Urban Carnivore (Hyaena) Research Assistant - Malawi

Carnivore Research Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi

Volunteer • Full Time

www.carnivoreresearchmalawi.org emma@conservationresearchafrica.org 00447733173567 Dr. Emma Stone

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 4th November 2018  


Conservation Research Africa (CRA) is a charity in England and Wales that conducts and supports applied research to inform conservation and wildlife management in Africa. Based in Malawi, CRAs flagship project is Carnivore Research Malawi which conducts applied research, conservation, mitigation and education to conserve carnivores in Malawi.

We are conducting behavioural ecology field research to assess the urban spotted hyaena population in the capital city of Lilongwe, to inform human-wildlife conflict management. We are currently recruiting for a Research Assistant. The position is based in the city of Lilongwe and surrounding areas.

Duties

  • Collecting faecal samples for diet analysis
  • Conducting weekly den checks
  • Radio tracking spotted hyaena and other carnivores in the city at night (when collars active)
  • Conducting carnivore trapping/captures for collaring (specifically jackal and hyaena)
  • Conducting camera trap surveys
  • Creating and maintaining a photographic database of hyaena using MS Access
  • Creating and updating ArcGIS habitat and sightings maps
  • Conducting lab based fecal analysis of scats using follicle and cross section analysis
  • Developing awareness and education materials about carnivores and the project in collaboration with our community outreach team
  • Assisting the outreach team in responding to community calls to our Wildlife Assistant Helpline, to assist communities experiencing human carnivore conflict
  • Writing local and international press releases and international publications
  • Collating public field records of sightings
  • Leading and managing small teams of volunteers and students
  • Maintaining budgets, reports and records
  • Attending group and team meetings

Requirements

Essential:

  • Minimum of BSc, in ecology, conservation or similar field
  • At least 6 months experience of field research
  • Ability to work alone under minimal supervision
  • Excellent team-work skills, written and oral communication skills
  • Clean driving license
  • Passion for conservation and wildlife
  • Computer literacy: MS Office, including Access; Photoshop, ArcGIS
  • Positive mental attitude, resilient, ability to muck in and get on with it
  • Hard work ethic, flexible and conscientious approach
  • Be willing to track and observe carnivores at night in the city

Desirable:

  • Experience of field research with carnivores preferably in Africa
  • Experience of carnivore trapping, collaring and radio tracking
  • A good understanding of current concepts in African conservation as well as issues in environmental science, policy and management
  • Experience of ArcGIS mapping, digitizing and home range analysis

Contract conditions
Timing:
This is a 8 month position commencing ASAP with a possibility of extension to 1 year.
Location: You will be based in Lilongwe at our project staff house, which is shared with other staff and volunteers. Your accommodation will consist of a shared room in the staff house, with a shared kitchen, shower and bathroom. There is power and a cell network.

Conditions: CRM will provide accommodation and bills, work related travel, airport transfers and limited personal use of a project vehicle. You will be required to cover your own flights, food, visas, insurance and vaccinations.

Application process: To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter (outlining why you think you would be suitable for the post) and a CV is you wish to Dr. Emma Stone on emma@conservationresearchafrica.org. The application form can be downloaded by clicking on 'Get Involved' on our website.


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