Urban Hyaena Capture Coordinator- Malawi

Carnivore Research Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi

Volunteer • Full Time

www.carnivoreresearchmalawi.org emma4.stone@uwe.ac.uk 00447733173567 Dr. Emma Stone

Reference: URB CAPT

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019  

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 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 an Urban Hyaena Capture Coordinator and Trapping Assistant to deploy satellite collars on urban spotted hyaena around the city of Lilongwe, in Malawi.


  • Darting and capture of urban spotted hyaena using leg hold and cage traps
  • Radio tracking spotted hyaena in the city at night (when collars active)
  • Conducting radio tracking (validating kill sites, cluster site investigations)
  • Conducting den checks and collecting den parameters
  • Coordination and planning of the darting and collaring schedule each week in collaboration with the vet
  • Creating and maintaining a data input and 
  • Creating and updating ArcGIS habitat and sightings maps
  • Working closely with the vet to maximise capture
  • Leading and managing small teams of volunteers and students
  • Maintaining budgets, reports and records
  • Attending group and team meetings



  • Experience of large carnivore capture and immobilisation techniques 
  • 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


  • Experience of darting, capture and collaring of large carnivores (ideally hyaena) preferably in Africa
  • Experience of carnivore 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
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 emma4.stone@uwe.ac.uk. The application form can be downloaded by clicking on 'Get Involved' on our website.

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