Mauritius Kestrel Conservation Biologist

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation


Volunteer • Full Time

Reference: MK

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 1st August 2018  

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

  • Have no fear of heights.
  • Climbing experience / a willingness to learn how to climb.
  • 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 terrain).
  • Motorbike licence / a willingness to learn how to drive a motorbike.
  • Strong observation skills.
  • Good practical skills.
  • Good communicator – written and oral.
  • Strong initiative and independence; must be able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.
  • Ability to live and work with teams and persons from different backgrounds in remote arduous conditions.
  • Able to follow and work to established protocols.
  • Must not be colour blind.

Project background/ purpose

The Mauritius kestrel (Falco punctatus) is endemic to Mauritius. The species declined dramatically as a result of habitat destruction, the introduction of invasive competitor and predator species and the use of pesticides. The Mauritius kestrel was reduced to four known wild individuals in 1974 and was then the rarest bird of prey in the world. Emergency measures were taken to save the species. Intensive conservation management actions were initiated as of the late 1980s by the MWF. As a result of these actions, the Mauritius kestrel population has risen to some 350 birds today. The purpose of this project is to safeguard the Mauritius kestrel population by using conservation management techniques to further encourage population growth, which include; the provision of artificial nest sites, the removal of exotic competitors from nesting sites, close monitoring of the population and hand rearing and releases.

Job description

  1. Monitor every possible nesting site to determine breeding activity.
  2. Collect breeding data including number of eggs laid, chicks hatched and chicks fledged.
  3. Ring, measure and collect a blood sample from kestrel chicks.
  4. Search areas for new territories and natural cavities.
  5. Assess the distribution and range of the Mauritius kestrel.
  6. Trap adult kestrels to replace missing rings.
  7. Build, maintain and install nest boxes (weighing up to 20kg).
  8. Contribute to management protocols and brainstorming as required.
  9. Maintain a high standard of data collection and reporting across all areas of the project, including detailed and accurate bird observations.
  10. Participate in presentations of your project or of the work of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation when required or other activities of the Foundation.
  11. Contribute to report writing if required to do so.

Duration: The position would start in August and last until end of February and is renewable.

To apply: please send a covering letter and your CV to

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