SWM Sustainable Hunting Technician

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

About the organization

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Duties

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● Coordinate a common vision within WCS-SWM on sustainable hunting and provide training on tools and protocols
● Support the understanding of, and implementation of, the SWM Hunting Guidance Document in each site
● Lead WCS on incorporating sustainability games and training of communities
● Develop other means of discussing sustainability at the community level
● Facilitate site support for developing and/or strengthening local governance systems, including when appropriate producing guidance documents, reviewing mission results and providing guidance on planning next steps
● Coordinate approaches for co-development of management and hunting rules
● Engage R2 team & site leads to develop and implement effective offtake monitoring systems
● Engage with WCS community conservation leads to develop approaches that encourage communities to appropriate and participate in wildlife monitoring using a variety of methods, including camera and small mammal traps, and community reward systems
● Conduct missions in the field as appropriate to support the implementation of the activities, work hand in hand with sites on community/hunter engagement for a deep understanding of the challenges in the different contexts, and evaluate the effectiveness of the activities implemented
● Ensure good practices and lessons learned are shared between sites

Qualifications

● Has a master's degree (or higher education level) in community conservation, international development, natural resource management, or other relevant field experience;
● Has experience working in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams;
● Has conservation field experience, working with communities and hunters in the field, and a strong understanding of governance and sustainability management is a plus;
● Has a sound understanding of the wildmeat sector, in particular in Africa;
● Has excellent written and oral communication skills in French; working knowledge of English; Lingala, Swahili or Malagasy is a plus;
● Understands and aligns with WCS work and values.
● Is willing to travel to field sites, up to 30% of the time

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should submit their application (CV and cover letter with the contacts of three references) to [email protected]
Please indicate "Sustainable Hunting Technician" in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2021

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