work consists of staff training and supervision as well as sub-population management and monitoring, nest location, monitoring and management, competitor control, disease monitoring and population monitoring. The coordinator is also responsible for ensuring the collection and entry of all project data in an effective and accurate manner, reports must be produced monthly, and an annual report is produced to summarize the breeding season. The work will often involve lone working in remote, rugged locations with basic living accommodation and little contact with those outside of the organisation.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a species and a project that is known internationally amongst conservationists and interact with conservation biologists from around the world. We regularly run talks and presentations given both by visiting scientists and our own staff where you will learn about other conservation recovery projects run by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

Qualifications / requirement

We are looking for applicants that have the following qualities/experience:

  • Minimum a BSc in Conservation, Ecology, Zoology or related subject and ideally a higher degree such as an MSc or PhD.
  • Previous experience in leading a conservation field team or with a senior support role in a team preferably working with parrots or otherwise a bird species.
  • Have no fear of heights.
  • Climbing experience (tree / rope climbing).
  • Ability to supervise and train a team of up to five staff and volunteers in all aspects of the project including rope climbing, nest site / breeding monitoring, capture and ringing of birds, post mortems, report writing and population monitoring.
  • Good level of physical fitness and stamina (ability to walk long distances and carry heavy loads).
  • Experience working outdoors (especially hiking and navigation in the forest and in difficult / steep terrain).
  • Ability to work alone, in all weather, in remote and rugged locations.
  • Experience working to strict biosecurity protocols.
  • Bird/animal handling experience. Bird ringing licence would be an advantage.
  • Full, clean driving licence. Experience of 4x4 off-road driving.
  • Motorbike licence / a willingness to learn how to drive a motorbike.
  • Practical experience with problems involving field station maintenance, vehicles etc.
  • Proven interest in wildlife conservation and the environment.
  • Previous experience on similar parrot conservation projects an advantage.
  • A thorough understanding of the key aspects of the project including the importance of supplementary feeding, nest site management and population monitoring.
  • Ability to coordinate the collection and entry of all project related data in an effective and accurate manner, and manage and maintain databases.
  • Ability to produce detailed and accurate reports using Microsoft Word and Excel. Create maps with QGIS.
  • Strong observation skills (must not be colour blind).
  • Strong initiative and independence; must be able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.
  • Good communicator – written and oral.
  • Good Human Resources Management skills and ability to cope under pressure.
  • Ability to live and work with teams and persons from different backgrounds in remote arduous conditions.

Summary of terms and conditions of employment

Terms and conditions: This is a temporary position with a preferred start date of August 2020 for a duration of 6 months. Other conditions will be discussed at interview.

Accommodation: Provided

Transport: Provided for work purposes

Location: Island of Mauritius / Mauritius

Policies and procedures: We have policies designed to ensure the well-being of workers.

Recruitment & Selection process

A questionnaire will be sent to applicants that are short-listed, which will be followed by an interview for the strongest candidates. Skype interviews will be held for overseas candidates.

How to apply

  • E-mail your application quoting the job reference to the HR at
  • Attach a motivation letter (saved as: first name_last name_Motivation Letter) and CV (saved as: first name_last name_CV) as separate word documents attached to the e-mail.
  • Selection will start as from the 15th of April 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

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