GIS Course Facilitator and Lecturer

Operation Wallacea

South Africa

Volunteer • Full Time Heather Gilbert

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental education

Closing date: Thursday, 30th April 2020  

Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes across 13 countries worldwide.

We are currently recruiting for a GIS course facilitator and lecturer to work at our Western Cape research site in South Africa. The GIS facilitator will need to be fully conversant with QGIS, with experience in using GIS in conservation, and preferably Africa. The course contains basic modules such as Google Earth, vectors, rasters, and time series data, as well as the basics of remote sensing and how to interpret Landsat data. These modules are taught in our GIS laboratory through lectures and follow-along sessions. The facilitator will also supervise spatial data collection in the field, creating shapefiles of animal locations, roads, fences, habitat mapping etc. We are looking for a passionate educator, who not only knows how to problem-solve in GIS, but can inspire students in GIS and conservation. The facilitator will form part of an academic team with field-guides who can assist with the ecology of the Western Cape, but it would be beneficial if the facilitator had some exposure to fynbos or large mammal ecology.

In return, successful applicants receive full accommodation and food onsite, potential current and future research opportunities, networking and skills development, flight bursaries for more experienced scientists, and of course the opportunity to contribute towards long-term conservation efforts.

The positions will be filled as and when we find suitable candidates so if you are interested please apply as soon as you can to give yourself the best chance. The positions do involve working with minors so if successful you will be asked to complete a background check.

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