Wildlife Veterinarian

Carnivore Research Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi

Volunteer • Full Time

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

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM) is a non-profit conservation project based in Malawi, created in partnership with the University of Bristol, UK. The project falls under the umbrella of the UK Charity Conservation Research Africa (CRA). CRM and CRA were founded by Dr Emma Stone from the University of Bristol UK. CRM works in collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi (DNPW) and conducts three core activities: applied research for wildlife conservation management, education and awareness and capacity building. 

We are conducting conservation biology field research to assess carnivore distribution, abundance and conflict in our field centre around Lilongwe City to inform human wildlife conflict management.

We are currently recruiting for a Wildlife Veterinarian to assist us in Urban Hyaena Research project based in Lilongwe, Malawi. We are assessing the socioecology of human-hyaena conflict around the city and its suburbs and have 8 GPS collars to fit and 2 to remove. We use a combination of free darting, leg holds and cage trapping to capture spotted hyaena. 

Timing: This is a 6-8 month position commencing ASAP

The role requires:

  • Darting of spotted hyaena for collar placement and removal
  • Darting for snare removal and treatment
  • Treatment of injured wounded animals
  • Where required there may be some need to dart lion, jackal, genet, and serval for on-going programmes.
  • Assisting with capture design and organisation
  • Collecting tissue, fecal, hair and serum samples
  • Creating and maintaining a database of darting and capture records
  • Supervising interns and students conducting projects from local and international Universities
  • The successful applicant will work closely with the Malawian Veterinary Department and assist in the training of local vets in capture and immobilization techniques to enhance in country support.


  • Fully qualified veterinarian
  • 2+ years clinical experience, wildlife/exotic experience a plus
  • Attended a capture course for African wildlife OR significant experience with darting in a zoological setting
  • Clean driving license and preferable 4x4 offroad manual experience
  • Passion for conservation and wildlife
  • Positive mental attitude, resilient, ability to muck in and get on with it
  • Hard work ethic, flexible and conscientious approach
  • Be willing to work long hours at night
  • Ability to safely and confidently manage a capture setting with multiple people in attendance (researchers, students, volunteers, scouts, etc)
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Creative thinking with the ability to think fast on your feet
  • Ability to stay organized and focused under busy field conditions
  • Physically fit with the ability to endure discomfort (heat/cold/bugs)
  • Experience living and working in basic condition

Location: This position is based at our Urban Research Centre located in natural woodland 5 minutes outside Lilongwe City, Malawi. 

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

Extras! While you are with CRM you will have time off to venture further afield to explore Malawi. Malawi is an amazing country; known as the "Warm heart of Africa" it is culturally and ecologically diverse with plenty to see from mountain rainforests to the lake of stars, you won't be disappointed.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter (outlining why you think you would be suitable for the post) to Emma Stone at emma@conservationresearchafrica.org

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