Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Lewa), based in Isiolo Kenya, is an organization that works as a catalyst and a model for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat. We are looking for a high calibre, self-driven and dedicated Rhino Monitoring Officer with a commitment to excellence. Reporting to the Research Officer II, this position is responsible for accurate and timely rhino data collection, entry and processing in the relevant databases, maintaining updated identification files, and production of quality standard reports, while providing relevant feedback and recommendations for both Lewa and Borana Conservancy rhino programmes.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Updating the Rhino Databases daily with rhino data collected from the Lewa - Borana Conservancy;
- Train field monitoring teams in the use, collection of rhino data using Cybertrackers, and managing the resulting datasets;
- Biannually updating and maintaining auditable individual rhino Master Identification files;
- Conduct rhino body condition evaluation periodically;
- Maintain the rhino monitoring protocol to ensure an auditable trail of data collection, collation and verification;
- Processing of monthly rhino sighting data;
- Monthly circulation of updated rhino data files to management;
- Preparing and maintaining datasets for use with GIS;
- Assessment of seasonal use of habitat by rhinos in relation to other large herbivores;
- Production of quarterly rhino reports indicating the performance of the population;
- Performing any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
THE PERSON MUST:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management or a related field;
- Be computer literate;
- Have good communication and writing skills;
- Be fluent in written and spoken English;
- Have bush craft skills with at least two years’ experience in wildlife monitoring;
- Have good knowledge of wildlife ecology;
- Demonstrable knowledge of data analysis;
- Have a valid driving license;
- Be willing to learn and ride a motorbike as a primary means of movement; and
- Be ready to spend a big percentage of working hours in the field collecting data.
If you meet the above requirements and are interested in joining a dynamic, committed team, please send your resume and application letter to the address below indicating your current salary as well as expected salary for this position. Provide your daytime telephone contact and contacts of three professional referees by July 14, 2019.
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