VACANCY: Conservation Education Manager

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: NGOs / Government, Conservation / wildlife
  • Field of Expertise: General Management, Education, Production / Operational
  • Work Experience: 3-5 years
  • Benefits included: Accommodation, Transport
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Oct 18, 2016
  • Vacancy closing date: Dec 02, 2016

Job Description

Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in Zambia is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative
Conservation Education Manager with experience as a conservation educator and proven project
management skills. Chipembele is a charitable trust that operates in the rural development of
Mfuwe, adjacent to South Luangwa National Park and primarily provides conservation education to
local schools and communities. See www.chipembele.org. The vacancy of Conservation Education
Manager will become available on 1st February 2017.

Overview
The Manager is responsible for Chipembele’s Conservation Education Outreach Programme which
encompasses 17 local schools and their surrounding communities. S/he teaches lessons and
organises activities in conservation clubs in the local schools every afternoon of the school calendar.
Camping expeditions, workshops and excursions are scheduled for the school holidays. S/he works
closely with the Senior Conservation Educator and is responsible for managing and training a team of
4 Community Conservation Educators who work in 4 different zones in the area. In addition, the
Manager supervises a small team of administrators, domestic staff and ad hoc volunteers.
Accommodation, a classroom and offices are located in the grounds of the local secondary school, so
the position is suited to someone genuinely wanting to work in the heart of an energetic rural
community.
The position is challenging, complex and fairly demanding but can be great fun and very rewarding.

Essential Skills
· Minimum B.Sc. (Masters preferable) in an appropriate field, e.g. natural sciences /
conservation / environment / natural resources management, etc. Other tertiary
qualifications are acceptable (e.g. B.Ed.) if the candidate has relevant experience in and
knowledge of African wildlife and conservation.
· Fluent English (oral and written)
· Strong communication skills, particularly report writing.
· Excellent administrative, organisational, computing & financial management skills.
· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to people of all ages, ethnic
backgrounds and employment/community status.
· Experience of teaching, facilitating, training and curriculum development.
· Experience of project and staff management.
· Knowledge of African wildlife and conservation issues.
· Current valid driver’s licence. Experience of driving 4 wheel drive vehicles and driving off
road at times in difficult terrain would be an advantage.

Other Skills/ Experience
· Experience of working within a rural African community, preferably for an NGO.
· Experience of youth camps/bush craft/outdoor youth activities for our student Nature Nights
programme.
· The work is centred in the local schools and would suit someone with a mature personality who is
capable of and happy with working largely unsupervised.
· Flexibility and willingness to work beyond office hours whenever necessary.
· Innovation and creativity in expanding and improving the programme.

Remuneration package
· Annual salary.
· Free (basic) furnished accommodation.
· Personal use of 4-wheel drive car.
· 30 days paid annual leave per year.

Period of contract
There will be an initial 3 month probationary period which either party can terminate without notice. If the
trial period is successful, then a contract will be offered for a further 21 months, making a total of 2 years. The
contract will thereafter be renewable every 2 years. Someone who is looking for a long term commitment to
the project and the organisation is highly sought after.

Closing date for applications
31st October 2016

All applications that fulfil the above criteria will be answered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by
Skype or by telephone if Skype is unavailable.

Chipembele is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women and from African
nationals, particularly Zambians, are encouraged.