WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
The Bonobo Conservation Project of WWF Congo in the Lac Tumba Landscape (western Congo) is looking for a long term volunteer (6-10 months) to support their monitoring activities with bonobos at one site and elephants at a second site. Teams of local trackers are following these groups on a regular basis.
The volunteer will be responsible for the supervision of two teams (a total of 6 local workers), which includes work plan development, conflict management and mitigation, regular days working in the forest to monitor their work, data entry and analysis and report writing, monthly payments and training on data collection.
- A undergraduate degree or Masters in Animal Biology, Primatology or a related subject
- GPS and GIS skills
- Team player and intercultural competency
- Ability to deal with basic living conditions in a remote place
- Resistance to social/psychological stress
- High interest in conservation
- At least basic French is essential as the trackers do not speak English. Lingala would be a bonus.
- Work experience with mammals in Central Africa would be an asset
- Willingness to work flexible hours, during weekends and long hours during the days
- Physically fit enough to walk long distances in difficult conditions
- Accommodation will be provided at the field station (internet and electricity are available but no phone reception) and in the village
- Monthly allowance of 300 Dollar for living costs
- Monthly allowance of 100 Dollar for health and travel insurance. It is therefore the responsibility of the volunteer to arrange their own cover, including full medical insurance (note that the base is very remote and there is no easy access to medical assistance).
- Visa costs will be covered
- Inland travel costs will be covered
- Oversee travel cost (up to 1000 Dollars) will be reimbursed if the volunteer stays for the full 10 months
Proposed start date: 20th February 2015
Duration: 10 months
The application deadline is the 5th January 2015.